Help Otto fight paralysis, and help him walk again!

For: Otto Miller
Queensbury, NY
Organizer: Edward Miller
Help Otto fight paralysis, and help him walk again! (Otto Miller)
$43,662
of $75,000 goal.
Raised by 521 donors
58% Complete

The Story

Our son, Otto Miller, was a recent Graduate of Queensbury High School. His #1 passion was playing ice hockey and played for the QHS Spartans through his high school years. He also loved track and was the football team's videographer. Most recently he worked really hard to get accepted to the University of Maryland Baltimore County for college, and to play hockey for the UMBC Retrievers Hockey Team in which he was recruited for.  He went there prior to the school spring semester starting and was living with some of his hockey teammates so he could practice and play in some games. Just 2 days before move in to his dorm he had a terrible fall and broke his neck and back.  The damage in his back was so severe it severed his spinal cord.  He is paralyzed from the waste down. We are thankful he survived and also that he does have the use of his arms and neck.  Otto is a strong young man with a strong spirit, but the road to a functioning and a new normal life will be a long and hard one. Please help Otto with the financial burden of the many things that insurance may not cover. Rehabilitation, hotel bills, travel, remodeling the home. Honestly, we have no idea of the full extent of what is ahead of us. We just know it's not something we can do on our own. 
We are saddened as you can imagine that Otto will now not be able to do the many things he loved so much. He enjoyed hiking in the Adirondacks. He was an avid nature photographer.  He loved to Downhill ski, wake board, run, play ice hockey, roller blade and more. These are all things that he enjoyed doing with his younger brother Ian. Virtually everything he enjoyed the most required his strong legs. Some of things he still might be able to do, but in a modified way. 
Please join Team Otto to help him have as normal life as possible from this point forward.  We have had dozens of requests for those sensitive to making payments online. If you'd prefer, please make check payable to: Team Otto  Mail to TD Bank 340 Aviation Rd. Queensbury, NY 12804.  
Thank you for all your love, prayers and support.
Sarah, Eddie, Otto and Ian

If anyone would love to see his photography check it out at https://500px.com/oruv

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 3, 2017

Posted on August 3, 2017

Watch out, Otto is wheeling in a Segway! Thank you to those who have recently donated to help Otto obtain the Segway!  The owner was very generous in shipping it from Wisconsin with a partial payment. He was thrilled to help make it happen being an EMT for 17 years. Another friend for life! He even tried to get it to us for Otto's 20th birthday. UPS Freight did their best, but fell short for a few days.  We were also able to obtain the special Lean Seat, so Otto can sit.  The seat is installed, and Otto had his first short rides to test it out. It is awesome! It's amazing! The joy for the entire family is priceless to see him Segwaying around! It was said before, but it is a total game changer for his future. All of us will look forward to Otto's nature pics. If anyone hasn't had a chance to donate to help finish the payments, obtain the other equipment, or simply wish him a belated $20 for his 20th follow the youcaring link, or send a check to  Team Otto, C/O TD Bank 340 Aviation Road Queensbury, NY 12804. Thank you all again.  We will update soon with our experience with Dr Sally Temple at the neural Stem Cell Institute.

Posted on July 19, 2017

Posted on July 19, 2017

Thank you all for continuing to support Otto in his recovery.  Recently we made some new friends locally, Kim & Mike Zilm, and they were nice enough to let Otto try Kim's Segway. I have to report, the smile on Otto's face is always a good one, but this one was the biggest I've seen in a long time!  After much research and discussion, we have concluded this is a game changer and way more practical than a power chair for getting outdoors to tough to reach places. Otto's number one goal is to walk again, but this will at least provide a means to do things he can't do in just a regular chair until that magical day happens.

List of expenses - Used Segway $1500 + shipping - new Batteries $1500 - Tow hitch and carrier $600 - Special Lean Low Seat - $400 - Special Tires and rims for all terrain use $400

If you haven't donated this year or would love to see him Segwaying around, please consider another donation. Every little bit helps and this is way more exciting than a donation to help with boring medical expenses, although those are very helpful too.

Another thing we are very excited about is, Otto will be visiting the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, NY on July 28th.  We have made friends with Dr. Sally Temple, the Institute's Director.  Dr. Temple is also the President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.  We are honored to get the tour and learn about new exciting research. There are no medical miracles yet for spinal cord injury repair using the proper stem cells, but they are close. The FDA needs to get their butt in gear to approve testing of techniques on humans that have succeeded on mice many moons ago. This will be uplifting to see such amazing people working tirelessly to change peoples lives for the better. We plan to continue to stay on the cusp of whatever is new. Thank you Dr. Temple.

We are also looking forward to a possible visit by Ken Bryant in September. He is the gentleman who helped restore some of Otto's control of his hip flexors and had Otto standing in 3 days.  We are hoping that other spinal cord injury folks will be able to join us so they can take advantage of Ken's gift.  If any of you know someone with a spinal cord injury that might be willing to trust in Ken's ability, please have them email me at [email protected]   

Special thanks again to Kim and Mike Zilm for spending time with us with the Segway, and also for your support and guidance. 

Team Otto is eternally grateful for all of your support. 

Posted on July 19, 2017

Posted on July 19, 2017

Thank you all for continuing to support Otto in his recovery.  Recently we made some new friends locally, Kim & Mike Zilm, and they were nice enough to let Otto try Kim's Segway. I have to report, the smile on Otto's face is always a good one, but this one was the biggest I've seen in a long time!  After much research and discussion, we have concluded this is a game changer and way more practical than a power chair for getting outdoors to tough to reach places. Otto's number one goal is to walk again, but this will at least provide a means to do things he can't do in just a regular chair until that magical day happens.

List of expenses - Used Segway $1500 + shipping - new Batteries $1500 - Tow hitch and carrier $600 - Special Lean Low Seat - $400 - Special Tires and rims for all terrain use $400

If you haven't donated this year or would love to see him Segwaying around, please consider another donation. Every little bit helps and this is way more exciting than a donation to help with boring medical expenses, although those are very helpful too.

Another thing we are very excited about is, Otto will be visiting the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, NY on July 28th.  We have made friends with Dr. Sally Temple, the Institute's Director.  Dr. Temple is also the President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.  We are honored to get the tour and learn about new exciting research. There are no medical miracles yet for spinal cord injury repair using the proper stem cells, but they are close. The FDA needs to get their butt in gear to approve testing of techniques on humans that have succeeded on mice many moons ago. This will be uplifting to see such amazing people working tirelessly to change peoples lives for the better. We plan to continue to stay on the cusp of whatever is new. Thank you Dr. Temple.

We are also looking forward to a possible visit by Ken Bryant in September. He is the gentleman who helped restore some of Otto's control of his hip flexors and had Otto standing in 3 days.  We are hoping that other spinal cord injury folks will be able to join us so they can take advantage of Ken's gift.  If any of you know someone with a spinal cord injury that might be willing to trust in Ken's ability, please have them email me at [email protected]   

Special thanks again to Kim and Mike Zilm for spending time with us with the Segway, and also for your support and guidance. 

Team Otto is eternally grateful for all of your support.  

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