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The Jonathon Carlson Recovery Fund

$18,995 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 193 people in 8 months
Created December 10, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jillian Carlson
On Saturday Nov. 17, just before leaving home to volunteer at a dog rescue event, Jon started having chest pains which he first believed was indigestion. When it didn’t ease, his wife Jillian took him to the local ER, where it was determined that he suffered an aortic dissection, a tear in his aorta. Since this is life threatening and every second mattered, he was air-lifted to Hartford where he underwent emergency surgery for eight hours to repair the damage. Due to the extreme procedures that needed to be done during the surgery, Jon suffered multiple strokes in both his brain and his spine.  On Sunday Nov.18th, he suffered a grand mal seizure. When he didn’t wake up following surgery, doctors determined that his quality of life was questionable and the family was devastated. Slowly, over the next several days, he started to show signs of improvement and is now awake. 

At this time, Jon remains in the ICU where he continues to fight to be able to do things on his  own again. He is currently on breathing assistance and has no feeling below his chest. He is working with occupational, physical, and speech therapy a few times a week. He has a long road ahead of him and the short term goal is to get him out of the ICU, into rehab, and back to his family.

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Jillian has been struggling to be with Jon as much as possible, as well as care for their three young children and run the household. There will be MANY expenses which the family will incur, and we want to raise funds to help the Carlson Family with their medical and household expenses while Jon is unable to work. Your support for Jon, Jillian, and their children is greatly appreciated.
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From Jon's Mom Chris:

I’ve had friends asking how my son Jon is doing because I haven’t done an update since his birthday in February. Since then, there have been a few bumps in the road, including a trip back to the hospital to treat a pretty serious infection with intravenous antibiotics. He spent 3 weeks there and is now back at the wonderful rehab facility, continuing with his physical and occupational therapy. His therapists are amazed at how well he is doing. His memory continues to improve and, today, Mike and I had so much fun doing word puzzles with him! He’s so much better than I am with these! Lol! We all realize that his recovery will take time, but he’s still making progress every day! On the 17th of this month, it will be 6 months since he had his surgery and subsequent strokes, but his attitude is more positive than ever! He hasn’t been home since mid November and the most important thing for him right now is to be back home with his wife and kids! And, oh yes, his dog Jasper! ❤️
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From Chris:

Happy Birthday Jonny!

We celebrated Jon’s 38th birthday today at the rehab center and had a wonderful time with family and friends. Jillian gave Jon a very special gift, Jasper 2.0, an exact but smaller version of his best bud. Jon hasn’t seen the real Jasper since his operation, as he has been staying with some close friends while Jon recuperates. Jon and Jasper will be reunited sometime soon. Jon also enjoyed spending time with his 3 kids, Kennedy, Reise and Regan. Everyone shared lots of memories and had a great time! We are so happy today and couldn’t be more proud of our kid and his accomplishments!
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This is Jon’s 3rd week in the rehab facility and he continues to improve. He has physical and occupational therapy twice a day and has been working on strengthening his core muscles, using an exercise ball and weights. He did so well in his memory class that he was asked to assist the teacher with helping the other patients. We are so thankful for all the improvements Jon has shown in the last 3 weeks and appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers from everyone.
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Fron Chris, Jon's Mom:

UPDATE ON JON: Mike and I took our grandson Reise to see his Dad today at the rehab facility. Jon is doing so well! He was sitting in his chair and watching a movie on his iPad when we got there. We brought an old photo album and had such a nice time looking at old pictures, remembering fun times and laughing. He’s talking much better because the trach was taken out a few days ago, and he’s very happy about that. He’s been doing physical and occupational therapy every day and in his words, he’s “doing great!” We are all just thrilled with his progress! Thank you again for all the positive thoughts and prayers!

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$18,995 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 193 people in 8 months
Created December 10, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jillian Carlson
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