Julia Gangemi had an accident on June 24, 2020, it was a boating accident.
She suffered multiple fractures in her back and a completely severed spinal-cordand was Med-Flighted to the nearest Trauma Center.
She is being transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA to begin her long road to recovery and rehabilitation in her hometown of Boston.
Her family has created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for Julia’s medical expenses after the accident as she will have needs not covered by insurance over the coming months and years.
The page reads:
Dear Friends and Family Members,
On June 24, 2020, Julia was involved in a boating accident which required her to be Med-Flighted to the nearest Trauma Center. She suffered multiple fractures in her back and a completely severed spinal-cord. Over the coming months and years, Julia will have needs that will not be covered by insurance. We are here to support Julia in her long road to recovery and rehabilitation. Our first objective is to have her begin this rehabilitation in her hometown of Boston. This week she is being transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA to begin this work.
Many of you know Julia Gangemi as your classmate, teammate, neighborhood tutor, or gymnastics coach. If not, you definitely know her as the star cheerleader being hoisted gracefully into the air at every Boston Latin football and Northeastern basketball game. Julia is the main attraction in every aspect of her life. Born and raised in the West Roxbury/Roslindale area, Julia is just shy of her 21st birthday. She is a BLS graduate, currently studying Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. She is a best friend and role model to her younger brother Sebastian, as well as a loving and devoted daughter to Beth and John.
Julia is in no way limited to the previous description. She is driven. She is fearless. She is unstoppable. She is a leader, attaining the title of “captain” on both her high school and college teams. She is a selfless and generous friend, never failing to make time for those in her life. Julia brightens every room with her bubbly and electric energy. She excels at everything she does, so we have no doubt she will overcome every obstacle she faces. Julia has met this unfathomably life altering experience with grace, grit and wit. Her inner spirit is evident and gives those around her the strength to meet each day’s challenges. Julia’s determination is evident as she impresses the TICU staff with attempting all that is asked of her. And she has been able to laugh…even though it hurts. Julia, her friends, and family believe that she can regain enough mobility and learn the adaptive skills to live a full, productive, and meaningful life.
Many people have reached out looking for ways to help and support the Gangemi family at this time. For those of you who wish to follow Julia’s journey and progress, we will be creating a Facebook page to keep you all updated. Thank you all for your care and generosity.
Additionally, we are eternally grateful for the outreach and offers of assistance of the many communities in which Julia is a part:
· Northeastern University, College of Engineering
· Boston Latin School, Class of 2017
· Cheerleading (Northeastern, Boston Latin School)
· Softball (Boston Latin School, Parkway Softball)
· Ohrenberger Community Center (gymnastics)