Peter’s Story

 Peter Brady of Orchard Park, NY, 19 year old Pitt student, athlete (volleyball, basketball, baseball) and drummer in the Blues band: 4in Tune, suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into the shallow end of a friend's pool on Memorial Day (May 28th) 2012.

Recently Peter's father, Jim Brady, began to have health issues himself.  Updates about his status can be found in the journal section of this site.  Basically, two lesions of unknown origin were spotted on an MRI of Jim's brain.  He is currently at Buffalo General Hospital awaiting surgery that will provide more information about treatment plans.   
Peter Brady was injured diving into a pool on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. Peter suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C3-C4 level of vertebrae. The accident happened in the Brady's hometown of Buffalo, New York, just after he finished his freshman year as a business student at Pitt. He was mercy-flighted to ECMC Hospital in Buffalo, where he stayed for just over 4 months. He has paralysis from the neck down, but has been having some muscle firing in both arms and in both legs also. He spent the first month in the ICU and has come a long way from those first frightening weeks of ventilators and countless tubes and monitors.  He is now off of the ventilator, and has had the trach removed from his neck as well as the G-tube removed from his stomach. He thankfully suffered no brain trauma, and he remains in amazingly good spirits. He has been an outstanding athlete throughout his life, (volleyball, basketball, baseball) and he is ready to face the next big hurdles of trying to regain whatever movement and control over his body that is physically possible. 
To clarify, donations made through the caringbridge website do not go towards Peter's recovery.  Thanks to our friends at M&T, "Peter Brady Healing Fund" is avalible for anyone who would like to help with Pete's various healthcare costs.  Any M&T location can accept donations, or checks can be made out to "Peter Brady Healing Fund" and sent to: 
M&T BankBranch # 42ATN Judith Fleissner1 Fountain PlazaBuffalo, NY 14203Donations can also be made online at: Fundraiser Aug 12 Click events.Thank you from the entire Brady Family!