Help Ted Bermann & Family Recover

An almost 30 year battle with ulcerative colitis caught up with Ted on March 9th, 2018 when he finally got the news he had been dreading - one of those persistent polyps turned into colon cancer.  We found out that Friday after his colonoscopy and feared the worst.  Fast forward a week and the news was mixed - the cancer did not spread past the colon which was great, but, the entire large intestine would have to be removed.  We thought that, and the prospect of living with a colostomy bag, was going to be the worst of it for Ted.  Sadly, it wasn't.

Ted had the surgery March 22nd, and due to complications during and after the procedure, irreparable damage was done to Ted's small intestine.  Unfortunately, on April 4th, doctors had to remove all but 12 inches of small intestine, which was unexpected.  The road to recovery got longer and harder for Ted, his wife Rae and their two young girls, Isabela (10) and Johanna (4).   As you can see by his work area, they're always on his mind:

Ted's current condition is called short bowel syndrome (SBS).  Since it's difficult, if not impossible, to digest food with only one foot of intestine, he's on TPN (total parenteral nutrition - IV nutrition) for the near term.  While Ted's job with the State of Florida provides medical insurance and a continued salary (for now) we anticipate many costs associated with his recovery and treatment.  Living with SBS is not going to be easy or inexpensive.

All funds raised during this campaign will be used for any associated medical costs and to help the family with whatever they need.  Rae's job (working with Orange County Schools) allows her to not work summers so she can spend them with Isabela and Johanna.  One goal of this fundraiser is to cover the cost of local summer camps for the girls, since we anticipate Rae's time and attention will be focused on caring for Ted and his recovery.  We want to make sure they have some fun, kid-friendly activities to look forward to this summer while the family deals with the challenges ahead.

And we welcome those of you that don't know Ted personally.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Ted is strong.  Ted is opinionated.  Ted loves science and music and art and sports and Michigan State athletics (Go Sparty!) and poker and JCC basketball and horse racing and forensic science and Halloween and zombies, and of course his family and friends.  Ted will be 50 years old May 8th and his story is not over yet.  Ted has proudly dedicated almost 27 years to the field of forensic science as a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where he is regarded as an expert in forensic glass analysis nationally.  His passion and love for the trace evidence discipline is unmatched.  I, and the rest of his FDLE family, miss him and are hopeful for his return.  He and his family need help getting through this challenging time.  We hope that you will join us on this journey. 

Thank you for your consideration.  Please keep the love and support and prayers coming as well, they mean the world to him and Rae!
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Organizer and beneficiary

James Marano 
Orlando, FL
Raelynn Bermann 
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