“He recently had surgery on the muscle in the heel of his left foot to help him walk better, and we have a great film of Jared walking with his dad. He does it without a walker with Skip holding his hand. This is a very uplifting, inspirational story. That old saying 'It takes a village' is certainly true, and all the support he has received has been so positive. People still ask me how my nephew is doing. It touched so many people, and they want to help.”
Coppola will receive intensive therapy five days a week for three hours per day using the latest equipment. The program which is not covered by insurance, runs from late May until July 27. He also needs help with lodging expenses during this time away from home.
“I always knew about this program, but I was waiting until I had enough stamina to do it,” said Coppola, who is finishing his sophomore year at UNH where he is a full-time student majoring in business. “You set goals for yourself there, and mine are to gain more strength in my core and to walk better.
“They use all different kinds of equipment. One thing that will really help is a treadmill with a harness system. It’s a great program that will really help me, and I will get good exercises to do once I return home. Members of my family are planning to come to visit at different times while I’m there (Jared has a sister and three brothers).”
Currently Coppola goes to the Boston Medical Center for therapy three days a week. He arranged his college schedule to have Fridays free in order to spend the entire day in Boston, and then stay at his North Reading home for the weekend so he can get back in to the Medical Center early on Monday for more therapy before heading back to school. He often goes for therapy on Thursday afternoons.
From the very beginning Coppola has tackled his injury head on, and worked diligently on his rehabilitation. He has received great support from his extended family, the St. John’s community, friends, and countless others across the North Shore who admire his tenacity and positive attitude.
Anyone unable to attend the fundraiser can still make a contribution. Send to the Jared Coppola Fund c/0 Reading Cooperative Bank, 170 Park Street, North Reading, MA., 01964.