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Magnolia teens who survived ice cave will be honored

September 28th, 2009 · 45 Comments

The UW Medicine Salute to Harborview Gala will honor two Magnolia teens who survived a fall into an ice cave last summer.  Alec Corbett and Allesandro Gelmini were trapped under tons of ice for five hours after falling into the cave near Snoqualmie Pass in August, 2008.  The boys are friends who at the time of the accident were both attending Bishop Blanchet High School.  They were taking photographs during a hike near Denny Creek with Corbett’s family when the cave collapsed. 

                                                      (Photos courtesy Clare McLean/UW)

Corbett (on left next to his mom Joni) and Gelmini were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where they spent weeks recoving.  They both suffered broken backs and other injuries in the collapse and needed several surgeries and physical therapy.  “When it first happened didn’t think I would make it out,” said Gelmini.

The gala on February 27 is an annual fundraising event for charity care programs at Harborview.  Over the past five years the gala has raised more than $5 million with all of the proceeds going towards Harborview programs that serve vulnerable populations.  The event will honor Corbett and Gelmini whose lives were put back together at Harborview.

Both boys have now full recovered. Corbett is attending college and Gelmini is a sophomore in high school.

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  • Val

    Wow. How about the charities get honored rather than a couple of very lucky idiots that were standing under several tons of unsupported ice on a warm summer day? Very glad they survived and all, but what did they do that warrants being honored, other than working to recover from their injuries – something that many less-idiotic(and probably more deserving) people have done as well?

  • Mag Voice Reader

    Actually, the link explains that Alec and Allesandro are featured patients at the Gala, in a video that shows guests what Harborview can do. We are all fortunate to live so close to a hospital like Harborview, that can help people like them recover from such severe injuries.

    As to labeling them for entering an ice cave, as reality shows entering the ice cave was plainly a mistake. But I don't think they should be personally attacked for that mistake.

    • Val

      Thanks for pointing that out … I guess it's just the Magnolia Voice that is equating “featuring” with “honoring”.

  • Val

    Thanks for pointing that out … I guess it's just the Magnolia Voice that is equating “featuring” with “honoring”.

  • jade82674

    Wow, I didn't know they were from Magnolia. They are very lucky boys and it turned out for the best.

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