Get our heads together
Organized by: Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson via Crowdrise
September 11, 2014
Imagine yourself as a normal 25 year old doing what you love to do. Whether it be painting, playing your favorite sport, going to the race track, or playing your favorite instrument; you get the point, just something you love to do and couldn't picture what life would be like if you didn't have that talent/passion.
That's just where Kyle found himself not to long ago. Kyle has always had quite the passion for board sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding). Kyle went longboarding in his neighborhood. Nothing out of the norm for him, just some summer time fun with a friend and doing what he loves to do.
Unfortunately things took a dramatic turn for the worst and he wrecked hard fracturing my skull in over 30 pieces, both cheekbones, both eye sockets and both sides of his jaw. He was left in a coma for 3 1/2 weeks with a 95% chance of death. Doctors remove 80% of his skull to allow his brain to swell 4 1/2 times it's normal size, putting the broken pieces in a medical freezer while he remained in a coma. They replaced parts of his skull with 10 metal plates and 20 screws.
Through this Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) he has been left with the challenge to relearn everything he once knew how to do. All his passions, talents, and interest were all shattered in the pieces of his skull. Relearning how to walk, talk, read, write, and everything else inbetween. It's been a hard and long road in recovery but he would never want it any other way. It's given him the chance to get to know how capable an average guy from SLC is. Kyle says "I am nothing special, everyone has the potential to do what others may think impossible. The hard work and determination is what makes it possible."
While he currently dose well above what was expected, and share a message of hope for others that find themselves in a rough situation, it has left him with some tough and heartbreaking walls to climb. The obvious stress of medical bills, stress of what the future holds for him, and yet no real out to relieve that stress because he is unable to play the guitar, or pursue the adventures he was once able to do.
That's the cause of this fundraiser is to simply help with the medical bills.