Stan Wright Support Fund

$8,100 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 43 months
On January 6 , 2015 Stan Wright arrived at DIA for his 0545 shift as an air traffic controller. It was -15 degrees, but it had been 60 the day before, which resulted in some very icy conditions. He drove his 100-series Land Cruiser that day. When he jumped out in the dark, he slipped on the black ice so quickly that he never had the chance to brace himself. The back of his head slapped the steel slider (a running board built for offroad use) as he fell. That knocked him out cold. He landed in a sitting position with his back muscles totally limp from the head smack, causing serious damage to his back.

Since then, Stan hasn't been able to work his regular job. He's been on pain medication from constant back pain. Over time, his back got much worse. His neurosurgeon was concerned because the fall at work caused two severe herniations. The bad one was at the T7/8 level. That is the thoracic region on your back, basically nipple height. The severity of this was that normally, a disc would herniate off to the side. The disc herniated straight back and formed a kidney bean around his spinal cord. This made surgery extremely risky just based on the proximity to the spinal cord. One touch, even a breath or a breeze on the cord would paralyze Stan for life. His doctor wanted to try alternative methods to see if he could avoid surgery. For the next 5 months, Stan tried everything: PT, spinal injections, light exercise... everything. Finally, surgery was the last resort. Stan had to negotiate getting the surgery approved through federal insurance: another horror story.

Finally, on September 24, he went in for surgery. What his surgeon discovered was worse than expected. The result is that Stan is now at Craig Hospital learning to walk again. He has good control of his left leg, but his right leg has very little feeling in it.

The result on Stan's family this year has been tough financially. The purpose of this campaign is to provide some assistance to Stan and his family. Any amount that you contribute will be much appreciated.

Thank you for your generosity.
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$8,100 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 43 months
Created October 7, 2015
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RM
$100
Ralph Mawyer
39 months ago
JB
$200
Jon & Cece Bachelder
40 months ago

Thank you for your work on Toyota Trails. I always look forward to the publication. Your story is a reminder that life can do a 180 in less than a second. Our wishes for a complete recovery.

JP
$134
John Patty
40 months ago

Get well wishes from Tennessee! Look forward to seeing you on the trail soon!

MD
$500
Mark and Jan Delaney
42 months ago
$200
Anonymous
42 months ago
$100
Anonymous
42 months ago
RC
$150
Razorback Land Cruisers
42 months ago

Get well soon, Stan!!

$400
Anonymous
43 months ago
OA
$100
Onur Azeri
43 months ago

We are behind you Stan.

RM
$100
Richard & Kim McGhee
43 months ago

Good Luck with your battle to recover.

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