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Harrison’s Story

Welcome to Harrison's web site.

Finally, after six months in the hospital, Harrison is HOME!

H continues his miraculous recovery from traumatic brain injury. He was critically injured when he was struck by an SUV on Sunday, June 22nd.

Be sure to check the latest in his journal, view the photo gallery, and leave a note in his guestbook. Harrison enjoys reading all the messages.

Harrison was struck by a vehicle while crossing in the cross walk on Hill Road N. (Rt 256) in Pickerington, Ohio. He was having a great Sunday afternoon - hanging out with his friends at the pool & goofing off.

H, along with two friends, left the pool to get some lunch at the new Sonic (which he loves) across the street from The Swim Club. Thankfully, Harrison's friends were not injured.

After two months and two days at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Harrison was able to be transported by medical airplane to Chicago for rehab. On August 19th, the Second Chapter in Harrison's recovery began!

Harrison spent four grueling months doing intense rehab at RIC (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). On December 12th, Harrison walked out of the hospital, on his own! An incredible accomplishment for a boy who wasn't likely to live.

Currently, H continues his road to recovery by spending five days a week back at Nationwide Children's doing physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Thank you for your prayers & support, as Harrison recovers.

Latest Journal Update

Four Years Ago

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Four years ago today, Harrison's life, and each of our lives, forever changed. By the grace of God, and unexplainable by his medical team, H not only survived injuries that should have killed him, but he recovered. And he continues to recover, still progressing and improving; Defying the odds.

His journey is one that I have been a part of, but cannot fully understand. Harrison lost so much of himself, and his future potential. However, we've learned that his new normal is pretty amazing, and much of pre-accident H has survived - his strong-willed nature, amazing sense of humor, and love of music, movies and most importantly, skateboarding! He's more restored than not, and continues to grow and mature in ways I couldn't have imagined.

So many of you, some friends, some acquaintances, and some relative strangers, kept me and our family afloat through a nightmare I'm not articulate enough to describe. Without your prayers, support, love and compassion, I know we wouldn't have made it. But we did. And thinking back on this uninvited journey, I count many more blessing and gifts than tears and grief. There are still tears, struggles and moments of longing for all that was lost, but I choose to make those brief, and look forward with optimism and faith...and sometimes sheer joy at the fact that he made it.

I hope today, Harrison's life and recovery will be meaningful in some way. Maybe it's optimism in the face of certain doom, maybe it's realizing the power of prayer and surrender, or maybe it's just momentary pause and appreciation of your blessings.

Thank you for loving H and celebrating his recovery with us.