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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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and (almost) Valentine’s Day to all. Aaron is resting comfortably after his outpatient procedure almost 2 weeks ago. Even with all the time and hassle of dealing with the hospital, it was much more comfortable for him to have this done outside of an ordinary exam room. I'd never realized before how easily we take for granted being able to just “hop up on the table” in the exam room. We’re used to the wheelchair routine by now, but it took a while to know what questions to ask before showing up. We are back to our regular schedules of Music and Massage Therapy and our Home Nurse visits. The caregivers are all starting back to their college classes again this week, so we have a different schedule of hours covered. Now that Tom is fully retired we can go places together—but I always have to run for the work calendar to be sure.

Granite House is rolling ahead full steam! Our website has been reworked and looks great! Be sure to check it out and give us your feedback! www.granitehousemn.org.Tom has been working hard on the land, clearing trees and brush, and making piles to burn. The house building site is looking better every day, and we will have our second meeting with the architect next week. We had another Board meeting on the 17th- and we have a well-qualified, thoughtful, and creative group of people who are passionate about our cause. Our grant writer/fundraiser is starting to make official grant submissions next week and we are hopeful that the funds will be enough by August to start building. We have launched a Capital Campaign to raise funds through businesses and foundations for building the residence, and all of us on the board are looking to employers (past and present) and friends for support. Our next item on the list is to get our Business Plan ready for donors, county officials, and banks.

Tom and I had several notes over the Christmas holidays asking about when we would be ready to receive donations. The time is now! The federal tax-exempt form was postmarked Dec 31st, and what a job that was! With all the forms, narrative answers to dozens of questions, and added documents, it was a whopping 83 pages! We’ve been told it may take up to 6 months for the 501(c)(3) to confirm, but we are already clear to accept donations and can assure everyone that their gifts will be tax-deductible. We’re not able to do online credit card donations at this time, but we have an address to send checks to: Granite House, P.O. Box 283, Bayport, MN 55003. We are still in the black after writing checks for the attorney, insurance, and grant writer, but our seed money is running down fast. If anyone out there had planned to make a gift to help Granite House, now is the time! If you need any more information, you can contact me at c.insley@comcast.net or at carol@granitehousemn.org. Granite House can even accept donations of stock. We all really appreciate any level of support.  Thanks again to those of you who have already made a gift.

Back to the fun stuff- Tom has been taking Eva out with him, skiing on the frozen lakes and trying to manage her need for constant activity. Frisbee is a year-round sport no matter how cold it gets. He is trying to get up to the BWCA for a ski/backpacking trip but it has been so warm this last week that the snow is melting. With all the work we are both doing for Granite House, we are grateful to have Casey and Eva to remind us to relax and laugh—and pay attention to them. Dogs have the right idea.  



1 Comentario

Mary Jo Peterson
By Mary Jo Peterson
Good to be back into a routine with Aaron and all his helpers.
WOW is all I can say about Granite House. You folks are amazing.
I am sure that you will succeed.