Jas White via Crowdrise
January 30, 2014
Hi yall, so let me start by saying thank you to anyone who is here reading this, if it wasn't for the help and kindness of good people I would not be here typing these words.
My name is Jas White and I am 28 years old. I am a paraplegic due to a gunshot wound and am trying to raise some funds to go on an ice climbing trip.
Here is my story: about 2 years ago on Nov 27th 2011 I was in Nebraska visiting my family for thanksgiving, a small town where i grew up til i was 20 and then moved to colorado. while in NE I was invited out to a friends house who I've known since high school. So I went out to his house out in the countryside and when I got there I saw my friend and another guy I sorta knew there, and they were outside shooting guns at a target. I am not a gun person so I decided to pass on the target shooting and went inside to play my guitar. A little bit later they came inside and I was sitting in a chair playing guitar and they were looking at their guns and I was not looking at the time but somehow the other guy ended up firing the 9mm handgun almost point blank at my chest and the bullet went through my guitar and then my chest and through my lung, liver, diaphragm, intestines, and exited on my spine around T10 causing a catastrophic injury to my spinal cord and completely paralyzed my body from about the bottom of my ribs down. I laid on the floor and thought I was going to die because I was suffocating on my own blood and luckily the paramedics arrived really fast and jammed a tube into my chest to drain the blood in my right lung, then they transported me to the nearest hospital which was a small hospital in scottsbluff NE, after 10 days there and doctors telling me nothing hopeful about recovering, I was transferred to swedish hospital in denver, and then 2 weeks later to craig hospital, a prestigious spine and brain trauma hospital where I spent the next 3 months doing rehabilitation. after 6 weeks there I kept coughing up a terrible tasting fluid, which caused me to have pneumonia twice. they finally realized it was bile from my liver that was leaking into my lung causing severe lung damage and infection due to the acidic and toxic nature of bile. I ended up in surgery and had to have half of my right lung removed due to damage and after the surgery I spent another fun week in ICU with extreme pain and 5 chest tubes sticking out of my right side and draining into a receptacle.
Now a little over 2 years later I am still in recovery mode mentally and physically but getting better and stronger and finding new things to do with my life that I never thought I'd be able to accomplish. I was introduced to tim oneill and his paradox sports group last fall and gave adaptive climbing a try, I loved it, I thought this would be a great sport to get me back up in the mountains and to new beautiful places to test my will power and appreciate the earth's grandeur and beauty from new and higher perspectives.
I am doing this fundraiser to get help from you the people with big hearts that can help me get to go on one of those excursions to test my abilities and enjoy some great outdoors like anybody else. The trip is an Ice climbing expedition in ouray colorado on march 1st and it would be a great joy and thrill for me to get to go. I am asking for your help so I don't have to miss out on this opportunity to do something unforgettable because as of now I am a little financially disabled as well. So Thank you for giving me your attention and reading my story. through all of this trauma and pain from a person, I have also got to see the good that does exist in people that want to help and encourage the less unfortunate to still achieve their goals!