Date Of Accident

August 2014

Age At Accident

9 years old

Alex suffered a cardiac arrest and an anoxic brain injury on August 26, 2014 after being struck by a bolt of lightning during soccer practice. Below is a message from his parents:

“August 26th, 2014 was the day that changed our family’s life. It was the first day of soccer practice for our 9 year old son, Alex. He was excited to meet his new teammates and coach. Alex was kicking the ball around with some of the other boys when a rogue lightning bolt struck him out of the blue on an otherwise calm day. Alex suffered from cardiac arrest, burns all over his body, and an anoxic brain injury that left him hospitalized for four months. Alex made a miraculous recovery, and while in a wheelchair, Team Luke Hope for Minds has become a crucial part of our lives in maneuvering the challenges of this new lifestyle. TLHM has provided us with more than just resources and connections: it has been a community of parents and families helping each other through one of the biggest struggles that life has to give. From support groups to events, the ability to connect with others has been one of the greatest parts of being in the Team Luke Hope for Minds community. We are grateful everyday for a group to connect with when the hills of life from a wheelchair turn into mountains, and we couldn’t be happier to know that there is an organization so willing to help others with acquired brain injuries.”

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