Let me introduce myself. I am Jen Rodriguez. Proud Oldest daughter of Scott.
There was a time in my life not too long ago that I truly didn’t understand my dad. I felt that I knew and loved him, his schedule and his passions, but I truly didn’t understand his drive to do so much and fit so many things into his life. Somehow (in my eyes) the more people he fit into his schedule and routine meant less of a connection that he could possibly have had with each. Right? How can you have enough time to really connect on a certain level with so many different people in different walks of life on such a demanding and short time schedule? I would laugh. I would be irritated. I would be frustrated and at times I would be envious. Now, I know I was wrong. After the accident, I am proud. I can’t believe what has happened over the last two weeks. Sure, some would say our family is still in shock. But really I feel as though I am in awe. I know now why my dad stretched himself the way he did. Why he refused to slow down and take it easy. I understand that he only truly was happy when he surrounded himself with amazing, intelligent and inspiring people that pushed him to be the best that he could be.
I have always felt as though my dad is truly special. Now I know how special all of his friends were too!!!
After seeing what you ALL have done over the last 2 weeks with the website, fund raising, the support visits, endless positive energy and prayers and most importantly the recent actions of “The SCUD army” of researchers…I now can truly understand my father. Understanding who and what he stands for has come at a high price. I’m still struggling with that, but not alone.
I am overwhelmed by the amount of energy, time and respect you all have shown my dad and this family. You ALL are amazing individuals and we are so blessed that my dad chose to live his life surrounding himself with people like you.
Things may never be the same for my dad, they may never may be the same for our whole family or yours. But I do know that my dad is blessed to have you all in his corner, fighting for him when he can’t yet for himself. I truly believe he will get there. He will go to a rehab center based on the dedication of all of you who demand the best for him. He will once again surround himself with special individuals who will help achieve his personal goals and he will once again be able to enjoy life to the fullest. He has always taught us many lessons through his actions and lifestyle. I understand now that no matter what has changed for him physically, he will continue to teach us, inspire us, and awe us with his greatness. I understand that as I gaze into his hopeful and sparkling eyes. As I touch his skin that still has warmth and as I listen to his respirator do his breathing that I feel hopeful he will do again on his own someday.
Thank you from the bottom, the middle, and the top of my heart, for all you have put forth to help locate, call, research, interview different Rehabs. I can’t fully explain in words how much it means to me and my family. We can only tell you thank you and express that we all feel like Dad has brought us closer to understanding the gift in life. The gift of friendship and love.
Thank you Kevin, Jason, Leslie, Adam, Christina, my dear love of my life Carl my mom and sister and Scudamore Family. ALL OF YOU who have spent your precious time putting forward my dad’s needs before all else….THANK YOU.
I continue to pray for him and all of you that we gain peace through this tough time. Nobody will ever understand the “why’s” of life’s terrible tragedies…but we can start a new journey together with my dad and create our own answers to the questions that are to come. Things happen for reasons we can’t simply wrap our brains around…but our spirits are forever connected now. That’s a really amazing thing.
God Bless and thank you so much for all your hard work, donations, prayers and dedication.