Nik's Spinal Surgery And Medical Care Recovery Fund

For: Nik Higganbotham
Organizer: Jessika Lupan (sister)
Nik's Spinal Surgery And Medical Care Recovery Fund (Nik Higganbotham)
of $9,000 goal.
Raised by 133 donors
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The Story

UPDATE: Thank you for the overwhelming support, encouragement, and kindness we've received over the short time since we started this benefit! Because of your support Nik is now able to receive the mobility saving spinal surgery she needs, scheduled for June 17th. This finally truly allows us to see that light burning at the end of the tunnel, where after this long hard six months, Nik will finally begin her road to recovery. After her surgery, Nik will need to continue to receive rigorous medical care, involving follow up appointments and intensive physical therapy. Again, because of her lack of medical coverage, now dire financial situation, and the refusal of the responsible party to offer any support, we will need to continue trying to raise the funds necessary in order to continue her medical care. This isn't taking into account her tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills(from ER, Ambulance, Hospital) she will eventually have to face as well, as it more important for us to focus on her current care and what is necessary for her recovery at this time. Please continue to keep Nik in your thoughts, show your support, and help us to share her story so that  she may receive the care she needs and fully recover. She is such a strong woman and has fought against so many odds to keep her shining spirit and will alive with hope through all of this, but with all of your added strength and overwhelming love and encouragement, you've helped to make her stronger than ever. Your support through all of this has truly been life-changing. We cannot thank you enough.

Nik is an avid cyclist, artist, and yoga enthusiast living in Austin, TX. On November 27th, 2012, while commuting to work, Nik was hit head-on by an amateur cyclist who'd lost control of her bike on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. Nik was rushed to Breckenridge Hospital via ambulance having sustained severe compression fractures to her spine. After her release from the hospital Nik was bed-ridden for over a month and has since been able to perform only necessary tasks of limited mobility with the use of a back brace. Since her injuries, Nik has been in and out of the hospital and has struggled to receive proper medical attention due to her financial situation. As a local bartender and waitress, Nik has no health insurance and has since has lost her job due to her inability to work.

Two weeks ago she was readmitted to the hospital where an MRI showed that her spine is not healing properly and has continued to deteriorate; her compressed vertebrates are now at a 45% loss of total height. Nik was informed that without an operation her spine will continue to deteriorate and overtime she could lose her mobility completely.

Kyphoplasty, a less invasive spinal operation, will help to repair and strengthen her vertebrates and give Nik her mobility back. After further reaching out to the medical community, she was able to find a clinic willing to perform the operation at a reduced out-of-pocket fee. As her surgery is fairly time sensitive (to avoid further risks and deterioration), the operation is set to be performed on June 17th, less than one month away. In order to proceed with the operation she will need to pay in full no later than June 14th at 5PM CST.

The cost of the surgery is $5,000. This does not include followup appointments, medications, the necessary physical therapy that she will need after recovering from the surgery, or the thousands of dollars of debt she now has from medical bills and the cost of living. Please join in Nik's fight towards recovery so that she can return to her previously full and active life and get back on her bike!

*Our goal of the 9,000 dollars is a lot of money but by pulling together Nik hopefully can get the urgent spinal surgery as well as some of the follow up care and intensive physical therapy that she needs to recover. Every single donation counts, no matter the size. If you are unable to donate, please contribute by sending all of the positive healing vibrations and good energy you can muster her way. Thank you for your support! Ride safe!

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 23, 2013

Posted on May 23, 2013

Dear friends and family, my many amazing communities, and to every incredible person out there that, although you didnt know me (until now), took the time to read my story and share you support, love, and unconditonal encourangement. this post has been a couple days coming.. it's been a couple pretty rough ones here so Im truly sorry I havnt been able to update until now, but have seen and read about all of your incredible support and am so deeply touched.. its incredible what this kind of love and PURE HOPE can translate these extra hard and days into now...

A MILLION THANKS to my friends, family, community, Social Cycling Austin, the and the REDDIT COMMUNITY for all of your support, encouragement, compassion, inspiration, and kindness over these last few days!!! Because of YOUR OVERWHELMING SUPPORT we were able to raise the funds I need to have the surgery that will repair my spine and put me on that sweet road to recovery.. so I can return to the living, and GET BACK ON MY BIKE! And because of YOU GUYS helping to share my story and benefit page( ), we were able to do this in just THREE DAYS! I am in complete and beautiful shock! I wish I could express the overwhelming love and gratitude I feel for each and every one of you. I sincerely cannot thank you enough. It has been a long hard six months to say the least, and it is hard to express how truly sacred, incredible, joyful, inspirational, and the most amazing relief it is to feel this kind of HOPE again, to finally have and be able to see a big bright light at the end of this (at times very daunting) tunnel.

Info: My surgery will take place on June 17th, after which if all goes smoothly, I will have about 4 to 6 week healing time until I am cleared to begin some pretty intensive physical therapy to get me the rest of the way there. As with the surgery, in order to receive the follow up appointments, physical therapy, and other medical care/therapy equipment/etc I may need, I will be stuck coming up with up-front out-of-pocket pay for my care. As you can imagine, I need all of the support I can get as I continue my recovery. Please continue to help me to share my story, so that it can reach all those weird dark corners of the interweb and I can gain the additional support Ill need!!

I sincerely wish it was possible to personally thank each and ever one one of you, and to somehow put into words how I feel right about now. Please take to heart, that because of YOU this surgery is possible. You are giving me the gift of my LIFE back. Thank you and thank you again from the very bottom of my heart, I can hardly wait get back on this bike, and hopefully see some of you out there on the road. Ride safe out there. ♥ Nik
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An extra special thanks to my amazing fellow redditors that started and supported this thread!:

And all of my love to the SCA community: Social Cycling Austin

uou can also contact me directly at:

[email protected]

I love you all, and I couldnt get through this without you. Please help me share and celebrate my thanks and this incredible news:

Thank you.

- Nik

Posted on May 19, 2013

Posted on May 19, 2013

Thank you to everyone for your incredible support through all of this. My heart truly skipped a beat when I logged on to see the absolutely amazing response I've recieved in the short time since this page was posted. I am so touched and so beautifully stunned by the all of the love kindness and support Ive been receiving from all of my friends and family, and even so many kind and generous people that, I have not met and didnt even know me until they, took the time to read my story today. And thank you to my amazing and talented sister, Jessika Lupan, for bringing together such a beautiful benefit page. It is impossible for me to put into words how truly blessed I feel right now. I have so much love and gratitude for you all, I couldn't do this without you. - Nik

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