Friends of Flint Benefit
On April 19th of 2019, Flint Don Newbury entered into his next chapter in life, which is walking with God. Flint has been blessed with so many friends, family, and benefit donors through the last 6 years. Now is his time to give back, Flint’s passion has always been hunting, fishing, and shooting, so Friends of Flint Inc. was created to give back to the youth shooting sports of 4-H and FFA. Flint has a great following of loyal donors and friends that come together once a year to raise money for his medical needs, but now we are going to use money raised for 4-H and FFA Shooting Sports Scholarships. The committee is proud and excited for this new chapter of Flint Newbury. Our new home for our benefits is the Good Bull Ranch, this facility will allow us to support more shooters and Barbeque Cook-off teams.
About Flint Newbury
My life changed very suddenly.
In the summer of 2012, on my 50th birthday, my world completely changed. A joyous occasion of barbecuing, enjoying friends and family came to an abrupt end. A simply dive into a pool resulting in a broken neck.
Air Life took me to Methodist Hospital where we found out I had broken my neck at C5 and would be a quadriplegic. I had to have emergency surgery to fuse my neck for stability and to prevent further injury to the spinal cord. I spent five weeks on a ventilator in the ICU and three months in a rehabilitation facility. All I know is my life changed with that little splash.
I have always been active and I love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing was a passion that I enjoyed on the weekends coming off a full work week.
As of now I am confined to a wheelchair. I don't have the use of my legs and hands, and only limited use of my arms. I never thought I would wind up not being able to take care of myself. My wife, Zoila has been my rock. She is the testament to meaning of the word love and commitment. Her life also changed that day. While I was at the hospital and at rehab, she put in a full day at work and would spend her evenings with me at the hospital taking care of my needs. When I was finally released from the hospital she became not only my wife, but a caretaker and bread winner of our family. As a man raised to provide for his family, it was a terrible blow not to be able to provide for her. I thank God everyday that she is my life partner. Zoila now being the sole provider for our family juggles her time between work and home.
Our world now is spent on relying on friends and family for assistance. The simple things in life such as getting out of bed, bathing, brushing your teeth, shaving, getting dressed and eating has turned into a well thought out task. Do to our insurance it does not cover a home health provider so we had to hire a private caretaker who comes in Monday through Friday to help me with day to day activities and to transport me to and from doctor appointments and rehab, not only is this an expensive cost, I also need to modify our home for handicap accessibility, purchase of a handicap van and other expenses insurance does not fully cover, such as prescriptions, specialized physical therapy, continuous doctor appointments, advanced medical treatments and durable medical supplies and equipment.
My family and I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my story and for your prayers and generosity.
Don "Flint" Newbury
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