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Nick Avery’s Story

Nick Avery's Story.

Fundraiser for Nick!

Fundraiser for Nick!.

Fundraiser for Nick!

Golf fundraiser

You know, I am not always on here because of many reasons (family, work, Nick, fundraisers, facebook page for Nick, etc….) BUT……When I am, it must be for a reason! Well, this reason is for raising funds to continue Nick’s care and treatment at the Traumatic Brain Injury facility that he lives at. My and my family’s ultimate goal is to bring Nick “home” in many forms, but we also know that it takes time. In the mean time, we have to do everything possible to keep him safe and keep him in a place of love and treatment to give him the best chance possible to return to us. So while we continue to fight, beg, and plead with the VA system to help us, we still need to come up with the funds to do all we can for Nick, and it is NOT cheap! I and my family would love to snap our fingers, blink our eyes, sprinkle miracle dust on Nick and have his TBI and PTSD ( traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder) disappear, but we live in the real world and know that miracles need time and we continue to pray and believe, but we also must do our part in helping make this miracle a reality. So our job is to come up with the funds as well as be actively involved in Nick’s treatment and care.

We are hosting a Golf Fundraiser for Nick on July 12th in Battle Creek Michigan to help cover cost of Nick’s care and treatment. This is the part I hate doing. I wish I could put all my focus on Nick and fighting for him, but I and we cannot. Shoot…..isn’t anything easy? I/we wish it was……but it’s not, so we must! Please spread the word, come to the event, send a donation for a raffle at the end of the event, or donate financially to help us continue Nick’s fight to regain his life. One day we hope to pay it forward and be able to help others with needs like Nick’s. We thank you for being able to pay it forward now with helping us “Fight for Nick”

~Jillena Kellogg (Nick’s sister and Guardian), Sisters Kathy, Debbie. Parents Jim and Elaine, Children Suzy and Storm 

Traumatic Brain Injury is not a mishap

Traumatic Brain Injury is not a mishap.

Traumatic Brain Injury is not a mishap

Traumatic Brain Injury is not a mishap

Nick is living in the Eisenhower Center and is loving being in his enviroment. A fundraiser on March 8th raised enough funds to keep Nick there for a few months. I pray that his treatment will finally get covered so we will no longer have to do fundraisers. Nick’s happiness and recovery is what is important. To give up is not an option because Nick has not given up. “Will Nick ever get better” is the question asked so often. The answer is, we do not know. We have faith, hope and trust that Nick can make a recovery but it is not our choice whether he does or not. Our faith in God tells us that “All things are possible…” So we hope, we pray, we believe in miracles. God is our guide and we must trust him. Does that wean we wait for him to “save” Nick and do nothing??? Absolutely not. The parable where a man is sitting on his roof while the flood waters are all around him praying for God to “save” him and then turning down 3 boats that have gone by with a person who yells out, “I have room in my boat, come down and I will take you to safety”. The man on the roof turns down the offer all three times. Eventually he drowns, goes to heaven and asks God why he did not save him? In a moment God replies, “Well I tried, I sent three boats to save you and you turned each one down”. That is why we fight so hard for Nick. We believe that God can heal Nick, but we do not wait on the roof when there are options for him. It is not our place to limit what can be done. As a nurse, I know what the outcome should be for Nick, but I have seen miracles in my time as a nurse that defies all understanding. Can a miracle happen for Nick? ABSOLUTELY!!!! Will God heal Nick? Yes he will. How he heals Nick is the question I do not know. Thank you everyone for supporting Nick and his endevour to heal.
Nick continues to fight so we continue to fight for him. So many doors have opened up that cannot be explained that we cannot give up hope.
We still pray, we hope and we believe.