Thank you all once again for all of your support. Rob would not have had a home to come back to if not for such generous people. Unfortunately Rob was admitted back to the ICU on Friday, June 27 with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. He has been sedated and on the respirator going on 5 days now. Hope you can all send some positive healing energy his way.
Hello everyone, Thank you so much for all your support. Robbie got out of the hospital yesterday and has gone to stay with his parents in New jersey while we finish the work on his home. :)
We apologize for the radio silence, but we have been furiously working to get Rob's house ready for his return. The black mold sheetrock has been stripped off (thank you, Daniel & Matt), the stud walls have been cleaned (thank you, Mildew Busters), insulation and sheetrock are up and being spackled thanks to a great crew of volunteers. The bathroom was enlarged (thank you, Brian & George), electrical checked and upgraded (thank you, Ramp Electric), and bathroom plumbing totally replaced (thank you, Martin). Henry Uihlein has donated kitchen cabinets which will go in later this week. Paint, appliances and furniture have all been donated by local businesses and friends. We could never have done this without your support.
Rob is scheduled to be released from the rehab facility next Thursday (March 20), way ahead of his projected stay. He is walking, carefully and with a cane, his diabetes and psoriasis is under control and he has lost a lot of weight. He will go to stay with our parents in New Jersey for a month or so where he will be reunited with his dog, Shadow. We know they are both anxious to return home.
Our love and gratitude go out to all of you.
Hello, everyone. I hope you are all out enjoying the great weather and our beautiful ocean beaches. If you notice how clean they are today, give thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to make them that way yesterday. Thanks, guys, for caring about the place we live.
Hello everyone, This is Robbie's nephew David Elze. I set up this GoFundMe campaign to raise money to save Robbie's house while he's in recovery. At first I set a goal of $10,000 and the community met it swiftly. My mother Janice Babkin has been going over Robbie's bills though and we had to raise the goal to $25,000. to make him whole. We're already more than half way there. I'm sure we will reach are goal and be able to make Robbie's house a safe and healthy place to return home to.
If anyone in the area wants to volunteer there services or time that would be greatly appreciated.
You can contact me at 631-875-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just want to take a minute to thank everyone for being so generous and caring in my uncle, "Robbie the Welder's" time of need. You have made it possible for us to get down to the business of renovating his house so he has a clean and healthy place to come home to with out worrying that it will be taken away by the bank. We raised are goal in such a short time that it was hard for me to keep up with all the thank you's. I had set the goal of $10,000 knowing that we needed a lot more but thinking that it was a lot to ask of people. I see now the power in numbers that a hard working community can bring to a personal cause. Some one responded to my plee for help with this quote. "We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone". And you have. Robbie still has a long way to go and his GoFundMe will keep going.
Many people have offered to volunteer their time and materials so we can get this done. Myself and other friends and family have already cleaned out his house in preparation for the work. I need to ask carpenters now for help. The floors in the old section of Robbie's house were the bedrooms are, are all unlevel. We need the help of skilled carpenters to make it level before we do any major work. A good home start with a good foundation. Anyone that wants to help with that can contact me by phone. 631-875-9622 or just through facebook.
Thank you again to everyone in this amazing community.
I know we reached the Goal I set but if you wanted to and didn't yet you can still donate. Every little bit helps. We're also putting together a list of things Robbie is going to need when he moves home. The mold in his house ment that many of his this had to be thrown away so he can have a clean healthy home to return to.
We just got back from the hospital and Robbie is looking good and more importantly he is in better spirits. It really helps just to know that so many people care.
We're going to brave the snow and visit him this afternoon for his birthday. Leave a birthday wish for him here or look him up on Facebook. I'll be running that page for him to and I'll make sure he sees everyone's well wishes.
Good morning Everyone, Thank you so much for all your help and support This has been such an uplifting experience to see a community come together to help one of there own.
I got a message this morning from a friend who said she was talking to her mother and asked how she new Robbie. Her mother reply was "you're from MTk, you just know him! " I thought that said so much. He has touch the lives of so many over the years.
Thank you, everyone. We're so close to reaching the goal and it encourages me that we can do more.
This is so great everyone. What a happy valentines day. 75% of are goal met in one day. I went out some today to put fliers out and everyone I spoke to knew Robbie and had something good to say about him. Please if you know Robbie personally please share with those who don't know him. Thanks again so much for everyone's support. Not just monetary but your prayers and good wishes let Robbie know how much you care and that more than anything may speed in his recovery.
Speechless. I had to step away from the computer for a bit and when I came back you guys had flown passed the 50% mark.
WOW 40% you guys are amazing. You don't know how much this means to Robbie and his family. We can do all the work of fixing up Robbie's home, but we cant afford to pay all the bills too.
All of your generosity is making it possible for a working man to come home and live with dignity.
Good morning everyone. Thanks so much for your help and support. We reached 25% already.
Thanks everyone, we've reach the 20% mark already.
Thank you everyone who is donating. I am Robbie's nephew David Elze, It just happens to be my uncle's birthday on Saturday the 15th and we're just so grateful he's still with use and we're very grateful for your help.
Robbie the Welder
Please help "Robbie the Welder" from losing his home while he's in the hospital.
At the start of the year we almost lost Robbie Badkin. He developed a severe blood infection leading to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a fancy term for saying he couldn't breath. He was rushed to the hospital where he was put in an induced coma, with a ventilator breathing for him, for two weeks. He was given a 10% chance of survival but the docs didn't realize how tough Rob is.
Robbie, a welder by trade, know locally as just "Robbie the Welder" was able to fight off the infection.
He is now at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing where an extended stay and extensive physical therapy are necessary for his rehabilitation. In the coma he lost 70 pounds and his muscles atrophied.
We, his family, are asking for your help in getting him back home. Unfortunately the condition of his home is one of the factors that led to his health problems. Robbie's home is full of black mold from floods, including Super Storm Sandy.
Like many working class people on Long Island, Robbie never asked for hand-outs from the Government. He was more than willing when he was able to take care of himself and we, his family and friends, are more than willing to do the hard work of renovating his home so it is safe for his return, but we need help to get it done.
We're asking people who know what it's like to work hard their whole lives just to face losing everything because of health problems and mounting bills. The money we raise will go to pay for Robbie's mortgage, utilities and taxes while he is on the long road to recovery.
With heartfelt gratitude, The Badkin Family.