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moondance44

A YOUNG SAILOR NEEDS OUR PRAYERS

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Dear All,

 

Unfortunately I was told last night that 18 year old Chris Obrien, a former bowman

on Moondance, suffered a serious neck injury this week while surfing on Block Island. There are some details of the incident below. He was airlifted to the mainland and has gone through surgery. At this point it apperars he has regained some movement above the waist.

 

Chris is a terrific, bright young man and started his big boat career on Moondance as a 14-15 year old. Many, many young people cycled through our program with my own kids over the years, Chris is without doubt one of the best in every way. He is just a great kid. He has a very big challenge ahead of him and needs our prayers.

 

It's very early days, but a Facebook pages has just been established to follow his progress and cheer him on. Go on to Facebook and search 'Chris O'Brien's Determination Page'

 

News Article

http://block-island.villagesoup.com/community/story/rescue-squad-on-pace-for-record-high-season/137247

 

There is a fund being established to help the family with some out of pocket expenses. If you are interested send me a PM and I will forward the contact information for the person in charge of that. They are going to take donations up until Aug 21. Below is the message that was sent out.

 

Hi Everyone,

By now most of you have heard of the terrible accident that our good friend Chris O'Brien was involved in last week. Chris was in Block Island, miss judged a wave and broke the fifth vertebrae and damaged the fourth. Yesterday, Tuesday at 6:30pm he had the surgery at Rhode Island Hospital to replace the fifth vertebrae with titanium. The fourth vertebrae is re paring. The good news is he came out of recovery, is breathing on his own and no longer has to wear the weighty Halo on his torso. Chris will have a neck brace this will make it easier for him to move, and enable him to begin intensive therapy Within a few days after the surgery, maybe by Friday, he will be moved to a rehab hospital.

Many of you have asked us how you can help the O’Brien family. After thinking a bit about this, we’ve decided to accept donations . At this point, the best things we can do are pray and send money. We will put everything together onto one VISA card as a group gift. We will list the names of all the participating families in alphabetical order on a card. This way they can use our gift for meals, gas, hotels, or for whatever they need. Any

amount would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

 

Good luck Chris

(College of Charleston Class of 2014).

 

Looking forward to your full recovery!

 

Chris on the bow of Moondance at the start of the 2009 Vineyard Race

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Getting transfered to a rehab hospital in next day or two. A long road begins.

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Getting transfered to a rehab hospital in next day or two. A long road begins.

 

Hope and pray for a speedy recovery.

 

 

MikeR

 

 

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awful to hear. hope he can recover from this...lot's of progress being made in spinal cord injuries (see recent nfl/college players)

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Best wishes on a quick and full recovery!

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PM sent.

 

Regardless of the level of recovery, neither life nor sailing are over...

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I would like to update people on Chris' progress in the last 7 months which can be followed here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChrisOBriensDeterminationPage

 

Chris has been working very hard and lately has been making some great progress with some limited movement returning. He still has a long road ahead of him but he has a great attitude and he will get there.

 

Chris sailed with some of you on this board and was a sailing instructor at Longshore Sailing School.

 

We're making plans to get him out on the water this Spring - Summer.

 

There is going to be a fundraiser in his local town in CT. next month. If you would like to donate please send a check made out to 'Benefit of Chris O’Brien' to:

Shelia Cardell, 155 Hilltop Circle, Trumbull, CT 06611-5103.

 

We are also looking for donated items for a raffle....

 

Please join us at this event and think about donating an item or service for the raffle and auction.

 

All of the proceeds will go

directly to the family.

Catch a Wave of Determination

at a Benefit for CHRIS O'BRIEN

Friday, May 4, 2012

7:00 – 11 :00 pm

Vazzy’s Four Seasons

337 Kenyon Street, Stratford

Join us for a fun night of dinner, dancing, auctions and raffles!

Tickets $75 per person /cash bar

 

PM me and I will forward contact info:

 

Cash, or checks made payable to: Benefit of Chris O’Brien

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