Road to recovery: Sunday reception to welcome home injured Craig man
December 15, 2011
If you go …
What: Open house reception for Steven Sharp
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40
— Guests may come at any time during the two-hour event and stay as long as they wish. Cards are also welcome.
“Steven has said he wants to thank the hidden faces who have been praying for him. He knows it has been a miracle he has recovered so well and he wants to meet and see everyone who prayed for him. He felt the prayers the whole time.”
— Tamie Wade, future mother-in-law to Craig resident Steven Sharp, a motocross rider who was injured June 26
The last six months have been full of uncertainty for Craig resident Steven Sharp and his family.
No one was certain how seriously injured Sharp was when he crashed his dirt bike June 26 at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park.
Sharp, 21, was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig, where doctors concluded he needed to be immediately transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction for treatment of a traumatic brain injury.
Only now, almost six months later, is Sharp able to come home.
The Sharp family and the family of Sharp's fiancée, Kailee Greenwood, are hosting an open house reception for him from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.
The public is welcome to come visit with Sharp and family members.
Tamie Wade, Sharp's future mother-in-law, said the families encourage anyone to stop by, even if for only for a few minutes.
"Steven has said he wants to thank the hidden faces who have been praying for him," Wade said. "He knows it has been a miracle he has recovered so well and he wants to meet and see everyone who prayed for him.
"He felt the prayers the whole time."
Wade said Sharp is in a wheelchair, but is working on walking again.
Sharp has surpassed many of the goals doctors set out for him, Wade said, and has come a long way in six months.
Sharp and Greenwood, who have a 9-month-old son, Carson, have not set a wedding date.
Wade said Sharp didn't remember the original proposal and asked Greenwood to marry him again after he regained consciousness following the motocross accident.
After being transferred to St. Mary's, Sharp was in the intensive-care unit until he was transferred in August to Kindred Hospital in Denver.
At the end of August, Sharp was transferred to Craig Rehab Hospital in Denver to continue his rehabilitation.
"About 97 percent of people who suffer this type of injury don't regain consciousness," Wade said. "It has been a long six months, but Steven continues to surprise."
The Sharp family established the Steven Sharp Donation Fund at Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane, and donations are still being accepted.
Sharp's mother, Carol, also kept family and friends updated on her son's progress through a journal at http://www.caringbridge.org, and anyone may visit the site and read through the journal to hear more about his recovery.
Wade said guests are encouraged to bring cards to the open house.
"Steven really likes to open mail and read all the cards," she said. "He reads them over and over again."
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