This past Thursday was the three-month mark since Mike Vincent's accident. It was also the one-month mark since he was moved from Cedar Sinai to Rancho Los Amigos.
Much of what has happened since the move can be best described as organized chaos. From day one, it was clearly evident that Rancho did not have the adequate personnel and equipment to care for Mike's condition. After much lobbying from Mike's parents, it appears that they are finally taking the necessary steps to accommodate Mike.
Now that the dust has settled from the initial turmoil, we are happy to report some wonderful news. Soon after Mike arrived at Rancho, his family was notified that Mike was blind in both eyes and that it was most likely going to be permanent. Thankfully Debbie, Mike's mom, did not accept the diagnosis and pushed for further testing. The tests concluded that Mike had severe hemorrhaging behind his eyes from the initial impact, but his eyes, nerves, and retinas were not badly damaged. He underwent surgery to drain his right eye earlier this week and once it's healed he will have his left eye operated on. After being in complete darkness for four weeks, Mike is rapidly adapting to light and color.
The doctors are also reevaluating Mike's medications, which at this point are only counteracting each other's side effects. In the short time that the dosages have decreased, Mike has shown great improvement. His agitation has significantly reduced while his attention span has grown to allow for short conversations.
Mike's strength through this arduous journey is inspiring. He has met and surpassed every prediction and projection of his recovery.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed his or her heart, time and money to this cause so far. Yet the road to recovery is a long one and Mike Vincent and his family need your continued support.
Here are the current ways you can contribute:
Direct contribution to PAYPAL
Mail a check payable to:
Michael J. Vincent Fund
903 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
"Back off the Wagon" Benefit Party
When: Monday, April 21
Time: 9 PM - Close
Where: The Bungalow Club
7174 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
There is a $10 donation cover charge. Happy Hour specials will reign the bar all night long while DJ Derrick Wize and friends will keep the music pumping. We will also have Mike V. merchandise for sale along with a raffle at the end of the night. Some of the raffle items include a Haro BMX bike signed by Ryan Nyquist, Pro Tec helmet signed by Bucky Lasek, Logitech iPod Speaker System, and much more.
*See above flyer for details
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A special thank you to those who have made this event possible: Haro Bikes, Verde BMX, Hoffman Bikes, Odyssey, Dakine, Duo, Coda Skateboards, Habitat Skateboards, Alien Workshop Skateboards, Herbivore Clothing, Alpinestars, Indie Printing, ASA Entertainment, Playboy, Hellen's Cycle, Gagosian Gallery, LAfixed.com, ESPN, X Games, The Bungalow Club, Yanco Pads, Sweet Pea Bakery, JaredSouney.com, Mat Hoffman, Jim Bauer, Ryan Nyquist, Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Jake Brown, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Jeremy Lusk, Todd Potter, and everyone who has contributed their heart, time and money to this cause.