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A Nov. 16 car accident in rural Nevada left John Zuver paralyzed from the chest down, but his family remains optimistic

On Friday, Nov. 16, John Zuver and his 2-year-old son, Jaden, were traveling from Gresham to Fallon, Nev. for the holidays when the Mercedes-Benz they were driving in hit two Black Angus cows, continued down the road and rolled into a ravine.

Jaden emerged with minor injuries, but John, 36, sustained a neck fracture that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. Clarissa Zuver, a veterinarian who was on duty with Columbia Equine Hospital during the holiday, flew out on the next plane she could Nov. 17 to be with her husband and son in Reno.

The Equine Hospital and Gresham community is coming together to raise money for the Zuver family with an event and online donation site. A comfort food buffet and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Gresham.

All funds raised will benefit the family, helping them pay for John’s hospitalization and medical bills, bills at home and renovations to their vehicle and house to make them wheelchair accessible.

Tickets may be purchased at White’s Meats, Burns Feed, Columbia Equine Hospital and at the door. For more information or to donate to the auction, call Columbia Equine at 503-663-1515 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To help the Zuver family, visit http://www.giveforward.com/accident-fundraiser/zuverfamilyfund

A full story on the Zuver family will appear in the Friday edition of The Gresham Outlook.

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