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    Sergios Fund

    Asking the mountian biking to community to band together to help one of your own - please spread the word!
    Soon to come - a ride at Diablo Freeride Park in Sergios name.
    sergiosfund.org - for contributions and updates

    Sergio Acevedo has always been that person who loved to be “one with nature”. Surfing during the summer, mountain biking during the fall, snowboarding during the winter, Sergio has always enjoyed a variety of sports. On November 5th, 2005, Sergio’s life changed drastically. While enjoying the last run of the season, Sergio decided to bike down the mountain one last time and try to get home in time to celebrate his niece’s 2nd birthday. As he was coming down the mountain, the front wheel of his bike hit a large rock forcing him over the handle bars and projecting him head first into a tree. Never losing consciousness, Sergio realized that he was unable to move. Screaming for help a rescue team was sent up the mountain where they had to radio a helicopter to air lift him to the nearest trauma center in Cooperstown, New York.

    Assessing the injury, doctors began to treat him for a C-4, C-5 Spinal Cord Injury leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down, otherwise known as Complete Quadriplegic. They immediately brought him in for surgery and fused the injured vertebrates with steel plates and a series of screws. During his time in Bassett Hospital, Sergio needed to be placed on a ventilator due to the lack of functioning muscles to help control his breathing. The doctors were impressed with his physical condition. They felt that since he was so athletic it would help in the recovery process. During this time he was fitted with a tracheotomy which aided in ventilation and would allow for easier transport.

    After receiving wonderful care from the staff and doctors at Bassett Hospital, Sergio was finally transported to Mt. Sinai Medical Rehabilitation Center. After being reassessed by the doctors and staff, they began an aggressive regimen of rehabilitation. During his stay at Mt. Sinai, Sergio worked with amazing therapists, who helped to strengthen him physically and mentally. Unfortunately, his medical ran out and he was still waiting to receive Medicaid. He was then transferred to a nursing home where he is currently not receiving aggressive therapy and is sharing his time with people who do not have much time left in their own lives. Franklin Nursing home caters to the elderly and not to people with Sergio’s injury. This is hopefully a temporary stay. We as a family do not have the means to provide Sergio with appropriate housing and the waiting lists for government housing is anywhere from three to five years. Now he finally has Medicaid and long term disability covering his medical needs for life. This however, does not cover his adaptive needs to function in the every day world. With adaptive technology, Sergio would be able to use a computer, speak on the phone, and operate everyday household items that we take for granted.

    Our biggest challenge is finding him a place to live and getting him out of the nursing home. Before the accident, Sergio and his mother shared a third floor, two bedroom, walk-up apartment in Howard Beach, New York. After the accident, his mother could not independently afford to live in the apartment and Sergio would not physically be able to return. Since that time Sergio has been without a home and his mother has been living with friends and family on Long Island. If any money is to be given to provide Sergio with a “normal” life it would have to be placed in his mother’s name, Rosa Acevedo, who is also his Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy. This will allow him to continue to receive Medicaid which covers only and all his medical expenses for life.


    Any contributions given would be directly used to provide Sergio with proper housing and the ability to adapt his home to all his basic needs (eg. ramps, voice activated technology, lifts if necessary, transportation, widening of doorways, bathroom adaptations, advanced fire alarms, etc.) Also, the housing would need to accommodate his mother so that she can assist in the bathing, cleaning, cooking and the overall care of her son.
    Over time we are hoping that Sergio regains some motor function in his arms. Unfortunately, even if this does occur he will still not have the ability to lift himself and he will never regain function of his legs. Recently, he had his tracheotomy removed which was one small battle in this never ending war. Patience and prayers are helping all of us to support Sergio. Thank you for your time and consideration of our family’s needs. If we can provide you with any other information, please feel free to contact us.

    Contact Information

    David Acevedo (brother) 516-809-5679
    227 North Richmond Avenue
    Massapequa, New York 11758

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    Here is an idea, what kind of bike does he have?? You could sell that to raise some money.... If its anything like I think it is it could go for a couple K...
    Jake
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    Just to let you know there has already been a thread on this, and many of us have already donated.

    BUT for those that havn't seen it, keep this up.

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    Great idea Jake. However, Sergio does not want to part with it. You can see where the accident effected the bike - it is a bit banged up in the front -but for the most part it is intact.

    We are hoping to score some big names for the ride at Diablo. I am in contact with Brian Lopes and his wife. They are helping to raise money for their frien Ernesto Fonseca who has a c-7 injury (paraplegic). Hopefully, Brian can make the day. Keep your eyes open for the Diablo ride - hope to see you there!

    Thanks
    Ride Safe
    Carolyn

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    Sorry. I am not quite sure how this whole thread thing works. My cousin Erika must have set it up already.

    Thanks
    Ride Safe
    Carolyn

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    Update

    On Saturday, October 21st , 8:30pm, Join Sergio for a laugh, a Night of Comedy at the Bellmore Firehouse, Main House, on Pettit Ave, Bellmore, Long Island, NY.

    21 and older please * Cash Bar * Light Refreshments Served * 50/50 * Raffles * General Admission

    Please join us in raising funds for Sergio’s Recovery Fund.

    All proceeds go towards medical and adaptive equipment for Sergio.

    Tickets are on sale on line www.sergiosfund.org or you can call (516) 659-5858

    or e-mail info@sergiosfund.org

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