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November 22,2013

November 22, 2013

Dear Friends,

We would like to begin by expressing our sincere gratitude for the many thoughts and prayers you have directed towards our son, Boone. The support throughout the entire Treasure Valley, and especially from the Kuna community, has reminded us why the Treasure Valley is such a wonderful place to call our home. Not only have our family and close friends come to support us, but so too have a countless number of complete strangers, all of whom have sincerely offered their concern and support. We are so very proud to be able to say we are a part of this community. Your support has been truly incredible!

The doctors, nurses, therapists and administrators at Saint Alphonsus Hospital have been outstanding!They truly care for Boone’s well‐being. We will never be able to completely thank them for all that they have done for him. Boone’s condition is steadily improving. He has been able to move his shoulders,arms and wrists, and he is now showing some movement in his left foot. These are very encouraging signs. Boone is also getting stronger every day, as the swelling in his throat related to the surgery finally subsided enough to allow him to be able to begin eating. This has provided a noticeable boost to his energy and attitude. As of this afternoon they have cleared him to eat a normal diet (whatever he iscomfortable with swallowing).

Boone has a very long road ahead of him. There is no way to accurately predict his ultimate prognosis.However, the doctors are very encouraged by his progress thus far. Now that Boone’s condition has stabilized, our next step will be to move him to a facility that specializes in rehabilitating his type ofinjury. Craig Hospital, which is located in Denver, is world renowned for their ability to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord injuries. Ultimately, we feel this will give Boone the best possible chance for a full and complete recovery. He will begin his journey at Craig Hospital sometime next week. We are fortunate that we will be able to stay by his side while he begins his rehabilitation efforts.

We will do our best to keep everyone here at home informed and up to date on his progress. Your support, your thoughts, and your prayers have been truly appreciated. We will never be able to thankyou enough!

With love and gratitude,
The Bartlome Family (Shane, Dianna, Bailey Jo, and Boone) 

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Karen Ruttke
By Karen Ruttke
See nothing, look at nothing, but your Goal - ever shining before you. The things that happen to us do not matter, what we become through them does. Each day, accept everything as coming to you from God and at night, put everything back into His hands. - This was sent to me long ago and I wanted to pass it along to you! God Bless you and your family!! From a BK mom.
Jason DeBorde
By Jason DeBorde
Such great news to hear he is improving..... It's all about baby steps and it sounds like that is exactly what he is doing..... Even though it has been awhile since we have seen you guys, please know you are being prayed from all the way from the East coast.... Good luck with your adventure in Denver and take special care of your family...... Xoxox
Jenn Senio
By Jenn Senio
This is great news to hear he is doing so well. I look forward to more updates and his continued success. Our family will continue to pray for his recovery as well as for hsi Mom, Dad, and sister who will need continued support as well. Thank you for sharing with your community. I know our kids cannot wait for him to come back to school!