Fight for a Warrior - Fund for Charles

$38,327 of $75k goal

Raised by 379 people in 41 months
Kai Tumulak Recchia   LILBURN, GA
On March 23rd, Charles Tumulak was taking part in one of his passions, obstacle races. Charles was completing the Cargo Net when he lost balance. His right foot was hooked in the net which caused his leg to catch and forced his body to turn upside down. He fell head first 15 feet to the ground below. The impact caused: a C2 fracture (broken neck), collapsed lung, facial fractures and a bruised pancreas.

At 46, Charles was the picture of health. An avid runner and crossfit buff, he had completed a dream of finishing a full marathon as well as several other obstacle races. A devoted brother and uncle, Charles was known for his positivity, enthusiasm and ability to make you laugh.

At this time, Charles is surrounded by his family who have traveled from far and wide to come together for him. The immediate goal is to get Charles stable for a transfer to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA from McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.

Funds will be used towards Charles' immediate care, transfer to Atlanta as well as his long term care. Updates will be posted as Charles continues his journey to recovery.
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Update 43
37 months ago
Our family would like to thank everyone for their donations, prayers and continued support.

If you haven't already, expect to get a message or comment from Charles on Facebook. If you aren't already a friend, please follow him at: https://www.facebook.com/charles.tumulak or you can follow Fight For A Warrior at: https://www.facebook.com/ForChuckStorm

We have had some events lately that were great successes- CrossFit for Charles and our Lilburn neighborhood block party.

Thanks to Forrest Callaway and to Big Frog T-shirt in Marietta who generously printed and provided the Fight For A Warrior t-shirts. If you haven't seen them, check out: http://tumulak.deco-apparel.com/

We hope everyone is doing well and we hope to share more of Charles' great progress soon!
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Update 42
39 months ago
Charles officially came home today around 11:30 am. He is getting settled into his wonderful new room and is just finishing lunch. He was met by family, his respiratory specialist, one of his nurses and beautiful flowers from Julie.

We would like to thank National Response Solutions in Jasper, Ga. for providing medical transport today and for ongoing transport until we secure a vehicle. In addition, they are helping with medical supplies for Charles. Specifically we want to thank Chris, Duane, the COO, and Director of Marketing Hal from National Response Solutions.

We would also like to thank the following:
Jason Sarvis for coming out last week to mount Charles' tv.

104.7 The Fish for selecting Charles as their Random Acts of Kindness highlight last week, their auction of Third Day concert tickets and backstage passes last month all to benefit Charles.

Bonnie's Cleaning Service in Woodstock, Ga. for such a remarkable job on our parent's home yesterday!

First Baptist Church of Lilburn for their crew of men who helped last month on the renovations.

Brian Wilson, Ingrid Ott, Mike Johnson, Antonio & Meghan Aguilera and various others who helped with renovations.

Sixes Tavern, The Armory, Craze Tavern, Canvas Cafe', Crossfit Refuge for all hosting benefits to raise money for Charles.

The Mudfreaks team for their never ending support of Charles.

If we have left anyone out by name, know that we are so thankful and blessed for all you have done.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has donated their time, resources, money, knowledge thus far as well as your prayers!


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Update 41
39 months ago
Charles asked that write a note of thanks on this site to everyone who has been praying for him and our family, those who have volunteered their time, money, donations all to help. He started checking his email yesterday and he read so many emails and facebook comments, posts from friends, friends of friends, etc. since his injury, He said that he is so touched by all the wonderful things people have had to say about him, he even responded to some of these himself. Don't be surprised if you see a comment back from him!
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Update 40
39 months ago
Charles would like to thank Canvas Cafe and everyone who showed up to support his benefit last Saturday. He was amazed at the stories that everyone has told him about the crowds, the auction, t shirts sold, etc. In addition, he has sampled a few of Canvas' wonderful menu items.

Charles will be going in today for a small procedure to change his catheter to one that will be inserted into his bladder via a small incision in his belly. This is a minor procedure and he is expected to recover within the same day.

We hope that you have been to the facebook page and seen photos of Charles recently posted. So nice to seem him clean shaven and with a haircut.

Please check out the page in order to see all the wonderful things happening and how you might be able to help. We regularly update with items we are still hoping to get for the house, and now assistive devices so that Charles can resume some daily activities like browsing the web, checking his bank account, making calls to everyone, sending emails, and just plain watching tv.

A lot of people were pleasantly surprised to see Charles commenting/posting on his facebook page yesterday! These assistive devices we are looking for are exactly what he is training on at Shepherd right now to be able to use once he comes home.

Please come out tomorrow night to join us at Craze Tavern in Duluth for a Charity Poker tournament and raffle to benefit Charles.
Thursday May 23rd at 7:30pm
Craze Tavern
3312 Peachtree Ind Blvd
Duluth, Ga. 30096

Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful support!
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Wensday Tumulak
32 months ago

Post by Charles on Fight for a Warrior Facebook page: Hello everyone. I know it has been awhile since I posted last, but it has been a rough couple of months with my diaphragm pain. Fortunately, I went to see Dr. Schaufele at my old work, Pain Solutions, so hopefully that will help my situation going forward. First off, I would like to thank Kristie Wilder and Toni and her husband for their very nice card and Christmas gift. Thank you both and Merry Christmas. Also I would like to thank Fran from Big Frog and David for their continuing contributions. Thank you both and I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I want to say I am very thankful for being able to have my whole family here to celebrate Christmas since we are all in different states, we rarely get to all be together and I can't say how happy that makes me to be able to have everyone together. To all my Mud Freaks out there, thank you all for your continued support and kind thoughts. I appreciate everything and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To EVERYONE that has supported me, I appreciate all your well wishes. Thank you very much and I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I hope to be able to keep everyone updated on my status more frequently going forward as my pain level decreases. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

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Charlene Boykin
40 months ago

So awesome to hear of Charles's progress! I think of him often and will continue to keep him in our prayers.

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The family can't thank everyone enough for all the support, meals, donations, love, prayers, etc. that you all are providing. When you give a donation or leave a comment would you mind adding where you live and how you know Charles or the family. Thanks!

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Please LIKE and SHARE the Facebook page that has been set up for Charles, more updates, events, pictures, etc. can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ForChuckStorm

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Susan Deisenroth
41 months ago

My heart breaks for your brother and for your entire family. I think of him all the time and hope he is able to keep his good spirit and motivation after being handed this extreme and unfair hurdle.

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Joy Jahandar
41 months ago

We are so sorry for this tragedy and our prayers are with your family.

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

We also wanted to thank Roger Allen, the general manager, and Laura, the manager, at Baymont Inn & Suites in Florence, SC. Having a place to call home while being away is very generous. We thank you for taking care of our family during this time of need!!

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Nathan at the MELLOW MUSHROOM provided lunch today!! Thanks so much, we really appreciate it!!

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Julie and the family are being well taken care of in Florence, SC. We are so grateful for all of the generosity. Having the basic necessities such as food and hotels taken care of is such a big deal!! We want to thank Warren Nell from the O-RUN for the fund that was set up for the Baymont Inn & Suites to provide rooms for the family. Being away from home can be stressful in a situation like this but you all are making it as easy as you can and we really appreciate it!

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Thank you Ed and Ashley Love from the O-RUN for providing dinner to the Tumulak Family, this is such a big help for the family while they are in Florence.

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The family would like to thank Nathan, Brian and Jonathon for delivering lunch today from Jimmy John's.

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Diane Cummings Recchia
41 months ago

Hi Wensday. The Recchia family is so proud to a part of the Tumulak family. Thank you to all for your thoughts and prayers for Charles.

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The Tumulak family is overwhelmed by the love and support they have received over the last few days. This will be a long and difficult journey for Charles but he is a survivor and will fight like hell to get better!! The family wishes to THANK everyone for their generous donations. Please continue to pray and keep Charles and our family in your thoughts. Go MUDFREAKS!!

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Raised by 379 people in 41 months
Created March 25, 2013
Kai Tumulak Recchia     Medical   LILBURN, GA
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Wensday Tumulak
32 months ago

Post by Charles on Fight for a Warrior Facebook page: Hello everyone. I know it has been awhile since I posted last, but it has been a rough couple of months with my diaphragm pain. Fortunately, I went to see Dr. Schaufele at my old work, Pain Solutions, so hopefully that will help my situation going forward. First off, I would like to thank Kristie Wilder and Toni and her husband for their very nice card and Christmas gift. Thank you both and Merry Christmas. Also I would like to thank Fran from Big Frog and David for their continuing contributions. Thank you both and I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I want to say I am very thankful for being able to have my whole family here to celebrate Christmas since we are all in different states, we rarely get to all be together and I can't say how happy that makes me to be able to have everyone together. To all my Mud Freaks out there, thank you all for your continued support and kind thoughts. I appreciate everything and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To EVERYONE that has supported me, I appreciate all your well wishes. Thank you very much and I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I hope to be able to keep everyone updated on my status more frequently going forward as my pain level decreases. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

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Charlene Boykin
40 months ago

So awesome to hear of Charles's progress! I think of him often and will continue to keep him in our prayers.

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Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The family can't thank everyone enough for all the support, meals, donations, love, prayers, etc. that you all are providing. When you give a donation or leave a comment would you mind adding where you live and how you know Charles or the family. Thanks!

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Please LIKE and SHARE the Facebook page that has been set up for Charles, more updates, events, pictures, etc. can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ForChuckStorm

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Susan Deisenroth
41 months ago

My heart breaks for your brother and for your entire family. I think of him all the time and hope he is able to keep his good spirit and motivation after being handed this extreme and unfair hurdle.

+ Read More
Joy Jahandar
41 months ago

We are so sorry for this tragedy and our prayers are with your family.

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

We also wanted to thank Roger Allen, the general manager, and Laura, the manager, at Baymont Inn & Suites in Florence, SC. Having a place to call home while being away is very generous. We thank you for taking care of our family during this time of need!!

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Nathan at the MELLOW MUSHROOM provided lunch today!! Thanks so much, we really appreciate it!!

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Julie and the family are being well taken care of in Florence, SC. We are so grateful for all of the generosity. Having the basic necessities such as food and hotels taken care of is such a big deal!! We want to thank Warren Nell from the O-RUN for the fund that was set up for the Baymont Inn & Suites to provide rooms for the family. Being away from home can be stressful in a situation like this but you all are making it as easy as you can and we really appreciate it!

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

Thank you Ed and Ashley Love from the O-RUN for providing dinner to the Tumulak Family, this is such a big help for the family while they are in Florence.

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The family would like to thank Nathan, Brian and Jonathon for delivering lunch today from Jimmy John's.

+ Read More
Diane Cummings Recchia
41 months ago

Hi Wensday. The Recchia family is so proud to a part of the Tumulak family. Thank you to all for your thoughts and prayers for Charles.

+ Read More
Wensday Tumulak
41 months ago

The Tumulak family is overwhelmed by the love and support they have received over the last few days. This will be a long and difficult journey for Charles but he is a survivor and will fight like hell to get better!! The family wishes to THANK everyone for their generous donations. Please continue to pray and keep Charles and our family in your thoughts. Go MUDFREAKS!!

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