On the evening of January 6th, 2010 I was running my Corvette at the 1/4 mile drag strip at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida and had a high speed accident that almost took my life. But before you may jump to judgement that this is another story of a 18 year old boy and a hot rod, let me tell you more about ME. I am a senior at Martin County High School, a Varsity Letterman in athletics on the school swim team; a good student with a 4.2 GPA advanced placement and honors; after high school classes I am taking college credits at the Indian River State Collage and I have accepted Florida Gulf Coast University to work towards a civil engineering degree upon my graduation in June 2010. OK, feeling confident in my driving skills for 2 years and wanting to drive my corvette in a controlled race track setting, I was excited about this experience! Up to the starting lights and I was off for a 1/4 mile straight run to 109 MPH; After that I don't recall what happened?? I went through a gravel area, through a wire safety net, into the sand box before I hit the wall at the end. The paramedics and EMT freed me unconscious from the wreckage. I was trauma hawked by helicopter to the St. Mary's Hospital trauma center in W.P.B. with only one vital sign, a heart beat! Once there quickly into cat scan and testing finding a severe head trauma and then on to a 2.5 hour surgery for a hemicraniectomy (skull cap removal) on my right side. Now back in recovery just 40 mins I was loosing my heart rate down to 30 bpm (86 bpm normal) and once again rushed back into emergency surgery for a left hemicraniectomy to save my life. I am alive !! I have a large extended Family, some 25 of us including Mom, Dad, and Sister Brittany who are there in prayer and support. My Friends, teammates, neighbors along with my girlfriend Chelsea being there with God as my Sheperd I am sure had healing powers. Thank You All. The medical professionals at St. Mary's Medical Center in W.P.B. are the Best and I owe my life to them <3 I will Thank You All in person when I see you.
** You know it's not what's behind you or before you that matters, it's what's WITHIN YOU that matters the most. I am in trusted and familiar hands.....God's and my own**
HAPPY ThanksGIVING: This picture of Brittany and Casey tells a thousand words. Casey had a great weekend at home during thanksgiving, together with 18 other Bicknell family members together over a fantastic traditional dinner. We bowed our heads and our hearts to give Thanks for the progress, for life, for health, healing and for strength to come. We are "Thankful" for the kindness and generosity of so many followers. Some of the Bicknell's and visiting friends had not seen Casey in a while and many commented on his progress of how happy and "good looking" he is....(he gets that from his Mom). It sure was Good for both CJ and I to be back home as a family again!
We Love Friends and Visitors: Thank you to Casey friends who have kept in touch, stopped by and some leaving Barry voice mail messages played back to Casey. Seeing you helps Casey make those important connections, so stay connected.