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Phase 4: Adam Craig's Road to Recovering His Dreams

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Start: Feb 23, 2018 - End: May 1, 2020

We have some difficult news to share.

This 4th of July weekend, our son, Adam Craig, experienced a horrific diving accident at Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.

He broke his neck & significantly injured his spinal cord.

Doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital fused his C4 and C5 vertebrae, removed a bone fragment, and reconstructed the vertebra. Today, Adam remains paralyzed from just below the shoulders to his feet. He is completely unable to move his arms, hands, fingers, torso, legs, feet and toes.

Craig Family

This is our family.  We have hundreds of pictures, just like this one, where we’re smiling, loving life and each other.  This is the first one of us where Adam can’t move.  Despite that, he is flashing his signature smile, along with Rachel, and Ronnie. Joni, our rock, couldn’t smile at the time this picture was snapped, but she’ll get there.  We know her. We know us.

Like you and your family, we’ve experienced all the typical stuff to survive ~ family deaths, rough financial times, some broken hearts, hefty college loans, etc.

But there were some extra things, too. Joni and Ronnie survived the death of an infant son before Rachel was born. As a family we survived Joni’s cancer when Adam and Rachel were still in elementary school.  So, we know what we’re made of and we know, with time, we will land on our feet with this situation. As we always have in the past, we will manage this “new normal” with energy, commitment, faith in each other and in God, and with grace and gratitude.

What we need help with is RIGHT now.  

And, believe me, asking for help in this way is not easy for us. Prior to this we have always found a way in whatever hard times we had to provide for each other and for whatever our children really needed.

But the resources needed for Adam’s recovery are practically beyond imagination.  They are certainly beyond our resources.

The next chapter of Adam’s life will be long and it will be costly. His recovery will happen at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), a world-renowned facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries. They are known for their capacity to provide extensive, challenging and advanced rehabilitation services. The medical team at RIC is pushing Adam to his limits and challenging his body to heal.

Unfortunately, Adam’s health insurance does not cover the costs for inpatient or outpatient rehab at RIC. Out-of-pocket costs are almost $5,000 per day. A low estimate of what our final bill for this next necessary rehabilitation period will be is $300,000.  Easily, it could cost 3 times that.

To make this level of rehabilitation care possible for Adam, we need your financial help. 

Prior to the accident, our 26 yr. son had big plans. He and his amazing girlfriend Jayne were headed to Los Angeles in August. The plan was for Adam to support Jayne while she studied to become a Physician Assistant in the program she had just been accepted into; then he would blend his love of music with his Loras College psychology degree in pursuit of an advanced degree in music therapy. Woven into their dream were plans for marriage and children.

Jayne placed her PA studies on hold. She has been with Adam everyday since the accident. She is committed to helping him recover as he works through every part of his rehabilitation at RIC.

As a family we didn’t think we could love Jayne any more than we already did. But we do. Our eyes water as we watch her intensely track his every communication and jump to help him with nose itches and other stuff he can’t do yet.

We know he’s our son, but we’re not alone in thinking he is super special. One day at the hospital, Ronnie looked around a waiting room of disheartened friends and family and commented, “I think think the
only one not feeling bad for Adam is Adam.” He’s right. Adam woke up one day at the hospital and told Joni that he had dreamt of a great song for Rachel and her fiancé to use at their upcoming wedding. He
joked with another couple that he was looking forward to doing some wheelchair dancing at their wedding. He looked at a group of us one vening and said, “Look at all of us just loving all of us.”

We have only seen one break in his upbeat attitude since the accident.  It was 4 days after the accident when the doc spoke bluntly about his condition.  The doc left and Adam looked at us with sorrow and said, “I wanted to be able to hug my children.”

The truth is this: with Adam’s attitude, with advances in treatment, and with the knowledge and skills of the experts at RIC, Adam holding his future children is a distinct possibility.
To fulfill his dreams, he needs your help and we kindly and humbly, on his behalf, ask you for it. 100% of all donations will go directly to Adam’s rehabilitation needs.

Thank you,

Ronnie & Joni

Making a Difference In: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fund Leader: Rachel Craig
Fund Type: Medical Causes

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Adam’s Road to Recovery: August 21st Update

Saturday, the 20th was a wonderful day for so many different reasons!


First, the Craig Family was able to connect with a truly invaluable resource, the Tykodi Family!

Tycodi FamilyDebbie and Becky Tykodi (far right of photo) recently lost their husband and father, Tom. Tom was severely injured in 2012, when he was ejected from his bicycle while riding on a rural road near his home in Ohio.  The force of this fall left him paralyzed from the chest down. In spite of fighting the good fight for nearly four years, he passed away in March from complications from the accident.  Tom worked with Adam’s Uncle Steve at Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS).  After Adam’s accident, Steve reached out and asked Debbie and Becky if they would be willing to be a resource for the Craig Family and they didn’t hesitate.  The Tykodis drove to Chicago from Columbus, Ohio this weekend to visit Adam, hang out with the Craigs, discuss wedding planning (Becky & Rachel are both getting married on October 8th!), offer invaluable insight and donate unbelievable resources!  Listening to Becky and Debbie talk about their journey with Tom was both empowering and informational.  Adam’s positivity was astounding as usual and the entire Craig family is committed to working hard to “pay-it-forward” in hopes of matching the generosity of Tykodis.   Becky and Debbie confirmed that it will take every part of this A-Team to support Adam in the months and years ahead but that A-Team just keeps growing larger and stronger every day! Thank you to the Tykodi Family and thank you to all of you out there spreading Adam’s story and sending your love his way!


 


And just as that A-Team keeps getting stronger, so does Adam!  There was a HUGE! gain on Saturday in therapy!  Adam explains it best:


“This video is showing how this is the first time that I’ve been able to activate fully a muscle that I wasn’t really activating before – I guess I can’t say fully activate, but I was able to activate the full length of the bicep.  My bicep started out after my injury being non-accessible, inactive and now, after a month of therapy, we have been able to get my left bicep to work!”


In the below video (click on the Bicep! hyperlink), Adam is moving his left arm all on his own and with a 2 lb weight added to his wrist just to make it that much harder!!!  He isn’t able to bend his elbow yet, but as the bicep grows stronger, his nerves learn new routes and the swelling decreases, there is so much hope that more function will be regained!  Keep those prayers coming!


 


Bicep!


 


To add to all this amazing-ness, Uncle Gary finally posed for “‘Stache-a-darity” photo op with Adam but only after hitting up The Art of Shaving downtown for some beard oil and grooming tools!


Think you have what it takes to #HandleThis as well as Adam Lucas Craig? Mustaches!Post your ‘Stache-a-darity photo showing off that #MightyMustache and/or #AdamsRoadToRecovery A-Team shirt with the hashtags #HandleThisALC and #StacheADarity and we’ll see just how big this A-Team truly reaches!


#GettingBetterEverDay #MindStrong #SpiritStrong #BodyStrong #CommunityStrong


 


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: August 10th

A couple exciting updates today!


First, Adam’s cousin, The Taylor Family, lead by Hannah Taylor and her friend, Catie Hohnstein organized a Spirit Day last night at Chick-Fil-A To Support Adam Craig it Wheaton, Illinois! Chicken, waffle fries, and milkshakes were sold to help Adam moo-ve right along with his recovery!  It was three hours of prize wheel spinning, buying of mustache wristbands, and sharing dinner with family, friends, and neighbors alike. The Taylor’s were excited to see familiar faces and touched to meet many new ones. Whether it was young kids asking to spin the wheel, new faces asking how Adam was doing, or Chick-Fil-A employees wanting to know the story, everyone was in support of Adam. There were many comments about how blessed Adam is and wishes of good luck for recovery.


Overall, the night was very successful. Between $1 wheel spins, wristbands, donations, & Chick-Fil-A’s contribution of 20% of sales, more than $600 was raised!! 


So to celebrate their efforts, Adam showed off a bit in Occupational Therapy today!


Here, Adam’s is working on that Road to Recovery by balancing while sitting!!  He is bearing weight through his sit bones which will help with bone density in the pelvis. Adam’s OT was holding his shoulders back but he was keeping his posture (against the stability ball) and his head up on his own. He was able to maintain his balance right to left really well! Still need to work towards strengthening back extensors and core if we want to avoid anymore mustache face plants – but that is all dependent on motor progression as the healing continues. He sat for a little over 10 minutes!!! Then Adam did scapula pinches to draw the shoulders back and neck raises to strengthen the muscles to bring his head up.  Hoping to get that neck brace off in 2.5 weeks, so neck strength is pretty important right now!


August 10th OT


Adam and all you, his A-Team, are tackling this adventure with such grace and humility!  Continue to spread the love, the journey has only begun!  #AdamsRoadToRecovery #HandleThisALC #HandleThis #MightyMustache #GettingBetterEveryDay #MindStrong #BodyStrong #SpiritStrong


Donate Now! And don’t forget to register for the A-Team Benefit Bike Ride on August 27th by clicking Here!


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: August 4th

Adam’s friend Becky from Loras College came to visit and hung out with Adam during therapy today! Can’t say it enough – Visitors are so so welcome! Come on and check out his view – totally worth the trip.  Becky reports that Adam was making gains in the gym this morning! This new exercise works his shoulder muscles and helps improve the bone density of his arms. Yes, hes doing all that movement himself! Watch for the face plant toward the end, but don’t worry no mustaches were hurt in the making of this video.‪#‎gains‬ ‪#‎handlethisalc‬


 



 


This picture shows one of the many stretches Adam’s therapist do with him.  Given his immobility, his muscles cramp up very quickly and it is extremely painful. So stretching is very important to his general well-being.  In addition to stretching, Adam is working with a physical therapist who specializes in massage techniques to help ease some of the tension throughout his body.


August 4th Stretching


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 27th

Thanks to Jayne, we’re able to get some pretty consistent daily reports!  Seriously, as a family we didn’t think we could love Jayne any more than we already did. But we do. Our eyes water as we watch her intensely track his every communication and jump to help him with nose itches and other stuff he can’t do yet –  she is amazing!


This morning Adam continued to master the sip n puff controls. He was challenged by his physical therapist to take the whip outside. It was clear that the fresh air and sunlight added a boost to his already positive mood and good energy.  Sun is good for the soul!




A long break after his first therapy session allowed for a long nap to recharge for two hours straight (!!) in the afternoon. He continued working on passive mobility of the upper extremities with an occupational therapist. Eventually Adam moved on to something new, electric muscle stimulation!




His therapists hooked him up to a hand cycle and placed electrodes on parts of his arms to contract specific muscles to train his body and his brain. He cycled for 17 and a half minutes! His therapists were impressed and it was longest bout of constant activity for Adam in almost an entire month.


RIC is an amazing facility and Adam is so fortunate to have access to this technology and encouragement! Keep those vibes and prayers coming his way! Every day means he has a new chance to conquer the impossible.


#AdamsRoadToRecovery #HandleThisALC #HandleThis #MindStrong #BodyStrong #SpiritStrong #GettingBetterEveryday #AdamCraig


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 26th

Big day today! But Adam was taken back about a decade today when he was issued a student driver’s license for his Sip ‘n Puff powered wheelchair. 😉 This power chair is driven by Adam’s breath! How cool! An initial hard puff will enable the wheelchair to move forward, while a single hard sip will stop the wheelchair. A continuous hard sip will reverse the wheelchair. Turning requires a continuous soft sip or soft puff enabling the wheelchair to move left or right respectively depending on how long he blows into the tube.




His physical therapist was amazed at how quickly he caught on to the controls and said he was ahead of the learning curve for this type of driving. Adam will have more practice in the coming days and weeks to gain more independence with his wheelchair mobility.



Keep on moving forward Adam!


#AdamsRoadToRecovery #HandleThis #HandleThisALC #GettingBetterEveryday #MindStrong #BodyStrong #SpiritStrong



Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 24th

Update as of 7/24 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago:


Adam had a light day for rehab today but we thought we’d walk you through what some of his physical therapy sessions look like!


First, Adam must be moved from his bed to a chair and then the chair to therapy table! The process of getting out bed, into the chair and then out of the chair and onto the therapy table are the same – via a lift!



 


Before Adam can get to the more intensive rehab therapies he has to be able to maintain his blood pressure in the “safe zone”.  Due to Adam being bedridden for nearly 3 weeks, he needs to become acclimated to being upright again.  The goal is to get to around 70 degrees and can take a week or two to get to that point.



 


The therapist will slowly raise the Tilt Table a few degrees at a time, with Adam secured to it.  Then they will let him rest for a minute or so and take his blood pressure after resting.  If his blood pressure begins to drop, the therapist knows he’s reached his maximum degree tilt for the day.  Yesterday, July 23rd, Adam was able to get up to 35 degrees and maintain his blood pressure in the “safe zone”.



 


Today Adam was able to get up to 40 degrees and maintain his blood pressure in that “safe zone”!  He also had quite a few visitors today! Those included his Uncle Randy, Aunt Louise, their granddaughter Ava, Rachel’s friend, Lindsey and his cousin Chandra and her fiancé Dan!  Visitors make all the difference to Adam’s motivation and we strongly encourage anyone who is able to make it, to come visit!


Aunt Louise and Ava




 


Have a great week all! #AdamsRoadtoRecovery #HandleThisALC #HandleThis #GettingBetterEveryday #MindStrong #BodyStrong #SpiritStrong


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 23rd

So thankful that Adam Craig has access to such amazing technology, a driven rehab te13724977_535194913346230_2793802734569533365_oam, incessant inspiration and a stellar view of Lake Michigan (not pictured) at RIC! Truly would not be possible without the support from strangers and friends. I am overwhelmed and humbled on a daily basis… Love every part of the A-Team❤️ Adam Craig’s Road to Recovery‪#‎AdamsRoadToRecovery‬ ‪#‎HandleThisALC‬ ‪#‎HandleThis‬ ‪#‎MindStrong‬‪#‎BodyStrong‬ ‪#‎GettingBetterEveryday‬


 


 


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 22nd

What a bunch of awesome kids! Loras alum and friend, Daniel Moore’s, nieces and nephews took the initiative to put together a Kool Aid stand in Crestwood, IL to raise money for Adam! All the thanks to you!Kool Aid for Adam


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 21st

13782184_534463056752749_1320188177291737658_nHandsome and funny visitors yesterday, Tom & Maddy! (Jayne is a regular at this point!) Adam was able to get a “sip & puff” nurse call “button” that works and it turns into a handy place to secure a CamelBak for maximum hydration independence AND ADAM GOT TO WEAR NORMAL CLOTHES!‪#‎AdamsRoadToRecovery‬ ‪#‎HandleThis‬ ‪#‎HandleThisALC‬‪#‎GettingBetterEveryDay‬ ‪#‎MindStrong‬ ‪#‎BodyStrong‬ ‪#‎GownBeGone‬


 


 


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: PHASE 2: Get Adam to RIC & PHASE 3: Keep Adam at RIC

Phase 3: Keep Adam at RIC! Let’s do this!


We want to thank everyone, those who know Adam and those who don’t, who have and who amazingly continue to generously donate time, talent and resources to Adam’s Road to Recovery!  Adam would not be at the Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago (RIC) if it weren’t for you.  There is no question about that. Unfortunately, the journey is far from over and Adam continues to need your love and generosity.


Phase 1 (Get Adam a Medical Transport) and Phase 2 (Get Adam to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) we’re both successful!  Initial payment just to get Adam in the door at RIC was $80,000! But YOU DID IT!


As Adam begins to set his new goals for recovery, PHASE 3 sets a new goal for us. A $100,000 goal to be specific!


While Adam was able to pay the initial payment, there is another sizable portion due by August 5th.  A low estimate of what the final bill for this next necessary rehabilitation period will be is $300,000. Easily it could cost 3 times that. To make this level of rehabilitation care possible for Adam, we need your financial help.


Adam is working his tail off. His spirit is strong and his will, fierce.  He is focused on his rehabilitation, on playing music again, and on living a life he imagined.  His humor is sharp and the way his face lights up when a visitor shows up is unforgettable.  Sure, there is nothing he can do right now about cost, or medical expense, or insurance.  But we can. We can help Adam with the things out of his control.  We can raise the money to help Adam. We can dig deep, ask for help without pride, and raise the funds to allow Adam to focus on healing.


Help Adam stay at RIC and receive the best chance at living the life he imagined!


Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 20th

We want to thank everyone, those who know Adam and those who don’t, who have and who amazingly continue to generously donate time, talent and resources to Adam’s Road to Recovery! Adam would not be at the Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago (RIC) if it weren’t for you. There is no question about that. Unfortunately, the journey is far from over and Adam continues to need your love and generosity.


Phase 1 (Get Adam a Medical Transport) and Phase 2 (Get Adam to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) we’re both successful! Initial payment just to get Adam in the door at RIC was $80,000! But YOU DID IT!



As Adam begins to set his new goals for recovery, PHASE 3 sets a new goal for us. A $100,000 goal to be specific!


While Adam was able to pay the initial payment, there is another sizable portion due by August 5th. A low estimate of what the final bill for this next necessary rehabilitation period will be is $300,000. Easily it could cost 3 times that. To make this level of rehabilitation care possible for Adam, we need your financial help.


Adam is working his tail off. His spirit is strong and his will, fierce. He is focused on his rehabilitation, on playing music again, and on living a life he imagined. His humor is sharp and the way his face lights up when a visitor shows up is unforgettable. Sure, there is nothing he can do right now about cost, or medical expense, or insurance. But we can. We can help Adam with the things out of his control. We can raise the money to help Adam. We can dig deep, ask for help without pride, and raise the funds to allow Adam to focus on healing.


Help Adam stay at RIC and receive the best chance at living the life he imagined!



Adam’s Road to Recovery Update: July 19th – Moving to Chicago!

Update from the ambulance: En route to Rehab Institute of Chicago! One thing we didn’t miss in Madison was the potholes on the city streets, hold on tight 😁



Today was a big step in Adam’s recovery process and now it’s time to work his ass off. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported Adam! We can’t wait to hear him play music again 😊


Adam’s mailing and visiting address while at RIC is:


Adam L. Craig

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

345 East Superior Street

Chicago, IL 60611


Adam’s Road to Recovery: SweatVac

SweatVac Performance Wear has been a phenomenal source of support and encouragement for Adam Craig through these first couple weeks of his recovery! Their support has not only been financial in nature but has even gone so far as to reach out to help connect Adam with Sherown Campbelland to share the remarkable and awesome story of Sherown’s Recovery! Hopefully once Adam settles into his inpatient rehab, we’ll be able to connect the two! Check out Sherown’s story below and give SweatVac a big hug, like and/or share for all their love! ‪#‎AdamsRoadToRecovery‬ ‪#‎HandleThisALC‬‪#‎HandleThis‬ ‪#‎GettingBetterEveryday‬ ‪#‎MindStrong‬ ‪#‎BodyStrong‬


Adam’s Road to Recovery: ‘Stache Cash Dash!

July 15th:


Good morning A-Team! We’re going to have some fun this Friday and we have some exciting news!


Get ready for the “$10 ‘STACHE CASH DASH!”


Adam has been preliminary accepted to transfer to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) http://www.ric.org/ for his acute inpatient rehab. RIC is one of the top rehab facilities in the country and will give Adam his best chance of reaching his potential!!



Adam is expected to be at RIC for a minimum of 6 weeks, where he will work on everything from strengthening his muscles, being fit for the appropriate wheelchair and assistive devices, teaching us how to care for him and a whole lot more.


The gap in coverage for Adam to be at RIC is $169,000.00! So to make that more feasible for the Craig Family, we’re challenging everyone who likes this page to donate $10.00 today! Our goal is to get 750 $10.00 donations by 11:59 p.m. and we will be posting updates throughout the day on number of donations!



Adam’s Road to Recovery: July 14th

Update from UW-Madison Hospital July 14, 2016: Adam is continuing to improve everyday. As we know this will be a long road with its highs and lows. Yesterday, unfortunately, was a low. Adam woke up with intense muscular pain in his neck and shoulders. It was difficult to see him in distress with a furrowed brow in agony due to muscle spasms. These painful spasms are expected as his nerves fire to protect his body during recovery.


Expectedly so, Adam continued with all of his therapy, even getting up into his wheelchair. Soon after PT, Adam was transferred out of the Neuro ICU and into an Intermediate Care Unit (IMC). On this unit Adam continues to receive all of the same therapy with less intense monitoring because of his improved condition.



As the day progressed, the pain continued. Thankfully his mood improved after a visit from a massage therapist who demonstrated accupressure massage, releasing a lot of the tension. A visit from a long time friend boosted his spirits and the day took a turn for the better!


Adam’s positivity and motivation continues to be an inspiration for us as he tackles small goals each day!


 



Adam’s Road to Recovery: July 11th

 


Cousins in Collars


 


It’s been a tough year for the Craig family, but time and time again, they persevere. Here, Adam is with his cousin, Natalie.  On May 7th of this year, Natalie and her boyfriend Blake were in a tragic motorcycle accident that took Blake’s life. Blake’s family graciously donated his organs to help save the lives of others. Natalie was very badly injured. She broke her neck, had a brain contusion, broke her right arm, broke both of her lower legs, and both ankles.  Natalie and Adam have a long and sometimes painful recovery ahead of them but they are both committed to putting their all into every part of it!


Adam’s Road to Recovery: Sunshine!

 


Sunshine and Smiles


As Adam ventures outside for the first time in eight days, he is greeted by a glaring sun and a hornet curious about that lip caterpillar. All jokes aside he is happy to be outside soaking up some vitamin D!


 


Adam’s Road to Recovery: July 10th

Cruising right along! Adam was taken off all his IVs yesterday and his respiratory therapy (assisted coughing) is only as needed meaning the fluid in his lungs is under control for the meantime.


Adam’s attitude is amazing! That sarcasm and wit is stronger than ever!! 😉 He is so ready to get out of the hospital and into rehab (except he will admit that the food here is top notch)!


The next steps will be transferring Adam to an acute inpatient rehab facility within the next week or so. We’re working so hard to raise the funds we need to make that happen and every dollar helps! Keep an eye out for some amazing t-shirts coming your way!



Adam’s Road to Recovery: Phase 1, Get Adam a Medical Transport – GOAL MET!

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we’ve reached our Phase 1, Get Adam a Medical Transport, goal of $15,000.00!!! Reaching $15,000.00 concludes Phase 1 of our fundraising efforts. It is with full hearts and positive vibes that we continue on, pushing toward recovery with Adam at the helm.


Medical Transport Goal Met


To be honest, we’ve got a long way to go and we need your additional support as we continue to combat the medical and living expense of Adam’s transition to an acute therapy center. We’ll need additional monetary contributions to make sure Adam is able to work with an encouraging and challenging rehab team.



His acute inpatient rehab will cost between $2,000 and $5,000 a day and we’re just not sure how long Adam will be in inpatient but we’ve been told around 3 months.


We’re so grateful for the outreach and the outpouring of love; the connections to medical expertise, and coffee getters, and the financial commitments that sustain Adam’s Road to Recovery!



Adam’s Road to Recovery: July 8th

Good afternoon y’all!


Update as of July 8 noon:


Adam is still working hard but man is it exhausting! He’s off all of his other IVs except his blood pressure medicine but they are working on getting him off of that as soon as possible!



Dr. Anderson gave an update based off of the MRI and chest x-ray from yesterday. Chest is looking better and Adam will continue to work on strengthening his diaphragm so he can cough out any liquids that build up. The MRI showed that there was swelling from the C2 to the C6 vertebrae and that Adam’s spinal cord, while showed no external damage to the outer layer, was damaged internally. The extent of the damage will only play out over time as the swelling continues to decrease. Dr. Anderson indicate that once the swelling from the C2 – C6 decreases, Adam will be better able to build up his broad shoulders and deltoids! Knowing Adam, he won’t settle for just that and we’re so excited to see him positive and motivated! He was pretty pumped about getting into a wheelchair today and took a brief walk around the floor!


Adam had a good laugh today thanks to his friend Teddy 🙂 and has been in contact with Chris Norton, another Iowan who suffered a similar injury and had an amazing recovery. Chris has an beautiful story and Adam is looking forward getting to know him more! (You can check our Chris’ story herehttp://scicanfoundation.com/meet-chris-norton/)


We’re all working so hard to get Adam into a great facility for rehab and all of the love, messages, well wishes, food, water, beer and prayers help keep us going! From Adam’s support crew to all of you – thank you!



Adam’s Road to Recovery: True Chap!

Adam’s lunch for today, July 8th: Rye Toast and Earl Grey Tea. Any and all donations of top hats and monocles will be much appreciated as Adam is actively converting to a true chap 🎩 


Adam’s Road to Recovery: July 7th

Hello fine fellows and ladies! Update as of noon on Thursday, July 7th UW Hospital:


First and foremost, Adam just learned about this page and is blown away by the outpouring of support!!! He was overwhelmed to tears and cannot believe how many people are thinking about him and making unbelievable donations to support his recovery – thank you cannot be said enough.


Adam is progressing well after they removed the breathing tube yesterday. He moved upstairs to the Neuro ICU where he is more comfortable and has a fresh perspective on his prognosis. He passed his swallow test, has ordered solid foods and he is slowly being weaned off his blood pressure medicine. His lung function is improving because he’s been working hard with the respiratory therapy team to strengthen his diaphragm and working really hard to improve his cough – which has been a frustrating and slow process. Despite the frustrations, his hard work is paying off because he is rapidly weaning off the high flow nasal cannula. Thus he has more and more energy for conversation with family & friends. “General health wise” Adam is improving hour by hour.



Unfortunately, there are no new developments to report on additional feeling, sensation and/or mobility. He is scheduled for an MRI later today to help determine more about the extent of the damage to his spinal cord. Hopefully we’ll have an update on that soonish.


Adam is so grateful for your prayers and warm wishes, keep them coming! He loves hearing the nods of encouragement.


He wants you all to know that he is working hard to do all that the team at UW Hospital is asking him to so he can get transferred to an acute rehab facility, preferably in Chicago. With transportation costs (UNBELIEVABLY!) almost met, the next step will be determining what Adam needs to meet his out-of-pocket rehab costs…


In the meantime, enjoy this amazing photo of Adam and a part of his amazing support crew from Loras, Kevin Harlander, Becky Suckow, and Jayne!


Duhawks for Life



Adam’s Road to Recovery: Initial Update July 3rd – July 6th

Initial Update:


On July 3rd Adam was in a diving accident where he 100% dislocated his c4 and c5 vertebrae and suffered a compression fracture in his c4 vertebrae. At the time of the incident, he was surrounded by many folks in the medical field (Nurses, EMT’s, OT’s, etc.) including his girlfriend Jayne. They were able to quickly stabilized him in the water until emergency responders were able to rush him to the ER at UW-Madison Hospital. He under went emergency surgery by Dr. Paul A. Anderson, renowned orthopedic spinal surgeon which fused his C4 and C5 vertebrae, removed the bone fragment and reconstructed the vertebra.



Post surgery, Adam has the ability to shrug his shoulders, move his head, and has some feeling (or sensation) in his upper arms (biceps). His breathing tube was removed on July 6th, where he quickly asked for his mustache wax. He is in good spirits and surrounded by his family, girlfriend , friends, and a great medical team. While we don’t know much about Adam’s long term prognosis, we are hopeful and positive while taking this one day at a time.



As of 9:00 a.m ., July 6th UW Hospital:


They were able to remove the breathing tube this morning which was immediately met by Adam telling his buddy Kevin my shirt was ugly. He also asked Jayne where his mustache wax was.



The ability to now talk and not have tubes in his throat seems to have eased some of the anxiousness as you can imagine.


He’s got movement in his shoulders, neck, head. He’s got sensation down the front of his biceps.


Medically he 100% dislocated c4 and c5 with a compression fracture to his C4. They did successful surgery to rebuild his vertebrae and remove the bone fragments.


His spirit is fierce. His attitude is strong! One day a time here.



Beginning of the Journey


We have some difficult news to share.


This 4th of July weekend, our son, Adam Craig, experienced a horrific diving accident at Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.


He broke his neck & significantly injured his spinal cord.


Doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital fused his C4 and C5 vertebrae, removed a bone fragment, and reconstructed the vertebra. Today, Adam remains paralyzed from just below the shoulders to his feet. He is completely unable to move his arms, hands, fingers, torso, legs, feet and toes.


Craig Family


This is our family.  We have hundreds of pictures, just like this one, where we’re smiling, loving life and each other.  This is the first one of us where Adam can’t move.  Despite that, he is flashing his signature smile, along with Rachel, and Ronnie. Joni, our rock, couldn’t smile at the time this picture was snapped, but she’ll get there.  We know her. We know us.



Like you and your family, we’ve experienced all the typical stuff to survive ~ family deaths, rough financial times, some broken hearts, hefty college loans, etc.


But there were some extra things, too. Joni and Ronnie survived the death of an infant son before Rachel was born. As a family we survived Joni’s cancer when Adam and Rachel were still in elementary school.  So, we know what we’re made of and we know, with time, we will land on our feet with this situation. As we always have in the past, we will manage this “new normal” with energy, commitment, faith in each other and in God, and with grace and gratitude.



What we need help with is RIGHT now.  


And, believe me, asking for help in this way is not easy for us. Prior to this we have always found a way in whatever hard times we had to provide for each other and for whatever our children really needed.


But the resources needed for Adam’s recovery are practically beyond imagination.  They are certainly beyond our resources.



The next chapter of Adam’s life will be long and it will be costly. His recovery will happen at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), a world-renowned facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries. They are known for their capacity to provide extensive, challenging and advanced rehabilitation services. The medical team at RIC is pushing Adam to his limits and challenging his body to heal.


Unfortunately, Adam’s health insurance does not cover the costs for inpatient or outpatient rehab at RIC. Out-of-pocket costs are almost $5,000 per day. A low estimate of what our final bill for this next necessary rehabilitation period will be is $300,000.  Easily, it could cost 3 times that.


To make this level of rehabilitation care possible for Adam, we need your financial help. 



Prior to the accident, our 26 yr. son had big plans. He and his amazing girlfriend Jayne were headed to Los Angeles in August. The plan was for Adam to support Jayne while she studied to become a Physician Assistant in the program she had just been accepted into; then he would blend his love of music with his Loras College psychology degree in pursuit of an advanced degree in music therapy. Woven into their dream were plans for marriage and children.


Jayne placed her PA studies on hold. She has been with Adam everyday since the accident. She is committed to helping him recover as he works through every part of his rehabilitation at RIC.


As a family we didn’t think we could love Jayne any more than we already did. But we do. Our eyes water as we watch her intensely track his every communication and jump to help him with nose itches and other stuff he can’t do yet.


We know he’s our son, but we’re not alone in thinking he is super special. One day at the hospital, Ronnie looked around a waiting room of disheartened friends and family and commented, “I think think the

only one not feeling bad for Adam is Adam.” He’s right. Adam woke up one day at the hospital and told Joni that he had dreamt of a great song for Rachel and her fiancé to use at their upcoming wedding. He

joked with another couple that he was looking forward to doing some wheelchair dancing at their wedding. He looked at a group of us one vening and said, “Look at all of us just loving all of us.”


We have only seen one break in his upbeat attitude since the accident.  It was 4 days after the accident when the doc spoke bluntly about his condition.  The doc left and Adam looked at us with sorrow and said, “I wanted to be able to hug my children.”


The truth is this: with Adam’s attitude, with advances in treatment, and with the knowledge and skills of the experts at RIC, Adam holding his future children is a distinct possibility.


To fulfill his dreams, he needs your help and we kindly and humbly, on his behalf, ask you for it. 100% of all donations will go directly to Adam’s rehabilitation needs.

Thank you,


Ronnie & Joni




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