In the past, writing updates on Drew has been disheartening as there was little progress being made. Today, however, we are extremely excited to inform everyone that Drew has turned a corner and is on the upswing!! :) The surgery to put the piece of his skull back went well and he is becoming more alert every week. He is still in a vegetative state but he is keeping both eyes open most of the time. In speech therapy he is working on swallowing and enhancing his senses. He can move his tongue and is beginning to learn how to open his mouth. In physical therapy he is consistently turning his head both left and right when asked to. He can track moving objects with his eyes and is building strength while learning how to hold his head up; he has reached 60 seconds which is terrific!! He is also starting to show more facial expressions, especially when we hug him. We can tell this makes him happy :) We are so grateful he made it through this winter without a cold or illness. At this time he can have visitors and we are sure he would love to see you and hear your familiar voices. We tell Drew how much everyone loves him and asks about him, and we read him all of the messages that everyone sends to him and our family. Please continue to lift Drew up in prayer as his progress proves it's working.
Love and much thanks, The Williams
We want to thank everyone who has faithfully followed Drew's recovery and commented on his public or private Facebook pages. Know that your prayers and encouragement mean a great deal to our family. Although we can not respond to everyone individually, we do read each and every one of your comments.
We would like to give an update on Drew which is a painfully difficult thing to do at this time. Due to his severe brain injury his progress will be extremely slow. Therefore we ask that you be patient as we have to be. Know Drew is trying and getting stronger everyday. He is planned to have surgery in the near future to put back the piece of his skull that was removed during his craniotomy. We will update you after this occurs. As always, please keep Drew in your thoughts and prayers.
Last week we had a fundraiser at The Melting Pot. We had a great turn out and hoping for a larger turn out this weekend at Bluelight Bar. This Saturday November 23rd 2013, Bluelight bar 3251 N. Western Ave is holding an event in effort to raise money for Drew. This money will contribute to his medical bills and any help he will need during his recovery. The event begins at 7pm and goes until 1am. The bar stays open until 5am after. There will be a silent auction for two round-trip airfare to anywhere in the continental US. Also a raffle that will include many great prizes such as gift cards, bull's tickets, and much more. This event is twenty-one and older. There will be catered food by Chipotle, and a $40 premium cocktail package for three hours. We really hope you can come out and support Drew in his time of need. Thank you for you continued support, prayers and donation. Everything means so much to the Williams family. Hope to see each and every one of you at Bluelight Bar this Saturday! Please forward this information to everyone that would be interested in participating. Thank you!
Drew remains in a coma in the ICU at Lurie Children's Hospital. He was very ill when he was admitted there, having to fight off pneumonia, low blood pressure and high fevers, all which when combined are hard to regulate because of the complexity of his condition and the side effects of all the different medications. Drew has battled hard through this and the hospital staff have done an awesome job at tweaking and weaning off his medications to bring him to a stable condition. Drew physically looks better and better each day and we are proud of the strong young man that he is!!
Due to Drew's head injury his body does not automatically fight off infections as normal people do. With his weakened immune system, we are taking precaution to protect him and not allowing visitors at this time. Please continue to pray for Drew!!!! It keeps him, his family and friends strong.
Love Mom & Dad
Chipotle for Drew!
In honor of Drew's love for Mexican food, Chipotle Mexican Grill is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday November 13th for Lane Tech Students and the Roscoe Village Community at
Riverview Plaza Shopping Center
3312 North Western Avenue Chicago
From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 1/2 of all proceeds will be donated to Drew's Recovery Fund. Come out and LET'S EAT!!!
*The flyer for the this event is necessary at the time of purchase in order to contribute to Drew's Recovery Fund. The flyer can be obtained by emailing DMWRecovery@gmail.com and by "Drew Crew" members who will be distributing them outside of the establishment day of.
Because he melts our hearts, there will be another fundraiser for Drew held at The Melting Pot located at 609 N Dearborn in Down Town Chicago for Drew's recovery fund. The $20/person special will include soft drinks to go along with the traditional cheese and chocolate fondue that The Melting Pot is known and loved for. It will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm Sunday November 17th. Drew's family and best friends look forward to seeing you there.
All are welcome!
Please call The Melting Pot to let them know how many people will be in your party. 312-573-0011
We sincerely appreciate all of the help and support. We look forward to seeing you there. Go Team!
Today there will be a fundraiser held at The Melting Pot located in down town Chicago for Drew's recovery fund. The $20/person special will include soft drinks to go along with the traditional cheese and chocolate fondue that The Melting Pot is known and loved for. It will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Our family was notified of the kind gesture just recently, so we apologize for the late notice. We sincerely appreciate all of the help and support. We look forward to seeing you there. Go Team!
I wish we could give the world an update on Drew every day however his it is difficult to communicate the evolving state of his condition. Although Drew remains in a coma, yesterday he was discharged from Christ Hospital's trauma treatment center and a transfer to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago was approved. After spending several hours in his new room he was rushed to Children's Memorial Hospital because it was suspected that he developed another infection. He is in the intensive care unit, in isolation and under heavy supervision. We ask that you all continue to pray and we thank you again for your prayers, thoughts and support.
As I sit here with our fighter Drew, I thought I'd take a moment to share an update with our friends & family. Drew is now medically stable and he is getting ready for the next steps in his recovery journey. Each brain injury is unique, so it is still hard to determine what the extent and success of his recovery will be, but our family remains hopeful that Drew will continue to fight through all obstacles. Drew is now allowed to have visitors again and is on the 5th floor of the main hospital. Drew would love to feel all of your energy surrounding him!! Keep the love and prayers coming because they make all the difference! Thank you!!
Love, his biggest sister Ashley
Dear Recovery Family, we sincerely appreciate all of your prayers and support. It gives us strength through this extremely difficult time. Drew is no longer considered critical but still remains in a coma. His life is no longer threatened by brain swelling. The extent of his recovery is unknown to us and his doctors however remains entirely in Gods hands. He is currently in isolation due to pneumonia and only family is allowed to visit at this time. We read every card and message to him which we believe gives him inner strength as he prepares for this marathon we call recovery.
It has been one week since my nephew Drew suffered a head injury during his football game. He still remains in a coma that is not medically induced. Yesterday was the first positive sign he showed when the doctor took off the ventilator and Drew was able to breathe on his own. He still at times may need the vent as they need to ween him off slowly. Today he was off the vent again. Drew is taking s...mall steps towards his recovery. They have told us they believe the brain swelling is decreasing slightly.Tomorrow they will do a CT scan to check that.
This healing will all take time and the doctors keep saying Drew is in a marathon not a sprint!
The Williams family would whole heartily like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support!! We really want you, Drew, to wake up and show us that beautiful smile.
Sincerely with love, Auntie Kris
Drew is still critical in a coma that is not medically induced. He is on a vent through his tracheotomy which was surgically placed tonight. He also had a feeding tube placed. We all have hope that Drew's condition will improve day by day. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for all of your thoughts, prayers, love, and generosity through this extremely difficult time. Please continue to pray for Drew's recovery.
Written by auntie Kris
Many thanks to everyone who has shown support for my brother Drew Michael. The nurses said that his vitals increase when my parents are in room. He can feel us! He can feel us all rooting for him. #prayfordrew
Drew suffered severe head trauma during his high school football game on Friday October 4, 2013. He was admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois immediately following the incident undergoing emergency surgery to extract a portion of his skull to relieve pressure. For updates on Drew's recovery and to leave words of encouragement, please visit and Like the Drew Williams Recovery
page on Facebook.
The site you are currently on is to help relieve Drew and his family of some of the financial burden by raising funds to help with medical bills, expenses related to staying with Drew at the hospital, and overall expenses for Drew's longterm care.
If you are able, please spread the word and donate. No donation is too small - every little bit helps!
***All donations are considered Charitable Contributions for Tax filing purposes***
Handwritten checks should be made out to Drew Williams Recovery Foundation 501c3