My name is Zach, I am Nate’s best friend. His girlfriend Raquel, another friend Maddie, as well as all of Nate’s Parkville friends are fundraising to help with Nate’s medical bills.

What Happened?

On February 25th Nate’s car lost control and struck a tree. By the time paramedics arrived, Nate was unresponsive. He was rushed to the ER where doctors told Nate’s parents, Kara and John, that he had a 10% chance of survival. His brain was swelling and the only way they could give him that chance was to remove a part of his skull to allow his brain to swell. He also had a shattered knee cap/femur and a dislocated ankle. The brain surgery was a success and he was sent to the ICU. The neurosurgeon said the first 72 hours were crucial for survival. Battling to keep Nate’s vitals steady, he made it through the 3 days. He was then in a coma for almost two months.

Towards the end of those two months, he was sent to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. They started therapy before he was even awake. After a couple weeks of therapy, Nate began to wake up from his coma and started doing little things like moving his fingers and arms. Still unable to talk. He slowly began communicating – gestures like a thumbs up first, and slowly but surely he began to talk again. Through aggressive daily therapy Nate continued to improve – feeding himself, strengthening and even joking with his family and friends. Nate then graduated to Quality Living Inc. in Omaha, NE where he continues to improve – now starting to walk as he gains more and more strength. Nate will be coming home in August. Life will be a challenge for Nate and his family, but they are as tough as nails and are taking on and defeating every challenge.

Why help?

Due to the severity of the injury, there remains a discrepancy between insurance coverage and Nate’s family’s out-of-pocket expenses. Unfortunately the medical bill’s for Nate are significant and will continue to mount as he continues in therapy, as well as required modifications to his home.

All his life Nate played soccer. He loves all sports, but soccer was the one that he fell in love with. He played it all through high school, and was planning on playing for Park University.

Nate is fun-loving, kind and has a great sense of humor. For anyone who knows him, Nate has a hard shell on the outside but is very warm on the inside; loyal, easy going, and genuine. His personality is one of a kind. He lives life based on what he wanted – a true individual – not what anyone else wanted him to be or what everyone else was doing.

He values the moment, and has always savored the beautiful, little things in life. Nate has a contagious gratitude for the now. When he connects with someone, he remains present and committed to the conversation and the relationship.