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This fundraiser ended on 09/30/12

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Help Support Brad's Recovery

Early morning, Sunday, August 5th, Brad and a few of his friends headed to Sturgis for the annual motorcycle rally. Just after 9:00 AM, near Chugwater, WY, Brad lost control of his motorcycle. Brad was air lifted to Cheyenne Regional Hospital.

He sustained several serious injuries. He shattered his left ankle, a compound fracture to his right arm just above the elbow, fractured neck, several broken ribs, a lot of road rash, both the left and right scapula (shoulder blade) are fractured, a broken collar bone, and a spinal cord injury. Shortly after arriving to the hospital, he had preliminary surgery on his arm until he could see a doctor in Denver. At the scene of the accident, Brad did not have feeling below his waist. A CT Scan revealed his T-10 vertebrae shattered, T-9 and T-11 are injured as well—resulting in a spinal cord injury. A neurosurgeon at Cheyenne Regional Hospital said there is no way to repair the spinal cord with surgery. Brad will need a wheelchair.

On Monday, August 6th, Brad transferred to University Hospital. On the morning on August 7th, University Hospital determined to transfer Brad to Denver Health due to his Orthopedic surgery needs. He will need a surgery to fuse the vertebrae above and below T-10, and place rods in his spine. It is anticipated that the surgery will have a two-week recovery. An orthopedic surgeon will complete another necessary surgery on his arm. His left scapula will require surgery as well, the right one should heal on it's own. Brad will then be transferred to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver where he will begin his rehabilitation for the spinal cord injury.

It is a well-known fact that Brad is blessed with a supportive, caring, and loving family and group of friends. With that, we started this fund with the intention to bring together those family and friends to alleviate some of the monetary stresses. His injuries are life altering. Aside from incurred medical expenses, there are several other expenses that won’t be covered by insurance: major renovations to his home to be wheelchair accessible, modifications to his vehicle, etc. It will be a long road to recovery. We ask that you help Brad by donating to The Brad Heppler Fund—simply to help.

We thank you for donating to The Brad Heppler Fund to help him during this difficult time. We also ask and thank you for your continued prayers. Updates on his condition can be read at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bradheppler.

Brad—you are admired for your strength, courage, and genuine ability to live life to the fullest. We love you very much!

Proceeds will be given to Brad at the expiration of donation period. Note that because the donations will be given to Brad directly and not to a non-profit, the donation does not qualify as tax deductible.

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