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Charlie’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

On the evening of July 12, 2014 Charlie was in a severe car accident, which we believe was secondary to low blood sugar. Due to the severity of the car accident, he was airlifted to HCMC. Once he arrived to HCMC, he was diagnosed with lung contusions (bruising of the lungs) and multiple vertebral (spinal) fractures. Charlie is showing signs of improvement every day and he has a great team of doctors and nurses working with him! We appreciate your continued prayers and encouragement. With all of your support, we have no doubt that Charlie will have the strength and courage to get through this!

Latest Journal Update

Benefit for Charlie - Saturday April 25th

Hi everyone!

I can't believe my last update on Charlie was from way back in December!  Time sure flies! 

Our wonderful friends over at Manahan Stables (horse stable my mom does her riding at) have graciously put together a benefit for Charlie.  The benefit will be held on Saturday April 25th starting at 4pm at Captain's on Long Lake in Isanti.  The cost is 10$ (cash or check) per person for a spaghetti dinner - 50% will go to towards Charlie.

More information & updated details can be found at:
Questions, offers to help, or donations, or call Kris at (763)234-6722

Event Timeline
4:00pm - Doors open & dinner begins
6:00pm/6:30pm -  LIVE Auction
9:30pm - close DJ & Karaoke

***If you plan to attend the event, please mark that you will be attending on the Facebook 'Charlie Eklund a Night of Fun Benefit' event page OR utilize the contact info on the website to let us know how many in your party are attending.  This is to help Captain's get an idea of how many people to expect.  There is also info on the website on how to sponsor the event or donate to the auction. 

Why a Benefit?
Charlie's medical expenses are really starting to add up. Charlie has been attending physical therapy each week at Courage Kenny in Minneapolis for quite some time now.  Last week, he had an evaluation of his progress and it was determined that he no longer qualified for further physical therapy.  I know, it makes no sense to me either.  Luckily, Charlie has started to work with a therapist all the way down in Eden Prairie that was originally a part of the Project Walk organization.  This new therapy Charlie has been participating in is proving to be extremely beneficial, however it is not covered by insurance...meaning we pay roughly 65$hr for 3hrs 2-3 times per week out of pocket.  This is just one of many expenses my parents are currently facing, so any extra money could help us pay for more physical therapy, cover current medical bills and expenses, and cover more equipment for Charlie's needs at home.  We are REALLY EXCITED to have this event so that you all can see Charlie and we can personally thank you all for all the prayers and support since the accident in July.   

How is Charlie Doing?
GREAT!!!  He's doing SO WELL!  How well?  He started driving last week!  They installed hand controls in Charlie's Jeep and Charlie has been practicing driving with them.  Charlie has been back in school at the ALC...hoping to graduate early!  There are still daily challenges, but they are less frequent and less significant.  YOU can ask the man himself how he's doing at the benefit!


Thank you to everyone at Manahan Stables, Charolais cattle friends, my mom's co-workers at Cambridge Medical Center, the event sponsors, and donors!  FOREVER GRATEFUL! :)