As the result of a car accident on March 5, 2016, Ryan received a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and a fractured pelvis. Our 10-year-old travel soccer player, who loved sports, 4-wheeling and his friends, would not come out of an induced coma for 17 days. What followed was an almost 8-week stay at an inpatient neurological rehabilitation facility, where Ryan had to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat.

One week into our stay, I received a call from our former social worker at Strong Memorial Hospital, telling me that there was a local organization wanting to help us in any way possible. That was when I learned about IACKids!

Nino came up to the rehab facility and met Ryan and our family, and explained just what IACKids was about. Since then, IACKids has helped us out with the payment of some overwhelming medical bills. IACKids held a fundraiser in Ryan’s name with the Rochester Rhinos soccer team, and Nino keeps in contact throughout the year to check on Ryan’s continued progress. Ryan’s recovery will take many years, and a lot of hard work on his part, and I have no doubt that IACKids will be there for us cheering him on and helping in any way possible.

We can’t thank IACKids enough for everything they have done for Ryan and our family. To know that there are individuals out there who dedicate their personal time and energy to helping families in crisis is nothing short of amazing.