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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

Summer Chillin'

Aaron has had a good summer so far. The weather has been mostly cool and comfortable, and he has spent most afternoons on the screened porch with his aides, just chillin’ and napping. Even on the rainy days it is nice to sit out there and listen to the rain and smell the fresh air. What a perfect example of how wonderful it is to have him in a real home and not some institution somewhere.

Aaron, along with his parents and our board members, is featured in our new Granite House promotional video on YouTube, which just went public this week. You can view it here:    or search “Granite House brain injury non-profit ” on YouTube. We are also working on putting a link to the video from our website,, and it is already on our Facebook page.