Cipriano family fight thick and thin 9 years after deadly attack on Farmington Hills
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan. – The Cipriano family were attacked at their Farmington Hills home nine years ago.
The baseball attack killed Bob Cipriano and nearly killed his wife Rose and their son Sal. The couple’s adopted son, Tucker Cipriano, and his friend Mitchell Young were later convicted of the crime.
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Sal Cipriano was a teenager at the time of the attack. He suffered a serious brain injury and doctors weren’t sure he would ever walk again. Her twin brother, Tanner, and sister, Isabella, were spared that night as they hid in a closet.
Sal Cipriano and his mother have endured numerous doctor’s appointments, surgeries and hospital stays to heal over the years. Although there are still many obstacles they face, the family still has hope for their recovery.
Each year the family organizes a race to raise funds for the Cipriano Children’s Trust. Sal Cipriano has had a long and arduous road to recovery.
“Looking at him over the past nine years, how much he’s improved since being told he wasn’t going to survive in the first place and now he’s running and talking and doing all these great things.” Tanner Cipriano said.
Sal Cipriano flies to Florida to meet with specialists. He had a doctor in Windsor but due to COVID closures he was unable to cross the border and was forced to find a new specialist.
Now Sal Cipriano heads to Jacksonville, Florida where much of his therapy focuses on vision to rebuild nerve pathways. Doctors are trying to help him gain control of his balance and regain the ability to speak. Speech therapy can be exhausting as he learns to use the muscles in his throat to produce the sounds necessary to hopefully be able to speak again.
“Sal’s two biggest priorities right now. He is learning to speak again and controlling his seizures, ”said Tanner Cipriano.
Sal Cipriano likes to show off his progress on his Instagram page. The 26-year-old enjoys showing off his humor, teasing his brother and inspiring others.
He is preparing for the Cipriano Classic on June 11. He wants to show his friends and family how far he’s come, but admits he still has a long way to go. The event is the family’s way to reach out to the community for help with medical expenses.
“Running is a big part of the community and it brings together a lot of people. A lot of people have supported what we have had over the years with impatience, ”said Tanner Cipriano.
When you hang out with the Cipriano twins, you realize that their bond is very strong. More than just twins, they are brothers who survived the tragedy and heal together every step of the way.
Sal Cipriano will graduate from high school next week – a major achievement for him. Her little sister Isabella has also just graduated from high school.
Registration is open for the Cipriano Classic 5K Fun Run and Walk.
The 10th annual walk is scheduled for Friday June 11. The 1-mile run starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 5-km run starts at 7:00 p.m.
Dated: June 11, 2021
Time: 1 mile run at 6.30 p.m., 5K at 7 p.m.
Location: Farmington Family YMCA, 28100 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334
Wearing a mask is compulsory at the start and when crossing the finish line. Social distancing is highly recommended. All proceeds raised through the race are donated to the Cipriano Children’s Trust.
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