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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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of our friends and family on CaringBridge. Aaron had a nice, quiet Christmas with his grandma and visiting family. His grandma just loves to visit and rub his feet. Aaron reacts immediately when he hears her voice, and we think he responds to her signature fragrance. We had many nice evenings by the fireplace in the dark enjoying the lights on the tree. We are glad that we don't need to take him out during these very cold days, and have our home care nurse coming every other week instead.

Granite House finished the year with all of our challenge grants fully matched! Thank you all for choosing to help us out. We watched the last-minute donations come through on our PayPal online account, and woke on New Year's Day to see that an anonymous donor had made a donation on our GiveMN page. With this generous gift we maxed out the Thrivent Grant and ended the year with big smiles. Thank you, whoever you are! It warms out hearts to know you are out there.