We are in the process of starting a home adaptive renovation project for Daniel Tsutsumi. Sergeant Dan served as a Marine for eight years with two tours of duty in Iraq. He achieved the rank of E5 Sergeant and received numerous medals and ribbons during his service. During his deployment, he lost five close friends from his battalion that grieved him deeply. After his honorable discharge, he returned home from the war diagnosed with PTSD. Since his discharge, he had been attending classes at NIU and worked part time at the campus Veterans Affairs office.
In June 2012 while swimming in Lake Michigan, he experienced a freak accident and injury to his spine leaving him in a quadriplegic condition. For the past four months since the accident, Dan was hospitalized and received intense rehabilitation treatments at RIC (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). Dan has recently been transferred to Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood Illinois for continued therapy and rehabilitation. There is a long road ahead for Dan and his family, for after his in-patient care is over, he will continue his therapy treatments on an outpatient basis for the next couple of years. Upon release form the hospital, Dan will be residing with his parents in their home.
This accident has put a huge financial challenge on his parents who are both retired. Their retirement is now on hold as they take on the responsibility and become Dan's sole caregivers. There are many challenges ahead, including the renovation of their home, which is not handicapped accessible. We are planning to retrofit and renovate the first floor to make it possible for Dan to be part of everyday living with his family.
Our plan is to involve the community and local businesses as much as possible. However, we need to acquire the necessary funds associated with whatever costs for labor and materials are not donated. This is why we are asking for your help.
Our goal is to provide an opportunity to transition Dan successfully into his local community and provide the tools he will need to be as independent as possible. Removing the physical barriers that prevent him from participating with family and friends in his home is the first step in achieving this.
We cannot do it alone but together we can make a difference in the lives of the Tsutsumi family.
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