Funeral Fund for Nick Jaroka

My name is NIkki-Leigh and I am starting this fund for my father, Nick, who recently suffered his second stroke.
His first stroke happened 2 years ago in June. It was very sudden and out of nowhere. My mother found him on the bedroom floor after a weekend vacation. My dad was paralyzed for 48 hours alone with no way to call for help or even move.
After being rushed tot he hospital, the doctors basically told us to start planning a funeral because the chances of him surviving were slim to none.
Dad fought and fought and started slowly getting better.
The doctors thought if he did end up surviving, he would never be ale to walk again, never be able to use the right side of his body, and most likely never get his speech back.
After months of therapy and support and VERY hard work my father recovered and became a bit of a medical miracle.
He re-learned how to walk, he went to hours and hours of physio to regain strength is his arm, and also attended speech therapy and learned how to talk properly again.

He was such an inspiration he decided to volunteer at Grand River Hospital and March of Dimes to help other receovering stroke victums and give them hope that they can still have a normal life again.
He would read to them, excercise with them, play games, (sneak them out for ice cream) etc. He felt his life was worth something again and those stroke victums he helped, also helped him realize how amazing life can be.

Nick has spoken about his recovery on Radio stations, Universities and even has his own blog on The March Of Dimes website (Link Included)

We are very thankful that my dad got a second chance at life and he lived the past 2 years to the absolute fullest. It was a blessing.

Unfortunately, my father suffered another stroke early afternoon this past Tuesday while he was getting ready to go to Grand River for his scheduled volunteering day.
He didnt make it.

My mother came from from work a couple hours later to find him on the ground unconcious.

This one was bad.

He was rushed to St Mary's hospital and all we could do was wait.
After hours and hours of waiting by his bedside, we were finally given the horrible news that dad may not ever wake up again, and if he did, his brain was far too damaged to have a normal life.

Because of the past 2 years of my father not being able to work, my mother has had to work extra hours and try to pay bills all with only one income. I tried getting life insurance for my father years ago but he was denied coverage.

We are looking for any donations or any type of help so we can have a nice funeral and celebration of life for my dad. He deserves it so much but unfortunately we do not have the funds to provide one for him.

My mother did not want to ask anyone for help but sometimes you just have to.

Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

We really appreciate you reading this through and lets hope we can do something special for this wonderful man.


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Nikki-Leigh Jaroka 
Kitchener, ON
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