A long road ahead for this fortunate survivor

It’s been a couple weeks since we first posted about the tragic accident that took the lives of Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart, and Henry Pearson and it’s as daunting now as it was then to discuss the topic.

However, in light of the goodbyes for the deceased, it seemed an appropriate time for a quick update. 

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim held a private memorial service this morning on the field at Angel Stadium for Adenhart.  There is no doubt that the grieving process has been difficult for a group of individuals as much in the public eye as these ballplayers are and “closure” was the word used after the service.

There truly can be no quick closure for the families of the individuals involved and I hope that their stories reverberate far beyond the news cycle that has already pretty much wound down.

Digging a little deeper for news on the survivor of the crash, Jon Wilhite (a former ballplayer himself at Cal State Fullerton), there is great news to report on his future now that he has been upgraded to “fair” condition.

Jon Wilhite

Jon Wilhite

While Wilhite faces months of rehabilitation, it is amazing (and uplifting) to learn that he does have movement in his arms and legs after the devastating injuries that he suffered in the crash (as detailed in this story).  Also noted are the two benefit events scheduled this weekend in Southern California to help cover Wilhite’s future medical costs.

Anyone outside of the area who might be interested in donating can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank branch to the Benefit Fund for Jon Wilhite (account #3980643658).

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~ by acm213 on April 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “A long road ahead for this fortunate survivor”

  1. As you read through these nice comments and the nice comments placed everywhere, remember these letters of wisdom: W W W D These letters stand for What Would Willis Do? That was Jon’s nickname at Fullerton. Willis would think before he would drink and always had a plan before ever leaving home. Save lives and do what Willis did! he always had a DD or took a cab!

  2. I pray for your recovery and a speedy one. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. Take care of yourself and don’t rush to get out early,just listen to the doctors. GOD BLESS YOU AND REMEMBER YOU HAVE A ANGEL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU
    Patricia Fairfax Virginia
    familyshifflett@yahoo.com

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