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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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. 


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 3, 2017


Posted on August 3, 2017

Day 21

I woke up thinking about YOU. Yes...all of you out there who have come to our aid these past three weeks. Whether it be the various people who have flown into Las Vegas in the midst of their own hectic lives or the constant calls, texts, care packages, and gifts that have been sent, the amount of generosity being directed at Jon and I and his family astounds me. It is so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives, our routines we have built for ourselves of work and play, of rest and running. We connect with others as much as we can. We even have the fortune occasionally of being fully awake and present in the MOMENT, when nothing else matters except exactly what is happening right then and there. I strive to be in the MOMENT much so that people have made the word my catch phrase: "Let's have a MOMENTTTTTTTTTT!!!!" It's terrible that it sometimes takes a tragedy to suddenly become awake, a split second of coming face-to-face with what is truly important to you. Jon, myself, & his family and friends have been fully awaken by the event that happened exactly three weeks ago today. And though we are still on the long road to recovery, we have been surrounded by the brightest light of generosity I have ever witnessed. It is real people. I attempted to write down every single act of kindness that has happened from YOU ALL, but I quickly realized that it would take several hours to list what each and every person has done for all of us. If you could be at our end and see the incredible thoughtfulness of the people we love and of strangers who we have never even met, you would cry as I have many times. I am a believer in people, that everyone is truly good inside. My faith has been confirmed and expanded by YOU ALL. Thank you thank you thank you for being with us, fully present and in this MOMENT.

For those of you who are able to, please go to the benefit that my friends in NYC are putting together for Jon. The amount of talent from the casts of Miss Saigon & Aladdin (the two Broadway shows I was lucky enough to be in) will be SICK! Jon will probably be deep in his rehab in Denver, but I will try my best to come!

Enjoy the MOMENTS my friends!

Posted on August 3, 2017


Posted on August 3, 2017

My husband Adam has been doing an outstanding job updating anyone who is interested in my recovery.   I thought I would include an update here and relieve some of that responsibility that Adam has taken on.

Speaking of Adam, I want to start by attempting to put in words what my husband has done for me these past few weeks.  I will save another post for the incredible support I've gotten from each member of my family, but for now I want to focus on Adam.  For lack of a better word, Adam has been my angel. He has been my angel who has been able to offer support in every way that I have needed it.  It's been the way he has taken care of practical things, like insurance, and setting up meetings with possible rehab centers.  Making sure things are organized. There are a lot of details, and Adam is all about the details.   It's also been the way that he has used his special brand of enthusiasm, positivity and fun to help keep my mindset in the right place.  This can be visually represented by the way Adam has turned every room I've been in so far to a colorful, picture filled, den of warmth.  It has also been the way he has given me space to feel all the feelings associated with my situation and to help remind me that I have a right to feel whatever may pop up.  And that it's okay.  In short, my angel has been integral to my healing.  Aside from the fact that Adam loves me a lot, this is just Adam being Adam.  This is who he is.  He is an incredible human specimen.   I am forever grateful to call him my husband. Adam, you know already, but I love you from the bottom of my heart.  

The update I spoke of earlier is an incredibly positive one.   It is a certainty now that my rehab center will be Craig Hospital in Denver CO.  This was our number one choice and is ranked as one of the best in the country for treatment of spinal cord injury.  My entire family got together yesterday to have a meeting with a lovely and knowledgeable representative from Craig Hospital.   Optimism ran very high.  It left us all very excited for the next step.

As of right now, my goals remain to heal my rib cage as best I can so that I can be as mobile as possible as I move into rehab.  I still have a couple of chest tubes that are doing their thing and will be out shortly.  After which, it is time to move to Denver.  The move itself will be an adventure, so we'll save that for another update. 

To all those who continue to express your love and support, thank you, thank you, thank you.   You are also an integral part to my healing.


Posted on August 3, 2017


Posted on August 3, 2017

I know that my dear husband has been keeping you all updated since my accident.  I want to start by voicing that the show of love and support that has come to us and continues to come is overwhelming and beautiful.   I knew I was a lucky guy... but godamn.   I had no idea.  This goes from the unceasing support of my family, to the warm wishes I am receiving everyday.  

So it is , of course, too early to say what the state of my body will be.  We have a long road of rehabilitation in front of us. But it is unlikely that I'll regain much movement or feeling below the belly button.  

I just want make clear how I feel about this.  It is a transition.  It is also, of course, a loss. But I am not devastated.  I think that if I didn't have full control of my upper body, as I do, then this would be a much tougher attitude to take.  But now, I am not devastated.  I will have full control of my upper body and take full advantage of my capacities (arms gonna be huge).  In this sense, along with having zero brain injury, I feel very very lucky.   

Adam, as you know already, is helping me look at the next steps to take.  Which for now still involves healing my still very sick body.  We're getting there.   

I look forward to sharing this upcoming journey with you all.   I feel acutely every single one of you sending your love.

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