I’ve known Terry for the last 40 years. I watched him get married, raise his four children, and welcome his nine grandchildren into the world. During that time, he has been my faithful friend. Terry is an accountant by profession, but he is like a superhero in that he has a double identity: mild-mannered accountant by day and dream-chaser when he’s not on the clock.
But you see, Terry is too selfless to chase his own dreams. His passion is to help you realize yours.
I personally know of dozens of people that Terry has helped through the years, and I’m certain there are more of which I am unaware. Terry believes we all have a God-given talent. Sometimes, Terry has that talent figured out before you’ve realized it yourself. Then Terry will use his skills, hard work, and, yes, hard-headedness to help you use that talent and make your dreams come true. Want to be a published author? Terry has helped someone do that. Want to put on an event in front of a thousand people to showcase talented teenagers? Terry has helped someone do that. Want to be a professional ventriloquist? Terry has helped someone do that. Want to host a TV show? Start a business? Start a church? Be a recording artist? Host the wedding of your little girl’s dreams? Yes, Terry has helped many dreamers do ALL that.
In fact, Terry was helping plan the wedding of my little girl’s dreams when he and his wife Beth contracted Covid. Beth got through okay, but Terry, a healthy 57-year-old man with no underlying health conditions, did not. Over Christmas, his fever spiked relentlessly. Alarmed, Beth drove Terry to a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. That hospital sent him home. A victim of an overcrowded hospital and overworked hospital staff, Terry spent the next day at home, but he did not improve. Instead, Beth watched helplessly as he got worse. Panicked, Beth drove Terry to a hospital in Brunswick, Georgia. That hospital took him in. Beth and Terry were separated due to Covid protocols while the hospital personnel did everything they had the power and equipment to do. Despite their best efforts, Terry’s condition steadily declined over the next week. That’s when Beth became the superhero.
Beth began a public campaign to find a hospital with an ECMO machine that would take Terry in. This machine can take over the function of the heart and lungs so that the body has time to heal, and without it, Beth felt sure that Terry would die. Beth’s desperate plea went out through social media and news outlets. That’s when the good people of this world took over. She received leads on possible hospitals as well as prayers and moral support. As a result, her beloved Terry was transported by medical helicopter to Navicent Hospital in Macon, Georgia, where Terry is currently on the ECMO machine in a medically-induced coma, beginning what we hope is the long, healing process. Separated from her husband, Beth continues her vigil outside the hospital waiting for the day that she can look into Terry’s eyes again.
Terry and Beth still need our help. The medical bills incurred throughout this nightmare are huge and increase daily. Additional bills are piling up as the family stays in hotels to be as close as possible to Terry. While the family is concentrating on Terry’s survival, you can ease their financial concerns.
Please donate to this family. And please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Terry has helped so many make their dreams a reality. Now you can help him.
I have wondered what Terry will feel when he wakes up. I can only imagine. What I do know is that he is an accountant, and those instincts will kick in. He will eventually ask what his care has cost. With your help, we will be able to tell Terry, “It’s covered. Just worry about getting well and going home.”
- Written by a Friend
- William Jeffords
- Tracy Wood
- Tammy Herndon
- Chris Taylor
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