Tyler needs a wheelchair van

$21,020 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 173 people in 14 months
Priscilla J Abbott
on behalf of Melissa Jean
 YORK, ME
Please share this story about my grandson Tyler. He has always been eager to get up and go. These past few years, he has participated in basketball, football, and track. Last year, he was certified in scuba diving, and was planning on competing in the Spartan Races this past summer. Those who love Tyler struggled to keep up with his energy, which he always seemed to have more of, except when it came to chores.

This Father's Day, Tyler was involved in a traumatic car accident. He and his older sister were passengers in a car that was rear-ended by a distracted driver. Tyler suffered massive head trauma, and has been hospitalized in Boston ever since. He is not able to walk, talk, or eat on his own. When Tyler is at his best, he squeezes his Mumma's hand when asked to do so.

Tyler is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital just days after Christmas. His mom, Melissa Jean and older sister Mariah, with whom he has always lived, and his younger sister Brynn and step-father Rory are excited to bring him home. They imagine him with his dog, Guinness, gathered around the family dining room, suffering listening to his parents' musical selections (rolling his eyes), and rejoining his family's everyday life. 

Children recover from traumatic brain injury for several years before plateauing. Research suggests they need familiar stimuli, regular stimulation, and sensory exposure to maximize their recovery. Tyler's family can't wait to start that process.

Part of Tyler's recovery involves getting him up and going as much as possible - just as Tyler would have done before the crash. Pratically speaking, this means that Tyler's family needs a wheelchair van. A van is not  covered by insurance, and it will cost upwards of $20000. 

Tyler's family would be eternally grateful for any donation made to help afford to purchase a van. Any funds donated will be put towards the van. Tyler will benefit from having a van of course, but his family knows the spirit-lifting power of generosity, and is touched and strengthened by those kind souls who donate or spread Tyler's story. Thank you.
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With a very generous donation from the Christian Life Church in Eliot, Tyler's family is much closer to purchasing that Van. As you can see from the photo Tyler is more alert and making more eye contact. He can now support his head a bit and sit in wheelchair for lengthier time frames. His mumma Melissa is determined to find a way to communicate with him - trying many ways to establish communication. We DEEPLY APPRECIATE the support of family and friends. Thanks so much,❤️❤️❤️
Tyler approving of Mariah's prom attire!
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Tyler has been home now for a little over a month. We are so grateful he's in our home, retaking his position in our family as much as he's capable. He's sat with us at dinner. He's tolerated a "tea party" party with his little sister. He's watched familiar movies and television, and listened to music.

The time at home has been some of Tyler's most attentive and alert since the crash. He has been awake more often and for longer periods of time. He smiles several times a week. Sometimes, he has looked in the direction of somebody talking to him from across the room. On occasion, he's squeezed his mom's hand when asked to do so. Tyler's rehabilitation is focused on exactly these kinds of things with the ultimate goal that Tyler will be able to communicate with us.

Like everyone else, as the spring comes, we have our eyes on the outdoors. We want to get Tyler out into the community -- e.g., parks, beaches, and to see family and friends. Currently, we do not have the ability to transport Tyler to do any of this. Even getting to doctor's appointments --both scheduled and emergency--requires herculean effort. Only an ambulance provider transports patients as medically complex as Tyler.

Tyler needs his own van. One that fits Tyler; his sisters Mariah & Brynn; his mom, Melissa; and his step-father Rory will let them take the next step towards being the family they were before Tyler's injury. Anything you can do to help make this a reality is deeply appreciated.
A tea party with his baby sister!
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Plans are for Tyler to be transported from Spaulding Rehab in Boston home to Berwick, Maine on Wednesday. His mom Melissa, stepdad Rory, and sisters Mariah & Brynn are excited at the idea of being able to see him daily. Many Berwick-Somersworth, Rochester, and Nottingham community members as well as friends and family have reached out and generously donated to the ramp & van fund. Thanks for your support!!❤️❤️❤️
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Tyler's outgoing, humorous, and giving nature helped him to touch many lives and make connections with many kind, caring, generous people. His family is grateful for your support. They are expecting Tyler home within the week - lots of details to work out prior to that move. Please share and consider a donation to the ramp & Van fund. Thanks so much.❤️❤️❤️
Tyler and his baby sister Brynn - ❤️❤️❤️
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Ginger Cushman
11 months ago
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For some encouragement please check out our page in Facebook 'Ryan Meek and Family'. Ryan had a jetski accident in January 2014...broke all the bones in his legs, broken jaw, and severe TBI. His recovery is remarkable...don't give up! There is hope! #Godsgotthis!!

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Virginia King
12 months ago
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If you want to give and you know how to reach this family ,,giving to them they get it all,i heard last week that they keep a certain %. Ask questions,,,not sure how true it is.

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Jason Luciano
14 months ago
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If you haven't yet please check out the Maine CITE program. (Mainecite.org). The can help.

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Chris Camilli
11 months ago

I dont have the funds to help but i can recommend you check out this site. One of the best charities out there. https://chivecharities.org/recipient

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$21,020 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 173 people in 14 months
Created December 18, 2016
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$3,000
Lurkin Merkins
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Tyler's family deeply appreciates the caring compassion and generous spirit of the women's hockey team Lurkin Merkins. They donated the proceeds from their Cape Cod Chowder Classic - we are forever grateful for your support.

GM
$100
Gavin Mason
8 months ago

Tyler you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gavin Mason and Family

CC
$100
Coach Crawford
8 months ago

All the best to you Tyler !! Always in my thoughts.

JR
$50
Jean Reynolds
8 months ago

The teachers of Woodland School wish you the best.

BB
$100
Bob and MaryJayne Boyd
9 months ago

God bless all y'all. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.

DS
$3,600
Denise Satrape
9 months ago
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Dear Tyler; This gift is from the family and friends at Christian Life Church in Eliot, ME Our prayers are with you and your family for a complete recovery. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

DB
$50
Dianne & Danny Buttrick
10 months ago

So touched by this. Looking forward to meeting Tyler!

$25
Mic Mac
10 months ago
Ginger Cushman
11 months ago
1
1

For some encouragement please check out our page in Facebook 'Ryan Meek and Family'. Ryan had a jetski accident in January 2014...broke all the bones in his legs, broken jaw, and severe TBI. His recovery is remarkable...don't give up! There is hope! #Godsgotthis!!

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Virginia King
12 months ago
1
1

If you want to give and you know how to reach this family ,,giving to them they get it all,i heard last week that they keep a certain %. Ask questions,,,not sure how true it is.

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Jason Luciano
14 months ago
1
1

If you haven't yet please check out the Maine CITE program. (Mainecite.org). The can help.

+ Read More
Chris Camilli
11 months ago

I dont have the funds to help but i can recommend you check out this site. One of the best charities out there. https://chivecharities.org/recipient

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