Help Allyson Mallory on the Road to Recovery

For: Allyson Mallory
Englewood, CO
Organizer: Melissa Mallory
Help Allyson Mallory on the Road to Recovery (Allyson Mallory)
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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.

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 April 6, 2017

Posted on April 6, 2017

Hi all!

It's been awhile, so I thought I'd give you all an update. Allyson has been home just over a month now. While she had some great support in the first month home from family and friends, life is extremely overwhelming. Not complaining, but everyday tasks take so much longer (and so much more effort) to complete. Honestly, life is a lot more challenging now, and it's taken some time to get used to the changes. Speaking for the family, it's so hard seeing someone you love struggle; you just wish you could do something, anything, to make life a little better, a little easier. But Allyson is a CHAMPION and while she may not be the best at returning texts and calls right now (CALL ME! ;), she is doing her absolute BEST!

For the first time since the accident, Allyson went back to work to visit with staff and observe classrooms. Allyson is making an effort to spend time with friends (when she feels up to it) and rest. She drove to downtown Denver by herself and went out to dinner for a retirement party. I know it might not seem like a big deal, but think about navigating a downtown area alone in a wheelchair - parking, level streets, accessible routes, etc. - and she rose to the challenge. Tonight she is going to her first concert (Green Day) since the accident. In writing this, I am so proud of Allyson. She living her best life and is an example to all of us. 

Physical and occupational therapy at Craig keeps Allyson busy six days a week. It's frustrating not having the constant monitoring of medical staff identifying minor improvements because we don't see a lot of change right now. However, the changes in feeling, mobility, etc. may be so small that it is just not noticeable to us. Allyson will have a major "check up" in about five months, so we should learn more about her progress at that time. Keep Allyson in your thoughts and prayers, and thank you for the support!!! Love and peace to you all.

Posted on March 3, 2017


Posted on March 3, 2017

Hello! We hope you are doing well! I just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for donating to our page. Your support has made the transition from the hospital seamless. Allyson's home is beautiful and she just purchased an Outback today with our parents. She is taking the car in this week to get the hand controls put in and should be on the road by next week. THANK YOU again; we so appreciate your help in making this new path as beautiful as humanly possible. Lots of love to you all.

Warmest regards,

Posted on February 26, 2017

Posted on February 26, 2017

Captain's Log: Homecoming

The first night back in my place.  We were all tuckered out!  We showed up for the big reveal and the house looks absolutely amazing!! I love all of the touches and functional design.  I couldn't be more grateful to Mark and Todd for taking on this project.  It was truly a labor of love from those two to all of the volunteers who made my house renovations happen.  I am beyond blessed! 

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