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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 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.

Latest Journal Update

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 the experience, and we were all glad he was there. It was a beautiful day, and most of the walkers came back to our house for lunch afterwards. With the online donations and those brought to the walk, our Granite House team donated a total of $2025.00 to the MN Brain Injury Alliance. That’s more than double the goal we set of $1000! Tom and I would like to thank EVERYONE who donated,walked, sent notes of support, and made the day a real success. Our matching Granite House t-shirts looked GREAT, and we had business cards to pass out to people who asked us about our group’s purpose. The cards read “Supporting people with severe and permanent brain injury” on one side, with the logo and email address (granitehousemn@comcast.net).The back side had the photo of Eva under Aaron’s chair (see the photos on this site), and reads “We are looking to connect with families caring for someone in a Minimally Conscious State, to form a support group.” We will have an update soon on the progress of our venture.