Campaign for Samuel

$66,772 of $350k goal

Raised by 506 people in 10 months
Campaign webpage: http://campaignforsamuel.org.au
Tax deductible donations for Australian taxpayers to the "Samuel Thorne Fund" with auto-generated tax deductible receipts can now be made through our website - look for the Give Now information. Give Now do NOT take a commission to manage the funds.

Springwood Road State School supporters' page with upcoming fundraising activities:
http://www.campaignforsamuel.org/

To get Samuel home, over $350 000 has been estimated as the amount of funding we are needing. This will go to covering costs for home modifications, specialized medical and therapy equipment, wheel chairs and a modified motor vehicle.

Until all basic equipment, home modifications and staffing are in place, we cannot bring him home.

Why?

Friday evening 27 November 2015: Samuel was running around with all his mates at his school disco. Before his classmates would be arriving for school on Monday 30 November 2015, Samuel was in an induced coma, fully paralysed and on a life support ventilator breathing for him.

His entire spinal cord and parts of his brain stem were being attacked by his own immune system brought on by rare condition known as Transverse Myelitis.

Life had been fully upended for Samuel and for his immediate family with so many more family and friends traumatised by how this fit, healthy and loving young boy has seemingly overnight been robbed of so much capacity.

Essentially, he cannot walk, move, use his arms/hands/fingers, speak, swallow or breath for himself.

If the ventilator tubing separates from his tracheostomy tube, he is unable to reconnect it at all by himself to maintain his ventilation.

​He is quadraparesic (quadraplegic with sensation) with only functional use of his right foot/toes.

His torso and arms are paralysed including his diaphragm - rendering him reliant on a ventilator for survival.

The paralysis from his brain stem renders him unable to swallow causing oral secretions to build up in his mouth requiring constant suctioning.

Use of his vocal cords appears to be intact but because his epiglottis is also paralysed (the epiglottis covers the wind pipe during the act of swallowing), the inflatable cuff on his tracheostomy tube must remain inflated.

While this protects his respiratory system from the build up of oral secretions that he cannot swallow, it also renders his vocal cords as useless because there can be no airflow through them because of the inflated cuff.

Funding for staff to be monitoring Samuel during the day and at night when we are asleep is also needing to be sourced - and this will be for the long term.

There will also be ongoing equipment costs after Samuel is home which will serve to provide some quality of life
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Update 7
Posted by Samuel Thorne
4 months ago
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Hi everyone, find out how Australian taxpayers can now receive a tax deductible receipt automatically when donating to the Samuel Thorne Fund. Go to our website to find out how. Thanks to all for your ongoing support. campaignforsamuel.org.au
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Update 6
Posted by Samuel Thorne
7 months ago
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It seems somewhat fitting that just after we managed Samuel’s first visit home prior to all of the house modifications beginning, that we should pass the $100000 mark in what has so far been contributed towards bringing him home and beyond. We again wholeheartedly thank everyone who has and who continues to contribute in any positive way to the Campaign for Samuel.
http://ameliathorne.wix.com/campaignforsamuel
http://campaignforsamuel.org/
https://www.facebook.com/campaign.for.Samuel/
1st visit home before modifications.
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Update 5
Posted by Samuel Thorne
8 months ago
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Today saw us pass the $90000 mark. While still a long way to go, it has been a great response in the last week. I suspect Taylor Swift also had a boost in album sales after appearing with Samuel in the media! Go Team Samuel !!!
http://ameliathorne.wix.com/campaignforsamuel#!get_involved/c8k2 and Campaign for Samuel
Taylor Swift hanging out with Samuel.
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Update 4
Posted by Samuel Thorne
8 months ago
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$80000 mark now passed in fundraising - what else can we say besides from "Thanks!"?
http://ameliathorne.wix.com/campaignforsamuel#!get_involved/c8k2
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Craig Thorne
10 months ago
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Samuel asked for a special thanks to go to Phoenix and hopes he'll be up to playing Mine Craft again soon (on his Eye Gaze Tablet).

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago
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Well done again for support. Watch out in Sunday Mail...

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Cheryl Alexandru
10 months ago
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Samuel's story is so similar to Josh, my son. He had a brainstem bleed the day before his 13th birthday, the cause is different but the prognosis is the same, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. If there is any help I can give experience wise please contact me. Take care and it does get better.

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago

Samuel still being blown away by the support out there - another big thanks!

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago

Thank you everyone for your generosity in helping our campaign pass the $30 000 mark. No matter how large or small the donation, it all adds up. Please keep spreading the word! http://ameliathorne.wix.com/campaignforsamuel https://www.facebook.com/campaign.for.Samuel/

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Jenni Lee
10 months ago

Please help Samuel and his family get home and get well!

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$66,772 of $350k goal

Raised by 506 people in 10 months
Created May 17, 2016
QC
$150
Qscan Social Club
23 days ago

We hope this small donation helps in some way.

$300
Anonymous
1 month ago
KT
$1,400
Kate Turner
1 month ago

Fundraising from our "Lucky Numbers". Hope it helps.

JK
$300
Jacqui Kirkman
2 months ago

Donations made instore at Mac & PC Doctors, Annerley.

JP
$100
Jonathan Poulton
2 months ago
BW
$100
Bill Werth
3 months ago

Merry Christmas Samuel

RG
$100
Robert Gray
3 months ago

In lieu of presents for Rob's family... Thanks guys.

DA
$40
Donna Appelman
3 months ago

I hope this small donation helps - love to you sll

$500
Anonymous
3 months ago
$200
Anonymous
3 months ago
Craig Thorne
10 months ago
2
2

Samuel asked for a special thanks to go to Phoenix and hopes he'll be up to playing Mine Craft again soon (on his Eye Gaze Tablet).

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago
1
1

Well done again for support. Watch out in Sunday Mail...

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Cheryl Alexandru
10 months ago
1
1

Samuel's story is so similar to Josh, my son. He had a brainstem bleed the day before his 13th birthday, the cause is different but the prognosis is the same, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. If there is any help I can give experience wise please contact me. Take care and it does get better.

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago

Samuel still being blown away by the support out there - another big thanks!

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Craig Thorne
10 months ago

Thank you everyone for your generosity in helping our campaign pass the $30 000 mark. No matter how large or small the donation, it all adds up. Please keep spreading the word! http://ameliathorne.wix.com/campaignforsamuel https://www.facebook.com/campaign.for.Samuel/

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Jenni Lee
10 months ago

Please help Samuel and his family get home and get well!

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