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Maxwell Ahlquist

$46,295 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 429 people in 28 days
Created June 18, 2019
Max's Story  -  Max was on an epic month-long outdoor adventure trip with his high school touring California, Utah and Colorado.  While on the river portion of the trip, a makeshift slip-n-slide was set up using the underside of a boat, with the kids running from the shore, sliding across the underside of the boat, people lifting the nose of the boat and then the kids launching off the boat into the water.  Somehow Max was inadvertently launched in such a way that he landed in shallower waters rather than in deeper waters.  His head struck the river bottom.  He was pulled very promptly from the water and quickly life flighted to Grand Junction, Colorado.  An initial CT scan showed a neck fracture, so he was then flown to Denver Children’s Hospital. 

On Sunday June 16, Max had surgery to fuse his C4 to C7 vertebrae in order to stabilize his neck.  He also sustained a serious spinal cord injury with the prognosis currently unknown.  He was transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood Colorado on June 24 to begin intensive OT/PT therapy for the next 90 days. Please pray that he will regain some upper and lower body mobility. 

We've been asked by many to provide a way to support Max during this difficult time. Please feel no obligation whatsoever to contribute, but by request, we are providing an avenue to contribute to family travel costs to/from Colorado during the next 3 months, two separate air ambulance transports often only partially covered by insurance and long term costs of Max’s future care. Most importantly, please keep Max constantly in your prayers for the rough journey ahead.  Your thoughtful and encouraging words speak directly to his heart and soul. ❤️
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A CaringBridge campaign

$46,295 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 429 people in 28 days
Created June 18, 2019
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