Two years ago on this Wednesday before Thanksgiving all of our lives took a dramatic turn (the actual date of the accident was 11/27/13). Alec had just graduated from CSUMB in June of that year and had started working up in the Monterey area and made a decision to stay there instead of coming home for Thanksgiving so he could come at Xmas instead. For the first time in many years we would not be going to Havasu for thanksgiving. That day at around 300 pm we received the phone call that Alec had been in an accident a few hours earlier and was in surgery fighting for his life. We dropped everything, left with the clothes on our back and started the frantic drive to San Jose not knowing anything. Words were not spoken during the drive between me, Mary and Kylie, only many prayers. Upon arrival Alec was still in surgery (12 hours) and we were told the outlook was grim. We were asked how long we would like to keep him alive so family and friends could say there good byes. We were told he sustained a C3-4 spinal cord injury to his spine and was paralyzed from the neck down, he was on a ventilator and would need an amputation of his right leg in he survived. But Alec would not give up, his inner strength fought back, he came out of sedation and moved his shoulders. We hung on to hope, even how small it was. Over the first two weeks he improved ever so slightly but gave hope. 6 months in the hospital and rehab facilities we were able to bring our boy back to his home. Here we are now 1 1/2 years later. They told us he would be on a ventilator the rest of his life, not true, 2 months after leaving the hospital Alec weaned himself from it. They said he would never move below his shoulders, through Stem Cell, Acupuncture and Project Walk we are seeing movement and muscle firing in his stomach, back, shoulders and chest areas. They said sensation was lost below the shoulders, Alec now can feel the pressure of the acupuncture needles and hot/cold to his waist along with we now see goose bumps all over his body. This long journey would never have been possible without the support of all of you, from Fundraising at the Golf Tournament, Poker Fundraisers, Restaurant Fundraisers and all the love, prayer and support. The costs for giving Alec these opportunities through Stem Cell, Accupunture, Project Walk and Nursing can be overwhelming at times as insurance just does not see the advantage so it's all out of pocket now. I know and believe one day Alec will move his arms again, be able to give us a hug and get back to a level of self dependence he so desires For now we are thankful Alec is still with us, improving daily, growing stronger. All of us has grown and changed over the past two years. Kylie has been so supportive and helpful in the care of her brother. Last night all of us made it to Havasu to our house to celebrate Thanksgiving together as a family. We are truly blessed beyond any words this day. May all of you be with your family and loved ones this weekend, cherish the moments and never forget to hug and love. Alec, Kylie and Mary you are my life, I love you all more then you will ever know. Never give up hope GOLDMANSTRONG ... See MoreSee Less
Last night was a success. Thank you to all who came out and supported this event. It wouldn't have been possible without your participation. I would also like to thank our sponsors and vendors and friends who donated their product, time and talents.
Alan and Christie Boudreau for hosting this event. Ballast Point Brewing Co. Sculpin IPA and Calico Ale Meloza Tequila -- Tequila gift baskets and spirits Pau Maui Vodka and Uncle Bobs Root Beer Whiskey. Smokin' Spice Catering for the awesome food 714-457-0070. Billy Webb Band for the great entertainment. billywebbband.com Sun City Casino Parties and Rentals 626-331-5700. Tim the Bartender 949-584-2219. Polly Pies Restaurant- The great pies as well as their generous donation of their condo in Hawaii. Thank you to The Keiths, Haygoods and the Puertas, Debbie Bailey, Joanne Cirafice, Amy Alvarado.
See you next year at the 3rd Annual Goldmanstrong Golf Tournament. ... See MoreSee Less