We got your back Brian! Support Brian’s Spinal Cord Injury

For: Brian Jung
Denver, CO
Organizer: Brian Jung's Friends and Family
We got your back Brian!  Support Brian’s Spinal Cord Injury (Brian Jung)
$102,049
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 312 donors
100% Complete

The Story

On Sunday, August 27th Brian Jung, suffered a serious spinal cord injury which resulted in partial paralysis. Day by day, he has regained improved mobility in his arms and feeling in his chest, yet he has no sensation in his legs, and his future remains uncertain.


Brian and his girlfriend Kristin Demboski were on a pontoon boat with friends at Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado when he dove into shallow water, hitting his head and severely damaging several vertebrae.   He immediately experienced numbness from his chest down while under the water.  Despite so many things going wrong with the situation, there were many fortunate events that saved Brian’s life.   Within 30 seconds of seeing Brian go under the water his friend Chris pulled him up assuring he never swallowed water or lost oxygen to his brain.  Through the quick reactions of registered nurse friends Sarah Jane and Jen, Brian was rushed via ambulance to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, a hospital renowned for trauma and spinal cord injury. 


After the CT scan and MRI revealed several fractured vertebrae, Brian underwent an 8-hour emergency surgery to relieve the pressure from his injured spinal cord, remove the damaged vertebrae and stabilize and fuse together his spine.  Kristin, her mother Sharon, Brian’s parents, siblings, and friends rushed to his side.


Since the surgery, there have been many positive steps forward. Brian regained partial feeling in both arms and chest just hours after the operation. He was breathing and talking without medical assistance within one day.   With the help of daily physical therapy, his arm movements and grip have been rapidly improving.  His determination is relentless, and he is on a regular food diet. However, his lower body has been slower to respond.


Although medical staff are highly encouraged by Brian’s fast paced progress, they are quick to emphasize that Brian still has a very long road to recovery and his difficult journey will continue at Craig Hospital - a rehabilitation center providing specialty care for spinal cord injuries.  With Kristin, friends, and family by his side throughout his treatment at Craig, Brian will receive rehab that focuses aggressively on working both physically and psychologically.    During his time in the facility he will maximize his neurological recovery, to return home as independent and productive as possible, prepared to resume his life.  There will  be a tremendous amount of medical expenses as Brian adapts to his new lifestyle, medical equipment, medications & supplies are just some of the costs and for that reason, we are starting a YouCaring Campaign.   Our goal is to raise $100,000 as a start.  


Brian continues to impress us and the hospital staff with his strength and positive outlook. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone that knows him, as he has always faced each day with courage, kindness, and adventure.  Brian grew up in Oswego, New York.  In 2008 he achieved a B.A.S degree in Music & Entertainment Industry Studies from the University Colorado, Denver.   At age 35 he currently lives in Denver with Kristin, their roommate Patrick, and their 3 pups; Carlos, Chloe, and Remy. He plays percussion in the band Dirt and works as a Project Manager for Renewal By Anderson.  Brian is the kind of person that would drop anything to help a friend no matter what the situation.  He’s got a smile that continues to light up the room and an unwavering sense of humor.  For these reasons and many more, let’s come together and show this unbelievable man our love and support. 


YouCaring donations to Brian are made through WePay.  If you'd like to send a check directly please click "Contact The Organizer" for the P.O. Box address.



Thank you in advance for your contributions, prayers, and encouragement. 


- With Love -
Brian’s Friends & Family 

#GotYourBackBrian

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 10, 2017

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Posted on November 10, 2017

AN UPDATE FROM BRIAN & KRISTIN

We want to provide a heartfelt thank you to each of our 300+ supporters, due to your generosity we are delighted to announce that we've reached our YouCaring fundraising goal. 

I'm happy to report that I've officially completed the first stage of acute rehab.   On Friday, November 3rd I was discharged from the hospital and I'm now back living at home in a fully wheelchair accessible house.  Thank you again Dad, Kevin and RbA for the updated plumbing, widened doorways, ramps and new bathroom.  

Your donations have positioned me to continue my rigorous 3-5 day per week outpatient treatment at world-renowned Craig Hospital, and I'm ready to conquer my next challenge and lifestyle adjustments head on.  I'm transitioning to living at home with improved strength in my biceps, shoulders, and core. Outpatient treatment will help train my active muscles to compensate for those I can't feel.

I also want to give a massive shout out to all my Denver friends and musicians for throwing an epic benefit concert on November 5th.   Lori Jung, Jen Horn, Megan Bobay and Chris Spurlock, organized a 12 hour Bluegrass festival, including 10 awesome bands plus raffle and auction prizes.  Thanks to Katie and Kathy for flying in and lending a hand.   The event exceeded expectations and made close to $10K.  It was great to see friends both new and old. 

Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers and support.   

Forever grateful,

Brian & Kristin


Posted on October 13, 2017

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Posted on October 13, 2017

A MESSAGE FROM BRIAN'S PARENTS:

We wanted to personally thank all of Brian's supporters.  Your love and generosity for our son has been unbelievable.  Thank you to family, friends and colleagues in New York , Colorado, Florida and even as far as Ireland.  Your donations, kind words, encouragement and prayers continue to lift our family's spirits during this challenging time.  Brian's strength has been unwavering and we are so proud of his daily accomplishments and all the loving people in his life.

Forever in your debt,

Patty & Kevin Jung


Posted on October 9, 2017

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Posted on October 9, 2017

UPDATE FROM BRIAN:

"It's been about a month at Craig, and I continue to improve upon my upper body strength everyday.  I graduated to working out in an advanced gym on my own this week and spend time on weight machines strengthening my arms (see video).  When I arrived I could barely lift my arms, now I am lifting weights!   I'm looking forward to starting aquatic physical therapy in the pool this week and of course more "sneaky rehab"

I want to give a special shout out to my colleagues at Renewal by Andersen who were able to help renovate our house this weekend, adding ramps, widening doors and giving me and my wheelchair more room to maneuver when I'm home and going to outpatient treatment at Craig. It was incredible how everyone came together to assist with the project,

Also, if you are in Denver on November 5th, stop into to Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple, for some awesome bluegrass music and to say hello!"


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