John is a loving husband to Mary (Logue) McDermott, devoted father to Siobhan and Jack, and a cherished friend. He was recently involved in a life altering accident. On Thanksgiving Eve, John was finishing preparations for hosting extended family. He was struck by a car while leaf blowing. Fortunately, his immediate family was also at home prepping. They sprung into action and secured emergency life support at Lawrence General Hospital. LGH stabilized him and quickly transported him to Boston. John remains at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Trauma Unit where has spent the last month having endured 10 surgeries. He suffered multiple traumas and his injuries were severe, including a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (C7 incomplete) and multiple compound fractures in each leg. Fortunately, John did not suffer any permanent head or brain injury and he is as sharp as ever.
The long journey and prognosis in front of John is daunting, challenging and filled with uncertainty. While he is showing remarkable strength and determination, the road ahead is overwhelming. There will be astronomical medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and the need for adaptive equipment and modifications to make his home safe and accessible. Many of these expenses along with advanced rehabilitation methods and novel treatments will not be covered by insurance. According to the Christopher Reeves Foundation the average first year expenses alone attributable to Johns SCI are $750,000 in 2014 Dollars (almost a million in today’s dollars). This does not include any indirect costs such as lost wages and productivity. Those who know John well, know he is ultra competitive and filled with determination and grit. As John’s father-in law, Jim Logue, said “I would never bet against John McDermott!”. Our task at hand is to provide the best opportunity for a positive outcome.
John’s family have been his rock during this difficult time. Anyone who knows John, knows him to be the ultimate family man and a giver. He is selfless and generous, without asking for anything in return. He now finds himself in the position of needing the generosity of others. We are reaching out to you today with a humble request for your support. Any donation will go a long way in helping John receive the essential care and resources he needs in this difficult time.
Update 2/2/2024: The McDermott Family along with the Steering Committee would like to express our gratitude for your donation to the Bourque Family Foundation. Your gift will change the trajectory of his recovery and allow John access to the most progressive rehabilitation. Thank you for standing behind the McDermott’s. You have helped the family through some of their darkest days, and for that we are blessed.
John spent four weeks at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Trauma Unit. He is currently at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA. John’s resilience and positivity have been essential to his recovery thus far. The journey ahead is daunting, but John continues to achieve small victories every day.
Please know that your contribution is a beacon of hope. Your support not only eases the financial burden but also serves as a reminder of the strength found in family, friendship, and community. Your generosity has touched us all deeply.
The overwhelming efforts displayed by the Bourque Family Foundation has been inspiring. Their leadership has offered the McDermott family renewed hope throughout this challenging time. We are forever grateful for the Bourque Family Foundation. A special thanks to the Bruins Foundation for their impactful fundraising efforts and support.
The past two and a half months have been filled with profound uncertainty and heartache. We are in awe of the outpouring of prayers and contributions that continue daily. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
With sincere gratitude,
The McDermott Family and the Steering Committee
Steering Committee: Pat Armitage, Katie and Dave O’Donnell, Dave Sacco, Joe DeSalvo, Harry & Maureen Trout, Doug Wenners, Kathleen Vaillancourt, Steve & Janet McKay.
The Steering Committee will define and adjust the mission as John transitions into Rehab & Recovery, ensure funds are allocated towards the mission, supply family advocacy, and fund any excess towards Spinal Trauma organizations.
Prefer to donate by check?
Checks can be made payable to the Bourque Family Foundation and mailed to 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3700, Woburn, MA 01801. Please note John McDermott in the memo.
The Bourque Family Foundation is a 501C3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.
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