Quinn Brett Recovery Fund

For: Quinn Brett
Denver, CO
Organizer: Cory Brett
Quinn Brett Recovery Fund (Quinn Brett)
$126,030
of $150,000 goal
84% Complete
Raised by 1582 donors

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 April 12, 2018

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Posted on April 12, 2018

Been driving from Denver to Estes Park most weekends.  Feels nice to be "home" although I stay at Karla's house most nights when I am in Estes.  My road is quite steep and when it snows its harder for me to wheel about...even out onto my dirt driveway.  Cleaning the car off is another thing...It would be nice to move somewhere with a garage at some point. 

My van is getting tricked out...road trip style, thanks to Douglas Snively.  We built a platform in the back, put some 3 inch foam on it and a little nook for my wheelchair.  I might ask Lukens to put up some LED lights...but I am not sure how needed that is.  I am excited to take my first road trip....but nervous as I need to maintain a good rhythm of self-care; make or buy a standing frame, yoga, stretching, swimming, and just movement.    

My PT with healthcare is done.  I have no more "goals" to achieve at this time.  Kind of silly.  With this injury I will do some sort of PT for life and it would be neat if our healthcare system would get on board with preventive medicine.  Standing, moving my legs is incredibly beneficial for my bone health in my stagnant legs, blood flow, morale etc.  
In June, I hope to return for at least 4 more weeks (1-2 hours a week) of gait training with the leg braces in this video.  I will be fitted and get my own pair of KAFO Leg braces.  They lock out my knees and support my ankles.  I have some hip flexion (and trace glut muscles!!!!) at this time....so those are the muscles I am using to walk at the moment.


Posted on March 6, 2018

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Posted on March 6, 2018

Well a small scare yesterday.  I was changing pants for dinner plans... thought it would be nice not to wear the typical work-out clothing...and noticed my right quad was swollen.  Like, twice the size of the left.  
My sister-in-law happened to fly home with me from my first airline travel from Boston and was also concerned.  I had just finished an hour of therapy on the Locomat (one of the fancy machines where I am walking on a treadmill with technology).  The day prior I had done 2 hours of standing and electrical stimulation, that was also my first day back at PT.  I had taken a week off to fly to Boston for an American Alpine Club fancy gala/dinner and to visit my brother.  While I swam 2 of the days in Boston and had a great stretch session one day, I think I was a little more still.  Flying, as a paraplegic, does have potential to give us blood clots.  We aren't able to jiggle our legs, stand up, stretch em out.  Our artery's and veins also have potential to shrink, as we aren't moving our legs so blood flow is low through the anyway.
Thursday night, I went to the ER.  They ultra-sounded my leg.  I had a blood clot in my upper right thigh.  Perhaps from the flying.  
Today, Friday, I started a new tradition of taking blood thinners!  WOOT WOOT! :)  Bah, more drugs to take, more side-effects that are frustrating.  I took pride in being a healthy person who was body aware.  This injury is frustrating in that I can't feel, I don't know...and I have to pay attention even closer.  
The leg is still quite swollen, which stresses me out.... there isn't much room for it to grow bigger and I don't like the idea of permanent effects this may cause.  Like damage to my vein, causing a more chronic condition.  WOWZERS.

On that note.  Here are some pictures of the event all dressed up, maybe my leg, and maybe a video of airport fun.


Posted on February 12, 2018

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Posted on February 12, 2018

I was just sitting today.....  funny?  not funny?  

Either way, its true.  I am sitting up in Estes Park this weekend, at Karla's house.  Her house, for now, is easier and more home-like.  I love my roommate and MY house but the driveway is steep and snow filled.  The house does not feel like mine right now, Max is gone and it is not fully accessible so I feel a little uncomfortable there.  

I need to do a little work in the shower, take off the glass shower door and hang a rod with a curtain.  I also need to add a handle in the bath and swap the system over to a hand held (but hangable) nozzle.  

Kitchen-wise, I am not sure yet.  There were many things I wanted to do to the kitchen before this accident and I think they would still be advantageous and nice to do.  I am sort of waiting to do anything much to this house though, as I feel if I do return to Estes Park I should probably move elsewhere.  Somewhere a little more accessible in and out.  My road being so ridiculously steep makes access most difficult in winter.  Plus I am not quite sure what the shit I am doing on the job front.  

I am quite confused by most days, do I start work again full force?  Am I feeling like I need to because my brain works and I can't sit still?  Should I be taking this time to focus REALLY freekin focus on rehab?  How much?  Am I crazy to put so much energy into my legs?  How much energy is too much?  

Cripes.  I am tired just writing all that, good thing I am sitting.  You should sit too :)  

So that is most days currently.  I live at a friends house in Denver and commute to Craig still.  My car has been 'climbing rangered' out with a 2-1 pully system so I can pull and push my wheelchair in and out.  I am still at Craig five days a week for a couple of hours doing PT and one-on-one sessions.  I think it is good for my brain, but also good for the body and the healing.  I may never walk again but if I don't try...they I certainly never will.

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