Help Freddie Walk
The guy in these pictures is my friend Fred Hetzel. Freddie suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in May 2011. He's currently undergoing cutting edge rehab therapy at the Frazier Rehabilitation Clinic in Louisville, KY in an attempt to regenerate nerve function, regain motor skills, and potentially walk again.
As you can imagine, this sort of intensive therapy doesn't come cheap. That's where I come in (and you, too, I hope).
I'm running the San Francisco Marathon as a fundraiser to help cover some of the cost of helping Freddie walk again. You can donate directly through this website up to June 30, 2012.
Donations go directly to Fred's family through a charitable organization called HomeAid of Northern Virginia. HomeAid typically does community home renovations and builds homeless shelters. Because Fred's construction firm has partnered with them in the past as part of his commitment to giving back to his community, they stepped up to help by setting up an account to accept donations on his behalf when he was injured.
Don't Miss the Deadline -- June 30, 2012
I'm trying to raise $10,000 with this event. With a few hundred people kicking in $20, $30, $40, $50 each, we should be able to get there.
Freddie's a fighter and is putting everything he's got into getting his life back to normal with his wife and kids. It's my honor to help in whatever way I can.
As you think about donating, consider all that we take for granted that Fred is hoping to recover: standing, walking, playing with your kids, dancing with your spouse...the list goes on. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.
If you would like additional information about The Frazier Rehabilitation Clinic please visit their website: http://www.jhsmh.org/Health-Services/Rehab-Services-Frazier-Rehab.aspx