Help Allyson Mallory on the Road to Recovery

For: Allyson Mallory
Englewood, CO
Organizer: Melissa Mallory
$74,185
of $90,000 goal.
Raised by 717 donors
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The Story

On December 23, 2016 Allyson was doing what she does best...kicking butt in a snowboard park with friends. She hit an A-frame feature too fast and landed on her back. She was air lifted from the mountain and received incredible care from the staff at St. Anthony's in Lakewood, CO. Unfortunately we learned that after surgery, her back is broken and she is paralyzed from the waist down...but keep your heads up, because we are!

Those of you who know Allyson know that nothing will keep her down, and when she sets her mind to something, she delivers! Her positive attitude and persistence is a lesson for us all; you've never seen such a CHAMPION.

Allyson started her first big day of physical therapy on Monday, December 26th. Although difficult, she went above and beyond in physical strength and heart. She wheeled herself all around the ICU and wanted to go further when the PT nurses told her that she didn't have to do anymore. When we got back to the room, Allyson told me that next time I would have to time her laps, so we could track improvement. Gotta have a good baseline to measure progress, am I right?!

Allyson is surrounded by family and friends. Her community in Colorado is truly a special one, and she's received an endless amount of well wishes and love from California. Our family would like to send a special thank you to all of Allyson's bosses, colleagues, and friends from Littleton Public Schools; you all have been incredible. 

As we move forward, we face some challenges. Allyson is going to need some cool new wheels to assist her in living an independent lifestyle. She is also going to need some major home renovations to allow for wheelchair access and independent living (e.g., widening hallways, doors, lowering cabinets, installing ramps, bathroom remodel, mobility aides, etc.). I set this page up because so many of Allyson's friends and colleagues want to help in any way they can. Helping Allyson retain her independence is the best way for us to help.

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Allyson is currently completing her rehab at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. Craig is an amazing rehab facility and we are so lucky that Allyson is beginning her recovery there surrounded by a caring and skilled team.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2017

Posted on February 14, 2017

Captain's Log:

At the beginning of this journey 7 weeks ago, my left hip flexor was the only muscle firing. After my PT testing, I have about 75% of the muscles in my legs with some kind of movement or sparking of movement. This is great news in the month and a half I've been at Craig.  I believe it is through PT, the use of the biking and walking machines and my electrical stimulator unit that my muscles are waking up as my spinal cord swelling goes down.  Muscle groups are beginning to loop together.  This was evident as I hooked up my stim unit to my hamstrings and I watched my toes move as a result of the stimulation.  Connections are being made!  I can only pray that through continued work at Craig during outpatient that my muscle groups will be strengthened which will help me to walk again.  Stay tuned!

Posted on February 7, 2017

Posted on February 7, 2017

First, I want to say thank you for the amazing support everyone showed me in reaching our initial goal of $70,000.  There has been an overwhelming amount of encouragement from family, friends and people who I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting. Initially, when this page was set up, we thought $70,000 would surely cover all of the costs associated with my snowboarding accident.  However, as I have travelled down this path, understand what insurance will and will not cover, and know the extent of the costs that are needed for my recovery, I know additional funds need to be raised if possible.

The initial $70,000 will be used to purchase a car that can accommodate my wheelchair, add safety in the CO weather, and adapt it with hand controls so that I can be independent as I once was with driving.  The rest of the funds that were raised will be spent on some of the housing remodel, stand up wheelchair and medical supplies.

One of my most important priorities is to work towards walking again.  Several of my doctors have told me that I have a small chance to walk again.  I've told them, "All I need is a chance".  This will require significant physical therapy at Craig.  Recently, I learned that my insurance will only cover 20 visits/hours for the remainder of the year.  My outpatient plan includes 3 days a week for two hours a day.  The outpatient offered by my insurance will be used in less than a month.  Unfortunately, the road of rehab is going to take years. Quite a few additional physical therapy hours will need to be purchased out of pocket as well as bracing.  Right now, I am looking at bracing to my hips to walk again along with the time (at least 20 hours to fit and train myself to use this equipment).  The additional money raised passed the $70,000 will be utilized for all of these outpatient needs.

I sincerely appreciate everything the #Allysonstrong community has done for me.  Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.  

Love to you ALL,
Allyson

Posted on January 23, 2017

Posted on January 23, 2017

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