Aid for Alan
Organized by: The Alan Martinez Recovery Fund
Thank you for visiting Aid for Alan's page. I am his brother Mike, and I've included Alan's story here.
In the early morning of September 8, 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, Alan Martinez was involved in a devastating head-on collision with a drunk driver who was traveling on the wrong side of the interstate in Columbia, South Carolina. Alan was transported by helicopter to Palmetto Richland Hospital, where doctors performed emergency surgery. The accident caused severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury that resulted in Alan falling into a deep coma for several months, as well as fractures in his lower back, a right leg fracture, and internal abdominal injuries.
Before the accident, Alan was an avid outdoorsman and led an extremely healthy, active lifestyle that included hiking with his dog Wylie, biking, rock climbing, and skydiving. After graduating in 2006 from the United States Air Force Academy and serving for three years, Air Force doctors diagnosed him with narcolepsy, which resulted in his medical retirement with full benefits. This development caused Alan to reexamine his life, and he chose to attend law school with the dream of using his degree to provide legal services to veterans in need. At the time of the accident, he had just begun his second year of law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he founded the school's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund to advocate for humane treatment for animals, served as a guardian ad litem, and worked at the Children's Law Center.
These plans came to an abrupt halt with the collision on September 8, 2012. In the following months, doctors performed numerous follow up surgeries to mend Alan's injuries. After Palmetto Richland, Alan spent a few months in Charleston at Medical University of South Carolina, and in Atlanta at the Shepherd Center, which specializes in rehabilitation.
Unfortunately, Alan's health insurance company refused to continue paying for Alan's rehabilitation at the facility and offered two options: a skilled nursing facility or taking Alan home to Naples, Florida, where he grew up. Alan's family decided having him at home to continue his recovery was the best option, but insurance does not cover home care. Alan requires round-the-clock care by nurses and receives daily speech and physical therapy. Fortunately, Alan's insurance agreed to cover outpatient speech and physical therapy; however, expenses for his care are still significant and his parents, who serve as caregivers, are unable to work as normal.
In the last two years, there have been several fundraisers and incredibly generous donations by countless people, and Alan has progressed tremendously. Alan awoke from his coma in early December 2012 unable to move on his own or communicate. He now stands and takes steps with assistance, communicates via hand signals, and has recently begun speaking sporadically. Alan is determined to make a full recovery and continues to make strides every day. High caliber rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury is absolutely essential, but this places a significant financial strain on his family, and despite the progress, a long road remains ahead. His family asks for your support to provide aid for Alan's continued full and successful recovery.
Any donations, minus the 5 percent Crowdrise receives and the 2.9 percent plus 30 cents per donations the credit card processor receives, goes to an irrevocable trust fund account set up for Alan (Irrevocable Trust FBO, Alan G. Martinez, dated January 18, 2013). Unfortunately, donations are not tax-deductible at this time. Here is a link for frequently asked questions about Crowdrise and this process (https://www.crowdrise.com/about/faq).
Please consider donating, and help us spread the word. Thank you all for your support, prayers, thoughts, and solidarity. I have included links to news stories about Alan's accident, recovery, and some of the fundraisers below.
Also, here is the link to the Facebook page I created just after the accident https://www.facebook.com/KeepMyBrotherAlanInYourPrayers.