From Mark Ruetschle. July 7, 2010.
In the aftermath of Steve’s accident we have all been moved by the outpouring of prayers and support from thousands of people around the world. There have been many specific requests from supporters wanting to offer financial help for Steve and his family, which are greatly needed.
I am happy to report that both the legal and financial structure have been set up to start receiving funds to help Steve.
There is a special legal vehicle for cases likes Steve’s called a Special Needs Trust. The Trust is designed to provide for the extra care that Steve will need as a result of his spinal cord injury. The Trust is a place for funds that will help provide for the supplemental care and support for Steve that is over and above what will be provided by his limited insurance policy, and state and federal assistance.
As it stands today, Steve’s primary insurance coverage for treatment in the United States will run out on August 31, 2010. In fact, insurance coverage in the United States for the entire family expires on August 31. In order to provide continued insurance coverage for Steve past August 31, Steve has applied for Medicaid.
While we do not today have exact figures needed to cover the myriad costs, we do know that Steve, Michelle, and the three boys need our prayer, encouragement, and our financial help.
The money you contribute to the Special Needs Trust will be used for very practical things like physical and occupational therapy, as well as the specialized equipment that will assist Steve in living as independent a life as possible. Additionally, the Trust recognizes that Steve has a wife and 3 young boys, and while prioritizing Steve’s extraordinary needs, the Trust offers the flexibility to provide for the health, education, and general support for the entire family.
Steve and Michelle have been deeply moved by your many requests to help in this very tangible way. They have been overwhelmed by the love and generosity expressed in your prayers, encouragements, and desire to give.