Brady's Battle

$27,174 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 321 people in 9 days
Created February 8, 2019
Tuesday, February 5th started out like any other morning. Shane and Brady were on their way to Brady's school when Shane was rear ended. The impact was strong enough to deploy the airbags and Shane was temporarily knocked unconscious. After climbing out of the passenger side door, Shane saw that Brady was pinned in the backseat. The impact had been so great that the back of the car had folded into itself. Brady was unconscious and needed to be extricated from the vehicle. 

Shane was banged up and needed several staples to his head. Brady was much, much worse. After undergoing emergency surgery to relieve the swelling in his brain, Brady was put in a medically induced coma to allow his body to rest. He has a broken femur, broken mandible, facial fractures, and pneumonia from aspirating a significant amount of blood.

As I write this, Brady is still fighting for his future in the Intensive Care Unit. Once the swelling in his brain is minimized, he will need to have another surgery on his leg, as well as his facial fractures.  Doctors are cautiously optimistic about his recovery but stress that it will be a long road ahead. 

Shane, Jennie, and Jakob are keeping vigil at Brady's bedside. They are not sure when they will be returning to work. They are not sure what types of rehabilitation Brady will need after his future surgeries. They are not sure how they are going to pay for all of these medical expenses. 

That's where you come in! Brady is so loved by many and the Swenson family needs your support. We are asking for your help in any of the following ways:

1. Donate to this campaign. The money raised will help pay the costs of Brady's mounting medical bills, as well as provide for the family's living expenses so Shane and Jennie can focus on Brady instead of worrying about finances. 

2. Pray. Spiritual support is so important in this time of great need. God is good and hears our prayers for a safe and consistent recovery for Brady. 

3. Share this campaign on your social media accounts and with your contacts. The most successful campaigns are the ones that are seen, so please take a moment to share Brady's story. 

This has been absolutely devastating to Brady's family. The worst part is that it was completely avoidable- Shane was not rear ended due to icy road conditions or faulty driving.  All donations will help ease the burden the Swenson family is bearing through no fault of their own.
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It's 5:45 on Sunday morning and I know that I should be sleeping in right now, but I can't seem to think about anything other than sharing some gratitude this morning. And I guess that seems quite fitting since today is Day 13. I wasn't able to muster the strength to go to church last Sunday without Brady by my side, and am feeling that same feeling on this Sunday too, so I hope a little journaling about giving thanks will make up for that today.

My initial thought was to list the name of every single person who has touched our lives since the time of the accident, but I know that it's impossible to do. There are so many people I have not yet met who have contributed to Brady's health and healing and I cannot even fathom how far that extends.

So here is what I have so far, and I know this list will grow as Brady continues on this journey. Please forgive me if I missed your name or the work you've done that has contributed to saving his life and his continued healing.
My husband, Shane - I cannot imagine going through this with anyone else in this world
Our son, Jakob
Brady's guardian angel who called the police at the time of the accident; she kept Shane away from the car and kept watch over Brady - checking his breathing and his pulse, and prayed with him until the first responders arrived
Father Pedersen
First responders
All EMS - fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatch
Spouses and family members of first responders and EMS staff
Hospital staff: ER, CCRT team, Radiology, Lab, Pharmacy, OR, Trauma Neuro ICU, nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, child-family life specialists, dietitians, palliative care, HUCs, housekeeping and anyone I have missed
Dr. Roach and Dr. Garner - incredible neuro surgeons
Jess, Robin, Dayna, Annie, Stephanie, Kierra, Michelle, Amber, Karen, Dr. Hawes, Dr. Shaker, Dr. Davis - anyone else I forgot to mention
Our family - Shane's mom (Sue), my dad (Glenn), brothers Scott & Stefan, sister-in-law Cindi - they've been here with us all along
Extended family
Ryan & Jenna and Guy & Sandy - thank you so much for everything
Former co-workers
Our employers - PCL Construction and RDO Equipment Co. - both absolutely amazing
Members of our church
Sacred Heart students, staff and parents
6th grade parents - thank you so much for the beautiful birthday gifts and everything you have given to us to keep us fed and hydrated. :)
Bud & Kim - you show up every day - we love you
Prayer warriors near and far
Every person who has donated on GoFundMe - we especially love the $13 donation - and we're so grateful for every donation for Brady
Every single person or group listed above has given so much in so many ways, and continues to give. We are so very blessed. THANK YOU!

The morning of the accident, I called 4 people as I frantically drove to the hospital. Ryan Johnson - thank you for patiently listening to my garbled conversation about an accident and Brady being unresponsive. Sarah Bowback - thank you for offering prayers for Brady. Dad - thank you for trying to keep me calm; I was so worried I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time. And Shane - you were my rock, reminding me that Brady was being tended to in an ambulance - reassuring me that he would be okay. I won't forget those phone calls and am so grateful that each of you were there for me in a time of absolute crisis.

Since the accident, we have been able to meet some of the first responders and others who were either at the scene or their colleagues. A huge thank you to Officer Baker, Detective Galli, Chief of Police Tim, Fire Chief Sarah, Joel, Eric, Jon and Shane's paramedic. Brady is with us today because of the work that you did on that day to save him. Thank you for coming to see us and for sharing some tears and hugs. There are no words to express our gratitude for what you did on that day and for what you do each and every day. You are our heroes.

Shane is more of the eternal optimist and I'm more of the silver lining type of person. While they both tend to land on some sort of positive reasoning or result, they're definitely 2 different ways to assess a situation. Ever since the accident, Shane has been able to keep his eternal optimism and I've wavered from the lowest of lows to finding some sort of silver lining. It's a roller coaster ride that keeps taking me back to the lows and then without warning, I suddenly find myself feeling exhilarated by something small, like seeing Brady's eyes open (which really is a very big thing, we all know - but a small action in the grand scheme of things). And just when I feel like things have leveled off and I'm coasting, I end up with somewhere else again, but continue to try to keep the silver lining in my line of sight. In short, I hope that you all gain something positive from Brady's story - I hope his journey creates countless silver linings in your lives. Maybe you'll pray more, love more, hug more, give more, take less, listen more & talk less, volunteer for your favorite charity, become a medical professional or first responder, learn to love the number 13, start to journal your own life journey, give the keys to someone else if you've been drinking, or get help for your addiction. Every breath you take and every day that you live is truly a gift. And I hope that Brady's story has changed you in some way that you'll never forget, in the way that it has changed, and will continue to change, our own journeys.

With love & unending gratitude,
Jennie, Shane and Jakob
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Today was a fairly quiet and restful day for Brady, but he fought a fever all throughout the day. He's scheduled to have a big day on Monday - surgery for his broken mandible, he'll move off of the ventilator and then have a tracheostomy to replace the vent, and he'll also have a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. With all of this taking place first thing Monday morning, we ask that all visitors wait to visit until at least Wednesday. We need to get that fever down and he'll need some time to rest post-surgery.

He has had a lot of "hardware" removed over the past few days (EEG nodes/the ventric montior/etc.), and is really beginning to look like our sweet Brady again. Once the ventilator and feeding tube in his nose are gone, we'll be able to see his beautiful face again. He's still mainly responding only to pain, but also has a lot of meds running through his system due to the surgery yesterday and managing his ongoing pain.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers - we are beyond grateful for each and every one of you. Your faith, love, hope and prayers are carrying our family through this.

With love & gratitude,
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So happy to share that the OR was able to get Brady’s femur surgery done earlier than expected today and it was a success!

We’re anticipating a very sleepy afternoon for Brady and so excited to see him progressing this way.

With love & gratitude,
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Now that Brady will be undergoing surgeries and will need as much quiet and healing time as possible, we ask that visitors plan to leave the hospital by 7:00pm each day.  We love having you here and appreciate your support more than you know.

Thank you!!!

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Raised by 321 people in 9 days
Created February 8, 2019
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