Bob Veillette Support Fund
Imagine being trapped inside your own body. Your mind is still sound, your eyes and ears still function, but from your nose down you no longer control your body.
You can't speak. You can't move your arms or legs. You are unable to do anything for yourself. Expressing your thoughts, needs and desires requires blinking once for "yes," twice for "no," as someone points to letters on a sign in your line of sight.
Now imagine living that way, day after day, week after week, month after month ... for more than 10 years.
That is "Locked-In Syndrome," and that is the life Bob Veillette of Naugatuck, CT, has led since April 2006. The former veteran, journalist, runner and pianist, who played many gigs to raise money for charitable causes, now lives at home under 24/7 care by his family and medical aides. Over the years he has suffered numerous additional physical setbacks, but has bounced back from them in remarkable fashion.
Health insurance covers only so much of his care. That is why his fomrer co-workers at the Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury began the Bob Veillette 5K Road Race in October 2006 to raise money to help with is daily living expenses. Since its inception, the race has raised more than $100,000, but the need never stops. The race will once again be held this year, on Oct. 1, but sponsorships, the main source of fundraising, have decreased over time, while Bob's financial needs have grown. After raising $42,000 in its first year, the race last year raised just $10,000.
We know there are people who want to help, but who do not want or cannot run in our race. So we are setting up this GoFundMe page as a way for anyone to contribute. Every dollar raised will go directly to Bob's daily living expenses, which continue to grow.
No, we are not a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so your contribution will not be tax deductible. But we hope you will consider making a donation, even a small donation, on Bob's behalf.
Bob's motto is "Take Nothing for Granted." We do not take your interest in this cause for granted. We truly appreciate your consideration, and any donation, of any amount, will earn our enduring gratitude.
To learn more about Bob, visit his website:
To learn more about the Bob Veillette 5K, or to register to run or walk in the event, visit the race website: