September 27, 2013
Support needed for SU alumOn Aug. 4, at a company picnic, Tyson Snader, of the Class of 2007, suffered an accident in Pennsylvania in which his seventh spinal vertebra was shattered and the fifth and sixth vertebrae fractured when he jumped into a pond.
His wife and 2-year-old son witnessed the accident, according to Kenny Dammers, friend of Snader and a Susquehanna alumnus.
After emergency surgery, doctors believe that Snader may regain control over his arms, but the prognosis for his lower body is less encouraging. The muscles below Snader's chest are expected to remain paralyzed. Dammers said that Snader is preparing to start physical therapy in Philadelphia in the next few weeks.
This Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be a 5K run, Snader Strong, to raise money for Snader's family to aid in medical expenses. The race will be occurring during the
35th Market Street Festival, at the intersection of Pine and Market Streets and is hosted by the Selinsgrove Track and Cross Country teams. The cost of registration is $20 at the table. Registration runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The race director is Jeffrey Kiss. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It doesn't surprise me that people are stepping up to help," Marty Owens, Susquehanna track and field head coach, said. The Susquehanna track and field team will also be helping to raise money to aid the family's medical expenses. During Homecoming
Weekend, the team will be selling wristbands and t-shirts for this cause, as well as selling these items at the football game.
"We're trying to do as much as we can," Owens said.
Owens described Snader as a team player, stating he wasn't the top runner, but was a great person to work with and someone who always put his team first.
"It was always a pleasure to have him on the team," Owens said.
Dammers described Snader as free-spirited, fun-loving and having an optimistic outlook on life. According to Dammers, Snader was born and raised in Lancaster. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2001.
In addition to swimming throughout his youth, Snader was a star on the Manheim Township cross country team and went on to run at Susquehanna, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in environmental science.
He spent the six months following graduation hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with his dog, Maggie, according to Dammers. After his long trek, Snader worked several jobs in Maryland before returning to Lancaster to be a manager of the Community
Supported Agriculture (CSA) organization for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
It was while he was living in Maryland that Tyson rekindled an old friendship that sparked a lifelong journey with his wife. The family faces many financial
challenges ahead, including paying for any uninsured medical expenses, creating a wheelchair-accessible home, buying an accessible vehicle and providing ongoing care throughout Snader's recovery.
A donation site has also been set up to help support Tyson, with all proceeds going to him
and his family. Dammers said that nearly $39,000 was raised in three days. Since then, more than $57,000 has been raised, with a goal of $75,000.
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