Residents have united in an effort to get 8-year-old Weston resident Michael Stolzenberg four prosthetics he will need for his hands and feet.
Stolzenberg was rushed to the emergency room on July 22 with a bacterial infection that was not responding to antibiotics. He went into septic shock and was put on a ventilator, but his condition worsened. Somehow Stolzenberg survived. However, oxygen deprivation to his limbs resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet.
His only hope of regaining some independence in his life is to have superior prosthetics. While amputees can survive with basis prosthetics covered by insurance, they are usually only faced with one amputation, not four. In addition, as his body continues to grow, the four prosthetics will have to be replaced annually.
As a result, friends and family formed Miles for Mikey to raise money for a trust that will be used for Michael’s medical, health and welfare needs as he grows. The public is invited to join Michael and his family to support him in his quest toward rehabilitation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Tequesta Trace Park (600 Indian Trace). Registration is not necessary.
To donate or learn more, visit http://www.michaelstolzenbergtrust.org/
The Stolzenbergs have been Weston residents since 1994. Parents Laura and Keith, along with brothers Harris, 13, and Justin, 11, have been involved for many years with local sports in Weston, including the Weston Warrior tackle football team and lacrosse program.
Michael would have been the starting quarterback for his Pee Wee team in September. Michael attends Eagle Point Elementary School in Weston.
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