Quinn Brett Recovery Fund

For: Quinn Brett
Denver, CO
Organizer: Cory Brett
Quinn Brett Recovery Fund (Quinn Brett)
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 1375 donors
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The Story

On October 11, Quinn was climbing the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite with her friend Josie. Just under halfway done, Quinn took a big fall while completing a section known as the Boot Flake. She fell approximately 100 feet and struck a two-foot wide protruding section of rock known as Texas Flake, and then fell into some boulders at the base of the flake. Josie is an experienced technical rescue professional with extensive back country medicine experience, and immediately notified Yosemite Search and Rescue. A helicopter rescue was performed within three hours of the accident.

Thankfully she has no brain damage, but she is facing a severe spinal injury that will entail a prolonged recovery as well as complex transportation issues as this occurred far from home.

If you prefer to do a direct donation that will avoid the small surcharge that youcaring.com takes, please contact her brother at [email protected] and he will pass along Quinn's paypal information.  All funds raised will be directly applied to Quinn's care.  

Our fundraising goal is based on the current known out of pocket expenses, but it is probable that it will increase once we know more about her long term care plan and associated expenses.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 16, 2017

Posted on November 16, 2017

Hello friends and fam! Quinn continues here in Modesto for now but we are edging ever closer to discharge. Quinn has been formally accepted at Craig Hospital in Denver, a premier spinal rehab facility. She is almost clinically ready to go; the main hold up now is bed space at Craig. We really hope it will be early next week but have no actual idea of when it will happen. Please send Quinn your "open bed at Craig" thoughts!!!  

Attached are two videos taken one day apart this past week. You can really see how much PT improvement she is making in her balance in just one day. Imagine trying to balance yourself without any support from your leg, butt or lower ab muscles. No easy task but Quinn is getting it!

Copy and paste the links to join Quinn in her rehab gym the last two days!



Posted on November 11, 2017


Posted on November 11, 2017

YO!  HELLO everyone.  Quinn here.  Had a busy day here in Modesto.  I have conned the PT's and OT's to start working with me twice a day.  So this week I have been doing two session of sitting, stretching, reaching and today even some standing.  I am fully being held up my PT in the photo but working on training the mind and body that it is possible again.  My brain is ready for movement be it back to Colorado, for a toe to wiggle, for some feeling to go back into my butt cheeks.  I am also aware of my life crux of being impatient....this is not time for that.  Breathe, relax, smile and give myself some internal love.  
Also just want to say WOW.  I am incredibly overwhelmed with the love from friends and the world.  Seriously, you are all helping my mind, my world, my future.  Thank you for giving, thank you for caring.  Much love to you all.

Posted on November 8, 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017

Day by day, Quinn is getting better and her next phase plans are coming together.    The doctors do want her to continue on her strong IV antibiotics for another week or so at a minimum. She should have a follow up scan to track the progress in her abdomen and left lung that will sort of dictate just how long she has to have the IV medication/stay in Modesto. We do expect that she will be here in Modesto at least another week so if you’ve been jonesin’ to send her a letter, get on it and mail it to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with Patient: Quinn Brett written on it.    

Not surprisingly, Quinn is rocking her PT, often exploring and mastering new exercises before her PT team even broach the skill.    

And, on the highest of note - we had some pretty good laughs yesterday, including the first Quinnie snort (I've heard) since the accident!    And and, we had a pizza party! Hospital food be damned!

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