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Luke Bennett Medical Fund

$13,640 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 228 people in 8 months
Created June 25, 2017
On Saturday, June 24, 2017 Luke Bennett was in a tragic accident while working on staff at the Boy Scout Camp Bartlett in Idaho. He fell 40 ft. and suffered a L1 Spinal Cord Injury.  Luke is currently at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and has had a very long and expensive road to recovery, including a Life Flight helicopter ride from the camp, a plane ride to Primary Childrens Hospital and countless ambulance rides.  He underwent a 6 hour surgery and now it is a waiting game to see what sort of function Luke will regain back in his lower extremities, if any at all.  Our love and prayers are with Luke and his family, friends and loved ones at this time.

Life Flight








L1 Spinal Cord Injury


http://www.spinalcord.com/lumbar-l1-l5-vertebrae-spinal-cord-injury


All About Luke



Luke is 14 years old and an awesome kid full of spirit and determination.  He is fun, loving, energetic, hard-working, smart, and always happy. He loves sports, Star Wars, Elvis Presley, his dog Jewels and hanging out with his friends and family. He's a good friend and loved by everyone around him!


He loves his family and is an awesome uncle to his darling neices!





He loves scouting and earned his Eagle Scout Award when he was just 13 years old.  He loved the scouting program and loved going to scout camp each summer - his dream was to work at a Boy Scout Camp for the summer.  His dream came true this summer when he worked as a CTA at Camp Bartlett in Idaho when the accident happened.


Luke is involved in his school and community.
He is a member of the BRMS student council. He also played football and wrestled for BR.  He was awarded the Hope of America award and is a member of the National Honor Society.


HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY!

Luke is one amazing, tough kid!  We know he's up to the challenge of the battle ahead.  There's no prediction on how long his recovery will be or what the outcome will be. Doctors say it can be anywhere from 2 months to 2 years or beyond.  Although he has a positive attitude, he needs all the love and support he can get to help him on his road to recovery. His family has created this GoFundMe campaign in an effort to help with the exorbitant costs associated with helping Luke recover.   We are calling on the generosity of family, freinds, neighbors, community and even strangers to donate even just a little to help Luke and the Bennett family focus on his rehabilitation and recory. Your donations will quite literally make all the difference in whether this is possible!

Here's how you can help:

1. DONATE whatever you can!  No amount is too small and every contribution will go directly to to Luke Bennett's Medical Fund. 
2. SHARE this GoFundMe page on all your social media to help spread the word and let other's know how they can help Luke and the Bennett family.

Thank you for your prayers, kindness and generosity.

Love,
The Bennet Family <3


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So proud of this kid!!! It’s been nearly 3 month’s since Luke’s accident and I wanted to share a little update. He has definitely had his struggles adjusting to his new life but he continues to have that positive attitude and winning smile. He came home from the hospital 2 months ago and immediately started intense therapy at the amazing Neuroworx facility. He still has no feeling from the waist down and hasn’t regained any functionality but he continues to work hard and is determined to do the best he can. Thanks for all of your donations to his medical fund this is all possible. Luke's rehab and recovery is an out-of-pocket expense and very expensive – so we’re so thankful for your donations as he’s able to get the therapy and support he needs for the next 8 months. We’re still accepting donations for his medical fund. He still has a long ways to go with up to 2 more years of therapy ahead so anyway you can help is so appreciated - whether you SHARE this page or update, or even donate yourself, we are so THANKFUL for your continued love and support!

Despite his injury Luke is determined to live life to its fullest and has spent the summer with his family and friends, he attended the Box Elder County Fair (a Bear River tradition) and didn’t miss out on anything as he rolled all over the fairgrounds with his friends. The start of football season was bittersweet but he is excited for his fellow football players and has been to nearly every game to cheer his friends and team on. He even marched in the parade with his team! School has started and he’s doing great – the school had to scramble to make his classrooms/bathroom/desks wheelchair accessible - but they’re being very accommodating with his needs and schedule. He loves being a Student Body Officer and being involved with school and his friends again. Luke you are an inspiration – we LOVE YOU and stay strong!! #lukestrong
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LUKE UPDATE:

It's been a few weeks since I've done an update about Luke - and honestly I wish I could share better news.

The doctors did an analysis of Luke last week and shared with him and his family that they expect him to be in a wheelchair the rest of his life. Although he is doing well and has kept his fighting spirit, there has been no changes and progress in his condition. Still no feeling and movement in his lower extremities and some of those miracles we are praying for hasn't happened yet. He pretty much shattered his L1 and has the worst injury for this area - with little chance of walking on his own again.

As you can imagine, this has been heartbreaking news for all of us, especially Luke and his family. Yes, we are so thankful that he's still with us and we know it could have been so much worse, but this is still devastating news for a 14 year old boy that would rather be running with his dog, camping with his fellow scouts, playing football and hanging with his friends.

We have had a chance to visit him a couple of times at Primary Children's Hospital over the past couple of weeks. They have moved him out of the ICU and is now in the Neurological Trauma Unit. He is having daily sessions of physical and occupational therapy. He's learning how to get in and out of his wheelchair by himself, learning to maneuver around on his own and learning how to be as independent as possible. He still has functionality above his waist and he's a tough, strong kid which is a huge blessing.

In fact, he's done so well in therapy that they are releasing him by the end of this week! Once he's out of the hospital he will start some intense therapy at an AMAZING state-of-the-art facility called Neuroworx https://neuroworx.org/drupal/. (visit their website to watch the video - it makes me cry everytime!)

It's under the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. There are only 6 facilities like this in the nation and we're so blessed to be only 1 hour away so Luke can attend his weekly sessions and still stay close to home. They specifically focus on neurological rehabilitation for individuals experiencing paralysis from spinal cord injuries and have done amazing things!

Although this facility is one of the best it's also expensive - and all fees for Luke's rehabilitation are out-of-pocket. That's why we are so thankful for YOUR DONATION as every cent of this his medical fund goes to his expenses for his rehabilitation!

We know Luke will thrive there and push himself to gain as much freedom, flexibility and movement as his body will allow. He is determined and still has hope - and no matter the outcome he has an amazing future ahead!

THANK YOU so much for your continued love, support and donations!

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Stars, Stripes, Smiles and a BIG Thank You!!

Happy 4th of July!! On this day we have so much to be thankful for - from the freedoms we enjoy to this beautiful country we live in. There's so many reasons to celebrate - including reaching the 50% mark on the way to our goal for Lukes Medical Fund!! Luke and his family wanted to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you who have showed your love, support and prayers on Luke's behalf. We're especially thankful to all who have donated to his medical fund - this will make a huge difference in helping him on his road to recovery.

We have had a chance to visit him a couple of times at Primary Children's Hospital this week. They have moved him out of the ICU and is now in the Neurological Trauma Unit. He is doing well and has kept his fighting spirit, although there has been no changes and progress in his condition. Still no feeling and movement in his lower extremities and some of those miracles we are praying for hasn't happened yet.

He is now having daily sessions of physical and occupational therapy. He's learning how to get in and out of his wheelchair by himself and learning to maneuver around on his own. He's been able to leave his room and take a few little outings in the hospital, and he's looking forward to watching the fireworks tonight from the hospital roof!

We keep praying and hoping that his condition will improve - thank you for your love and support!

THANK YOU!!
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LUKE UPDATE!! We are overwhelmed with the love and support that Luke and his family has received, from the loving messages and generous donations we've received. You will never know how much this means to us and we're truly thankful from the bottom our hearts!

Luke is awake and has had many visitors including his cousins, nieces, friends, church group, coaches, school principal and even his beloved scout master Joe that means so much to him. Of course his family and siblings, including his twin sister, has never left his side. These visits have been great medicine for Luke and his spirits are lifted - it's wonderful to see a smile on his face! His sister Morgan Capener brought him a flag blanket - it fits him perfectly as it represents his love for scouting and America.

At this time there is still no movement below his waist - with exception to his upper top thighs. He has felt a few sensations in his thighs and ankle, but the doctors are still very concerned as he has no feeling below his waist in the areas that affect bodily functions. This is something that we're all praying for! It's too soon to know at this point but we can only hope that when the swelling goes down this will improve. They were able to get him to sit with the assistance of the doctors and medical staff, but he felt too much pain in his back near the surgical sight. They hope to get him to stand soon with the assistance of the medical staff.

Luke and his family are having their ups and downs but they are still hopeful! Our prayers and love are with them at this time.

Thank you to all you have donated to Luke's Medical Fund - we have been truly touched by all the donations from friends, family, loved ones and even those we don't know but are touched by Lukes story and want to help. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
SMILES, STARS and STRIPES!
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Raised by 228 people in 8 months
Created June 25, 2017
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