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Aaron’s 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 29, 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.

Latest Journal Update

The Walk to support Brain Injury

Yesterday Aaron and all of his caregivers, our board members, friends and neighbors participated in the 2015 Walk for Thought, the annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. We had 31 people wearing our Granite House shirts, and we walked, rolled, strolled and rode the one-mile path in style!  Aaron had a great day, and even his Grandma Winnie got up at 6am to join us. Now that’s not so easy when you are 92, but that’s love! The photo on top is our family, and the group photo was taken just before we started the walk. (Not everyone got in to the group shot—do you know how hard it is to get 31 people in one place at the same time?) It was a great day to celebrate families and survivors of brain injury. Our group raised money again—counting last years’ walk we are up to $2700 in support of the Brain Injury Alliance. We have posted some photos on our Granite House Facebook page.

Speaking of Facebook, I know that not everyone is doing it! (We weren’t, until we got involved in Granite House.) So, you can now keep up with our weekly updates on our website, Just go to the heading “CONTACT” and then the drop-down tab called “FACEBOOK UPDATES.” All the entries, including photos, are posted there every week now. Progress on Granite House is good—we have some updated plans for the residence and Tom has the building site just about ready. Lots to do! We appreciate all the support for the nonprofit and our mission. Aaron will be well taken care of, and we will be helping many other families.

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Mary Jo Peterson
By Mary Jo Peterson
wonderful update.
Yes, Aaron will be well taken care of along with the others at Granite House.
Many others will benefit from your example when more houses are built after your model.
You are doing a good thing for many!