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More encouraging news on Austin Hatch, via his CaringBridge page:
Austin has had another successful week of therapy. His progress appears to be accelerating. As one family member says, "Every day is a great day". While he misses his parents deeply, he emulates their example in his humility, genuine care/concern for others and his steadfast faith. His visitors this past week were especially encouraging to him. He ate Buffalo Wild Wings, one of his favorites, during the exciting Michigan football victory last Saturday.
Good to hear that more visitors are now being allowed to visit with Austin. This is the latest CaringBridge update from the Hatch family:
Another great week by a determined and hard working student athlete. Austin has a beautiful attitude and is enjoying day visits with close friends and family. We are following the medical staff advice to control the visitor schedule to no more than three at a time to allow him to focus on his recovery. While the length of the rehab program is still unclear, he looks forward to returning to home and normal activities.
This is by far the most encouraging CaringBridge update on Austin Hatch yet, complete with no fewer than two Michigan mentions:
Austin is well underway with his a-maize-ing comeback. Although his recovery will be long and difficult, his progress causes us to rejoice and hope. A few highlights from the past week are:
-So far Austin prefers chili rather than hamburger or ravioli
-Austin sang 'Hail to the Victors' with us
-Austin is working hard on his mobility skills
'Team Austin' includes a wonderful group of therapists who push him hard and all of us celebrate his success. Austin and his family are especially mindful of all his classmates and the entire Canterbury family as they returned to school today.
Story featured on the ESPN College Basketball front page about Austin Hatch.
I emailed the athletic department regarding Austin Hatch's teammates giving away (and accepting donations for) "Austin is my brother" wristbands:
Hello Mr. Ablauf,
I was unable to find a contact email for compliance on the athletics web site, so if this question is better suited for someone else, please feel free to forward it on.
AnnArbor.com posted a story (linked above) about Austin Hatch's high school teammates giving out wristbands in support of Austin. They are also accepting donations on his behalf. Myself and some friends would like to purchase (donate) in support of Austin, yet we are worried of potential NCAA violations. Would you have any information on whether or not there may be issues with donating to this cause, since Austin is a Michigan recruit?
BS, LSA '10
Dave Ablauf's response:
Thanks for the email. I wanted to respond to your email and hoped I would have been able to by now but we still haven’t heard back from the NCAA. Our compliance office is working with the NCAA to find out what we can do or tell our loyal supporters in regard to donating to a fund for Austin. We still don’t have an answer back from the NCAA at this point. I appreciate you contacting us to make sure you weren’t doing something that affecting the University. We will be in touch once we getting an interpretation from them.
David Ablauf | Associate Athletic Director | Public & Media Relations
University of Michigan Athletic Department
So right now it seems like we should probably wait and hope for a response from the NCAA.
Late Friday afternoon, the Hatch family posted their first CaringBridge update on Austin's condition since last Saturday:
Friday July 8thBy the grace of God, Austin James is showing improvements every day. He is comfortable and stable. He has begun opening his BIG BLUE EYES a little bit more! We understand that his healing will be a very slow and gradual process; we're not sure whether Austin has any awareness of what he sees yet.Thanks to Mimi, Grandpa Siwik, Aunt Mary Toth, and Cousin Dr. Dan O'Donnell who all stayed at Austin's side for the past few days. Nona came up and told Austin she's getting ready to make him some meatballs. We are comforted by all of your prayers, stories and words of inspiration. Although we grieve, our hearts are filled with hope and joy!