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Aaron’s Story

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 Aaron was rushed to the hospital today by his friends and has been treated for meningococcus, a bacterium that causes meningitis. Thank goodness his friends were so on the ball because the disease progressed very quickly.  He has severe sepsis, blood poisoning, which is a effect of the bacteria.  His blood is very thin although his circulation is poor which is causing less blood to flow to his feet and hands.  His kidneys are not working very well, and he may need dialysis as the night progresses.

Currently, the doctors and nurses at Cottage are taking very good care of him, but they are looking for relatively rare treatments by calling all the hospitals in So. Cal.  We are hoping that one of them will improve his circulation and get the blood flowing to his limbs!

We have put work on hold and will stay in Santa Barbara as long as necessary.  Betsy and Dave are helping out by hanging out at the hospital with us, asking intelligent questions, and providing lots of moral support.  We want all our family and friends to know how much we appreciate and value all your expressions of love and caring.  It's hard to reach out to each of you individually right now as we are so overwhelmed by the events of the day, but we will over the next few days.  Please tell anyone who wants to know how Aaron is doing to check this site.
Lots of love,
KIrsten and Mike

Latest Journal Update

Treated Like a King

Its been a month since we've shared an update on Aaron's progress.  Time flies when you're caught up in awe and admiration of his journey with prosthetics.

Aaron works with one of the country's finest prosthetic clinics.  His prosthetists have a combined 60 years of experience working with young athletes and injured servicemen.  Many have injuries far worse than Aaron's.  Many have become accomplished runners, triathletes, para athletes and business/societal leaders.  All are uniquely amazing and inspirational.

Aaron goes to his prosthetic clinic 3-5 times a week, each session lasts between 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours.  His legs are getting stronger and his skin/tissue is getting tougher.  His commitment to get back to UC Santa Barbara this fall remains unwavered.

Last night, Aaron was treated with VIP privileges to attend the LA Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks hockey game.  It was a thrilling game that went into overtime and then into a shootout.  After the game, Aaron visited the locker room and met two of the King's players, Dustin Brown-forward/team captain and Jonathan Quick-goalie.  Both were on the US Olympic Team.  Both were extremely generous with their time and offered words of encouragement. 

Aaron's network continues to expand.  He is meeting amazing people...all of whom are wonderfully supportive.  He is appreciative of the continued offers for support, services and financial assistance.  Everyone is aligned and engaged with Aaron's recovery and near-term goals. 

Overall, Aaron's doing well.   As we recognized from Day 1, his personality, resiliency and competitive spirit will enable him to prevail in this lifelong marathon.

Genuine thanks to all.
The Loys 
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Kim Perri
By Kim Perri
Thank you Loys for sharing Aaron's awesome progress with all of us. He is amazing and makes us all smile, seeing his beautiful smile and hearing about his recovery, progress, and determination to reach his goals.
Taryn Jelovich
By Taryn Jelovich (Lutz)
It's great to hear of your amazing progress Aaron. You are one tough cookie!
andy lee
By Andy and Serena Lee
Way to go Aaron! Hope to see you soon!
Patricia Sakelaris
By Patricia Sakelaris
You are the GO FIGHT WIN kid of all time. You are AMAZING Aaron & an inspiration for all. As always, hugs, prayers & all good things headed your way!
Kathleen White
By Kathleen White
It was so amazing to see him walk onto the field for the Claremont game, so inspiring. Congratulations at your super progress!
Fran Kennedy
By Fran Kennedy
Such a fantastic young man and family! I am constantly impressed and send positive wishes for your continued recovery.
Nancy/Harold Snowden
By The Snowden Family!!
Wonderful and exciting news!! Soo happy to hear of Aaron's continued progress and to see him successfully embrace this new chapter in his life!! Aaron, we continue to pray for your health, happiness and strength of spirit!! Fight on, Aaron Loy!! You make me smile, every day!!
With love, hugs and support.....Nancy, Harold, Shannon, Lyle and Scotteeeeee!!
McKenna Taylor
By McKenna Taylor
What beautiful and blessed news! I'm so happy to hear about Aaron's continued strides in his progress and recovery. My family and I will keep praying for increased strength, healing, and good faith for Aaron. We hold all of you in our hearts. ♥️
Linda Folsom
By Steve and Linda
Wow!! We continue to be amazed by the entire Loy family :) we never know what our life journey will be and we are in awe of how Aaron is meeting every challenge. It is great to hear of some of the fun things that have been presented to Aaron - Folsom hockey boys are excited that Aaron had an amazing time WITH the Kings!!!! Thank you for the post and making our day!
Ann Swan
By The Swan Family.
What a wonderful update. You all continue to amaze and inspire us.