Fundraising Event Benefiting Mason Hilke
Join Page 158 Books for a fundraising event benefiting Mason Hilke, a local student who suffered a traumatic brain injury in August 2019.
Mason Hilke, a typical 15-year-old teenager of Wake Forest, NC and a sophomore at Wake Forest High School had his life change on August 12, 2019. Mason and his friends had been “skitching” or “skateboard hitching.” Mason was not wearing a helmet. At some point, Mason’s skateboard must have hit something in the road because he went flying off his skateboard. Mason had hit his head. Paramedics were called and upon arriving at the hospital, Mason went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated. Mason was minutes from dying. He had to have emergency neurosurgery due to a large epidural hematoma. This injury is what is known as the “Talk and Die” injury. Ultimately, Mason suffered a traumatic brain injury, collapsed lungs and several abrasions. He was on and off a ventilator and eventually he had to have a trach placed, a feeding tube placed, and a chest tube placed. He has vision and hearing issues and he has multiple muscular and neurological issues that affects his mobility.
Mason was in the PICU for almost 30 days and has been making miraculous progress. He spent nearly 7 weeks in the rehab hospital. To date he has been in the hospital for 62 days. He has been working with Speech therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, he still has a long road of rehabilitation. Today, Mason continues his therapy and is looking at being released from the hospital mid to late October then will continue his rehab in an outpatient setting. His progress has been quite the miracle. He will continue to be followed by neurology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopedics, physical therapy and occupational therapy to name a few during outpatient care. His mom has not been able to work during this entire time and the family would appreciate any help to pay for bills and to help take care of Mason’s needs.
There will be Bracelets $5.00, T-shirts $20.00, and Ice Cream $3.00-$7.00. Free raffle tickets given out with every purchase for assorted prizes. All of the revenue will be donated directly to the Hilke Family, Cash is Preferred.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mason-hilke-story