Meet Ethan Glynn. At 15 years old, he was a freshman at Bloomington Jefferson High school, the captain of his hockey team, played shortstop in baseball, and was impressive on the football field as a running back and defensive back.
Tragically, Ethan’s life forever changed on September 2nd, 2022 after he suffered a complete spinal cord injury at C4-5 while making a routine tackle in the first football game of his 9th grade season for the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars. The injury left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Ethan underwent several surgeries at Hennepin County Medical Center immediately following the injury to remove and fix vertebrates in his neck and stabilize his spine. After 27 days at HCMC Ethan was transported to Colorado’s Craig Hospital, a leader in spinal cord rehab, to begin therapy. While at Craig, Ethan spent his days attending physical and occupational therapy, meeting with medical professionals, attending school, and meeting with other teens at Craig. All in an effort to get stronger and try to understand his new normal. Without the use of his arms, Ethan needed to be fitted for a wheelchair that he controls with his mouth by breathing through a straw-like device. He also learned how to play video games using an adaptive device as he began learning how to embrace a world that looks different than what he previously knew. Ethan’s positive attitude and drive were inspiring to those around him. Ethan never asks, “Why me?” Instead, he uses the same drive and competitive spirit, that made him so much fun to watch in sports, to focus on his next goal and keep moving forward.
Ethan’s family, friends, and teammates, as well as the entire community, have come together to support him, often in awe of his tenacity. He also received support from the Alabama football community as he is a die-hard ‘Bama fan. Ethan has continued to exceed milestones, not only with his “never give up” attitude, but his determination to never watch life go by from a window.
Bauer Design Build is teaming up with the Durkin Glynn family to support them in building a new home that is more conducive to Ethan’s needs. The construction community has been amazing in offering their services at zero cost to the family to help make this happen before the next school year. HOWEVER, we are still looking for a few trades for the construction of their home. If you’re able to help in any way, please reach out to Kevin Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-715-9427. You can also visit: dawgnation.org/ethan-glynn/ for monetary donations and learn more about Ethan’s story.
We invite to watch the incredibly touching video, Ethan’s brother put together here: https://vimeo.com/799284665/3190576050
A HUGE thank you to everyone
who has helped thus far!