Nathan Bloch's Stroke Recovery Fund

$27,717 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 254 people in 35 months
Charlie Giordano
on behalf of Maribeth Doherty
 TORRANCE, CA
On March 12th of this year at around 11:30 PM, I received a phone call straight out of a nightmare. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to learn; that my best friend was receiving brain surgeryl and had less than a 40% chance of survival. Nathan Bloch, my best friend since freshman year who I had just graduated high school with a few months before, had suffered from an intense stroke caused by a condition known as AVM. That evening, Nathan beat the odds and came out of surgery in a coma state. Since then, Nathan has made tremendous progress. After what seemed like an eternity in sedation, Nathan slowly progressed into a state where he could squeeze our hands and open his eyes. After a multitude of other life saving operations and procedures at UCLA, he finally pulled through. However, Nathan's body had sacrificed a great deal of strength and ability. As we enter August, we are coming up on 6 months since the stroke and although Nathan has reached some huge milestones, he still has a long way to go. Some of his language has returned and he is able to express his familiarity with the past but he is still not remotely close to who he was before. He cannot be alone and requires constant, diligent care that ensures his safety and well being. His parents have fought tooth and nail for the best care but at the moment, the insurance companies are becoming less and less willing to supply Nathan with the capital for a recovery as extensive as one needs in his situation. At the moment, this is Nathan's most pressing dilemma. He is currently at a terrific subacute rehabilitation facility in the O.C. area but come friday, 08/05 (tomorrow), he is being discharged and has nowhere to go. The insurance company is not even willing to put him into a nursing home. We are asking you to help us raise funds to keep Nathan in a proper facility where he will be given the kind of intensive care he is in such desperate need of. To have him back home is not an option and to have him in a medical facility that does not provide the special care he needs is far from ideal at this time. Nathan is like a brother to me and not having him around the last few months has been hard enough. Knowing he will not be given the treatment he is in such great need of is something neither I nor his family and close friends can bear. He has played such a powerful role in so many of our lives as a tremendously thoughtful and loving friend, boyfriend, son, teacher, therapist, and philosopher. Thank you for your taking the time to give Nathan's situation some thought. He means the world to us.
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Nathan has a lot going for him in the New Year thanks to the generosity all of you provided throughout the last 11 months. N8 is at a new facility, Ryan's Reach, in Tuston where he is continuing to make small, but important and vital steps in his recovery. He is pretty mobile these days and enjoys outings with friends and family to restaurants and movies. We got him together with some of his closest friends over the holidays at my house and had a really good time hanging out as an entire group in a familiar/non-hospital setting. Nathan's short term memory is still lacking, but his brain continues to redevelop and heal in ways that make me very optimistic. The most important thing of course is that N8 is happy. He is remarkably joyful and full of love and sympathy. We are so appreciative of all that you were able to do this last year. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year and let me know if you are curious about any other details regarding N8 or perhaps you would like to visit him!
Nathan featuring his fan club
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N8Dawg in his room out in Mission Viejo, where he is now living, with his new Ricky and Morty fan art our good friend Lucas drew up for him. Nathan loved it. Yesterday is walking great now and making progress in regards to his communication skills. We hung out for quite few hours yesterday and it felt a lot like old times. Many laughs and singing Beatles songs. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
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Go check out my facebook to see a video of Nathan running. He is making so much progress at Center for NeuroSkills in Bakersfield.
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After enduring arguably the hardest month of their lives, Nathan's parents have landed him a spot at one of the best neuroscience rehab facilities in SoCal. He is now living and undergoing therapies at Center For Neuroskills in Bakersfield. Today, his brother Andy visited and was very impressed with the level and intensity of therapies taking place. He thinks Nathan will benefit highly from this experience. N8, his family, his friends and myself included are very moved by everyones efforts that have provided a tremendous security net during this hardship. I still can't believe we have raised 18k on here alone. I will continue to update you all as we keep moving forward with Nathan's recovery and hope many of you will get the chance to see him down the road here when he returns to a more regular lifestyle. All of your contributions big and small are tremendous displays of compassion and support. All of us close to Nathan, going through this tough experience thank you with the upmost gratitude for all you have done. Without your support and donations, there would be so much more uncertainty. Most of Nathan's dearest pals have left for school by now, but I made it down with Maddie and Dan to see him while he was in Orange last week and we had a great visit. Although somethings are still not entirely clear to Nate, he is still very much himself. I live for the moments when he laughs hard like he used to with me in his blue room and suddenly, it feels like we are back in high school and just two young dudes trying to figure out how we feel about this wild world we live in. Nathan is such a great person and for all of you that haven't crossed paths with him yet in life, I really wish I could put into words the way Nathan has changed my life and how much I love him. He means the world to me and so many others. He is such a legendary personality and I am glad his story is crossing borders and entering others lives. Only if you all could of seen him just a year ago. Such a sharp and witty young man. Even though he can't put me in my place with words like he used to, time to time he gives me a look that reminds me to shut up, but also reassures me that he is just as spunky now as ever before. When he came into my life, I was such a different person than I was after knowing him for a month. I hope you all get to experience a friendship as deep as Nathan and I's someday. When I leave his room, we give each other a hug and fist bump and then, I tell him I love him and he tells me the same. Not too many guys tell each other that but I think we should. You never know when life is going to chuck a stroke at you. I will be forever thankful of the memories I have with Nathan and even more thankful for the ones that are to come. Peace and Love !
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Kathleen Schimandle Wright
34 months ago
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Over $20K wood-hooo. St. Bede's Class of '68 is awesome. Thanks Martha Cain for getting the gang motivated. Not only dollars but great influx of prayer and positive wishes. XXXX Kathy Schimandle Wright

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Suzanne Cockrell
35 months ago
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Dear Maribeth, I can sympathize with your pain in a very personal way. My lovely son, Will, suffered an anoxic brain injury during chemotherapy. Thus began a twenty year journey to find and provide the absolute best and most compassionate care available. This included taking the state of NJ to court and winning. I, too, had cancer during this time. Your son is a beautiful young man, and I wish him every benefit and blessing on his path to recovery. I will hold the kindest of thoughts for him, and for all of you. Stay strong, and let determination and love outweigh fear and grief. It has been a long time, but please believe that my heart and friendship follow you down this difficult road. All the best, Suzanne Hamilton

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Makinzie Provost
35 months ago

Hi! It won't let me donate!

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Maribeth Doherty
35 months ago

Hey Charlie,Went to Harmony Yoga's website and FB page and couldn't find anything about Mara's fundraiser.

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$27,717 of $150,000 goal

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Created August 3, 2016
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$100
Michael Learned
10 months ago
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Keep going Nathan. You are a pure hearted young man. Brave and willing. And we have some good laughs.

$10
Bob Whitt
23 months ago
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$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
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SO
$20
Sara O.
24 months ago
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TB
$500
The Bittens
25 months ago
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TK
$1,000
Tim Keenan
27 months ago
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I had no idea this happened to Nathan. Just found out. I wish you well Nathan!

DS
$20
Duane Shell
29 months ago
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Tim Beavers
29 months ago
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CP
$100
Candace Peterson-Kahn
29 months ago
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This is the time to help each other. I want to join the circle of friends embracing Maribeth, Nathan and Andy with a symbol of my love.

Kathleen Schimandle Wright
34 months ago
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Over $20K wood-hooo. St. Bede's Class of '68 is awesome. Thanks Martha Cain for getting the gang motivated. Not only dollars but great influx of prayer and positive wishes. XXXX Kathy Schimandle Wright

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Suzanne Cockrell
35 months ago
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Dear Maribeth, I can sympathize with your pain in a very personal way. My lovely son, Will, suffered an anoxic brain injury during chemotherapy. Thus began a twenty year journey to find and provide the absolute best and most compassionate care available. This included taking the state of NJ to court and winning. I, too, had cancer during this time. Your son is a beautiful young man, and I wish him every benefit and blessing on his path to recovery. I will hold the kindest of thoughts for him, and for all of you. Stay strong, and let determination and love outweigh fear and grief. It has been a long time, but please believe that my heart and friendship follow you down this difficult road. All the best, Suzanne Hamilton

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Makinzie Provost
35 months ago

Hi! It won't let me donate!

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Maribeth Doherty
35 months ago

Hey Charlie,Went to Harmony Yoga's website and FB page and couldn't find anything about Mara's fundraiser.

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