Update from David ‚ÄĘ Radioactive Eggs!


For about 6 months I have been in hibernation mode – other than staying warm and trying not to think about skiing, my mom and I have been going to Massachusetts General Hospital to get my stomach problems figured out. I’ve gotta say they have been doing a great job. Since I have a high level injury my insides don’t move too well and this makes me feel extremely full even when I have not eaten in a while. So, I constantly have stomach pain but now I’m on a new med that will help my insides work better. Yesterday I finished the last test that they needed which involved eating radioactive eggs and taking pictures of my stomach every two hours.ūüĎĆūüŹĽ

Congrats to my mom for not falling asleep while driving since we got up at 3am for this and got home at 7pm!

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It’s More Than Not Being Able To Walk – Part One

Spinal Cord Injury Basics
Part one of our series for National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

“When I first heard the devastating news about¬†David’s accident back in September of 2011, I thought I knew what it meant to have a spinal cord injury. ¬†It meant that you couldn’t walk. ¬†When my neighbor (who is a physical therapist) asked me what level of injury David had, I told her it was a C4-C5 injury. ¬†She made an “Ohhhhh” sound indicating that was really, really bad. I realized at that moment that I didn’t actually know what it meant to have a¬†spinal cord injury. ¬†Since then I’ve learned that it’s more than not being able to walk.”
– David’s Aunt Kristen

A spinal cord injury occurs when someone suffers a traumatic injury to their neck or back that causes so much damage to the spinal cord that some nerves can no longer send messages to the brain.

The higher the level of injury on the spinal cord, the more dysfunction can occur.  David is a quadriplegic with a C4-C5 injury level.

People often confuse paraplegia with quadriplegia.
‚Äʬ†Paraplegia¬†is the loss of sensation and movement in the legs, and in part or all of the trunk, usually resulting from an injury to the spinal cord below the neck.
‚Äʬ†Quadriplegia¬†is¬†total or partial paralysis in all four limbs, including the trunk, resulting from injury to the neck.

We all link spinal cord injury to loss of movement, but did you know that there are many other other serious medical issues associated with SCI?  Secondary conditions from spinal cord injury include pressure sores, respiratory complications, spasticity, and autonomic dysreflexia.

Many quadriplegics die as a direct result of complications related to pressure sores.  Christopher Reeve, the star who portrayed Superman, died of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore.

Spasticity is a side effect of paralysis that varies from mild muscle stiffness to severe, uncontrollable leg movements.  Although it’s embarrassing, spasticity is not always a bad thing because it acts as a warning mechanism to identify pain or problems in areas with no sensation.

Autonomic dysreflexia (Hyperreflexia) causes the blood pressure to rise to potentially dangerous levels and can develop suddenly.  Autonomic dysreflexia is usually caused when a painful stimulus occurs below the level of spinal cord injury.  Anything that would have been painful, uncomfortable, or physically irritating before the injury may cause autonomic dysreflexia after the injury. If not treated promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, strokes and even death.

What is it like living with a spinal cord injury? ¬†In our next installment we’ll share stories from people living with SCI.

This is the first part of our series for National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. The series is designed to help us all understand what living with a spinal cord injury is like for David and millions of other people around the world.

Please visit the SCI Awareness page¬†at David’s Journey to Recovery to learn more.



Save the Date. Don’t Miss This Year’s Fun Run August 30th!



August 30th, SAVE THE DATE! You can start promoting this year’s Fun Run right now. We need everyone’s help! All the tools you need (printable flyers, pledge sheets, Share buttons) are available at the Fun Run web page.

And it’s not too early to start asking your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to sponsor you. The individual who raises the most funds will be presented with a trophy! You can download your pledge sheet today at the Fun Run web page.

David wants (and needs)¬†to learn to drive, but he can’t just hop in a car and go. Let’s do our best to raise the funds needed for a van conversion. Visit the Fun Run web page right now and use the buttons there to share with your friends. Register online right now and you’ll be guarunteed a free tee shirt!


Thank You Fuller Elementary School!

StudentCouncilEarly Friday morning David attended a school assembly at The Fuller Elementary School here in Keene where the student council presented him with a check for $724. With other donations from the staff the total for the day came to $800.

WOW! Thank you Fuller School!

The student council took David on as a fund raising cause for the year. With the help of the staff, students and parents they raised a record amount of funds for David.

As a family we know Fuller School very well. David, his brother Jason and his sister Emily all graduated from Fuller School.

Fuller is not just about learning how to read & write. It is not just about science, art, music and languages. Fuller is much more than that. Fuller is also about respect, responsibility, compassion, caring and kindness. Fuller is about family and being part of a larger family, the community.

It all adds up to one four letter word which I don’t think gets used enough in this world, LOVE.

On behalf of David and the rest of my family I would like to thank our Fuller School family for their kindness and most importantly love.

At the end of the presentation the staff and students sang the following song to David:



You press through every hardship.
With strength and courage strive
To meet each challenge that you face
You keep our dreams alive
You’re always there to help us
And try to be a friend.


You’re a hero, a hero
An example to the world
For everyone to see.
You’re a hero, a hero!
You’re the type of person I would like to be.

and it goes on from there…

It was a very emotional presentation.
The presentation touched us deeply.
The picture above is of the Fuller School Student Council. They spoke on behalf of the school and presented David with a big check.

You can see more pictures at David’s website. Click here.

Thank you FULLER!
David’s Dad Paul

Prom Night in Keene!


Prom night was a bigger event than I ever imagined.

A few weeks back David asked his friend Mikayla to the prom in a very surprising and special way. During morning announcements at Keene High David got on the morning video broadcast and asked Mikayla to the prom. It was seen in all of the class rooms before classes started. I think she said yes.

The evening of the prom Mikayla’s family and ours all went out to dinner at the Olive Garden. While we were in the Olive Garden, unknown to everyone, Mikayla’s brother and fiancee where out in the parking lot decorating David’s van for the occasion. A little later on David’s brother Jason did up the inside of the van with mini lights on the roof so it looked like the inside of a limo.

After that it seems that everyone that is going to the prom goes to Ashuelot Park to take pictures. It is kind of like a reception before the main event. Lots and lots of kids and their families were there.

Mikayla looked like a princes. David’s four year old niece thought she really was.

David looked very dapper, a man of intrigue.

They both had a great time!

Click here to see David’s Prom photos.

Sorry for not posting more often in the last few weeks. Things have been really busy. I will be posting more often in the near future.

Thank you for your support. It is making a difference. David is moving forward.

David’s Dad Paul


David Back on the Ski Slopes!


YES! On Tuesday, February the 25th, with the help of the good people at Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports program (CMARS), David was back doing one of his most favorite things, skiing on snow.

While David was getting ready to ski I went out to get a couple of runs in to get my legs warmed up. On my second run down I stopped to rest near the bottom of the main lift. Above me I heard, “DAD, DAD, DAD”. I looked up to see David going up the ski lift. He had a HUGE Smile on his face. He was in his element, on a mountain, on skis, lots of snow, with friends and looking forward to his first run.

David enjoyed skiing the mountain, skiing the jumps in the terrain park and hanging out with friends. It was very hard for me to even stay close to him. He is still a much better skier than me.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the people at CMARS Adaptive Snowsports Program for making this day happen. To learn more about CMARS click here. Check out their Skiing and Boarding program, and a picture of  David Skiing the mountain with Dan, by clicking here.

Overall David is doing well. He has had issues with a sore back and very dry skin on his elbows. He uses his elbows to help lift himself while sitting in his chair. As always he is moving forward and working his way through these issues.

His goal is still to get out and thank as many people as possible for their support. However, weather, schooling and other physical issues have been holding him back. He is still working out and is getting stronger. Ideally he would like to get out in his new manual wheelchair so people can see how their support is impacting him.

This afternoon David’s friend Sam is taking him up to Granite Gorge to see some of the Snowmobile Hill Climb that is taking place there today.

That is all for now.

David & family are all very grateful for all of the positive support David has been receiving.

Thank you for your prayers, love and support.

We have been very blessed.

David’s Dad Paul

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Update From The Hudgiks ‚ÄĘ January 25th

David with his new video game controller

Well, I guess David’s back sores have healed. He has been quite active over the past few weeks.

Christmas Eve he was able to travel, with his family, 45 minutes out to Francestown for Christmas Eve service with our church family at the Community Church of Francestown. We made it. David held up well and it was great seeing a lot of friends that we had not seen in a long time. We are hoping to get back out there again soon.

The weekend after that he travel 70 miles down to Massachusetts for a holiday gathering with his extended family.

About a week after that he traveled to Boston and back with his brother Jason to see the Nitro Circus. He had a great time. He really enjoyed seeing the show live.

His Uppertone workout system is fully assembled and David is now using it on a regular basis. The first time he used it he had HUGE smile on his face. Thank you all for helping to make this happen.

Just recently he got a giant Xbox controller. The box is large enough for him to use and comes with a control knob on a pole that he can use with his chin to work games. This evening he was gaming with his friend Sam. It was kinda nice to hear the sound of racing cars in the house again.

Now that his back is better David’s goal over the next month is to get out and thank as many people as possible in person for their support and help.

Tomorrow his goal is to try snow tubing with friends here in his back yard. We live on the side of a hill. We will keep you all posted on how it goes.

David is very lucky to have the support that he has received. It helps to keep him motivated. It gives him and us hope, and for that we are very grateful.


David’s Dad Paul

David and Sam Gaming

David and Sam Gaming





It Was a Great Show!


This past Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon David spent his time at the Community House of Marlborough watching Branch River Theatre’s production of a variety show called “Way Off Broadway.”

We had a great time watching the performance and meeting and greeting the people that came to see the show.

We want to thank the Branch River Theatre group, the actors, musicians, and all the other members who worked very hard on this production to make it happen.

We also thank the people who came out to see the show. The great thing is all the proceeds will go to help David.

The picture above is of David with the cast and crew of “Way Off Broadway” after the last show on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks guys, it was an awesome show for a special guy. He smiled through the whole show. Had a great time and made a lot of new friends.

David’s Dad Paul

A Very Special Fundraising Event to Benefit David Hudgik

Reserve your tickets now!
Call 603-283-7538
or email


November 8th & 9th, 8 p.m. and November 10th, 2 p.m.
at Marlborough Community House, 160 Main Street

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‚ÄúWay Off¬†Broadway‚ÄĚ

brings together the talents of many performers who have been ‚Äúplaying around‚ÄĚ with Branch River Theatre (BRT) for many, many years.¬† Much of the motivation in collecting such a vast array of entertainers, is to support a local young man, David Hudgik, who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury in September, 2011.¬† When the call went out to our fellow acting peers, the response was overwhelming.¬† Knowing that 100% of all of the proceeds generated by performances of¬†Way Off Broadway, would go to David and his family, made the event very personal to many people involved.¬† Many of us know David or know of David, because of his connection with one of the Directors of¬†Way Off Broadway¬†‚Äď Jeff Repko.

Over the span of many years, several of the actors who will be appearing in Way Off Broadway have been together in musicals, plays, variety shows and fundraisers for various not-for-profits.  The opportunity to work together again for such a worthwhile cause has already made the experience a memorable one.  Aside from various vocalists, there will be some improve, skits, baton twirling and a special appearance from people we like to call The Blue Shirt Group.

 Just Some of our Spectacular Entertainers…….

Jeanne Donohoe, Kay Lucius and Sue Silver …¬†You Don’t Own Me¬†from “The First Wives Club”
Mary Russell …¬†Turn Back Old Men¬†from “Godspell”
Debbie Pickering … Twirler extraordinaire!
Gary Gagnon, with some help … Boxer Skit
Margaret Lynott and Jeff Repko …¬†Anything You Can Do¬†from “Annie Get Your Gun”
Amanda Guthorn … Vitametavegamin from ‚ÄúI Love Lucy‚ÄĚ
Laurie Meyerrose …¬†Someone Like You¬†by Adele
John McMahon …¬†September Song¬†and Emcee
Heather Morrison …¬†I Want You Back¬†by Michael Jackson
Mary Armstrong and Carin Torp …¬†Me and My Shadow
Ben Gagnon, Peter Granucci and Eric Walther …¬†Blue Shirt Group
Christy Wendlandt …¬†Performing Original Song
Gail Connelly and Lori Goldring …¬†Helping Hands

Chorus: Doug Green, Peter Heed, Karl Karter,
Meg Kupiec, JoJo Mead, Willow Morrison

Join Us on August 31st for a 5K Fun Run to Benefit David Hudgik


Help support David!
On August 31st friends and supporters of David Hudgik will be holding a 5K Fun Run to raise funds to purchase upper body exercise (Upper-Tone) equipment for David.

Join us. Bring your friends. Spread the word.
Click here for info.


This is¬†very important¬†equipment for David because upper body training is critical for developing the muscles that David uses in everyday life. Regular physical exercise will help to improve David’s muscle strength and endurance, making everyday tasks such as pushing his wheelchair and transferring much easier.¬†Exercising his upper body will be¬†a great way for David to get a cardiovascular workout, and it will aid the management of many problems associated with spinal cord injury.

You could win this mountain bike donated by Andy's Cycle!

You could win this mountain bike donated by Andy’s Cycle!