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Donations are being accepted for: the Benefit for Jerod Nieder at Douglas County Bank in Lawrence, KS, Tribute Donations made here are for the sole use of this website by CaringBridge and do not directly benefit Jerod.

We would like to thank everyone that came to the benefit for Jerod, sent encouraging messages, purchased t-shirts and bracelets or contributed to his fund. It was a huge success and the support from so many family and friends is extremely encouraging. 

He has a long road ahead and appreciates your help. Thank you!

Mexico is not an unknown territory to the Nieder family. We have been going for years. Our trip on Sunday, December 18th was unlike any other. We unpacked and headed straight for the beach. Jerod was the first to dive in. Unknown to Jerod and the rest of our group, there was a cluster of boulders just beneath the surface of the water. The blow that was caused by the collision left Jerod face down in the water with a broken neck. He was unable to move but remained conscious. In the seconds between the impact and rescue; Jerod was aware that he needed to hold his breath. His brother, Cale, took notice of his situation and pulled him out of the water and all Jerod was able to say was “in trouble.” After he was pulled clear of the water, in-line stabilization was continued.EMT’s arrived and took Jerod to the hospital. The first of many complications began when the ambulance pulled up to the first hospital. They would not open the ambulance doors until a credit card was given. Care was given as soon as the credit card was handed over. After the CT scan we were notified that his C4, C5, and C7 vertebrae were damaged. The doctors concluded that his C5 was shattered and pushed into his spinal column.The doctors told us that Jerod needed surgery to remove the pressure from his spinal cord and that it was a time sensitive situation. It was a difficult decision but we decided to have the surgery performed in Cancun. The surgery lasted 6 hours and went until 6 a.m. on Monday morning. After the surgery, Jerod stayed in the ICU in Cancun. The ICU in Cancun was worse than ever expected. He was not well taken care of and visiting hours were strict and slim.The nurses neglected him and the overall experience was a nightmare until Tuesday night when Jerod was finally taken to Denver via an air ambulance. He only spent a day and a half in Cancun but it felt like an eternity He is now being treated at Craig Hospital.


Jerod Nieder posted a new journal entry, "2013".

2013 was the 2nd of many rebuilding years and beat the hell out of 2012, hopefully each year can improve this much. Getting my hip surgeries, done my way, was a huge ... Read more

Tami Gwaltney signed Jerod's Guestbook.

Jerod,Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring you more healing and more success each and every day!  You deserve to be blessed with this truly amazing family of yours!   I ... Read more

Sandy Graham, Kentucky signed Jerod's Guestbook.

HI Jerod, I am just so glad to hear from you.  Your hard work is definitely paying off and I know that throughout this year you will see even more progress.  God bless ... Read more

Linda Robinson signed Jerod's Guestbook.

It's so great to hear from you.  We were fortunate to spend a little time with Taeler and the girls at our house on December 22.  They never miss a beat. So, Taeler ... Read more

sharon nieder signed Jerod's Guestbook.

happy new year!!!  So great to receive that upbeat, inspiring, awesome update.  When we were visiting in Oct the tremendous strides you are making were quite ... Read more

Phyllis Lewin signed Jerod's Guestbook.

So glad to read about your positive momentu and progress.Continue to be proud of you. Best to you andyour awesome family in 2014. Read more

Duane Wyatt signed Jerod's Guestbook.

Jerod,Great to hear the positive attitude and the hard work.  Keep it up.  We are praying for you.  You are so inspiring........Duane. Read more

Mallorie Hinemeyer signed Jerod's Guestbook.

Jerod, Your optimistic attitude and work ethic are beyond inspiring....I'm praying for you and thinking of you. Xoxo, Mallorie Hinemeyer Read more

Jerod Nieder signed Jerod's Guestbook.

2013 was the 2nd of many rebuilding years and beat the hell out of 2012, hopefully each year can improve this much. Getting my hip surgeries, done my way, was a huge ... Read more

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