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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

Aaron's birthday

Today is Aaron’s 29th birthday. He looks healthy and strong but it’s still sad to know that he’s missed the last 7 ½ years of what should have been the most exciting decade of his life. Oh, the places he could have gone! Most of his friends have moved on, and our friends are having weddings and grandchildren. We are fortunate to have a small circle of loyal friends, family, and caregivers of all ages that accept him the way he is and support our family in so many ways. Thank you!

Now that spring is here, it’s exciting to imagine that a year from now we will be close to opening Granite House. Our fundraising campaign is geared towards starting construction this fall and opening next spring. So much to do and so many people to get involved! Our brochures are almost ready to go to the printer and will be given to our referral sources for them to hand out to families. If anyone out there would like one in the mail, please let us know.
If you have not had a chance to view our website, please do so:
www.granitehousemn.org and consider making a donation in honor of Aaron’s birthday. He will be the first resident and the framework of our model of care is based on his needs. As soon as we have some more information we will let you know!