Hey, we've decided to set up this site to try and keep everyone up to speed on Aaron's progress. If you have any extra questions or want information I forgot to include, feel free to email or write in the guestbook on here.
On Friday, August 20th, Aaron was at a party with some people from his D.O. school, the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Aaron and a group of kids were jumping off of a balcony into a pool, he dove wrong, and is currently receiving care at Maine Medical Center in Portland for a shattered 5th vertebrae and spinal cord damage that is equivalent to that of a severed spinal cord. The night he arrived Aaron had a surgery performed called an anterior fusion to remove the broken pieces of vertebrae, ensure he would have no chance of further neurological damage, and allow him to sit in an upright position. He was conscious, breathing, and able to speak after the injury and before being anesthetized for the anterior fusion. Thankfully, his brain is 100% the same as it was before the accident and he is able to speak and breathe normally. His vitals are consistently stable, our main concern is caring for the spinal injury, ensuring he heals well from his surgery, and concentrating on being very positive about physical therapy and rehabilitation opportunities.
The 4th annual Friends of Aaron Martinuzzi FunRun Walk is now a distant memory. If you were unable to make it, we held the event once again at Kensington Metro Park, West Boat Launch. This year, Sept 8 proved to be a winner; the weather was beautiful. So warm! 120 people came out to run, walk, or volunteer and cheer others on, and see friends. So down a little from the year before, but definitely still a solid turnout, and the pledges are still coming in. Thank you, thank you. So far, the event has raised almost $18,000 towards Aaron’s rehabilitation and care.
We had generous donations again courtesy of Westborn Markets, for the apples, bananas, grapes and oranges, also Moosejaw Mountaineering for the clothing and swag prizes. All of the printing and paper was donated by the accounting firm of Lis, McCallion & Raymor, Livonia, MI. The Tiger tickets were donated by Lisa and Jack Johnson, and the Tshirts were provided once again by Uniforms and More, Livonia, MI, at a great price. This year the event was made even more exciting and ‘professional’ by the addition of a timing clock! Aaron called an old friend from swim teamdays, who is now head coach of the Livonia Community Swim Club, and he provided the timing equipment for the day of the run. Thank you, Joe Bublitz!
Looking forward to the 5th Annual! Save the date,September 6, 2014. See you there!!!!