Evan Lalanne graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in June of 2016 with a 4.2 GPA and started college life at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall of 2016, majoring in Manufacturing Engineering.
On December 29, 2016, Evan’s life abruptly changed when he was severely injured after falling at Bishop Peak. He was airlifted to Stanford, where he had emergency back surgery to remove bone fragments, straighten his spine, and insert a rod. He was transferred to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose for spinal cord rehabilitation. The injuries Evan sustained from this fall caused irreparable spinal cord damage and have left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The road to recovery after spinal cord injury has been a long and difficult one. As preparations are made for Evan’s immediate and long-term care, he and his family face tremendous challenges. Despite insurance and support from friends and our community, the related medical expenses, rehabilitative services, therapies, and necessary home and vehicle modifications will continue to be extremely costly. This fundraiser is being put on to help Evan and his family with those expenses.
Evan, parents Marc and Tamara, sisters Claire and Grace
In the face of this life-changing setback, Evan’s strategy is to continue his studies at Cal Poly in the fall of 2017 and get his Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering. He plans to continue his education, get his MBA, travel, and start his own family. In a recent interview Evan said, “Push hard and do everything you can and you will see results. It applies to all aspects in life.” One of his goals is to push hard to develop solutions to make life easier for others in his situation. Anyone who knows Evan can attest to his determination and perseverance. As Evan says, “I’m still me.” Without a doubt he will accomplish his goals and dreams.
The community’s continued words of encouragement, prayers, support, and generosity sustain Evan and continue to be an incalculable source of comfort to the entire Lalanne family.