Heather's Recovery Fund

$194,417 of $500k goal

Raised by 2,487 people in 40 months
Heather Abbott   Newport, RI
Heather was badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. She suffered a a severe injury to her left foot which resulted in a below knee amputation. It will be a long road ahead for Heather, and we are hoping to relieve some of the impending financial burden by raising funds in her name. This will allow Heather to focus all of her energy on getting better. Please share this page with your friends and donate to help Heather and her family during this very difficult time.

In Heather's own words, "Thanks to all who have shown their support. I really can't put into words how much it means to me."
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Update 60
28 months ago
So this is it"¦my last update. I am feeling a little sad about it being the final post, but so happy for all we were able to accomplish over the past year to help raise money for Heather's prosthetics, and to keep all of you updated on her REMARKABLE progress. I remember the night I created the page. It was the evening before Heather would undergo a below knee amputation. I posted a link to my Facebook page and didn't write anything fancy"¦ just "Please share." And look what all of you helped us accomplish. Through over 9,000 facebook shares, we were able to raise close to $200,000.

Over the last couple of weeks Heather, along with our family and her friends, attended the anniversary tribute events, including a 1 mile walk/run for bombing survivors and a Red Sox game where first responders, survivors and runners were honored. This busy time concluded with the 118th Boston Marathon, where Heather and her friends spent the day at the Forum Restaurant, as they had planned to do last year. Aside from the six that accompanied her last year, dozens of others showed up to express their support, all wearing the new Heather Strong T-Shirts "Still Standing Strong 2014". They shared the space with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Return to Forum Marathon Watch Party, where Heather and her savior, Matt Chatham, waited for Matt's wife Erin who ran her first marathon ever. (Erin had initially found Heather on the ground after she was struck by the bomb last year.) Heather met Erin at the corner of Comm Ave and Hereford St and joined her, on her running blade leg, for the last half mile of the race. They crossed the finish line together, arms raised, where Matt and my aunt and uncle (Heather's parents) awaited.

Other highlights from the weekend included Heather and her friends meeting Kevin Spacey. He later sat in the front row at a speech Heather delivered for the Spaulding Rehab Runners at the Revere Hotel and started a standing ovation! And Heather's friend Marc Paquette, to whom she donated a bib given to her by the BAA, ran the marathon in her honor and raised over $7,000 for her future prosthetics! What a week!

Even though this is my final planned update on "gofundme,", the site will remain open indefinitely for future donations. Heather has lots of exciting things planned over the next few months, including delivering the keynote speeches at the University of West Virginia School of Medicine's Commencement, the Physician Assistant Foundation awards dinner in Boston and the Windstorm Insurance Network conference in New Jersey, just to name a few. For future updates, please remember to "like" her Facebook page, "Heather Abbott: Road to Recovery" or follow her on Twitter @Heather_Abbott1 And if you're interested in buying a new Heather Strong T-Shirt, you can order them using the following link: http://heather-strong.myshopify.com/. Proceeds will go to Heather's Recovery Fund.

Thank you SO MUCH for all of your support over the past year. We are FOREVER grateful.
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Update 59
28 months ago
It's the weekend leading up to Marathon Monday in Boston and in case you haven't heard... Heather is running this year! She's joining Erin Chatham at the last half mile and running on her running leg to the finish line! Erin and her husband, Matt (former NFL Patriots lineman) were Heather's first responders and now her friends. They expect to meet up around 4:15 EST and you can track Erin using her bib number 29747 by texting it to 345678. It will also be aired on Universal Sports Network which is free all weekend.

Heather has been busy during the weeks leading up to the marathon, making appearances on Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, Extra and ESPN just to name a few!

Check out her Facebook page Heather Abbott: Road to Recovery to see some of the clips of her interviews this week. You can also find her on Twitter at Heather_Abbott1.

Wishing Heather good luck on Monday! I'll be back in touch for one final update after the marathon!
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Update 58
29 months ago
Heather has been busier than ever preparing for the one year anniversary since the Boston Marathon bombing. She has completed many speaking engagements including Partners' Healthcare Annual Conference for Business Development in Boston and is looking forward to delivering commencement speeches at Kean University and West Virginia University School of Medicine next month, among several others.

Heather recently traveled to Lexington, KY to be the special guest of honor at the Run the Blue Grass Half Marathon, where she met many supporters, a few horses and quite a bit of bourbon!  You may have also seen her participating in the Red Sox home opener on April 4th with other bombing survivors. Look for her again on the field for opening ceremonies on April 20th for the last big tribute by the Sox to the marathon bombing survivors.

Our family will be joining Heather, her friends, and her life savers Matt & Erin Chatham at a Brigham & Women's marathon bombing tribute event and the City of Boston's tribute event on April 15th. The following week, April 21st, is this year's Boston Marathon. Heather has been practicing her running because the BAA is going to allow her to jump in at the end of the marathon to join Erin Chatham in crossing the finish line of her first marathon. Erin initially helped Heather after being struck by the bomb's shrapnel last year.

Be sure to look for Heather on ESPN, USA Today, APB, NPR, CBS Nightly news, and Comcast Sports over the next few weeks. Heather will also be on the Today Show on April 15th.

You can purchase your "Heather Strong "“ Still Standing Strong" t-shirt by visiting the following website: http://heather-strong.myshopify.com. Orders must be placed by 2pm this Friday to ensure delivery prior to this year's Boston Marathon. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Heather's Recovery Fund.

I am looking forward to providing you all with a FINAL update following the marathon. After that post, updates will continue on the Facebook page "Heather Abbott: Road to Recovery" or on Heather's twitter page "Heather_Abbott1". Thank you all for your continued support!
Heather practicing running
Red Sox Home Opener on April 4th
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Update 57
30 months ago
About a month ago I was sitting with my husband and our daughter in the waiting room of our pediatrician's office, and I glanced over at a young girl reading a magazine. I whispered something to husband that I never would have imagined saying a year ago"¦ "Look at the foot on the cover of that magazine"¦ I think that's Heather's foot!" Sure enough it was in fact Heather's foot featured on the cover of Brown Medical Magazine's Winter edition. She was also featured in a story about when to choose amputation versus trying to save a damaged limb.

Heather's story also made it to the United Kingdom. She is featured in the April UK edition of Marie Claire magazine in a story called "Boston Bombers Won't Stop Running." The magazine is currently on sale in the UK and will be on sale at Barnes & Noble in the US around March 23rd.

Heather continues with speaking engagements around the US, including Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Heath Services, Remax Employee Awards Gala, and Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Conference in Marco Island, FL.

She recently attended the book release party in NYC for "Leggy Blonde," the memoir of Aviva Drescher, amputee and Real Housewives of New York City reality TV star. Heather will be making a guest appearance on an episode of the Real Housewives soon. The exact date of her appearance is TBD, but the series season premiere is Tuesday, March 11th at 9:00pm EST on Bravo TV.

On April 1st a book called "Long Mile Home" will be released. The book recalls the events of the Boston Marathon bombing, and features Heather's story as well as four other individuals affected by the attacks. Heather will be participating in various interviews and book signing events to promote sales of the book, a portion of which will go to the One Fund which benefits victims of the bombing.

It will soon be one year since that horrific day which changed her life forever. Heather will be attending the Boston Marathon next month with her friends and will also be participating in many events leading up to the one year anniversary. Look for her on the local and national news in the coming weeks.

A Facebook page has been created so that you can continue to follow Heather's progress after the one year anniversary. The page is called "Heather Abbott: Road to Recovery." Please search for it and remember to "like" it. This page also links to her Twitter account @luvpugs92.

Thank you for your continued support. (Please be sure to visit www.gofundme.com/heatherabbott for photos.)
Brown Medical Magazine
Heather with Aviva Drescher
Article in Marie Claire (UK edition)
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Anna Penha Mauricio
12 months ago
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You need to stop making this Boston Bombing about you! I could see right through you from day one! Everyone who was affected by the Bombing was in pain and total grief as anyone would be, especially after loosing a limb! Not you! You were all smiles from the start! Like 1 DAY AFTER YOUR SURGERY! NOBODY accepts a tragic loss that quick! It was clear to me from day one what your motives were! you wanted to be the poster girl for the Boston Bombing , turns out I was right! It makes me sick EVERYTIME I SEE YOU ON TV! To think someone wod take a tragedy and use it for their own personal gain, their self worth! Your nothing Heather! If anyone should be the Poster girl, it should have been Martin's Little sister! Nobody got it worst then his family! You make me sick! Shame on you!!!

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Sarah Wells
5 months ago

You ate a FAKE. Tapping into peoples emotions to send you money.you mayor maybnot be amputated,but you are a crisis actor.not even a good one.

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Tara McKinney
6 months ago

Anna penha mauicio...shame on YOU hater!!!!!!!!! Ya nutcase lolollll...Heather didnt ask for the nightmare she went through and she has inner beauty, thats why it shines through no matter what. You should google that Anna-Inner Beauty

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Jim Poulin
11 months ago

As you are aware, prosthetics are very expensive. I have a pair of state of the art electronic legs for above the knee amputees. Ican't even give these away without 10 hands looking to make a profit on them! So much for helping our disabled vets. At this point I am ashamed to call myself an American.Every dollar that's donated,maybe fifteen cents goes to help these people who gave so much. They have to take a back seat to all the red tape and anyone who can squeeze the last dying breath of a cockroach to make sure they get payed 1st. I'll donate these prosthetics if you can promise me they will not be sent back to Germany to be reconditioned and sold again for another$130,000 Any questions, call me 401 390 0779 THANK YOU

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Jagdish Khandelwal
28 months ago

I couldn't find the broadcast coverage of you crossing the finish line with Erin today, but CNN's interview with you earlier tonight shows it: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/04/21/tsr-dnt-harlow-heather-abbott-boston-marathon-bombing-survivor-amuptee.cnn.html

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Jagdish Khandelwal
28 months ago

Good luck on that run on Marathon Monday! I wish I could be cheering you on from the crowd up there. You'll have the crowd going wild!

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Stephanie Crandell
28 months ago

In Oct.2013 I had to decide to have my left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection I had fought for 4 years. And Heather and the other amputee survivors made it possible for me to BUCK UP and get on with my life after the amputation. I too was at Spaulding and I recognize Dr.Crandell, and Julia Broyer and Spaulding was and is a very special place of people up there on the 5th floor.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
32 months ago

I don't know if this will help or not. But when roads or walkways are icy, I'm terrified of falling because of the damage to my knees. When it's dangerous outside I wear knee pads from my skating days underneath my pants and they do wonders if I fall. One time I slipped on some icy steps and one knee went right into a concrete corner of the stairway. It didn't hurt at all because the hard shell knee pads took the impact. My kit also had elbow and wrist pads though I never used them. They make them in different colors and the kits were pretty inexpensive when I got them from Target (sold near bicycles and skateboards), but other places sell them as well.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
33 months ago

Heather, That's great that you're campaigning for better cosmetic prosthetic coverage for all amputees. You're going to be helping a lot of people with this effort. I hope it helps you get all the coverage you need as well. You look fantastic in the stilettos, by the way.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
35 months ago

Wow you looked so amazing running at the CAF camp. You also looked so happy to be getting out there and running again. I figure when it gets cold you might be able to find boots with 4" heels, but you don't need the cosmetic prosthesis to look amazing!

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Jagdish Khandelwal
36 months ago

Heather, I hope your new memories of the Forum have helped heal the nightmare of April 15th. The wonderful things that happned that horrible day should help, too: all the people who worked together to get you to the ambulance as well as the other people with severe injuries who were rescued by the amazing heroes of that day. I hope modern medicine will help all of you get back to the active lives and a life free of pain. Congratulations on being able to go back to work. That's got to be a big morale booster.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
37 months ago

OMG Heather that's awesome, ditching the crutches! I like the pink cane too :) I hope you find the new socket much more comfortable.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
38 months ago

Aww I wish we could have seen ya dance! I bet that was fun. I checked out the band's website they seem really good too. That's great you're starting to get up and down the steps and able to use the crutches less.

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Julie Graham
39 months ago

I wish you a speedy recovery and after reading your story, I just want you to know that someday soon, you will not have to have your friends or family help you with daily stuff. Your strong will and determination will allow you to move forward on your own. My son lost 3 limbs in the war and does it all, by himself ( with prosthetics)So I hope this encourages you to keep up the good spirit

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Kellie Collins
39 months ago

I am so inspired by you and the other women that were on Rock Center. To have such a tragedy and still maintain your optimism is phenomenal. Stay Strong!

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Burton Danet
39 months ago

ABC4All is partnered with Jazz for Peace and can do a series of FUNdraising Concerts to take care of the life-time expenses of each person shown on Rock Center and others as well. See http://fth.abc4all.net

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Shawn Herbst
39 months ago

Hi Heather, I am the US Operations Manager for Acorn Stairlifts. We just donated and installed stairlifts for the Norden brothers and we would like to do the same for you if you need it. Please contact me at sherbst@acornstairlifts.com if you or any of the other victims we may have missed has a need for a lift and we'll get one in for you! Stay strong! Shawn

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Diana Diaz
39 months ago

Dear Heather: Wishing you well on your recovery!! Keep staying strong like you are doing!!

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Lisa Foster
40 months ago

Hi Heather, I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I had been using a 'Healing with Medical Hypnosis' CD and it occurred to me that you might benefit greatly from it. So I contacted the hypnotherapist, Dr. Gurgevich, and he suggested his latest 'Healing with Hypnosis' CD and also 'Surgery' and Recovery', (free of charge). He basically encourages your body to heal itself through suggestion/meditation and has had amazing results with his patients. Anyway, Dr. Gurgevich has provided me with mp3s for you. I just need an email address where I can send them. Or you can contact him directly. Just tell him who you are and that you'd like those CDs. Here is his website so you can check it out. http://www.healingwithhypnosis.com/medical-hypnosis If you know of any others recovering that would like these CDs, please let me know. Warmest regards, Lisa Foster

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Matthew Zarzeczny
40 months ago

I added this charity to a list at http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-fundraisers-set-up-for-the-boston-marathon-bombing-victims.php which will hopefully bring some additional donations your way! :)

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$194,417 of $500k goal

Raised by 2,487 people in 40 months
Created April 21, 2013
MK
$30
Michael Krempa
10 months ago
JD
$250
John Deters
10 months ago

Donated $500 on previous entry. I own Blackwater Bodyguards and would very much like to connect with via cell phone to tell Heather she has kept me going under very trying circumstances. Blackwater changed names to Xe to Academia. My cell phone is 770-238-2085

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JD
$500
John Deters
10 months ago
KM
$30
Karieem Muhammad
15 months ago

Giving is one of the best feelings in the world, especially when it's for such an important cause.

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GT
$50
Gwendolyn Tinkham
15 months ago
$25
Anonymous
15 months ago
DS
$250
Debra Salvucci
16 months ago
AF
$50
Arnold Fish
19 months ago
$30
Anonymous
20 months ago
EH
$30
Elizabeth Hermes
20 months ago

Just found the People article on my desk doing some New Year's cleaning. Hope it's not too late to help Heather.

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Anna Penha Mauricio
12 months ago
1
1

You need to stop making this Boston Bombing about you! I could see right through you from day one! Everyone who was affected by the Bombing was in pain and total grief as anyone would be, especially after loosing a limb! Not you! You were all smiles from the start! Like 1 DAY AFTER YOUR SURGERY! NOBODY accepts a tragic loss that quick! It was clear to me from day one what your motives were! you wanted to be the poster girl for the Boston Bombing , turns out I was right! It makes me sick EVERYTIME I SEE YOU ON TV! To think someone wod take a tragedy and use it for their own personal gain, their self worth! Your nothing Heather! If anyone should be the Poster girl, it should have been Martin's Little sister! Nobody got it worst then his family! You make me sick! Shame on you!!!

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Sarah Wells
5 months ago

You ate a FAKE. Tapping into peoples emotions to send you money.you mayor maybnot be amputated,but you are a crisis actor.not even a good one.

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Tara McKinney
6 months ago

Anna penha mauicio...shame on YOU hater!!!!!!!!! Ya nutcase lolollll...Heather didnt ask for the nightmare she went through and she has inner beauty, thats why it shines through no matter what. You should google that Anna-Inner Beauty

+ Read More
Jim Poulin
11 months ago

As you are aware, prosthetics are very expensive. I have a pair of state of the art electronic legs for above the knee amputees. Ican't even give these away without 10 hands looking to make a profit on them! So much for helping our disabled vets. At this point I am ashamed to call myself an American.Every dollar that's donated,maybe fifteen cents goes to help these people who gave so much. They have to take a back seat to all the red tape and anyone who can squeeze the last dying breath of a cockroach to make sure they get payed 1st. I'll donate these prosthetics if you can promise me they will not be sent back to Germany to be reconditioned and sold again for another$130,000 Any questions, call me 401 390 0779 THANK YOU

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
28 months ago

I couldn't find the broadcast coverage of you crossing the finish line with Erin today, but CNN's interview with you earlier tonight shows it: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/04/21/tsr-dnt-harlow-heather-abbott-boston-marathon-bombing-survivor-amuptee.cnn.html

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Jagdish Khandelwal
28 months ago

Good luck on that run on Marathon Monday! I wish I could be cheering you on from the crowd up there. You'll have the crowd going wild!

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Stephanie Crandell
28 months ago

In Oct.2013 I had to decide to have my left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection I had fought for 4 years. And Heather and the other amputee survivors made it possible for me to BUCK UP and get on with my life after the amputation. I too was at Spaulding and I recognize Dr.Crandell, and Julia Broyer and Spaulding was and is a very special place of people up there on the 5th floor.

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
32 months ago

I don't know if this will help or not. But when roads or walkways are icy, I'm terrified of falling because of the damage to my knees. When it's dangerous outside I wear knee pads from my skating days underneath my pants and they do wonders if I fall. One time I slipped on some icy steps and one knee went right into a concrete corner of the stairway. It didn't hurt at all because the hard shell knee pads took the impact. My kit also had elbow and wrist pads though I never used them. They make them in different colors and the kits were pretty inexpensive when I got them from Target (sold near bicycles and skateboards), but other places sell them as well.

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
33 months ago

Heather, That's great that you're campaigning for better cosmetic prosthetic coverage for all amputees. You're going to be helping a lot of people with this effort. I hope it helps you get all the coverage you need as well. You look fantastic in the stilettos, by the way.

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
35 months ago

Wow you looked so amazing running at the CAF camp. You also looked so happy to be getting out there and running again. I figure when it gets cold you might be able to find boots with 4" heels, but you don't need the cosmetic prosthesis to look amazing!

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
36 months ago

Heather, I hope your new memories of the Forum have helped heal the nightmare of April 15th. The wonderful things that happned that horrible day should help, too: all the people who worked together to get you to the ambulance as well as the other people with severe injuries who were rescued by the amazing heroes of that day. I hope modern medicine will help all of you get back to the active lives and a life free of pain. Congratulations on being able to go back to work. That's got to be a big morale booster.

+ Read More
Jagdish Khandelwal
37 months ago

OMG Heather that's awesome, ditching the crutches! I like the pink cane too :) I hope you find the new socket much more comfortable.

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Jagdish Khandelwal
38 months ago

Aww I wish we could have seen ya dance! I bet that was fun. I checked out the band's website they seem really good too. That's great you're starting to get up and down the steps and able to use the crutches less.

+ Read More
Julie Graham
39 months ago

I wish you a speedy recovery and after reading your story, I just want you to know that someday soon, you will not have to have your friends or family help you with daily stuff. Your strong will and determination will allow you to move forward on your own. My son lost 3 limbs in the war and does it all, by himself ( with prosthetics)So I hope this encourages you to keep up the good spirit

+ Read More
Kellie Collins
39 months ago

I am so inspired by you and the other women that were on Rock Center. To have such a tragedy and still maintain your optimism is phenomenal. Stay Strong!

+ Read More
Burton Danet
39 months ago

ABC4All is partnered with Jazz for Peace and can do a series of FUNdraising Concerts to take care of the life-time expenses of each person shown on Rock Center and others as well. See http://fth.abc4all.net

+ Read More
Shawn Herbst
39 months ago

Hi Heather, I am the US Operations Manager for Acorn Stairlifts. We just donated and installed stairlifts for the Norden brothers and we would like to do the same for you if you need it. Please contact me at sherbst@acornstairlifts.com if you or any of the other victims we may have missed has a need for a lift and we'll get one in for you! Stay strong! Shawn

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Diana Diaz
39 months ago

Dear Heather: Wishing you well on your recovery!! Keep staying strong like you are doing!!

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Lisa Foster
40 months ago

Hi Heather, I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I had been using a 'Healing with Medical Hypnosis' CD and it occurred to me that you might benefit greatly from it. So I contacted the hypnotherapist, Dr. Gurgevich, and he suggested his latest 'Healing with Hypnosis' CD and also 'Surgery' and Recovery', (free of charge). He basically encourages your body to heal itself through suggestion/meditation and has had amazing results with his patients. Anyway, Dr. Gurgevich has provided me with mp3s for you. I just need an email address where I can send them. Or you can contact him directly. Just tell him who you are and that you'd like those CDs. Here is his website so you can check it out. http://www.healingwithhypnosis.com/medical-hypnosis If you know of any others recovering that would like these CDs, please let me know. Warmest regards, Lisa Foster

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Matthew Zarzeczny
40 months ago

I added this charity to a list at http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-fundraisers-set-up-for-the-boston-marathon-bombing-victims.php which will hopefully bring some additional donations your way! :)

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