The family was on a dream vacation to France, with father, mother, son and daughter. They rented an apartment in Paris, and one can only imagine the City of Lights sites they had in store – had not the accident taken place. Son Nathan went sleepwalking one night and stepped out of a window. He fell four stories into the courtyard below. There was no reason for him to survive the fall.
But he did. First, Nathan spent the next two weeks in the intensive care unit of a Paris children’s hospital. Then the family got him home to Connecticut where he could really mend. He spent another month in a full body cast. Always, recovery was a question mark. How much would he recover?
One year later, it’s as if there never was a doubt. Nathan is back to being a normal adolescent – school, friends, family and sports. And in his case, giving back.
His local Make-A-Wish chapter partners with “Lacrosse for Wishes”, an organization that offers a competitive summer lacrosse experience and enables athletes to raise money to bring hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. So Nathan has taken it upon himself to raise money, pledging dollars for every goal he scored in his lacrosse season. And he’s a prolific scorer.
His father, Bob, works for insurance brokerage Lockton as a claims consultant in their Connecticut office, and as a show of support for the family, the Lockton team played for Make-A-Wish Connecticut in the local 2018 Chubb Charity Challenge. They played well, and will be going to the national finals this October for the chance to win more than $50,000