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Mandi Marie  WARREN, MI
My dad is the driver that accidently hit a boy with his truck, as he got out to see if the child was okay he was jumped by at least 11 people. He was rushed to the hospital barely surviving. He has been in a medically induced coma for almost a week and may suffer long term damage to his brain. My dad has no insurance and is still hospitalized. Please help our family raise money to pay his medical expenses. Mail donations to P.O. Box 761 Warren MI 48090 
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Update 8
Posted by Mandi Emerick
28 months ago
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Hello everyone, Mandi here, My dad gave me a letter he wrote on Sunday that he would like me to say on here. So here it goes:

Today is Sunday August 3rd and tomorrow I go back to work. I have no damage to my mind and body I am just fine. Its been a long wait for the OK from the doctors. Its finally here, tomorrow I will finally get my life back. Well I just have to thank all the THOUSANDS of people from all over teh world that gave me their love and support with there words and their donations. When I think of everyone that was there for me it brings me to tears to feel what I only can describe as love from strangers. I really don't know how to write my feelings in words to show what all of you people have made me feel, which was important, and special. I have NEVER felt so connected to so many people. Some of the get well cards from the elementary school, their words of a child but wisdom was the same as a grown adult. All were raising me above the wrong that was done to me. When the whole world is on your side its a great feeling. My side is that I stopped to help the kid that ran into the side of my truck, he would have died if i hit him with the front. We both have a lot to be thankful for. I do not use computers my daughter does. So that's why you don't hear from me more. I like to write more but its hard to write about things that I feel. But please with all my heart I want people to know every time I go over the support I have received I cry like a new born baby waiting to experience thier fullness of life. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I'll always remember all of you loving people. Thank you to Debbie Hughes who threw her body over mine to stop the crowd from killing me, she sure is a brave woman. Also, thank you to all the medical people that surrounded me. I notice people in the medical field are all angels here to make other peoples life continue. Without them, where would we go? Thank you to the people at St. Johns hospital, thank you to the people at DMC Rehab facility. Everything about what happen to me was worth it to feel the pure love of mankind in it's purist form. People are love, and I love you all. Thank you.
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Update 7
Posted by Mandi Emerick
31 months ago
Cute little flipagram for my dad. Check it out if you can :) http://flipagram.com/f/x39A28wcUQ
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Update 6
Posted by Mandi Emerick
31 months ago
I need to clear the air on some things that have been said about my family. Last night a reporter from fox 2 reported a story about my brother implying that he stole fundraising money to go to the strip club. That is IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM TRUE! My brother has no access to any fundraising money, NONE AT ALL, my sister and I meet with the people hosting the fundraiser and let them know that I am in control of my dad's money being the oldest of the siblings. Nobody but myself and my lawyer can touch that money. Checks are made out to my fathers name or the trust fund itself. My brother was at winners bar for only about an hour on Saturday between 4-5pm so he wasn't there when everyone started showing up or any money was handed to anyone. I cannot believe they would air something like this and accuse him of something without any proof other then a women from the strip club saying he came from a fundraiser. THATS IT! I'm not saying it's right that he spent his unemployment check there or that he was there to begin with but to make these kind of accusations on my brother and bashing my family name with his poor choices is completely unfair. Every cent is protected and none of any type of donation has gone anywhere but the bank! We are waiting on Medicaid to respond as well as other crime victim programs for assistance. I've lost a lot of respect for fox 2 for reporting such garbage and the fact that my mother and myself asked that reporter to not air something like that. This is the last thing we need right now as if were not going through enough. I hope people believe me when I say that it was not fundraiser money and I hope this doesn't change how people feel about my dad's recovery. We love our father and wouldn't ever steal a dime from him.
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Update 5
Posted by Mandi Emerick
31 months ago
Update on my dad's condition. On Friday April 25 a doctor from RIM rehab center in Detroit came to evaluate my dad to see if he was able to go to their institute. He was approved and accepted :) He will be transferred there sometime this week we were told hopefully tomorrow April 29th. RIM is one of the top rehab centers at DMC hospital that specializes in neurological damage and memory injuries. I am beyond excited to have him out of the ICU and into a setting where everyone is dedicated to his success. I hope with time there he will regain his personality and memories as well as motor skills. The recovery journey has begun and we are all hoping for the best. Please continue to send good vibes to our family, your support has been overwhelming and appreciated. Thank you all so very much.
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Jean Erma
18 months ago

This is wonderful news. When this first happened, I was afraid there would be permanent damage. God is indeed good. We were more than happy to help you. I think all of us wished we could have done more. I was only able to give a little but I made it a monthly donation. We are all impressed with how your family handled this situation. They made sure their day got the care that was needed. Enjoy your second chance at life. It could have turned out so much worse. But thanks be to God you made it through with no permanent damage. That's the miracle. May God continue to bless you and keep you and your family strong and as close as they are today. Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Al Hirschhorn
28 months ago

Mandi Marie, I'm delighted that your dad was well enough to resume work. I am proud of my fellow-Americans whose generosity has provided just under $200,000. I'm also proud to have made multiple donations. I hope the amount raised was enough to cover your ALL of your family's expenses. God Bless you and your family, Al

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Lori Macklem-Petzold
28 months ago

Steve, i am so glad to hear you went back to work and have resumed your normal life. Your incident affected me deeply and i was praying for a full recovery! May God bless you and your family!

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Lynn Dobson
28 months ago

I am thrilled to hear of your miraculous recovery. I know it's been a long road and you've worked very hard. What is truly wondrous is that out of the horrific ordeal you endured has come a miraculous ending and the beginning of a new life that has shown all of us the wonder of the human spirit and the kindness that we are all capable of. God bless you, Steve, and God bless that amazing woman who saved you. Peace be with you all.

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Nancy House
28 months ago

Steve I have prayed for your full recovery every day since I saw the report about you on Channel 7. What a wonderful letter you have written! Thank God for your recovery, I am sure it was a lot of hard work. Stay strong Steve, you have a lot of people standing with you every day!,

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Hilda Ward
28 months ago

Your letter made me cry. Thank you for writing it. It is wonderful to know that you are doing so well. Thank God! Enjoy your life.

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Gerald Hastings
28 months ago

Thanks for the update. I had no idea he had improved so much. Back to work!! I imagine he's happier than he has ever been to go back to work. Mandi you are an inspiration. You never resorted to hate speech although you would have been justified. You took the high road instead. That shows the values and integrity your parents instilled in you. God bless

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Linda Wold
28 months ago

Great follow-up to horrifying story! Super example of how "goodness" will always trump "evil."

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Pauline Vadasy
28 months ago

Praise God in all things. Thanking God you are well again and able to work. Prayer works wonders. Know that you are always loved. If no one else seems to love you, God always has and always will. Good luck and God bless you and your family.

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Cindy Swingle Kealey
28 months ago

I have been following this very close. I am SO happy everything has turned out great!

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Donna LeVasseur
28 months ago

Steve, I'm so happy to hear that you are on the mend....so happy...I will keep you and your children in my prayers. (your kids are phenomenal-you raised them well!)

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William Rikard
28 months ago

Awesome news!

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Tim Burks
28 months ago

Wonderful news. Glad that Fred is physically recovering. Everyone was completely outraged at this tragedy and you had the support of a nation. Blessings to you and your wonderful children who set the standard for what children should be.

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Nancy Cusumano
28 months ago

Mr. Utash, You're very welcome. You don't have to thank us. What happened to you was an outrage and I feel people knew that and that is why we wanted to help you. And thanks should go to your children, too. Thy played a big part in this whole tragedy and they didn't waste any time getting help for you. You should be very proud of them. I am so happy to hear you have no permanent damage. You have been on my mind everyday waiting for you to be the same man you once were and I'm glad you got there. Sincerely, NJC

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Shelley Bedzyk
28 months ago

Great news! So happy for you and your family...May The Lord bless you for many more years

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William Bowen
28 months ago

Mandi, this is FANTASTIC news!! Give your dad my best, and yes, it is amazing what medical science can do these days. May you, your Dad and your entire family stay healty and happy.

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Wendy Williams
28 months ago

This is the best news I've heard in a long while! I'm so happy for you and your family. You are truly blessed! :-)

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Cindy Martz
28 months ago

Beautiful words and Thank you! You are a blessing to more people than you will ever know.

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Mary Ann Griffin
28 months ago

thank you for the beautiful letter mr utash.i am so happy you have recovered and you are going to be ok!!I prayed and worried about you and your family.thank you so much mandi for letting me know.bless you all.love mary ann

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Jenny Lafayette
28 months ago

This just brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for your recovery Steve. This story touched my heart more than any story ever. I can see how much love you have in your heart and how much love you and your family has for one another. I am happy your feeling better and returning to work. I hope it was a great day back. Thank you for the update.

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Jean Erma
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This is wonderful news. When this first happened, I was afraid there would be permanent damage. God is indeed good. We were more than happy to help you. I think all of us wished we could have done more. I was only able to give a little but I made it a monthly donation. We are all impressed with how your family handled this situation. They made sure their day got the care that was needed. Enjoy your second chance at life. It could have turned out so much worse. But thanks be to God you made it through with no permanent damage. That's the miracle. May God continue to bless you and keep you and your family strong and as close as they are today. Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Al Hirschhorn
28 months ago

Mandi Marie, I'm delighted that your dad was well enough to resume work. I am proud of my fellow-Americans whose generosity has provided just under $200,000. I'm also proud to have made multiple donations. I hope the amount raised was enough to cover your ALL of your family's expenses. God Bless you and your family, Al

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Lori Macklem-Petzold
28 months ago

Steve, i am so glad to hear you went back to work and have resumed your normal life. Your incident affected me deeply and i was praying for a full recovery! May God bless you and your family!

+ Read More
Lynn Dobson
28 months ago

I am thrilled to hear of your miraculous recovery. I know it's been a long road and you've worked very hard. What is truly wondrous is that out of the horrific ordeal you endured has come a miraculous ending and the beginning of a new life that has shown all of us the wonder of the human spirit and the kindness that we are all capable of. God bless you, Steve, and God bless that amazing woman who saved you. Peace be with you all.

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Nancy House
28 months ago

Steve I have prayed for your full recovery every day since I saw the report about you on Channel 7. What a wonderful letter you have written! Thank God for your recovery, I am sure it was a lot of hard work. Stay strong Steve, you have a lot of people standing with you every day!,

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Hilda Ward
28 months ago

Your letter made me cry. Thank you for writing it. It is wonderful to know that you are doing so well. Thank God! Enjoy your life.

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Gerald Hastings
28 months ago

Thanks for the update. I had no idea he had improved so much. Back to work!! I imagine he's happier than he has ever been to go back to work. Mandi you are an inspiration. You never resorted to hate speech although you would have been justified. You took the high road instead. That shows the values and integrity your parents instilled in you. God bless

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Linda Wold
28 months ago

Great follow-up to horrifying story! Super example of how "goodness" will always trump "evil."

+ Read More
Pauline Vadasy
28 months ago

Praise God in all things. Thanking God you are well again and able to work. Prayer works wonders. Know that you are always loved. If no one else seems to love you, God always has and always will. Good luck and God bless you and your family.

+ Read More
Cindy Swingle Kealey
28 months ago

I have been following this very close. I am SO happy everything has turned out great!

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Donna LeVasseur
28 months ago

Steve, I'm so happy to hear that you are on the mend....so happy...I will keep you and your children in my prayers. (your kids are phenomenal-you raised them well!)

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William Rikard
28 months ago

Awesome news!

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Tim Burks
28 months ago

Wonderful news. Glad that Fred is physically recovering. Everyone was completely outraged at this tragedy and you had the support of a nation. Blessings to you and your wonderful children who set the standard for what children should be.

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Nancy Cusumano
28 months ago

Mr. Utash, You're very welcome. You don't have to thank us. What happened to you was an outrage and I feel people knew that and that is why we wanted to help you. And thanks should go to your children, too. Thy played a big part in this whole tragedy and they didn't waste any time getting help for you. You should be very proud of them. I am so happy to hear you have no permanent damage. You have been on my mind everyday waiting for you to be the same man you once were and I'm glad you got there. Sincerely, NJC

+ Read More
Shelley Bedzyk
28 months ago

Great news! So happy for you and your family...May The Lord bless you for many more years

+ Read More
William Bowen
28 months ago

Mandi, this is FANTASTIC news!! Give your dad my best, and yes, it is amazing what medical science can do these days. May you, your Dad and your entire family stay healty and happy.

+ Read More
Wendy Williams
28 months ago

This is the best news I've heard in a long while! I'm so happy for you and your family. You are truly blessed! :-)

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Cindy Martz
28 months ago

Beautiful words and Thank you! You are a blessing to more people than you will ever know.

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Mary Ann Griffin
28 months ago

thank you for the beautiful letter mr utash.i am so happy you have recovered and you are going to be ok!!I prayed and worried about you and your family.thank you so much mandi for letting me know.bless you all.love mary ann

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Jenny Lafayette
28 months ago

This just brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for your recovery Steve. This story touched my heart more than any story ever. I can see how much love you have in your heart and how much love you and your family has for one another. I am happy your feeling better and returning to work. I hope it was a great day back. Thank you for the update.

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