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The Michael Pallone Medical Assistance Fund. The funds will be used for Michael's medical costs and expenses thoughout his recovery.

Michael must have angels watching over him!! Michael Pallone, 20 year old son of Jennifer and Raymond Wheeler of Rich Square, NC was in a very serious single-car accident on November 12, 2011. Michael's car was found in a cotton field very shortly after the accident however, Michael was not found for almost 5 hours. Responders searched the cotton field for 5 hours before Michael was discovered across the street. It is not known if he was ejected or how his lifeless body managed to be 100's of feet away from the car.

He was taken to the closest Emergency Room and then was air lifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC a few hours later due to severe head and cervical fractures.

Michael is scheduled for spinal surgery on Wednesday, 11/16/11. His physician insisted they needed to wait until his condition was stabilized before proceeding. The surgery is needed to repair the damaged tissue that surrounds his cervical fractures (C3, C6 and C7). His neck and spine are not stable at this time because the tissue that surrounds it is severely damaged and torn so there is nothing really protecting them right now.

His short term memory is not good at all. He awakens confused and his family has to keep telling him where he is at and why he is there. He has no memory of the accident or of driving his car. His last memory is of being with his girlfriend in her pickup truck. He has no concept of time or date either. He will doze for a few minutes then wake up and insist hours have gone by and that he's late for work.

It's heartbreaking for his family but they have put their faith in God and trust that Michael will be safe in His hands. Doctors predict a minimum of 3 months in a brace to support his neck and spine and up to a year before he is fully mobile but will know more after they complete the surgery.

Michael does not have medical insurance so the family is in desperate need of help with the medical bills, medications and rehab costs. Michael was diagnosed autistic as a child and still has trouble adjusting to changes, and this hospital stay and subsequent treatments and therapies are going to be very difficult for him.

A message from the family: "We want to thank each and every one of you who have reached out to us in one way or another through prayer, messages, notes, phone calls, texts, etc. We can feel the power of your prayers and are comforted to be surrounded by so much love from all of you. Please keep him in your prayers"

The Pallone/Wheeler family has had an extremely rough year - Raymond (father) has had a quadruple bypass surgery and found out in 2011 that 3 of the arteries were, again, completely blocked. He has since been diagnosed with Heart Failure and placed on Medical Disability as his heart only functions at 30% of a normal heart. Jennifer and Raymond will now be Michael's primary caregivers and now need our support.

PLEASE take a moment and consider sending whatever you financially are able - OR - if due to your own personal financial difficulties are unable to contribute, PLEASE spread our message and this website to all of your family and friends.

Donations are accepted in one of three ways:

1) Donate though this website in a secure manner via Paypal -

2) Visit or mail in a donation to the State Employees Credit Union (North Carolina). A special account has been established.

*If walking into the branch simply indicate you wish to donate to the "Michael Pallone's Medical Expense Assistance" account - their location is:
124 East Jefferson Street, Jackson, NC 27845

*If mailing a donation, please make check payable to "State Employees Credit Union" and put in the memo "Michael Pallone's Medical Expense Assistance" and then please mail to:
State Employees Credit Union
P.O. Box 38
Jackson, NC 27869

3). Send a private donation via Paypal - send to:

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at or call (440) 263-3176

**The Michael Pallone Medical Assistance Fund wishes to extend sincere thanks to the "State Employees Credit Union" in Jackson, N.C. for their support and assistance in establishing a secure account for our donations. Please take a moment to thank them if you are a resident of North Carolina**
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