11/1/2012 Words from Jason's dad.
Wow!!! Where do I begin. Growing up in suburban America, you never think of the community you grew up in. You went to school, played sports, hung out with your friends, and you felt comfortable. something happens in that community, you no longer live there, but you have family that does. You think, what can I do to help your loved one in a community you have lost some touch with. You start to communicate and re-connect with old friends and people who knew you when. Your old friends reach out, offer assistance , and you accept.
thanks from the bottom of my heart to the following:
my wife Debbie - this has been incredibly difficult journey and we have many travels to go - stay with me as you have, life will return to normal. I promise, I love you.
Kevin & Laura F. - What can I say, tears flow as i write this. You have given me the opportunity to tell Jason's inspirational story of determination and tenacity. old friends never go away and old friendships forged years ago never die. Our families will be tied forever through Christ The King, Montini, and the tragic events of July 22nd. Anytime, anywhere, anything you need, I am there old friend.
firefighters & paramedics of Lombard - although a treasured life was lost, another was saved. Be proud, job well done, i cannot express enough thanks and appreciation for your valor, bravery, and the risks you take to make a community safe
Sarah S. & Josh S. - IT is nice to see people like you, get the whole story. The TRUTH to the story, and putting it so eloquently.
Outstanding job, I hope you both reach your dreams in your careers.
Relatives - thanks for listening, i tend to go off sometimes. i am still here and stronger than ever.
Boatin buddies - What a wild group of caring, supportive, and fun people. A man like me is so very lucky to have friends like you.
To the general public and anyone i may have missed - The generosity and support over the last 97 days has been incredible.
The Westin event was the topper. People from Lombard and surrounding suburbs, even an old friend who drove 100 miles, Joe it was great to see you. The Village of Lombard public officials who honestly do care about their community and see to it that the people know they are there to serve.
We have made a dent in the mounting bills and will continue to see to it that Jason heals and gets what he needs to get back to normal.
I will always and forever bleed Lilac Purple.
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.
Bob Cassidy - Dad
Credit cards will be accepted.
Big Benefit TONIGHT! Jason will be there to say thank you to all!
Where : Westin Hotel Lombard Illinois
When : 6:30 - 8:30
$30 donation at the door
Silent aution (Bull tix, TV, Autographed items
Many Door prizes
Hope To See you all there. Thank you all so much for your continued support.
Michael Horsky and the Jason Cassidy Family
Oct 16 - Had a game night with Jason over the weekend. He is getting back to his normal self as far as attitude. It was good to hear him laugh and hold a conversation. He was fitted for a burn suit and will have to wear that for 23 hours a day for 1 year to help with the scars tissue. There will be a benefit on Monday October 29th 7 pm in Lombard at the Westin hotel. If you need more information email me (Mike Horsky) at Mike.Horsky@gamil.com
Thank you all for your support!
Donations can be made to the Jason Cassidy Trust c/o American Charter Bank, 1199 E. Higgings Road, Schaumburg, IL 60913 or online at youcaring.com or gofundme.com/jasoncassidy.
The Lombard fundraiser will be at the Westin Hotel and Conference Center Oct. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a minimum donation of $30 per person is requested. Anyone interested in attending can contact Laura Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (630) 426-0621.
We Hit our initial goal of $1000.00 WOW! Thank you all soooooo much. We have Jason at home but the expense keep coming so we raised our goal. There is a benefit at the WESTIN Hotel in Lombard, Il on Oct 29. 6:30-8:30. More details to follow
Sept 21, Tina and I went to see Jason on Sunday. He is doing well! Cannot stand fully straight because of all the new skin. Needs to strech it out still. We brought him and family food and enjoyed the company. He was talking about what had happened and how hard it is to keep moving forward but he is determined to get back to 100%. With each passing day things get better, but the road is slow and painful. Jason is putting is alot of work to achieve his goals and really appreciates everyone who had reached out to lend him a hand in his struggles! Thank you all!
Sept 16 - Jason starts actual Physical Therapy on Monday. He was given home exercises to help stretch the graft sights. We have set up some rope from the ceiling so he can work on his range of motion with his arms. Lots of stretching, and not at all pleasant. Jason is determined to get back to his normal self. Jason went on his first road trip for a bar-b-que. He ate well and was happy to get out of the house and see more of his family. Yes, he can fit one shoe on his right foot. The left foot is going to take some time. We remain committed to Jason and his quest to get his life back. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and donations!
Sept 14 --- It's been a long few days. Jason and his father work well as a team getting ready for the shower. We found out it is easier to unwrap than to cut off the bandages. Jason is in good spirits and looking forward to his evaluation at re-hab. His appetite has returned and hope his parents can keep enough groceries in the house. He is amazed at the support he has been receiving from friends, family, and the community. We remain strong for a better future and quick healing. Also look out for a future fundraiser in Lombard on Oct 29th. Details soon....
Sept 9 - After a GREAT Fundraiser at CAPS bar and grill in Villa Park last night , today was a busy day. We did his dressing during Da Bears VICTORY today. Jason told me his pain level is around 4 today. He is doing his best to make himself comfortable in his new environment.We had a great Sunday dinner and it was nice to see him eat a LARGE plate of food.
Jason made it home on Friday 9/7. He is glad to be home but has alot of physical therapy to do. We are looking for a rehab center that will accept him. Otherwise at home he will have to work hard on his own to keep everything streched out, meaning all the new skin that was replaced. Not an easy job being is is like a large scab everytime it stretches until it heals it cracks and bleads and is painful. So that is the long road to recovery he still faces. Thank you all again for all your thoughts and prayers.
Jason is out of ICU and in a regular room for a few days until we get his re-hab transfer worked out. His appetite has returned. He has pain when he walks because of all the skin grafts. He is in good spirits and is anxious to get started with re-hab. Thank you everyone. He would like to be at the Benefit on Saturday but need to concentrate on re-hab. He is looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you again and saying thank you in person!
8/30 Jason's trach tube is gone. he is totally independent of machines and IV bags. Another big plus. He had a great appetite for dinner. Things are really looking up. He got out of the chair with little assistance, still very weak, but he did it mostly on his own. He is getting less and less meds now as well. Thanks again to everyone's prayers. We can proudly say, he is out of the woods. Also has is sense of humor back and is looking to date some of, OK all of the FEMALE nurses and PT people.
There will be a Benefit for Jason on Saturday September 8 at
Caps Bar & Grill
347 W. St. Charles Rd. ,
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
For a $10 donation to the Jason Cassidy Disability Trust, you will get $3 you call it's for the rest of the evening (not including shots). There will be a split the pot drawing, and we will also be selling raffle tickets and giving away many great prizes! All money raised will go directly to Jason's recovery process.
Thank you all.
Photo of Jason and his mom Debbie on Monday 8/27
8/29 Today was a bump in the road. With medication adjustment and the eating of "real" food. he is having some trouble keeping food down. Faith and time will heal this issue as well. Trach tube is still on track to come out tomorrow.
8/28 Amazing day for Jason. He is off the ventilator completely and he no longer has a feeding tube. He is talking more and he is trying to get a date with the nurses. If i can get the details worked out, he could be in a rehab center by early next week, Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support.
8/23 Jason had a busy day. he walked with assistance, sat in a chair, and had family around most of the day to talk with. When we got there, he was tired and sleeping. Rest is what he needs. No surgery scheduled for now. We need his body to gain strength.
Jason is doing better everyday. They put a valve into his breathing tube so that he is now able to talk. Check out the donate page for more information and updated on his condition. Thank you all for your donations. Everything helps even $1.00.
8/22 Jason was full of energy today. he is now breathing completely on his own. he stood up during therapy and sat in a normal chair and played video games for a half hour. Jason can now speak as well. He expends a lot of energy to do this so he is still very weak. He expended a lot of energy to survive and now it is time to build his strength back. He can also drink and eat. i know he can drink, he went through 2 bottles of Gatorade. the process is slow and he still has a long way to go. but, positive signs are showing everyday. We thank God, family and our friends for helping our son survive this ordeal.
We have had our first donation and we are off and running towards our goal. Any amount will help cause when it is all pooled together it becomes great that its parts!
On July 22nd, a tragic fire was set following a birthday party. Jason Cassidy survived, but is still in critical condition at Loyola Medical Center. Burns cover 40% of his body and he has undergone several surgeries to start repairing the damage. His recovery is slow but progressing. Like many young people, health insurance wasn't top priority. To help Jason with his fight, a benefit has been planned to raise money to help pay medical bills so that Jason can continue to heal. Let's rally together and
show Jason all the support he has!!
8/18 Jason is still battling. Another infection has come. We pray each night very hard for his recovery. He was not as active today. but, we did see better arm movement. To all his friends that want to see him, please be patient. He needs this time to get his strength back and to fight of the infections. Thanks to all for their support. We truely appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.
Link to news stories posted in the Daily Herald of Dupage County, Illinois.