Luke Simpson is pretty awesome.
A strong, smart, energetic, generous, and witty guy who loves music, laughter, and new experiences. Loving father of two, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend. Enthusiastic biker, skier, hiker, snowmachiner, surfer, climber. An incredibly hard worker, bread-winner and generous soul. The kind of guy who is easy to like and is loved by many.
But something pretty awful happened to him.
On November 4, 2013, Luke was in a serious mountain biking accident at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Due to the extraordinary efforts of his friends, Luke’s life was saved. Unfortunately, he sustained significant head injuries that led to a massive stroke in his brain stem. The stroke cut off neural connections between his brain and body and left him completely immobilized and without the ability to hear or speak. For now, Luke communicates by reading messages and responding with blinks or up and down eye gazes. He is doing well cognitively and has regained some motor function since beginning therapy, but it is still unknown how fully he might recover.
YOU can help in a BIG way.
To give him the best possible chance at healing, Luke needs intensive rehabilitation in a hospital specializing in traumatic brain injuries. To his family's relief, he was approved for admission to Craig Hospital in Denver--an excellent facility that is widely acclaimed for its specialized treatment of TBI patients, with high success rates.
Luke needs more time at this facility than his insurance company will pay for. The hospital requires a three-month committment, and the insurance company will only pay for one month. This means the Simpson family must pay for the remaining two months out-of-pocket--at a cost of $180,000! Luke’s friends are working to raise these funds, plus other significant out-of-pocket costs associated with his injury and care (such as adaptive equipment, a wheelchair accessible van, and necessary home renovations for accessibility).
Based on information we have gathered from medical experts and Luke's insurance company, we believe that in order to give Luke the very best chance at recovery and quality of life, we need to raise a great deal more than our initial goal of $75,000. We've set our new goal at $300,000. This is a steep number, but we know that if we apply the same dogged determination we have always admired in Luke, we will get there. Luke has put a lot of good out into the world, and he has a lot of good coming to him in return.
If you have already given to Luke's medical fund, THANK YOU. If you have not yet had a chance, we appreciate any amount you are able to donate. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal. Please help us spread the word to people who would like to support Luke and his family.
- Team Luke Simpson (Andrew Steiner, Ann Loyd, Cindy Bierne, Ellen Campfield Nelson, Josh DeLong, Regan Brooks, Sarah Monkton, Tim Alderson, and all the other friends and family who've pitched in)
DONATIONS BY CHECK/WIRE
Following is the medical account information for those who prefer to wire funds or send a check. We will include your donation information on this site along with the people who donated online, unless you indicate that you wish to make an anonymous donation or hide the donation amount. If mailing checks please include all of the account information to ensure that it will be deposited correctly. Thank you!
Anchorage, AK 99519
Name: Kristin Simpson
(To wire, routing no. is 325272021)