Terry Hobbes Family Fundraiser

$76,020 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 757 people in 13 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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It’s hard to believe a year has past since Terry’s brain event took place. 365 straight nights in a hospital or rehab facility. Countless hours of Dr. care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. He’s undergone multiple surgeries and subsequent recoveries. All of this has been driven by the constant fight Terry battles daily, the love and support received by family, friends, students, co-workers, even strangers, and without doubt the tens of thousands of dollars raised through so many efforts and events over the past year.

Terry has spent most of the summer at Rusk Rehabilitation Center in NYC. He continues to work everyday to get back a state where he can get home.

As i reflect on all of the craziness over the past year I’m compelled to share some truly uplifting highlights. I’ve received an overwhelming amount of e-mails from students past and present who told me about the difference Mr. Hobbes made in their lives. Some shared very specific details of how he impacted them in the best of ways. And yes I shared those stories with Terry.

I don’t know the ongoing tally of hospital roommates T has had. But it’s amazing when they get discharged or moved and the families track down this website for donations. Wow! That’s inspiring.

In June I was back on Long Island and was present when the Drs gave the go ahead to eat solid foods for the first time in over 9 months. Hospital food wasn’t going to cut it. We ran out to Tudor deli for a chicken cutlet, swiss cheese and BBQ sauce sandwich and of course some good ole pizza. That day was special.

Over the past year we have shown great appreciation to the numerous Drs, RNs, Therapists, and any caregiver that has been part of his recovery. But the biggest part of his recovery has easily been Janine, his kids, his brothers and sisters, Terry’s parents, Janine’s parents and the collective love we all show. Keep up the great work.
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Good Afternoon Everybody,

Today’s surgery was successful. The shunt was placed and seems to be doing its job already. Over the next few days Terry will recover from the procedure and hopefully get back to rehabilitation soon!!
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Good Evening Friends & Family of Terry Hobbes,

Over the past nine months I have thought of our English Teacher friend and I’m reminded of Robert Frost’s words; Two roads diverged in the woods, and I chose the one less travelled by. And that has made all the difference.

Terry’s path may be less travelled on, but his resolve to keep moving forward is evident. The support from his family and friends continues and we are ever grateful for the love, thoughts and prayers that comes from everyone.

As many of you may know, Terry has been in a revolving door from rehab facility to hospital over the past months. Unfortunately no one has been able to figure out why he has such highs and lows in his recovery.

When he is doing well, he is walking 150 ft with assistance, riding the stationary bike and using SAT words to answer speech questions.

When he is down, he is physically exhausted and can barely get out of bed.

Two weeks ago, Terry got transferred back to Stony Brook Hospital hoping to find answers. The doctors think a subdural collection on his right side may be putting extra pressure on the brain and causing the drastic highs and lows.

Tomorrow, Terry will be having another surgery and getting a 2nd shunt in to drain the collection.

Please keep Terry and his family in your prayers and positive thoughts for a successful procedure. The goal is to get Terry to a level where his progress in rehabilitation can move forward without the focus shifting back to his overall health.

The list of doctors, surgeons, specialists, nurses, therapists, and caretakers grows. We thank them as well as all of the family and friends that continue to show their love. Thank you.
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Hello everyone, it has been a long time since we had any official updates on Terry. Many of you have heard the road to recovery would be long and progress will vary. This is clearly what is happening now. It has been over six months since the event, and Terry has been in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility the entire time. Some days have been great and others very trying. This journey has peaks and troughs and there is no doubt your support through this GoFundMe site has been needed, appreciated, and part of the overall recovery.

In January, Terry was transferred to a new rehab facility. He was doing well and was walking up to 30 feet with assistance. He was riding on the stepper bike in a little less than 10 minute increments. In speech, Terry continued to be his witty self and was working on short-term memory exercises. He still listens to his music everyday and was even participating and singing during recreational therapy.

Unfortunately towards the end of January, Terry came down with an infection which required some special attention the rehab facility was not able to handle. He was transferred back to Stony Brook Hospital last Saturday to figure out what’s going on. After a few days back at SBH he was transferred back to rehab with the hope he can pick up where he left off. Unfortunately it may take a few weeks to get back to where he was, but we have no doubt that he will do it.

Janine and the entire Hobbes Family would like to thank everyone for their love and support the past 6 months. The fundraisers, t-shirts & bracelets sold, meals prepared, rides given, work on the house, cards, notes, hospital visits and texts are all appreciated.
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Raised by 757 people in 13 months
Created August 21, 2017
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