I’ve had a lot of people ask me about this accident and how they could help… so I figured this would be the best way to get everyone in on the loop! For those of you who don’t know… Jon Wilhite is a good friend of mine whom I’ve known since middle school. Below is the tragic story. Note: If you don’t want to read the story scroll to the end of the italicized part and you can see how you can help.
I’m sure all of you have heard about the horrendous crash that look the lives of three individuals on the morning of April 9th. One of the victims was Angel’s rookie pitcher, Nick Adenhart. He, along with three of his friends, were driving back from a night of dancing when they were struck by a drunk driver who ran through a red light at 65 mph and slammed into their car. The driver was driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI arrest. He was three times over the legal limit and ran away from the scene. Fortunately, authorities caught up to him about a mile away from the accident. Tragically, Courtney Stewart, Henry Pearson and Nick Adenhart all lost their lives. The only survivor is 24-year-old Jon Wilhite.
Jon Wilhite suffered from an internal decapitation- which is exactly what it sounds like. It is an absolute miracle that he is still alive. Over the past week and a half Jon has gone through many different surgeries- the largest of which was last Wednesday. He had a Spinal Fusion surgery in which the doctors took bones from his pelvic area and fused it to his neck. They put two rods and 10 screws that went from his skull to his neck/spinal area. The doctors said that surgery went extremely well- there were no complications at all! He has a halo on at this time (fitting, isn’t it? ) which is keeping everything in place. On Thursday his breathing tube was removed and he is now breathing on his own! On Sunday he met with a speech therapist where he was able to say a few small words… the most heartfelt being “Mom.” Each day he’s showing progress at a faster rate than doctors had expected (he’s quite the fighter). He’s able to respond to some questions with a thumbs up or down. At this time we aren’t sure of the brain damage that he may have or what his physical ability will be able to be. He’s having to relearn all of the simple things in life that we all take for granted.
This all being said… Jon needs your help. Jon, the Wilhites, and all of their friends have a long journey ahead of them. This journey will be emotionally, physically and financially draining. Fortunately, there is a way that we can all help! Three different donation possibilities have been set up which will go to Jon. They are below:
This site has been set up by the Manhattan Beach Little League. It is great, convenient and the best option if you’re wanting to get a tax-write-off. The only problem with it is that the site charges a 6-10% fee. Which, if you donate $20 is only $1.60-$2 not bad! The site is:
Wells Fargo Trust Fund:
If you go into a branch, you can donate right there.
Wells Fargo Account- Jon Wilhite, Trust Fund Number: 3980643658
Check in the Mail:
Real easy… throw a check into the mail to the below secure address which is linked to the Wells Fargo Trust Fund.
Jon Wilhite 4733 Torrance Blvd #562 Torrance, CA 90503
Thank you so much for all of your help and support. If you’d like to be updated on Jon’s progress there is a great site that is set up. It is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jonwilhite you can sign up to get automatic e-mails as his family posts on all that is going on. If you don’t want to give your e-mail, feel free to contact me at any time and I’ll let you know how he’s doing (though the site is great and doesn’t spam your e-mail address). The Wilhites truly are such an amazing family and this is a trying road that they’re having to endure. Please do all that you can for your support. $5 makes a difference! If you have any questions feel free to reach out and ask. And, seriously blogland… don’t drink and drive.
All my love,