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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.


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Today is Aaron’s 28th birthday! A day of remembering happy days, and trying not to imagine how different this day should have been. We are grateful that Aaron is healthy ... Read more

Mary Jo signed Aaron's Guestbook.

Carol & Tom, Music and massage therapy sound so wonderful. I hope you are doing something as good for yourselves. So glad that life in your home has found a good ... Read more

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry.

What a wild winter this has been with the cold and snow!  So glad we can choose not to take Aaron out on these frigid days when schools are closed and even our aides ... Read more

pat-jeri KEINZ signed Aaron's Guestbook.

Merry Christmas to you all. glad to see in the update things are going well. Music therapy, I've never heard of or would have thought of that but what a great idea. I can ... Read more

Carol Insley posted a new journal entry.

We made it through another Thanksgiving weekend, through the sixth anniversary of the boys’ accident. Many thanks to those of you who were thinking of us and called. ... Read more

Mary Jo signed Aaron's Guestbook.

Sorry to hear about the broken femur but certainly thankful for her awesome family and that she can return to assisted living.glad you both had good times and are able to ... Read more

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