Aaron Virgil: From Active Snowboarder to Quadriplegic

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2014
  • Radio

Aaron Virgil was an active young man. If he wasn’t hiking, he was driving down the coast on his bike; other times you might find him target shooting or working out. But his favorite sport? Snowboarding. It’s why when he obtained a new job position, Aaron knew snowboarding was the perfect way to celebrate. And so, he put on his gear and headed down the slopes. But that day Aaron lost control of a turn and collided with a tree, leaving him a ventilator-dependant, quadriplegic.

Life has greatly changed for Aaron—and for his family. (You can hear more about Aaron’s story through this short video.) Because when disability hits unexpectedly, it’s hard to adjust. What’s more, often times newly disabled men and women lose hope during this time of transition. But the Bible tells us there is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Friend, you can share that promise with Aaron—and with other families who struggle with the day-to-day challenges of a disability. Think about encouraging a special needs family with a note, a card, maybe a favorite hymn, or even a gift card through “Heart for the Disabled” this Valentine’s Day. Want to know more? Just visit our radio page.


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God bless you!!!
  • Jan. 19, 2014
  • 1:50 p.m.
  • Helena Heer
I heard about sending a Valentine Card to the family of Aaron Virgil on the radio. Thank you for this opportunity to hear about and pray for a family needing God's grace and mercy. Just finished reading Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story that I received as a Christmas gift. Praise the Lord for His grace through trials. Thank you for sharing your story. It is so helpful to see that others I consider to be so strong in the faith share their struggles and failings. Gives me hope! Praying God's hope and grace for the Virgil family and all involved with Aaron's care.
  • Jan. 11, 2014
  • 8:21 a.m.
  • Patricia Sneddon
Hello, I heard Joni talking about this a few nights ago as I was trying to fall asleep and I remember weeping and thinking to myself how can I possibly be having a pity party for myself when others are unsure of their future when something like this happens. I honestly am not sure what to say, I find myself just crying and praying for you all. Trying to tell myself God has a plan for all our lives. I see people like Joni and I am beyond amazed. These are the heroes in life! I have to believe Aaron will go on to do amazing things in his life because the bible says we can do all things through Christ Jesus. I hope I get see to their faces what Aaron and Joni stand before our amazing God someday in heaven where there will be no more suffering, tears or pain. I will pray always and probably cry often but my hope will be in the amazing story Aaron will share with others! YOU seem like an amazing strong man of God Aaron!
  • Jan. 9, 2014
  • 6:53 p.m.
  • Michelle Cummins
I love you guys!!!
  • Jan. 8, 2014
  • 5:43 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Burkey
Dear Aaron and the Virgil family, I just finished viewing your video and wanted to let you know that even in the worst of times God shows himself in the most mighty way. I have had severe health problems for over seven years and God has taught me so much through this time. At several points during the first few years I just wanted God to take me home. That was not his plan but to grow me and teach me lessons I could not learn any other way. Even though this has been the most difficult time of my life, now looking back it has been worth it all. I will keep you in my prayers for healing and strength for the coming days ahead. Take one day at a time and God will give you all that you need. "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait on him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3:22-26
  • Jan. 8, 2014
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Debby Morgan
I will pray for you and your family. God has a plan for you and will bless you! Just trust in him and ask for his help. He will always be there for you! God bless you and your family and all those who are there to support you!
  • Jan. 8, 2014
  • 11:05 a.m.
  • Joyce Faulkner
Alan and Tina my heart and my prayers go out to you and your son Aaron and his girlfriend. Our oldest son was in an accident 3 years ago that took both his legs. He too was an athletic, healthy 6'6" young man with a young family. Know that God feels your pain and cries tears with you... time does heal physically and emotionally to a certain degree, but God will take every detail of your situation and provide 'a way'. My book of refuge was Isaiah; I will pray for you from there as you face your giants with the strength of the Lord. In Him. Mary
  • Jan. 8, 2014
  • 10:48 a.m.
  • Mary
Hi Aaron, I heard about you on Joni's program today. When I got home I told my little boy Tait (9 years old) about you. First thing he said was "is Aaron a christian?". When I told him yes, he asked "can Aaron be my hero? You see, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. One of those plans is being a hero to my boy here in South Dakota. May God bless you and strengthen you Aaron. John
  • Jan. 7, 2014
  • 7:06 p.m.
  • john
Praying for you Aaron and for your family! Praise the Lord that you have a very strong and supportive family and girlfriend. Look to the Lord for strength day by day. Joni has been a blessing to us over the years and she is proof that the Lord will see you through.
  • Jan. 7, 2014
  • 5:36 p.m.
  • Paul and Janet Lucas
Praying Aaron, that your accident will draw you into an incredibly close relationship with your Heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally and cares about your situation. It already appears God has blessed you with wonderful, loving parents and a supportive girlfriend! May God give you faith and strength for each day.
  • Jan. 7, 2014
  • 1:37 p.m.
  • Chris
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