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Raised by 749 people in 29 months
A Boiling Springs High School graduate remains in a coma Tuesday after sustaining head injuries during an off-campus brawl early Sunday morning near Bloomsburg University. Police say 19-year-old Jackie Lithgow, of Carlisle, and 19-year-old Donald Hoover, of Birdsboro, were hospitalized after a fight broke out at 1:07 a.m. in an apartment on Iron Street. Both men are students at the university. Lithgow played on the Boiling Springs Bubblers basketball team for three seasons until graduating last year. Lithgow's parents wrote in a blog dedicated to their son's recovery that Lithgow was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where doctors removed large portions of his skull to relieve pressure from the swelling and bleeding in his brain. "We are told this is going to be a marathon "” not a sprint "” to recovery," the Lithgows wrote. "Details were sketchy, but we knew Jackie was the victim of a senseless act of violence and had head injuries."

If you've never met Jackie, he is the one of the nicest kids you will ever meet. His family is extremely involved with the local school district and the surrounding community. When the community heard about what happened, Twitter, Facebook and local news sites became busier than ever with the never ending flow of support from Boiling Springs for Jackie and his family. No one should have to go through what they are and your support can help them in ways words cannot describe. Your donations will go to Jackie's family for the costs that they must go through during this. Things such as gas, food, and places to stay so they are close to Jackie add up quickly. Even if you cannot donate much, every little bit helps Jackie and his family get through this marathon a little easier.

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Update 5
20 months ago
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you haven't already heard, Jackie is home for Thanksgiving!! Here is the article: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Going_home_for_the_holidays.html

Jackie and his family still have a long journey ahead of them and Jackie returning home is a huge step in the right direction. I hope everyone has a great holiday!
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Update 4
22 months ago
Hello everyone again!

It's great to see people still donating and helping to support Jackie and his family! If you weren't aware, I have set up another donation opportunity to continue to help the Lithgow family. We have set up a fundraiser with Origami Owl and an independent designer. A portion of the sales go directly to Jackie and his family. You can visit the site here: http://www.craftysuz31.origamiowl.com/parties/JackiesMarathon467367/collections.ashx
Here are examples of predesigned pieces.
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Update 3
28 months ago
It's amazing seeing all of this support coming in for Jackie and his family. Keep spreading the word and keep praying for Jackie! Make sure to keep up with his progress as well at http://prayforjackie.com/!

Thank you everyone!
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Update 2
29 months ago
Thanks everyone so far for their support for Jackie and his family! We continue to break all of our goals and I don't think we should stop anytime soon. Keep spreading the word and most importantly, keep praying for Jackie!
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Leslie Wohlbruck
19 months ago

I have followed Jackie's progress from day 1. What awesome family and friends Jackie has supporting him through this extensive journey. Although I do not know Jackie personally, I am in awe of the courage, determination and spirit he has shown us all. This story is heartbreaking but inspiring to me. When I have a down day, I immediately think of Jackie and his parents and their courage to shoulder on through adversity. Thank you for sharing your journey with the public and teaching us the true power of love.

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Kimberly Gallagher
22 months ago

As a BU alum AND a speech therapist I have been following Jackie's journey. I work in a geriatric setting, but I see daily in my own patients the kind of struggles that your family has been though. The people who ultimately do the best are the ones with strong family support and positive, motivated attitudes. From reading the blog it is clear that Jackie is a fighter and has a phenomenal support system. I'm keeping you all in my prayers and wish Everyone strength and comfort through this journey. Stay strong Jackie!

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Colleen Brady Deberardinis
22 months ago

We haven't met, I'm a bloom grad. I have been reading your blog daily and I just wanted to let you know many of us are reading and praying every day for Jackie and you both as amazing parents and caregivers. I think equal to Jackies progress and courage, I read to watch your amazing love and perseverance in action. You are an example to us all and inspire me every day. I will continue to pray for you all.

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Susan Kamaka
23 months ago

I graduated high school with Jim. I came about this blog a couple months back. I will continue to pray for Jackie...he is so blessed to have such a loving and caring family. I just read the August 30th entry. Wow...it brought me to tears. What a wonderful gift he gave to his sister...and all those who love him.

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Helen Kokemor
26 months ago

Ive been reading this blog for jackie ever since i read ths article in ths intelligencer. This is how i start my day. It gives me inspiration. Thanks for sharing the lithgow family story. I have added jackie to the pray list at chalfont united methodist church. Be strong and fight on.

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Anne Healy
26 months ago

What an inspiration you all have been! Jackie- I read your blog every day and can't even tell you how inspirational your fight has been!! There is not a day that has gone by since the end of February that your name and story has not been said! Your strength and perseverance has put my own life in perspective! Keep on fighting buddy!! You will conquer!!

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Maryann Brown Peterlin
26 months ago

Hi, I have been following your story from the beginning. I am a Bloom Grad so that is how I started. I have also been following another girl who the same week I think had a TBI from a ski accident. She just got moved to CHOP for her rehab. Phase. Everyday when I read each entry from both families I think about how you are both in Philly now and would probably like to read each other's progress. Her family has a site on caring bridge and her name is Nora Neely. I am not sure how to send the link to you but I gave her family your site to follow. Good luck!

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Donna Auchenbach-Strause
26 months ago

So glad to read of the progress Jackie has made. I had tears in my eyes as I read the latest post where he spoke "mom" and "dad". That is so beautiful. My prayers go out to the entire family as they continue on this journey.

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Ashleigh Adams
26 months ago

I am just overjoyed at the news that Jackie has found his voice! I've been keeping up with his blog and progress since this has happened and I just thank God for touching his life and healing him. My prayers continue daily for him. Much love, strength and blessings sent your way, Lithgow family. :)

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Kathy Chermak
26 months ago

My daughter is a student at Bloomsburg University and first told me about Jackie when she was home for spring break. As a mom, my heart goes out to this family and what they have endured. I read the blog every morning to find out about his progress. I have to say, the posts by Jackie's sister are so touching. My thoughts will continue to be with this family every day as they go through this journey. So happy to hear that he has finally spoken!!

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John McGill
27 months ago

So proud of Jackie's progress!! Keep going man!

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Kim Korge
27 months ago

As a former Bubbler, class of '05, I didn't personally know Jackie. However, his journey to recovery has been shared by the community that I am proud to still call home. Just yesterday, I walked around the Children's Lake with my husband, and we saw the purple and gold ribbons tied to phone polls in honor of Jackie's journey. Those ribbons were a reminder to me, to keep the Lithgow family in my thoughts and prayers because as stated many times, this is not a race, it is a marathon.

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Deneen McCormick
28 months ago

I just wanted to let you know that every morning I eagerly read Jackie’s blog. I feel like I am running downhill as fast as I can to hear the good news. I am excited to hear all about his progress. He is doing great. I know one day soon he will recover completely. I just know he will start talking and walking and eating – I can feel it. The anticipation is killing me. The days can’t go fast enough. Thanks for sharing your updates. You have so many of us praying for you and your family. Go JACKIE!!! Deneen

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Kyle Greenwood
28 months ago

I am a 2007 KU graduate and I am embarrassed. I just saw that two of the players were dismissed of charges. What kind of message does that send? I couldn't imagine what Jackie's family is going through. It doesn't matter the situation that led to this tragedy, no student should be put in a coma. I pray for his recovery. A friend at KU was viciously attacked during my last semester and luckily recovered from a brain injury as a result of the attack. I think of Jackie when I saw what my friend had to endure....such a brave young man Jackie is. I don't care if any of the perpetrators did not throw a punch, they were there and should be charged as such. Unfortunately, our justice system feels different. May God bless Jackie in his recovery. He seems to have a strong support system. Stay strong young man!

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Kelly Lucas
28 months ago

First, my sincere empathy goes out to the family and to Jackie. We don't know each other, but I feel for all of you. I'm a 2-time graduate of Bloomsburg University, and during my time at BU I have never witnessed a fight. Yet, I know over the years violence has risen on campus as well as off campus (in the community in general)... I just hope swift and severe punishment is passed on to the people responsible for nearly killing this young man. Shame on them for what they've done to you Jackie. My prayers go out to all of you. Hang tough, Be Strong. Jackie needs you all to be strong for him.

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Mark Shipman
28 months ago

Prayers continue, thank you for the continuous progress reports. We know this is a marathon and will keep praying for the best.

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Billie Kleckner
28 months ago

I heard about Jackies story from my sister. After reading the Prayers For Jackie Blog, I feel as though his mother and I have a bond. My 22 year old son suffered a TBI in December of 2013. Reading her blog I was write there with her emotionally and mentally. I would really like to speak with her. If she is willing. I am not a kook and prior to my son's accident I would never put myself out there, but God has a great way of working and it is so heavy on my heart the connection I have with her. If she is willing to speak with me she can contact me at threeoldersisters@yahoo.com. Prayers for Jackie and his family!

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Lucy Gnazzo
28 months ago

Sending love, light & prayers to all of you Lisa! Stay strong & may God Bless you with strength & healing. Hoping all the support & love that surrounds your family lifts you up in some small way. Big Hugs from Our family to yours!

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Jane Berzinec
28 months ago

Lisa, Jim and Lindsay....praying for you constantly. Sending positive thoughts and love. Hang in there Jackie.....you can do this xoxo

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Joe Hermitt
28 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Lithgows are such an incredibly nice family.

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$64,320 of $65k goal

Raised by 749 people in 29 months
Created February 26, 2014
IM
$100
Ira Meyer
9 months ago

To the Lithgow family - your family is an inspiration to all. Stay strong. My prayers are with you. - Ira Meyer (former classmate of Jim)

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SM
$1,500
Sam Gitt Memorial
12 months ago
$100
Wm.Tennent Class of 1979
16 months ago
$100
Anonymous
16 months ago
JR
$100
Janice & Chuck Roberts
17 months ago

We are thinking of you all the time.

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LB
$100
Linda Brooks
18 months ago

Keep up the improvements Jackie! We own properties on East St in Bloomsburg and we think of you often.

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$500
Anonymous
18 months ago
KW
$25
Karen Wagner
18 months ago
AM
$100
Anne Marie Mcelwee
19 months ago

Back in 2010 the members of ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA contributed funds to my family when my husband suffered a brain injury. My daughter and I have always been grateful to the kindness of ASA. Our love is with your family.

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$15
Anonymous
19 months ago
Leslie Wohlbruck
19 months ago

I have followed Jackie's progress from day 1. What awesome family and friends Jackie has supporting him through this extensive journey. Although I do not know Jackie personally, I am in awe of the courage, determination and spirit he has shown us all. This story is heartbreaking but inspiring to me. When I have a down day, I immediately think of Jackie and his parents and their courage to shoulder on through adversity. Thank you for sharing your journey with the public and teaching us the true power of love.

+ Read More
Kimberly Gallagher
22 months ago

As a BU alum AND a speech therapist I have been following Jackie's journey. I work in a geriatric setting, but I see daily in my own patients the kind of struggles that your family has been though. The people who ultimately do the best are the ones with strong family support and positive, motivated attitudes. From reading the blog it is clear that Jackie is a fighter and has a phenomenal support system. I'm keeping you all in my prayers and wish Everyone strength and comfort through this journey. Stay strong Jackie!

+ Read More
Colleen Brady Deberardinis
22 months ago

We haven't met, I'm a bloom grad. I have been reading your blog daily and I just wanted to let you know many of us are reading and praying every day for Jackie and you both as amazing parents and caregivers. I think equal to Jackies progress and courage, I read to watch your amazing love and perseverance in action. You are an example to us all and inspire me every day. I will continue to pray for you all.

+ Read More
Susan Kamaka
23 months ago

I graduated high school with Jim. I came about this blog a couple months back. I will continue to pray for Jackie...he is so blessed to have such a loving and caring family. I just read the August 30th entry. Wow...it brought me to tears. What a wonderful gift he gave to his sister...and all those who love him.

+ Read More
Helen Kokemor
26 months ago

Ive been reading this blog for jackie ever since i read ths article in ths intelligencer. This is how i start my day. It gives me inspiration. Thanks for sharing the lithgow family story. I have added jackie to the pray list at chalfont united methodist church. Be strong and fight on.

+ Read More
Anne Healy
26 months ago

What an inspiration you all have been! Jackie- I read your blog every day and can't even tell you how inspirational your fight has been!! There is not a day that has gone by since the end of February that your name and story has not been said! Your strength and perseverance has put my own life in perspective! Keep on fighting buddy!! You will conquer!!

+ Read More
Maryann Brown Peterlin
26 months ago

Hi, I have been following your story from the beginning. I am a Bloom Grad so that is how I started. I have also been following another girl who the same week I think had a TBI from a ski accident. She just got moved to CHOP for her rehab. Phase. Everyday when I read each entry from both families I think about how you are both in Philly now and would probably like to read each other's progress. Her family has a site on caring bridge and her name is Nora Neely. I am not sure how to send the link to you but I gave her family your site to follow. Good luck!

+ Read More
Donna Auchenbach-Strause
26 months ago

So glad to read of the progress Jackie has made. I had tears in my eyes as I read the latest post where he spoke "mom" and "dad". That is so beautiful. My prayers go out to the entire family as they continue on this journey.

+ Read More
Ashleigh Adams
26 months ago

I am just overjoyed at the news that Jackie has found his voice! I've been keeping up with his blog and progress since this has happened and I just thank God for touching his life and healing him. My prayers continue daily for him. Much love, strength and blessings sent your way, Lithgow family. :)

+ Read More
Kathy Chermak
26 months ago

My daughter is a student at Bloomsburg University and first told me about Jackie when she was home for spring break. As a mom, my heart goes out to this family and what they have endured. I read the blog every morning to find out about his progress. I have to say, the posts by Jackie's sister are so touching. My thoughts will continue to be with this family every day as they go through this journey. So happy to hear that he has finally spoken!!

+ Read More
John McGill
27 months ago

So proud of Jackie's progress!! Keep going man!

+ Read More
Kim Korge
27 months ago

As a former Bubbler, class of '05, I didn't personally know Jackie. However, his journey to recovery has been shared by the community that I am proud to still call home. Just yesterday, I walked around the Children's Lake with my husband, and we saw the purple and gold ribbons tied to phone polls in honor of Jackie's journey. Those ribbons were a reminder to me, to keep the Lithgow family in my thoughts and prayers because as stated many times, this is not a race, it is a marathon.

+ Read More
Deneen McCormick
28 months ago

I just wanted to let you know that every morning I eagerly read Jackie’s blog. I feel like I am running downhill as fast as I can to hear the good news. I am excited to hear all about his progress. He is doing great. I know one day soon he will recover completely. I just know he will start talking and walking and eating – I can feel it. The anticipation is killing me. The days can’t go fast enough. Thanks for sharing your updates. You have so many of us praying for you and your family. Go JACKIE!!! Deneen

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Kyle Greenwood
28 months ago

I am a 2007 KU graduate and I am embarrassed. I just saw that two of the players were dismissed of charges. What kind of message does that send? I couldn't imagine what Jackie's family is going through. It doesn't matter the situation that led to this tragedy, no student should be put in a coma. I pray for his recovery. A friend at KU was viciously attacked during my last semester and luckily recovered from a brain injury as a result of the attack. I think of Jackie when I saw what my friend had to endure....such a brave young man Jackie is. I don't care if any of the perpetrators did not throw a punch, they were there and should be charged as such. Unfortunately, our justice system feels different. May God bless Jackie in his recovery. He seems to have a strong support system. Stay strong young man!

+ Read More
Kelly Lucas
28 months ago

First, my sincere empathy goes out to the family and to Jackie. We don't know each other, but I feel for all of you. I'm a 2-time graduate of Bloomsburg University, and during my time at BU I have never witnessed a fight. Yet, I know over the years violence has risen on campus as well as off campus (in the community in general)... I just hope swift and severe punishment is passed on to the people responsible for nearly killing this young man. Shame on them for what they've done to you Jackie. My prayers go out to all of you. Hang tough, Be Strong. Jackie needs you all to be strong for him.

+ Read More
Mark Shipman
28 months ago

Prayers continue, thank you for the continuous progress reports. We know this is a marathon and will keep praying for the best.

+ Read More
Billie Kleckner
28 months ago

I heard about Jackies story from my sister. After reading the Prayers For Jackie Blog, I feel as though his mother and I have a bond. My 22 year old son suffered a TBI in December of 2013. Reading her blog I was write there with her emotionally and mentally. I would really like to speak with her. If she is willing. I am not a kook and prior to my son's accident I would never put myself out there, but God has a great way of working and it is so heavy on my heart the connection I have with her. If she is willing to speak with me she can contact me at threeoldersisters@yahoo.com. Prayers for Jackie and his family!

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Lucy Gnazzo
28 months ago

Sending love, light & prayers to all of you Lisa! Stay strong & may God Bless you with strength & healing. Hoping all the support & love that surrounds your family lifts you up in some small way. Big Hugs from Our family to yours!

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Jane Berzinec
28 months ago

Lisa, Jim and Lindsay....praying for you constantly. Sending positive thoughts and love. Hang in there Jackie.....you can do this xoxo

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Joe Hermitt
28 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Lithgows are such an incredibly nice family.

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