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Title: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 24, 2017, 12:41:11 PM
One of Bayonet Jr's high school soccer teammates suffered a tragic accident while playing in a match.

He was hit pretty hard on the side of his face, breaking a bone in the orbital region that required surgery.
During this surgery, they discovered a muscle that had been caught in the fracture and had no blood flow to the muscle for several days. After waking up from the operation, he has no vision in the affected eye.

He is going to need extensive follow up, and we are all praying that he regains sight.

If you are able to make a donation to help in his road to recovery, it would be greatly appreciated!

This kid a 14-year-old whose family emigrated from west Africa a few years ago, and who now might be facing permanent loss of (or at a minimum severely-impaired) vision in one eye for life.  He was a hell of a player, but an even nicer young man.

Donations can be made via Venmo (http://www.venmo.com); search for "Daniel Seaton" and he's daniel-seaton-3

Please reference "Elysee Donation".

We are hoping to have donations in by tomorrow (Wednesday), so that our coach can present it to the family on Thursday.


Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: panzerde on October 24, 2017, 01:20:37 PM
Brant, I think you probably know this, but I'm essentially blind in my left eye from an accident when I was around this same age. At this point, I can kinda sorta see a bright light if it's directly in front of me, but nothing else.


Besides a donation to assist with immediate medical costs, if I can be a resource to this young man or his parents concerning dealing with this kind of loss of vision, let me know.

Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 24, 2017, 02:04:09 PM
Brant, I think you probably know this, but I'm essentially blind in my left eye from an accident when I was around this same age. At this point, I can kinda sorta see a bright light if it's directly in front of me, but nothing else.


Besides a donation to assist with immediate medical costs, if I can be a resource to this young man or his parents concerning dealing with this kind of loss of vision, let me know.



I appreciate that, and I'll let Danny know.  He's kind of the point man for the team's efforts with the family.  I don't know the kid well, but every interaction I've had with him has been very considerate and polite.  He's a really nice kid off the field, and was one of the highest-motor, most fierce competitors on the field. 
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: Jack Nastyface on October 24, 2017, 02:16:52 PM
Hey Brant,
Donation sent.  Hope he recovers.

Best regards,

Jack Nastyface
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bbmike on October 24, 2017, 03:25:18 PM
Can you post a link to the donation site? For the life of me, I can't find anything on Venmo that matches what you wrote.  :-[
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 24, 2017, 04:02:59 PM
Can you post a link to the donation site? For the life of me, I can't find anything on Venmo that matches what you wrote.  :-[

Yeah, apparently the way to find him on Venmo is to search for "Daniel Seaton" and he's daniel-seaton-3

Sorry for the confusion.  That's the info I was provided.  I'll edit the original post.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 24, 2017, 04:04:14 PM
this is him in action
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 25, 2017, 05:49:08 AM
Latest Dr update from the coach is that he is not expected to regain any vision in the affected eye. 

it's a tragic accident and totally sucks for this kid, who is a fantastic young man
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bbmike on October 25, 2017, 07:28:11 AM
Not a very intuitive site (at least for me) but I was able to leave a donation.  :D
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 25, 2017, 07:37:20 AM
Not a very intuitive site (at least for me) but I was able to leave a donation.  :D

yeah, it looked wonky.  I was glad we could just walk over and hand him our donation at the game Monday night.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 25, 2017, 04:10:14 PM
So Elysee is at the game tonight, sitting on the bench and laughing and joking with his teammates. Apparently, even with vision only in one eye, he is planning to come back next year and try out for the team again. That kid just won't quit. And that's kind of Awesome
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 26, 2017, 11:59:21 AM
Total collected was $2330, which is going to the family later today
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bbmike on October 26, 2017, 12:03:06 PM
^Wow, that's not bad for such short notice. Hope he continues to stay positive.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 02, 2017, 08:01:43 AM
The guy on our team in charge of donations just sent an update...

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Since last Thursday we have received an additional $820 dollars from individuals, families, team affiliations from Cardinal Gibbons and others.  In addition, we have received a very thoughtful Panera gift card, goodies from Trader Joe's and many personal notes/get well wishes. 

Yesterday via mail I also received a card sent by Beth Black signed by the entire Millbrook team along with a check for $765 dollars.  Coach Worley informed me that Enloe* contributed $200+ last night directly to him.   Kerri also received a card from the Leesville** team this week as well (this is addressed directly to Elysee so I will not open it.) 

* the team we played last night in a playoff game (one of the largest, but poorest, in the county)
** the team he got hurt against


So there were 4 other teams in town that all pitched in together, plus who knows how many more individuals

They've raised over $3k on pretty short notice to help with this guy's medical bills

At the playoff game last night, the coach sent him to midfield for the coin toss as one of the captains, and he sat the bench with the team for the whole game
This is him w/ Bayonet Jr after the game (they were the only 2 freshmen on varsity).  You can still see how puffy his left eye/cheek are

(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22886076_10210366784981304_7280417777480470612_n.jpg?oh=ce3176c9e3217ca1b16b9d2cec663067&oe=5AAA2D70)
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 14, 2017, 10:44:45 AM
Latest update:

He's actually starting to see some general shapes / colors out of the damaged eye

Cleared to return to playing after the new year, but required to wear goggles when playing

Not expecting any add'l surgeries at this time

Latest fund-raising numbers were over $4400
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bbmike on November 14, 2017, 10:53:00 AM
Good news. Hopefully this might mean his vision in that eye will improve even more.  O0
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 22, 2018, 04:56:44 PM
Just a quick update on this kid. He's got about 95% of his vision back, he's playing varsity again, and drew a penalty kick in the game tonight to put the team up 1-0 in the first half
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: DoctorQuest on August 22, 2018, 05:24:33 PM
WOOOHOOO!

That is very good news.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: JasonPratt on August 22, 2018, 05:36:52 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: airboy on August 22, 2018, 05:38:55 PM
That is wonderful.
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bbmike on August 22, 2018, 06:05:43 PM
+1, that is great news!
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 22, 2018, 06:13:55 PM
Team ended up losing 2 to 1 in large part because they played like idiots for 55 minutes
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: Ubercat on August 22, 2018, 06:14:39 PM
Somehow I missed this thread when it first posted. Woot! Thatís good news!
Title: Re: Asking for some help for a great young man
Post by: besilarius on August 22, 2018, 08:33:29 PM
Very good news.