On Aug. 4, at a company pic- nic, Tyson Snader, of the Class of 2007, suffered an accident in Pennsylvania in which his sev- enth spinal vertebra was shattered and the fifth and sixth vertebrae fractured when he jumped into a pond.
His wife and 2-year-old son witnessed the accident, ac- cording to Kenny Dammers, friend of Snader and a Susque- hanna alumnus.
After emergency surgery, doc- tors believe that Snader may re- gain control over his arms, but the prognosis for his lower body is less encouraging. The muscles below Snader’s chest are expect- ed to remain paralyzed. Dammers said that Snader is preparing to start physical therapy in Philadel- phia in the next few weeks.
This Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be a 5K run, Snader Strong, to raise money for Snader’s fami- ly to aid in medical expenses. The race will be occurring during the 35th Market Street Festival, at the intersection of Pine and Market Streets and is hosted by the Selin- sgrove Track and Cross Country teams. The cost of registration is $20 at the table. Registration runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The race director is Jeffrey Kiss. For more information, email him at kiss.jef- firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It doesn’t surprise me that people are stepping up to help,” Marty Owens, Susquehanna track and field head coach, said.
The Susquehanna track and field team will also be helping to raise money to aid the family’s medical expenses. During Home- coming Weekend, the team will be selling wristbands and t-shirts for this cause, as well as selling these items at the football game.
“We’re trying to do as much as we can,” Owens said.
Owens described Snader as a team player, stating he wasn’t the top runner, but was a great person to work with and someone who always put his team first.
“It was always a pleasure to have him on the team,” Owens said.
Dammers described Snader as free-spirited, fun-loving and hav- ing an optimistic outlook on life. According to Dammers, Snader
was born and raised in Lancaster. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2001.
In addition to swimming throughout his youth, Snader was a star on the Manheim Township cross country team and went on to run at Susquehanna, where he earned a Bachelors of Science de- gree in environmental science.
He spent the six months fol- lowing graduation hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with his dog, Maggie, according to Dammers. After his long trek, Snader worked several jobs in Maryland be- fore returning to Lancaster to be a manager of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organization for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
It was while he was living in Maryland that Tyson rekindled an old friendship that sparked a lifelong journey with his wife. The family faces many finan- cial challenges ahead, including paying for any uninsured medi- cal expenses, creating a wheel- chair-accessible home, buying an accessible vehicle and pro- viding ongoing care throughout Snader’s recovery.
A donation site has also been set up to help support Tyson, with all proceeds going to him and his family. Dammers said that nearly $39,000 was raised in three days. Since then, more than $57,000 has been raised, with a goal of $75,000.