Friday, November 27, 2009

RANDY'S STORY

As a teenager, you are supposed to form wonderful memories of growing up. Randy’s memories are of doctor visits, hospitalizations, leaking oozing tubes coming from his abdomen and friends disappearing. They have all gone on to college and on with their lives.

In 2005, at the age of 15, Randy was in a serious dirt bike accident while practicing at Longview MX, Washington. His injuries were life threatening. The most serious was a lacerated liver and shredded bile ducts due to the blunt force trauma of the crash. Since then he has fought infection after infection that left tubes to drain his liver and doctors confused as to how to treat the shredded ducts. Randy has spent months in and out of the hospital since his crash, each time ending in the same way - doctors not knowing what to do about the condition he is in today. As a result of these injuries and his body not being able to get the nutrition he needs from the food he eats, Randy has lost over 35 pounds. At 6’ 2” tall, he weighs only 125 pounds. He has no energy, is in constant pain and lives with the fact he may never get better. Mickie, Randy’s mom, says, “He looks like a walking skeleton and I am scared to death that he will not make it to next year. I have no idea which way to turn. I need some help. I am so overwhelmed at this point.”

Today Randy is a resilient, optimistic young man, but after years of uncertainty, pain and unanswered questions, he needs our help to get his life back. He can’t stand to hear another doctor tell him there is nothing more they can do. “I had plans when I got hurt, which led me to make alternative plans after I got hurt. I know I will never get back on a dirt bike again, so my new plan a couple of years ago was to go to MMI in Arizona to become a bike mechanic. I would still be in the industry that I love so much. Now...it looks as if I will have to readjust my plans once again. But where do you go from here??”

What would you do if this were your son? Randy has one last hope for recovery and time is of the essence. He has the opportunity to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in January for an evaluation by the nations leading medical experts. Because of the necessary, extensive medical care since his accident, his family has been left financially strapped and can’t afford to make the trip. A trust account has been set up in Randy’s name at Bank of America to help pay for this trip and ongoing medical expenses. By small and simple things, great things shall come to pass.” Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Let’s give Randy the hope and care he deserves! Share this website with everyone you know and simply click on the "DONATE" button at the top of this page.

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