The Tom Strang Appeal

My name is Karen Stewart and over the next year I will be running a series of road races for my uncle TOM STRANG - one of the bravest people I know. 

Back in August 2010 Tom went on holiday to Florida with his wife Dawn and three kids - Bethany, Kelsi and Cory. 

While there he suffered an attack of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Millers Fisher Variant) - a rare disorder which affects the nervous system. 

Within hours he had lost the ability to speak and was eventually paralysed by the condition. Stuck in America, the kids had to fly home while Dawn stayed with Tom. He was eventually airlifted back to Scotland on October 14th 2010. 

Since then Tom has bee in Intensive Care - first in Stirling Royal and then in the new Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert.

Through hard work and determination he is now able to talk, wiggle his body and uses a portable ventilator. Things are tough but he never gives up - he fights GBS 24/7. Through daily physio and ongoing treatment, we are all hopeful that Tom will eventually regain movement in his arms and legs.   

After two years in a critical condition Tom is working hard to be allowed home later this year. Living up a farm road in Reddingmuirhead, Falkirk, his house is now being converted to make things as easy as possible.

Before suffering from GBS Tom was very active. We was always working on a car engine, pottering in the garden or going for a ride on his motorbike. Converting your home only does so much and I'm raising money because we want Tom to enjoy the little things in life we all take for granted. 

Reading a magazine, lifting a cup of coffee or even just changing the TV channel are all things that Tom needs help with. There are things you can buy to help, but as with everything they cost a lot of money. We would love to buy him an automatic page turner and a computer mouse which can be operated through eye movement alone.  

Please, please think about donating a few pounds to Tom's Appeal. Being allowed home is a massive step forward for Tom and his family and a few home comforts will make all the difference.  

Donations

  • Katie Reid 
    • £10 
    • 87 mos
  • Sharon Wright 
    • £20 
    • 87 mos
  • Sharon Wright 
    • £20 
    • 87 mos
  • Jennifer Roberts 
    • £10 
    • 87 mos
  • Sharon Wright 
    • £20 
    • 87 mos
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Karen Stewart 
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