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Jack’s Story

"I don't believe in Miracles, I rely on them."

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*If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation where the proceeds benefit SCI research and recovery efforts, please visit www.bel13vefoundation.org and select the red "DONATE" box on the bottom right corner of the home page.  

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Back In Time

Thinking back to April 2012 when we brought Jack “home” from Sister Kenny (now called Courage Kenny) after three months of rehab and recovery therapy. I say “home” because we didn’t really go home, we actually went to a fabulous accessible apartment at 50th & France in Edina for six months while our house was being renovated so that we could bring Jack “home.”

Anyway…we had lots to learn and things to figure out, which included prepping Jack for bed and transferring him into bed. Jack loves his music, so there were many nights when we’d tune in to his playlist. One song ruled at the time…”Back in Time” by Pitbull. Any time I hear it, it reminds me of the early days of Jack’s injury and adjusting to life as we know it now.

Fast forward to now…nearly four years post-injury and a whole new world…a world that includes college and Jack living far away…like half-way across the country. New? No. We did this in January when Jack started his freshman year at USC.

It was new, it was novel. It was great. So…I just assumed that bringing him back to “SC” (as they say) this semester would be easy. But boy, was I wrong. I don’t know why, but I’ve been a weepy mess. I could barely say goodbye to Jack when we left him. I watched him roll down the street and back to campus, tears streaming down my face. I arrived at LAX, thought I was in control, but no…tears continued to roll down my cheeks as I checked my bag (yes, just one bag…and prayed that my hair products would make it to Mpls...some of you know that story!) and worked my way up to my gate. 

I composed myself, but only for a while. I’ll be fine. In a few days, maybe.

But this post isn’t supposed to be about me. It’s about Jack and the progress he’s made. He worked hard on his therapy all summer. He did lots of external stimulation on his arms and legs. He continued to do the ABLE program and stepping on the Therastride. He came home from therapy exhausted yet rallied to keep up with his friends and live as normal a life as he could.

There were times and moments when reality would kick in, and it wasn’t always pretty. But no need to discuss the dirty details. We continue to be in awe of Jack’s positive attitude, perseverance and drive to overcome paralysis. And we have reason to “bel13ve” that things are going to change. They really are.

We continue to monitor the incredible research in the world of SCI’s and the progress being made. Exciting and promising, no doubt. Think: epidural implants and stimulation…regaining function that was lost when the body was paralyzed (bladder control, sexual function, body temp regulation). Game changers.

And a game we don’t want to wait too long to play. We’re on a mission to create a sense of urgency for this research to go from the lab to the clinic. Our BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation is also on a mission to make this happen.

We hosted our annual golf tournament on August 13th to raise funds and awareness for this cause. It was a HUGE success…have to give credit to my hubby and TM as well as MM and TJA for all of their hard work. Thank you to ALL who participated and volunteered in this awesome affair. Here’s a link to the fabulous coverage we received from Dawn Mitchell of Fox 9: http://www.fox9.com/sports/7795496-story

And kudos to JH for bringing to life the online auction for a round of golf at Hazeltine National Golf Club with Jordan Leopold (NHL) and Terry Steinbach (MLB). Fabulous addition to our offerings.

Our annual BEL13VE in Miracles event (formerly our gala) held in conjunction with the extremely generous Minnesota Wild, will be hosted on November 7th at the Xcel Energy Center (tickets on sale at http://www.bel13vefoundation.org/get-involved/our-events/). We’re super excited about a potential partner (to be confirmed real soon) and where the funds raised are going to go. And no, not one cent goes to Jack. All proceeds are donated to research and recovery efforts so that everyone living with a spinal cord injury can get up from their chair and stand on their feet. Jack’s wish, Jack’s journey, Jack’s dream. #WeBel13veItWillHappen.

Back to Jack…wishing him with all my heart a wonderfully fun and successful second semester at USC. May he study well, keep up with his therapy, and thrive at his internship with the L.A. Kings where he’s one of eight interns on the communication team. And may he also enjoy, bond and gel with the SC Hockey Club.

All good things coming his way.

#Blessed. 

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Lori Bray
By Lori Bray
Jack's strength continues to be a role model for us all. Good luck in college Jack and have fun!!
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heidi trubacz
By Heidi Trubacz
What a great internship! You should be very proud. Little brother isn't so little anymore!!
Bless you, never easy to say good bye
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heidi trubacz
By Heidi Trubacz
What a great internship! You should be very proud. Little brother isn't so little anymore!!
Bless you, never easy to say good bye
nancy shaver
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WOW! So much has happened in those years. So many miracles! Such hard work! So much support! So much dedication! So many tears and so many smiles! May God continue to bless you for your support and faithfulness. May He give you the strength you need to meet each new day and may only positive progress be yours. May you feel the love and support and prayers of all your many "caring" friends. In His love, Nancy Shaver
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beth kellogg
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Reading your post tonight made me realize you & I & all the other Moms sending kids off for the first time or the last time or everything in between are truly connected
( especially out of state ) and we 're not alonein this journey. It isn't because of Jack 's injury but simply because you are a wonderful Mom saying a hard goodbye to your amazing son. I leave mine at Univ of Oregon & Cal Lutheran and cry every single time I send them off! Sending big love to you & blessings for wonderful year for Jack. ❤️
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mitch binek
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Been a quad myself for seven years , I no longer hope to walk because I accepted reality and insurance quit paying after one year and I had the best policy money can buy. I only wish I had a foundation like Jack has so I could work on walking, how can I get onboard with your foundation to make this possible. I have four quad friends that always wondered the same
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marilyn bergagnini
By marilyn bergagnini
JACK IS AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN AND HAS COME SOO FAR ALREADY...GOD BLESS HIM AS HE CONTINUES HIS STUDIES AND THERAPY...
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Caro Wiles
By Caro-Claire and Martin Wiles Orillia Ontario Canada
We continue to be amazed at the progress that Jack has made over the last couple of years and although there are many complications and things that will never be the same for Jack or for your family, we can rejoice with you in the things that he has accomplished and will continue to pray as he begins his second semester at USC
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Julie Feldermann
By Julie Feldermann
You and your family have such strength and courage. I hope that you will write a book about this journey. It is so inspiring.
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John R Huff Jr
By John R. Huff Jr.
Always enjoy reading the reports. It has been a long time. Your recent photos show you to be
looking healthy and handsome. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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