Jesse Picard had a busy life - going to college, enjoying friends and volunteering in Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Then came a devastating accident.
When Jesse's motorcycle struck the rear of another vehicle in 2011, he suffered serious head and chest injuries. He is paralyzed from the neck down. Jesse's family faced the daunting financial challenges that come with a catastrophic injury. With advice from HelpHOPELive, Jesse's community rallied round, raising nearly $98,000 to help Jesse's family meet his uninsured medical needs. Friends organized a fundraising phone-a-thon. The local Rotary plastered Jesse's town with flyers and postcards, getting Jesse's story out to the community.
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Funds raised with HelpHOPELive are a "tremendous relief, and really lessen the anxiety to know there is money available to fall back on and get me what I need," said Jesse. The tangible and life-changing impact of HelpHOPELive: Jesse returned to his family and community thanks to renovations that made the family home wheelchair accessible. He graduated from college thanks to an accessible van to drive him to classes.
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Jesse faces his future with the same resolve that made him a star wrestler in high school. He's learning to use speech recognition software to be more independent. Thanks to HelpHOPELive he's staying in shape with an FES (functional electrical stimulation) bike for in-home physical therapy. He's looking into clinical trials, hoping to regain some function, meaning more out-of-pocket expenses.
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