Help Matt Hunt and his family

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Raised by 124 people in 48 months
On Sunday, July 5th Matthew was spending time with family and friends when he dove into an unfamiliar pool. As he dove into this pool he hit his head and fractured a vertebrae in his neck losing mobility in his legs. Matt was rushed to upstate hospital where he has had numerous scans, X-rays and a surgery that evening. Currently Matt is in the hospital for at least the next month recovering, in which time he will have numerous scans and possibly more surgeries and it is unknown whether mobility will return to his legs.

Matt is an amazing man who will always do what he can to help family and friends. For those who know Matt I am sure he has helped you in some way, and for those that don't I hope you get the chance to cross paths with this amazing person. Unfortunate things happen to the best of people and I think it's our turn to help him. Please help Matt and his family as he is uninsured and any donation amount will help.
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Good evening everyone!! I can't believe it's been a month since I updated, I guess being back to work keeps me busy! I had a follow up last week with my rehab Dr. and she said I'm doing awesome. In the last couple of weeks I've been released from both physical therapy and occupational therapy. I passed all of the tests they had me do and they said there's not much more they can do for me there, I just need to continue to build strength and endurance. I've been working half days, usually between 3-6 hours, but anything more than 4 I get very tired and pain sets in. Still 12-18 months for full healing and recovery, I'm a bit nervous about winter, but I bought some spikes for my cane to help keep me on my feet. The cooler weather and rain are a bit bothersome with the numb/tingling feeling in much of my body, the rain yesterday felt like someone throwing needles at my back. If anyone wants to stop over, Jessica and I are hosting a thank you celebration at our house in Baldwinsville on Sunday October 11th from 1-5pm. Just a way for us to thank all of our supporters and to celebrate my recovery, we'd love to see you. If you don't know where live please send me a message. Thank you all!
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Hi everyone, Matt again with another update... I went to see my spine surgeon yesterday for a follow up and he says I'm doing amazing!! He's left it up to me and how I feel to go back to work and also to drive again; so I'm starting back a few hours a day or whatever I can handle on 9/1 (next Tuesday) and this morning I drove myself to a meeting with no issue!! He's also weaning me off of most of my meds. Says it's probably 12-18 months for full, or as close to full recovery as I'm going to get, 6 months or so for my neck to heal completely. So, all is well and continuing in a positive direction for Jessica and I. Thank you for your continued support as I work to get stronger and heal and hopefully get full use and feeling back in my legs!! Smile and live for today!!
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Happy Saturday! Time for another update, as I've received several inquiries for my status. At this point there are not a lot of daily improvements/successes like there was during my hospital stay. I'm doing a couple days a week of occupational and physical therapy and that's going great!! I do a lot of training on walking, balance, strength, and endurance, the balance work can be very intense, which I like! Next week I go to see my surgeon on Wednesday and will have another update at that time. Until then I'm still very restricted on what I can do and not lifting more than 10 lbs... I'm hoping to have some restrictions lifted/altered and also to be cleared to go back to work!
I couldn't do any of this without all of your continued support; donations, meals, cards, messages, prayers, thoughts, and love all add up to help me and Jess through this. Jess has been amazing, I owe so much to here for being right by my side the entire time (maybe that's to keep me from doing things I'm not supposed to!). There's still a long ways to go for me so please continue your support, prayers, and love.
I hope some of you can learn from my situation, think twice before you do something, especially if you're over 30 and it's something you've done countless times in your life, your body isn't what it was at 17!! Also, live for today, be present in the moment and with the ones you love... you never know what could change your life in the blink of an eye!!
Have an awesome weekend and be grateful for all you have and all you are able to do... THANK YOU!!
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Good day everyone, this is Matt!!
I wanted to provide a status update to everyone who has cared, supported, prayed, loved, and/or donated on my behalf. I struggle to find words that are strong enough to express my appreciation and gratitude for all of you. You may not think too much of whatever effort you made towards my recovery, but to me every single word, text, FB message, call, card, donation gave me more determination and put a bigger smile on my face to get through this current challenge.
We are now at 30 days since I broke my neck jumping into a friend's pool, a burst fracture of my C7 vertebrae and what they call an incomplete spinal cord injury. Jessica and are feel so blessed to be at home at this point because in the first few days they didn't know if I'd ever walk or how long it might take or that I could be in the hospital and rehab for months! Thanks to a lot of factors and all of you I came home after 17 days and walking with a cane!
It's so nice to be home and doing some normal things (go to store, bank, lunch, etc). But I have a long road still. Yesterday the last of my steri-strips came off of my neck incision (the surgery they did was through the front of my neck to remove the fractured C7 and put in a carbon fiber plate & screws in its place). So if you see me in public I look pretty good (I think!) just walking with a cane and not bandages anywhere... but I don't have full use of my legs nor do I have a lot of feeling from above my belly button all the way down to my toes. I have this constant tingling/numbness in my legs that is very uncomfortable and I get muscle spasms in my legs that hurt. Dr. says it could takes months for the sensation I feel constantly in my legs to go away and have more normal sensation, it may not all get better. My neck is still healing and still swollen, which puts pressure on my spine. I am not allowed to lift more than 10lbs so I'm very limited in what I can do.
Every day I try to walk as much as possible (doing pretty good with no cane in short spurts!), do exercises to regain the fine motor skills in my hands/fingers and strengthen them and my arms/upper body.
I'll continue to update everyone, please continue your thoughts and prayers for me as I need it and YOU make a difference in me!! I'm humbled by all the support and love, THANK YOU!!
Smile,
Matt Hunt
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WOW!!! You are all so amazing, I'm just completely overwhelmed that you're all so helpful and generous. Seeing all the people wanting to help me/us makes me so grateful. I'm home at this point (came home last Tuesday) and trying to catch up on some things. I have a lot ahead of me still, 4 or 5 therapy sessions a week for at least a few months and then re-evaluate. I'm up and walking pretty well with a cane, but I'm still very limited. I have a lot of tingling/numb sensation from above my belly button down to my toes and get muscle spasms that run through my legs. Day by day I'm getting stronger. I couldn't have gotten to where I'm at without all of you and outpouring of support, love, and prayers. THANK YOU!

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Raised by 124 people in 48 months
Created July 6, 2015
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Fred Perrin
47 months ago
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My best Matt I just heard. Get better soon. GOD BLESS

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Terri Corso-walker
47 months ago
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Get well soon!!

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Yvonne Conte
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We will all be praying for a complete recovery. Stay strong.

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Little Difference Makers
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Blessings and encouragement for a speedy recovery! Thank you for letting us help and for being an amazing role model to our little difference makers!

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Derinda (Lowe) Blakeney
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So glad you're making progress! Looking forward to seeing you in October.

Matthew Hunt
47 months ago
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WOW!!! You are all so amazing, I'm just completely overwhelmed that you're all so helpful and generous. Seeing all the people wanting to help me/us makes me so grateful. I'm home at this point (came home last Tuesday) and trying to catch up on some things. I have a lot ahead of me still, 4 or 5 therapy sessions a week for at least a few months and then re-evaluate. I'm up and walking pretty well with a cane, but I'm still very limited. I have a lot of tingling/numb sensation from above my belly button down to my toes and get muscle spasms that run through my legs. Day by day I'm getting stronger. I couldn't have gotten to where I'm at without all of you and outpouring of support, love, and prayers. THANK YOU!

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