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Terry Hobbes Family Fundraiser

$70,220 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 717 people in 6 months
Created August 21, 2017
Many of you know Terry Hobbes as a brother, son, husband, father, relative, friend, teacher or that outspoken Islanders/Mets fan in your life.  The one thing we never envisioned for Terry was not speaking his mind.  Yet here we are witnessing Terry fight to gain back control of basic motor skills, speech and cognitive brain functionality. 

For those of you just learning of what happened, here is where we stand.  On Friday August 18th Terry suffered from a blood clot in his brain.  The event left him unconscious and once he was found, he was taken to the hospital for care.  On Friday night the surgeons performed a craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain caused by swelling.  Friday night’s surgery was a success which set up for a second round of brain surgery on Saturday August 19th.  This surgery was to remove the clot and clean up as much as possible to restore cognitive brain activity.  Again, Terry was blessed with a successful surgery.  Over the past few days, the progress has continued as he has shown small signs of recovery i.e. eyes opened, some toe and arm movement and he has shown signs of responding to verbal communication.  However the road to recovery is likely to be long with many hills, obstacles and blind corners ahead.  The risk of seizures is still something the hospital staff is monitoring and doing all that can be done.

His wife, Janine and their three children (Sara, Jillian, and Ryan) have to provide all the love and support to guide Terry back to the Terry we all know and love.  Meanwhile costs build each and every day and the Hobbes household must still go on.  Many of you have asked “what can I do to assist?”  Other than pray and be there for support, we have set up a donation site through GoFundMe.com.  Terry is fortunate to have so many people in his life that want to help. If you are so inclined please contribute.  All proceeds raised from this site are considered donations and go directly to Terry’s Family.  Funds will be used to help with medical expenses, therapy, medical equipment, childcare, etc.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Terry’s Mom, Barbara, wrote a beautiful prayer.  We call on all religious denominations to keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers and join Barbara with her words:

Heavenly Father,

We call on you right now in a special way.  It is through your power that Terry was created.  Every breath Terry takes every morning, each day Terry awakes, every moment of every hour he lives under your power.

Father we ask you now to touch Terry with that same power.  For if you created Terry from nothing you can recreate Terry.  Fill Terry with the healing power of your spirit.  Cast out anything that should not be in Terry and mend what is broken.  Root out any unproductive cells, open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild damaged areas.  Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection. 

Let the warmth of your healing love pass through Terry’s body and make new any unhealthy areas so that Terry’s body will function the way you created it to function.

And Father, restore Terry to full health in soul, mind and body so that Terry may serve you the rest of his life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, AMEN.
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Hello friends, family and supporters,

Terry’s road to recovery continues and we have some updates to share. Each day he has speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. And each day Terry pushes himself further. I had the pleasure of attending a physical therapy session this past week. His therapist, Gary, works Terry hard. Terry was throwing bean bags to me, his brother Josh and brother in law Mark. With the assistance of the staff he was able to get himself up to stand and then sit. We brought in some photos where he not only pointed out his family members but several friends. He recalled where and when the photos were taken and funny stories about the pics.

Speaking of pictures you should know Terry’s room contains lots of photos, cards, and gifts. He spends a lot of time looking at them all. One of Terry’s students wrote a beautiful poem about what defines us. I know that poem has been read by many visitors and Terry has heard it several times. Many of you have written notes and letters to me via GoFundMe and I have read them to Terry. He appreciates everyone’s love. He told me with his own words.

Several of Terry’s ex-students have written about the inspiration he provided. Clearly this inspiration has been felt by the staff at his care facilities. In past posts I have raved about the care takers at Stony Brook. The staff at St. Charles is equally impressive. Apparently every medical professional that meets Terry makes it their duty to get him back to his old self.

On the bottom of the post please notice a new fundraiser put together by Terry’s co-workers. Please continue to raise awareness of not just this GoFundMe site but all of the fundraisers that are being held by the numerous friends that are trying to support Terry.

One last note, and I know she will be mad at me for mentioning this but I can’t stop myself from doing it. Janine Hobbes is a saint. The constant care she provides for Terry is clearly the main driver for Terry’s success thus far. Terry is surrounded by family and friends 24/7 for past two months and Janine is there an overwhelming amount of time.


Thanks to everyone.

Much Love,
Team Terry
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Hello friends, family and supporters,

It's been about 10 days since the last update and what a great stretch it's been for Terry's development. First things first, his last procedure to revise the shunt back at Stony Brook Hospital went well as did his recovery. He spent 9 days there and was transported back to St. Charles for rehab a few days ago. To say his rehab picked up where it left off is an understatement. He is excelling at amazing speed. During the past week he has made massive strides with his speech and answers questions with the descriptive nature you'd expect from everyone's favorite English teacher. He has even been spotted singing along to his playlist tunes in his room.

In addition to speech he has recently starting eating some pudding and drinking milk. These steps are integral to future progress. In OT, they are working on getting motion on his left side and in PT, they are working on his trunk and head control. They even had him standing with support.


We are so proud of the accomplishments he has made to date and optimistic about his drive to continue.

The love and support continue to be welcomed, appreciated and critical for the progress to advance. Several friends have created some events I want you all to be aware of. First, Jillian's lacrosse team put together some amazing raffle ticket prize packages. For details e-mail their coach Tim Dowler at banditsli@optonline.net. Second, a fundraiser evening is planned at Shafers in Port Jeff on Nov 9th. I have attached two documents with additional information on the raffle and the fundraiser gathering.

Thanks to everyone.

Much Love,
Team Terry
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Happy Friday to all of our family, friends and supporters,

We knew coming out of the first surgery there would be forward progress as well as some step backs along the way. The week started amazing with Terry really responding well to therapy at St. Charles. He gained more motion with his body and even spoke his name, Janine's name as well as the kids. He was able to eat ice chips and swallow on his own. Terry was moving full steam ahead. On Wednesday he was moved back to Stony Brook Medical for a surgical procedure on his shunts. He came out of surgery like a trooper and he will likely be at SBM for a couple of days to recover. Terry's road to recovery will continue.

Your prayers and thoughts are being heard and appreciated. Several people are working on organizing a fundraiser which will include great auction items and a gathering for all to enjoy. Details will follow over next couple of weeks.

Thanks so much for the continued support.
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Hello Supporters,

Great updates to share with you all today. Since last week Terry has made some remarkable strides. First of all, two days ago Terry was moved from Stony Brook Medical to the St. Charles Rehab facility. This alone would be a huge reason to celebrate and recognize the power of all your prayers and thoughts. The staff at St. Charles wasted no time in starting Terry on some PT and OT sessions. During his first PT session they were able to move him into a chair and got him moving his arms. He frequently responds to commands with thumbs up and down. He is spending much more of the day awake and alert and his eyes can track people in the room. Speech therapy should start in the future.

We can't thank you all enough for the generosity that comes in the form of friendship, love, visits in the hospital, rides for the kids, meals, pool maintenance, home repairs, and dollars donated. Terry is a humble man, but I know how much this means to the Hobbes Family.

Much Love,
Team Hobbes
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Raised by 717 people in 6 months
Created August 21, 2017
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