Isaac’s survival and recovery video is now available to view. Coast 22 Coast is raising funds to improve the quality of life for others like Isaac that have suffered horrific injuries. This fundraiser is NOT for Isaac. Many of the things you see Isaac do in this video were NOT covered by insurance. Coast 22 Coast will use the funds raised to help others get the care they need.
Our plan is to use this fundraising site to document our journey across the USA and occasionally release new video footage of Isaac that has never been seen.
Introduction - Coast 22 Coast
Hi, my name is Abe Kolstad, I will be biking across the USA in the summer of 2015 to raise money to help others improve their quality of life. Coast 22 Coast's plan is to take the money raised and give the money to organizations like Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and their clients. Coast 22 Coast's goal is to raise $40,000+. Coast 22 Coast needs your help! Courage Kenny is just one example of an organization that benefits from Coast 22 Coast's fundraising efforts.
My older brother, Isaac Kolstad, was assaulted in May 2014. Over the course of the last year he has been relearning everything, with the majority of that time being spent at Courage Kenny in Minneapolis, MN. Isaac suffered critical brain injuries and was not expected to live. He was on life support for many days. He had less than a 3% chance of ever waking up and a horrible prognosis if he did survive. He had multiple surgeries and procedures that included removing his skull, (his skull was stored in his abdominal cavity for weeks to be replaced later) and removing a significant amount of brain tissue. Isaac was in a coma for 17 days, in Mayo Clinic Mankato ICU for 6 weeks, in Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital for 4 weeks, and was an inpatient at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for 4 months. One year after his injury, Isaac continues with outpatient therapy at Courage Kenny and will for many more months to come.
The funds raised are NOT for Isaac.Coast 22 Coast is raising the money to give back to others. Coast 22 Coast will give the money raised to organizations like Courage Kenny and their clients so they can get the care they need to help them improve their quality of life. When Isaac was injured, people from all over the world helped our family. Now it's our turn to help others. There is a lot of need out there. There are over 6 million people living in the United States with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. The money raised will be used to help others who need services at facilities like Courage Kenny.
Why do organizations like Courage Kenny and their clients need your help?
Most rehabilitation centers primary source of earned revenue is reimbursement from third-party payers for clinical services. Changes in health care policy have not caught up with true costs of care. Rehabilitation therapies in particular have a lower rate of reimbursement than other medical care and are not reimbursed at a sustainable rate. Medical Assistance (MA), the taxpayer-funded health care program for those who are in poverty or those with a disability, comprised 15 percent of revenue in 2013. This is due to the strong correlation between poverty and disability. For most services however, MA currently covers just 40 percent of costs, and health insurance, whether private, state or federal, does not cover the cost of community based programming. Critical community-based programs including Sports and Recreation, Wellness/Fitness, Vocational Services, Driver Assessment and Training Services, Aquatics, and Behavioral Services among others are not reimbursable or only partly reimbursable by a third-party payor and the cost to offer them far exceeds the fees charged to families who utilize them.
ABLE, Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise program
Isaac is benefiting from an important intensive fitness program at Courage Kenny called ABLE. In partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network, ABLE is a cutting edge intensive fitness program for people with paralysis or neurological conditions. Isaac has improved greatly due to the ABLE program at Courage Kenny and the wonderful therapists he works with. The ABLE program at Courage Kenny is only one of six in the country and the only one in the five state region. Please view the video on this page that documents Isaac's recovery. Many of the things you see Isaac do and the progress he has made, is a direct result of the generous contributions of others. When you see Isaac running on the treadmill and working out in the gym this is all part of the ABLE program.
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy
Isaac has spent thousands of hours at Courage Kenny working with many therapists. Isaac has experience great gains in all these areas thanks to the hard work and dedication of Courage Kenny's staff and Isaac's determination. Being an athlete, Isaac has trained his entire life for the journey he is on now. Physical Therapy is where Isaac made the biggest and quickest gains. His Physical Therapists pushed Isaac very hard and he enjoyed every minute of it. Some improvements were not expected, for example, Isaac was not expected to be able to talk again. Over the course of many months Isaac began to talk. Today Isaac communicates well with others, but he is still working every day to further improve his speech. One struggle Isaac has had to overcome physically is the use of his right arm. It is very difficult for him to use this arm due to his brain injury. He is continuing to work on improving his coordination and strength with his right arm and hand. He will continue to work hard.
#22STRONG! What meaning does the number "22" have?
Isaac played high school football at Mankato East. He played college football at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Mankato State University (MSU). His jersey number while in high school at Mankato East and MSU was #22. Soon after Isaac's injury, his friends started a social media campaign for Isaac with the hash tag of #22STRONG. The phrase #22STRONG caught on all over the world and has been a very important part in Isaac's recovery.
Our family is very thankful for all Courage Kenny, Bethesda, the Mayo Clinic Mankato and others have done for us. Please consider giving a gift to Coast 22 Coast so we can help others improve the quality of their lives.
There are so many people in need. Thank you for helping to improve the quality of life for others!
Please view the video on this site that gives you a sense of Isaac's journey over the past year (available on 5/18/2015).
We will use this site to keep everyone updated on our journey across the USA. We will also release new videos occasionally that documents Isaac's journey and Abe's journey across the USA. Please sign up for email updates on this site to follow our progress.
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