Help Bill Dingledine overcome serious spinal cord injury

For: Bill Dingledine
Greenville, SC
Organizer: Connie Scrivens
Help Bill Dingledine overcome serious spinal cord injury (Bill Dingledine)
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Raised by 573 donors

The Story

On March 20, 2018, Bill Dingledine lost control of his bicycle while riding in Paris Mountain State Park and he smashed headfirst into a tree. Unconscious and on life support, Bill was airlifted to an ICU where doctors confirmed a fractured neck vertebra, spinal cord damage and paralysis below his shoulders. Breathing was a big question mark. Water pooled around his lungs; a chest tube was installed; a lung infection followed; and one of his lungs began collapsing.   

Throughout this experience, Bill remained cheerful, smiling and “talking” with his eyes while the life support tube stayed down his throat for days. Friends and family rallied around him. With characteristic determination, Bill fought his way back and started breathing on his own. Every day since, he has continued to make tiny improvements – a thumb wiggle here, a pointed toe there – yet the outcome remains uncertain.     

Bill’s fight has been incredible, but it is far from over. Medical costs for Bill’s care and rehabilitation are extraordinary, and will be ongoing for the rest of his life. This is especially poignant because he lacks long-term care insurance. It’s expected that all of Bill and Dale’s carefully saved retirement nest egg will be depleted in less than one year. It’s also expected that Medicare coverage will not provide for the amount and intensity of rehabilitation that Bill is likely to require. All funds raised for Bill will go to helping pay for his ongoing medical expenses, intense rehabilitation therapies, and necessary assistive technologies.    

Bill’s grit and determination brought him back to cycling after a traumatic brain injury eight years ago. This time, his positive attitude and remarkable physical fitness so impressed his nurses and doctors that he was admitted early to the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville, SC. It is the Dingledine family’s sincere hope that Bill will once again walk among us, volunteering at the local soup kitchen and giving out handshakes, hugs, and guidance to family members, colleagues, and students. Bill’s full rehabilitation is possible through the generosity of those who love him.  

Thank you for your contributions, prayers and encouragement.   

With deepest appreciation, 

Bill’s Friends and Family     

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 14, 2018


Posted on May 14, 2018

Part II: Update from Grace, Bill's daughter:

As part of his therapy last Thursday, Bill rode a bike!!!Don't worry -- he's not back on the road yet; it was a tricycle that he rode around the hospital hallways. His arms are still pretty weak and uncooperative and he lacks almost all sensation below the shoulders, so gaining sensation and upper body strength are his current goals. Thanks to all whose donations are making such a positive impact on Dad's recovery!!

Posted on May 14, 2018


Posted on May 14, 2018

Part I: An update from Grace, Bill's daughter: 

The thoughts and prayers and generosity of more than 530 donors have really been paying off! Dad's progress has continued steadily since our last update. Since his birthday, he's been able to feed himself meals, he has begun using a computer mouse, he has stood up several times, and he took as many as 6 steps in a row!

Posted on April 23, 2018


Posted on April 23, 2018

Happy Birthday, Bill!!

Photo and a message from Bill: "When a cyclist is having a hard time going up a hill, another rider will ride up alongside and gently put a hand on your back to encourage you along. Right now, I feel like I have a thousand hands on my back. Thank you to everyone!" 

Today is Bill's birthday, so please post a comment on the YouCaring site to wish him well as he continues to push forward with unwavering determination.

Bill's daughter reports that, "With great concentration, Bill lifted his hand up to feed himself 3 bites of pound cake, and then picked up a cup of iced tea and took some sips from it!! There was much celebrating. These basic movements still take a lot of effort, and he can't always replicate them on command, but we're so thrilled."

Thank you so much for your financial support and your prayers and well wishes. Bill's journey is buoyed by your generous outpouring of love and concern.

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