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My Story

On 8/12/07, Nick Cafferky broke his neck in the rough Dewey Beach surf, and is now a quadriplegic. After critical care in Delaware and inpatient and outpatient rehab at Kenedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, Nick is getting ready to go back to school 3/3/08. To keep up with this adventure, please go to http://www.nickcafferky.org.



Nick, a truly phenomenal 16 years old kid, was enjoying another summer at Dewey, an annual tradition with family and close friends. Nick had spent this summer working at Grotto Pizza in Dewey and hanging with friends at the beach. Shortly after noon, while playing in the surf, Nick had a serious accident, breaking his neck at C4/C5. He was rescued and revived by the heroes of Dewey Beach Patrol and sent via medivac to Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE. He went through surgery to stabilize his vertebrae and prevent further damage to the spinal tissue. Nick is currently recovering at Christiana, awaiting return to the Washington DC area to a rehabilitation center. The accident has left him paralyzed below the chest with only some movement in his arms , very little movement in his hands, and no movement or feeling below the chest.

Nick is a senior at Langley High School in Mclean, VA and lives in Great Falls, VA.

Several people have asked about making a donation to assist with Nick's medical care and rehab, beyond what is covered by insurance. We are only just realizing the tremendous costs of a devastating injury like this. Please visit www.nickcafferky.org for information on this and fundraisers being held on Nick's behalf

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So folks this is my blatant and attention seeking journal entry to get you all to please visit us at http://www.nickcafferky.org and/or http://www.elisacafferky.org . ... Read more

Wendy Delmolino posted a new journal entry.

So folks this is my blatant and attention seeking journal entry to get you all to please visit us at http://www.nickcafferky.org and/or http://www.elisacafferky.org . ... Read more

Wendy Delmolino posted a new journal entry.

Hey Friends - I just wanted to remind you all that you can stay up to date with Nick and his recovery by going to www.nickcafferky.org and you can hear my point of view ... Read more

Wendy Delmolino posted a new journal entry.

Hey Out There - I just posted on the new site for the first time, so please go to www.nickcafferky.org so we can facilitate the switchover and we can get into a new ... Read more

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It's official - Nick has left DE and has checked into his new digs at KKI in Baltimore. A large contingent of students from Langley High School were there to greet Nick ... Read more

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Hey Folks - Today is the big day - Brendan's Bday and moving day. I'm planning on our next post being at nickcafferky.org. Anyway - we had a great last night and there has ... Read more

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I just wanted to get out an update because we have had a LOT going on today. First of all, Nick is no longer wearing the neckbrace collar. YAY!!!!!! Teresa Hills, one of ... Read more

Wendy Delmolino posted a new journal entry.

Today is a new day, and, God willing, our last full day at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. I will need to spend a good bit of today making sure that all of the logistics ... Read more

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Nick finally got out of bed before 5:00 today, thanks to help from Amy and Chanel. It was a very frustrating day. When Nick finally got the anti-nausea medicine, it made ... Read more

Wendy Delmolino posted a new journal entry.

So, I just want to update everyone, that it is almost 4:00 and Nick is not up yet. He has felt nauseous all day and he has been unable to eat anything. He has not wanted ... Read more

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September 30, 2007 – exactly 7 weeks from “the day it all changed” or as I call it, “theday”. Brendan says that is too dramatic, but I disagree. I think it is ... Read more

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