The Eli Fund
Eli has been a friend of mine since we met at Brooklyn Technical High School in 2004. We then reconnected as freshman at the University at Albany in 2009 and our friendship has grown stronger ever since. Eli and I have spent the past almost 4 years now connecting on different levels in creating music with our band Digital Dharma and generally becoming great friends. His passions have been to play the piano, enjoy the simple things in life, and most importantly to connect with people. We have gone through tough times together over the years but nothing comes close to this. Eli has been a role model to me in so many ways. His open heart has always extended to anyone he meets which is something I have always admired. His strength and courage during these past few days has amazed me in ways that I hope to someday be as brave as he is, and while the doctors work to help Eli recover, I hope this campaign can help ease him and his family through these tough times.
On the night of June 30th at around 9:45PM Eli Ramos, Steve Mink, and myself were listening to music on our 2nd floor back balcony when the railing collapsed and plumitted Eli and Steve to the ground. Unfortunately the two landed on some scattered cinderblocks which created an even higher risk for serious injury. Steve was able to leave the ER with 19 staples in his head with a broken rib and sternum, while Eli stayed for further testing. The fall resulted in the fracturing of Eli's C6 and C7 vertebraes in the neck which have left him an incomplete quadriplegic with some mobility of his arms. Eli is currently at the Albany Medical Center in an Intensive Care Unit recovering from his emergency surgery that succesfully realigned the two verebrae and released pressure from nerves in the surrounding area. His medical bills are rapidly stacking up and will continue to do so as he must be transfered to a hospital in New York City to be closer to his family. This ambulance ride alone will cost thousands of dollars. While Eli and his family stay strong during this tough time, emotional support is just not enough.
What We Need
Regardless of the amount, any funds donated will help Eli and his family emmensly with the various and costly expenses surrounding this accident. After recovering from the surgery, Eli will have to undergo at least 18 months of intensive rehab while constantly visiting various specialists. While we ask everyone to send their prayers and good thoughts out to Eli and his family, monetary donations would help greatly.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please spread this campaign out to your friends and families and ask them to find the good in their hearts to please help out my best friend and his family during a time where they need support the most.
If you would like anymore information, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
* the $3,000 goal was just set to ensure Eli and his family get 96% of the funding...we're hoping to go above that.