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My Story

This is for the Insley boys- Aaron and Richard- who were in an auto accident in the early hours of Nov. 25th, 2007, near their home in Lake Elmo. Richard, 23, did not survive. Aaron, now 28, was hospitalized in St. Paul and continued his recovery in Red Wing. He came home on Nov. 11th, 2008. Aaron is stable, healthy, and receives excellent care. He remains in a minimally conscious state with the effects of a severe traumatic brain injury.

Aaron and Richard were very close and shared many of the same interests and friends. They were both avid mountaineers, having climbed Granite Peak, the highest summit in Montana, with their dad on separate trips.

Richard was a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and was currently working as a bank teller. He was engaged to be married in April and was thinking of going to law school. We share in our grief with his fiancee, Jenn, and hold her in our prayers.

Aaron was a senior at Gustavus Adolphus as a geography major, and planned to go to MSU-Mankato fall 2007 for a graduate degree.

Aaron has made an amazing recovery in the first year and continues to heal from a head injury. Our hopes are very high for his continued progress at home. Thanks for your continued letters of encouragement and support, and for all the prayers for Aaron and our family.


Carol Insley posted a new journal entry, "A successful Walk for Thought".

The Walk for Thought on Sept 20 was a success!  We had a group of 21 people, which included a wheelchair, two strollers, and a wagon.  Aaron seemed to be at ease with ... Read more

Carol Insley added a new photo.

Carol Insley added a new photo.

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry, "SUPPORT OUR WALK FOR THOUGHT".

Today is a memorable day for us, known as “Granite Peak Day”, because it was on August 23rd that Tom reached the 12,799' summit of Granite Peak with Richard in 1999, ... Read more

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry, "GRANITE HOUSE, A LASTING TRIBUTE".

After a busy month of appointments for Aaron, he is enjoying a break. The foot surgery was a success, and he is back up on the tilt-table getting weight-bearing exercise ... Read more

pat-jeri KEINZ signed Aaron's Guestbook.

hi Aaron, glad to hear surgery recovery is going well. it's amazing some of the things thy can do. summer things going on at the college. students are gone and summer ... Read more

Nancy Flinck signed Aaron's Guestbook.

Hi Insley Family, I have been following Aaron, glad to know he's doing well. My thoughts are with you, congratulate Tom on his retirement. Read more

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry.

Aaron is recovering well from surgery on his right foot and ankle last Monday. (See the May entry for details on WHY). We took him home on a flat transport after recovery, ... Read more

Carol Insley added a new photo.

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry.

It has been a busy spring for Aaron so far.  After meeting his new primary physician, we had a consultation with the foot and ankle surgeon who had performed the first ... Read more

Jenna Fowler signed Aaron's Guestbook.

Hi Aaron My name is Jenna, I am so happy you are making progress and i will continue to pray for you.  You are an inspiration a hero, a fighter, and an inspiration.  U ... Read more

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