Ellis R. Tripp III Foundation

$3,955 of $150k goal

Raised by 56 people in 33 months
Latisha Fields  NEW BERN, NC
I had just heard my son's voice, heard him say, "Mommy I can't wait to see you, I love you", just 20 minutes prior to receiving the dreaded call.

My son Ellis R. Tripp III "My Saving Grace", was born into adversity. Only hours after his birth, doctors informed me that Ellis would have to undergo open heart surgery in order to save his life. After miraculously sustaining two open heart surgeries, Ellis' heart recovered.

Unbeknownst to the doctors' and myself, we expected Ellis to continue living the typical life of a teenager. As yearly routine checkups were essential to Ellis' health. However, two weeks following Ellis' 15th birthday, on May 19, 2013, Ellis' heart suddenly stopped while doing what he loves (playing basketball). After almost twenty minutes of no heartbeat, no oxygen, no life, the paramedics were able to resuscitate him. As a result of lack of oxygen, Ellis now suffers from an anoxic brain injury which has essentially left him in total incapacitation.

Ellis spent nearly two months in the hospital striving to reclaim life. In these moments watching my son battle and struggle for his life, I was inspired to ameliorate the situation. Bearing witness to Ellis' fight manifested my driving force: I vowed to find balance in efforts to afford him the comforts of life.

Ellis requires a vast amount of care upon his release from the hospital. Including, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical care, & all daily hygiene care. He must relearn EVERYTHING. For the past seven months my family and I have diligently been working along side therapists, doctors, and nursing staff to bring Ellis up to necessary standard for inpatient rehabilitation. We collectively accept the challenge of overcoming extreme adversities and look for a window of opportunity necessary to change his conditions, impelled through the desire to make a better life for Ellis.

It is not enough that I advocate for this chance at rehab. We are currently raising funds to possibly afford the costs of Ellis' care and the expenses for rehabilitation. Our goal is to get Ellis into rehab while continuing to keep him comfortable during his current state. *Please understand that medicaid will only afford the cost for 6 months rehabilitation once Ellis is accepted. He is looking at the least a year, if not more, of rehabilitation services.

Please assist in our endeavor. Thank you all in advance for your support, care, and concern. Check the additional links for further information and updates.

Sincerely,
As I await the moment when I'll hear my son's voice again, feel him engage & interact with me... I say in the midst of this storm, with tears of joy, THANK YOU GOD!
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Ida Evans
26 months ago

My prayer for Little Ray and the family is Thy Kingdom come and Gods will be done in his life. Rest in the might of the Lord, again I say rest!

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Evangelist Angela Reid
27 months ago

I haven't forgotten about you neither has God!! Hope all is well with you & your family. I think & pray for you each day Ellis. Keep on working hard as God process you back to full recovery! May you continue to be blessed & God's favor continue to be upon your life! Peace & Blessings! Now lord, let your spirit reach & touch others to donate the funds still needed for Ellis! In Jesus Name! Amen & It Shall Be Done! Thank You Lord!

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Shedette Pugh
32 months ago

Sending my prayers for you, your son and the rest of the family. Give it all to God and let him handle it all . The Dr.'s the Rehab, the Bill for it all And your God given child. Keep your head up and remember " He may not come when you want him but He's always on time."

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Ke'Arra Sikia
32 months ago

Hey ray you was on my heart heavy today I love you... !!! "Ellis can do all thing through Christ, that strengthens Him " !

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Harris Vo
33 months ago

So I heard one of my childhood friends was really in the worst condition but is strong and it really numbed my heart to the point. Ellis, I know that you are going to make it cause you're a stong person and with God by your side, you surely will make it so don't give up. Keep striving and growing like you were meant to do cause you will make it out of this, I will keep you in my prayers old friend,

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Crystal Elaine Ellison
33 months ago

Latisha, you are simply amazing. A mothers work is NEVER done. I ask that God continues to give you strength and wisdom to make this journey to victory, not in vein. As Ellis progressive, I will be there to celebrate his 100% because God has already promised that that day will come! I love you so much and have learned so much from you. Your friend Crystal and Bri'Yah.

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Ke'Arra Sikia
33 months ago

LOVE YOU RAY AND I WILL BE SUPPORTING YOU ! HANG IN THERE :-*

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$3,955 of $150k goal

Raised by 56 people in 33 months
Created December 15, 2013
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Jamie Harrell Smith
25 months ago

My prayers are with you and your sweet son. He is so blessed to have a mother that isn't accepting "no" or "can't" for an answer. May God bless you in your fight to advocate for your son. - (former classmate)

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Lauren Burford
26 months ago

God bless! I may not have a lot but I pray God multiplies this into a blessing you do not have room enough to receive.

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26 months ago
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26 months ago
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Ida Evans
26 months ago

My prayer for Little Ray and the family is Thy Kingdom come and Gods will be done in his life. Rest in the might of the Lord, again I say rest!

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Evangelist Angela Reid
27 months ago

I haven't forgotten about you neither has God!! Hope all is well with you & your family. I think & pray for you each day Ellis. Keep on working hard as God process you back to full recovery! May you continue to be blessed & God's favor continue to be upon your life! Peace & Blessings! Now lord, let your spirit reach & touch others to donate the funds still needed for Ellis! In Jesus Name! Amen & It Shall Be Done! Thank You Lord!

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Shedette Pugh
32 months ago

Sending my prayers for you, your son and the rest of the family. Give it all to God and let him handle it all . The Dr.'s the Rehab, the Bill for it all And your God given child. Keep your head up and remember " He may not come when you want him but He's always on time."

+ Read More
Ke'Arra Sikia
32 months ago

Hey ray you was on my heart heavy today I love you... !!! "Ellis can do all thing through Christ, that strengthens Him " !

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Harris Vo
33 months ago

So I heard one of my childhood friends was really in the worst condition but is strong and it really numbed my heart to the point. Ellis, I know that you are going to make it cause you're a stong person and with God by your side, you surely will make it so don't give up. Keep striving and growing like you were meant to do cause you will make it out of this, I will keep you in my prayers old friend,

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Crystal Elaine Ellison
33 months ago

Latisha, you are simply amazing. A mothers work is NEVER done. I ask that God continues to give you strength and wisdom to make this journey to victory, not in vein. As Ellis progressive, I will be there to celebrate his 100% because God has already promised that that day will come! I love you so much and have learned so much from you. Your friend Crystal and Bri'Yah.

+ Read More
Ke'Arra Sikia
33 months ago

LOVE YOU RAY AND I WILL BE SUPPORTING YOU ! HANG IN THERE :-*

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