Help Jon & Adam: The Jon Wotell Recovery Fund

For: Adam Kaokept
New York, NY
Organizer: Billy Bustamante
Help Jon & Adam: The Jon Wotell Recovery Fund (Adam Kaokept)
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of $75,000 goal.
Raised by 742 donors
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The Story

For those of you who do not know, Jonathan decided that after having just completed his masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, he was going to bike alone from New York City to Los Angeles. He left roughly five weeks ago and had been killing it....biking at times 100 miles a day. He has seen the country in ways I can barely imagine. My husband is a dreamer.

After over 2700 miles of making his way across the US, only four days shy from finishing this insane solo trip, Jon was involved in a hit and run as he was biking along side a highway. A passerby found him lying on the side of the road and called for help. He was helicoptered out to Las Vegas where a team of doctors are working to keep him alive. My husband. My partner. My penguin.

Jon is in critical condition and is suffering from a lot of internal injuries. He's got neck injuries, internal bleeding, his hip was fractured, same with his spine, and he currently has no feeling below his waist. He is conscious though (though heavily sedated) and is able to see that his family and I are here. But his condition is not good, and I don't know how to handle all this...he is improving bit by bit from what I gather. Doing my best to stay positive and not let my imagination get the best of me. But it is hard. 

For now all we can do is wait and see what happens. I am playing a mix of music he made for me once. And I will be here at the hospital for I don't know how long, just so he isn't alone ever. Little things matter. That's all I can do now.

Thank you to everyone for your emails, texts, messages, etc....they were all received. If you would like to send Jon anything, we are at the UMC Trauma Center in Las Vegas, NV. And please forgive me and his family if we do not get back to you but as you can imagine, we are going through a lot now.

Send all the love you can spare to my dreamer, Jon. We still have so much to do together. So much more. Thank you all. 

Adam

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Posted on September 12, 2017

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Posted on September 12, 2017

Day 49

At Craig Hospital, Jon is in classes all day. It's a series of therapies really...physical therapy, and occupational therapy, and manual therapy, and therapy therapy...all the therapy you can soak up. They even give me a slot of my own if I need to talk to someone, which is so badass of them to provide. I love Craig. If Craig was a person, I'd marry Craig. But alas, I am spoken for already.I went to Jon's wheelchair class at the big gym, an old, classic gym that looks just like the one I led assemblies in back in the good ol' days of high school. Not a lot of students this time....really just three, one of whom was Jon. He's definitely the sexiest one of the gang. We all know it. But Jon is also the newbie behind all the upper classmen. While they are rolling by from one exercise drill to the next, Jon is just learning how to balance while doing a wheelie.

He's determined though. The fire in his eyes could scorch the walls. And with me suddenly there watching him, I see he's even more focused than ever before. His assignment is to do 3 full rotations balanced on just his back wheels, a feat that seems pretty darn challenging for a novice like me. They even give me a set of wheels to try doing it on, which I of course fail at. But as I quietly roll around in my rookie chair, I keep a side eye to Jon as he attempts to meet his goal. BAM! He does his first full rotation ever! But hold on....he actually keeps on going. TWO!!! I already want to scream HOORAY YOU SON OF A BITCH! YOU DID TWO!! But nope...he ain't done yet! A hush in the gym falls and we all stare as Jon finds his flow and.....BOOM. THREE FULL 360-DEGREE WHEELIES!!! #winning#mikedrop #superstar7 weeks it's been, and the Jon I see in front of me is light years away from the broken, half-alive shell he was at the trauma center in Las Vegas. He's still dealing with pain all around his torso, but he's getting through it. And as he levels up with each challenge he faces, the many faces of my pride...as his husband, his friend, his parent, his partner in crime, his ROBIN, knows that the world will be meeting a whole new Batman soon.............and this time he's got some new wheels.


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Day 42


Outside in front of Craig Hospital sits a beautiful garden, filled with a countless array of flora and fauna, none of which I know the name of, but nevertheless come together in a most excellent symphony of design. It is here that at 6:30 in the morning I have come to practice my mindfulness meditation my dear friend Kei had so generously shared with me since January. It's something that has become my new peace, and what timing for it to arrive, when everything around me, both personally and peripherally, seems to be in a state of chaos.

Now that I am back at my peace and able to breathe, I can reflect on my whirlwind trip back to NYC this weekend. It was incredibly strange to be walking down familiar streets where I once had kept pace with those around me, where there was always a driving force that propelled me from one appointment to another. It's intoxicating and maddening and romantic and inspired...New York City.
My main purpose was to attend the benefit that my two Broadway families, Aladdin and Miss Saigon, have been putting together for my husband and I. I came knowing full well that it would be an emotional trip, and so I surrounded myself before, during, and after with some of my dearest tribe members in preparation for whatever I may go through inside.
This benefit....to see my friends all together in one space at this time of need, all for Jon and I....was powerful. The last time I felt like this was on our wedding day in Thailand! And as each person sang and played and shared, I could feel nothing but gratitude for the intense love being sent out to us. There was a sea of histories in the crowd, of friendships born decades ago, from college, and tour life, and new faces, all echoing their support for little ol' me and my superhero Jon. Wow.....
How can we be so lucky to have the Broadway community rally behind us, two karaoke-singing schmucks from Las Vegas? Freakin' amazing!I look back at the garden and now filled with thoughts of the benefit and can begin a new day with fierce fire and and determined hope. Thank you to all of you for helping us keep our eyes to the skies.


Posted on September 12, 2017

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Posted on September 12, 2017

Day 34

I sat and watched my penguin today re-learn how to use his body. This herculean man who once swam oceans and raced over valleys is learning how to sit up and lie down. How to balance his weakened upper body with his non-responsive lower half. The agony in his face as he performs twists and turns is apparent, but his will is ridiculously strong. And with each day as Jon re-learns a new technique and regains more of a sense of control over his body, I can see the light in his eyes come back again. And I am at peace.

I never was much of a cryer...maybe the fallout of growing up Asian and learning to not really show my emotions is a reason...maybe many other things... But I definitely used to be more in my head than my heart. These days I am a mess. And I have no idea when I will be laughing my ass off with my tribe or completely antisocial, depressed, and balling alone in a bar. It is all SO MUCH.My "big picture" perspective eventually comes in and I breathe again when I see how fuckin' strong Jon is being, and as I wake up from my spirals with my darkness, I KNOW that this all is part of our story...that we will be back in our flow of Sunday adventures around Manhattan and backpacking across the planet and date nights and dancing and fun with friends and holidays and all the sweet sweet things that make us LOVE LIFE, but now with a whole new level of appreciation for what it means to be alive. Because we are. Jon and I are ALIVE.

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