A Boulevard Park man named Jason Moore survived the murder of his Dad in 2005, then became a quadriplegic five years later. “My husband is a survivor, a survivor who has had to endure more tragedy than I could personally imagine,” his wife Allie said. In 2005, Jason and his father, Chuck, were brutally attacked in the middle of the night in their own home, leaving his dad dead and Jason with five stab wounds to his back and neck. After days of being treated in the hospital they were sure that Jason would pull through and physically be okay. However, the hardest part was getting through the mental anguish of losing his dad, the man he called his best-friend. Jason, now a crime victim, spent the following years fighting depression and nightmares, not knowing that his body was physically still suffering from the worst night of his life. Ten years later Jason is still struggling to live a normal existence. And now, his family is trying to raise funds for Jason’s medical and personal needs – to donate or learn more, click here. As of Friday, March 6, they have raised $1,205 of the $6,000 request.. Here’s their story from their fundraiser website:

My husband is a survivor, a survivor who has had to endure more tragedy than I could personally imagine. He lost his dad, the man he called his best-friend, in one horrific night. Then five years later, as a result of that night, he became a quadriplegic in a matter of hours. He has since then spent every day fighting to have a somewhat normal existence. This is his story… On February 28, 2010, Jason’s legs completely gave out and he dropped to the living room floor. Within hours he was completely paralyzed from the neck down and he had lost all bodily control. As he struggled to stay alive, the doctor’s did not know what was wrong and were worried they would lose him. They sent him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated by the best doctor’s in our state. When he arrived they found that my husband had an Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM), caused by the original impact of one of his stab wounds. An AVM causes lack of necessary oxygen and other nutrients to tissues in the body. Due to the AVM, Jason’s nerves and muscles were not receiving the necessary nutrients resulting in him becoming paralyzed. My husband, who at this time was only 29 years of age, lived at Harborview Medical Center for the next three months. He struggled to do the “simple” things most of us do without even thinking about it. He lost all privacy which most of us take for granted. It was necessary for someone to help him use the restroom, take a shower, change his clothes, etc. Jason became even more depressed feeling hopeless that he would ever be able to live a normal life. He knew that he would never be able to work again as a contractor and feared that he would never have children. He was at a point in his life where he had to decide if he was going to be the guy who gives up and gives in, or was he going to fight for his life and his livelihood. Through the three months at Harborview Jason fought hard and regained his upper mobility. By the time he came home he was able to use his wheelchair independently, but still needed a ton of help completing everyday tasks. Over the next couple of years Jason would go through the struggle of a lifetime, something words cannot even describe. In the beginning he was hopeful everything would get better in a moments time, but when it didn’t everything fell apart. He felt powerless as he couldn’t even get out of bed without help, his most private moments were made public, and he felt that no one around him could understand. However, he continued to fight and pray through the falls, tears, nightmares, and PTSD. During this time I was working full-time, leaving Jason to feel inferior as he couldn’t contribute financially. He began to fall into a deep depression causing even more stress in our home and marriage. In the summer of 2011, Jason decided to go back to school to try and get an education to transfer careers. This gave him a strong sense of purpose and made him feel as though being paralyzed could not stop him from achieving great things. He started stretching more at home and working hard to fight against the prognosis that he would never walk again. Because of our insurance he did not qualify for advanced treatments so he worked hard on his own at home. In the winter of 2012, we welcomed our daughter into the world. Jason was overwhelmed with joy, but when the baby came home it again caused Jason to feel inferior. He could not rock our baby to comfort her; he couldn’t carry her from room to room, or pick her up out of her crib at night. Jason struggled tremendously, at times too angry and upset for even me, his wife, to get through to him. After many more tears and prayers, Jason realized that he had to continue to fight, so that one day he would be able to do the things with our daughter that he always wanted to do. In the summer of 2014, Jason began to walk again. Although he is assisted by a walker, he is walking! Jason still has numerous doctors’ appointments including physical therapy. He also has classes to attend and due to transportation issues he has not been able to finish school. Jason’s schedule is very busy and relies solely on myself for transportation. Jason would like to be more independent which would give him back some of the self-confidence he had before his “accident.” What having a car would mean to him, I cannot even put into words. As most of us know, doing tasks independently is extremely empowering. For Jason, this independence would be a dream come true, a reality he thought would never be! Jason and I have saved just over $6,000 in three years. The modifications his vehicle needs will cost us approximately $3,000 alone. We have been advised not to put these modifications in a vehicle that has a value less than triple the amount of the modifications. That is why we are trying to raise $6,000 dollars to add to the money we currently have saved. Jason having a vehicle would mean driving to school on his own, going to all doctor’s appointments on his own, and potentially getting a job. It would also allow me to go back to work without jeopardizing Jason’s health. I have come to a point where I must humbly ask for help if we want to achieve this goal. I am raising money to help us pay for a vehicle that has proper modifications so that Jason is able to be independent again. Jason has inspired so many people to realize what we take for granted on a daily basis. He has also inspired so many other individuals with spinal cord injuries not to give up and not to let the doctors define their progress, but to define it themselves! Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for any help you can offer! Sincerely, Allie and Jason

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