On July 6, Dave suffered a massive stroke. The family was called to his bedside to say goodbye. But in true Dave Meyers fashion, he fought. You see, Dave has a lot to live for with a wife, triplet ten-year-old girls and a fifteen year old son at home, three grown children, and nine grandchildren. Suffering from a vasilar stroke that severly impacted the pons in his brain stem, Dave was left paralyzed from the nose down and fully cognitively aware - the doctors call this "Locked In Syndrome".
This very rare syndrome left Dave with the ability to communicate with his eyes only. Still, Dave fought! He has been able to smile, minimally move his hands and feet, and continually gain back more motor functions than any of his doctors originally thought. Now there's hope for Dave with proper neurological rehab. Unfortunately, Dave's insurance is very limiting.
This is where you can help! Dave has been making improvements and was recently accepted at MedStar in Washington D.C. for intense neurological rehabilitation. This rehab is vital for his long-term quality of life. Transportation from Florida to D.C. and back are not covered by insurance, while the copays and expenses have continued to build up. In addition, Dave will be hundreds of miles away from all of the family and friends that love and support him so dearly. Travel expenses for the family, transportation for Dave, and assistance in getting Dave the right care is needed.
Please consider standing by Dave in his time of need.
"My dad would call me every day on my drive to work to offer a bit of advice, talk about the weather, or just to say, 'Good morning young lady. I hope you have a great day. I love you'. I would do anything to be able to talk to my dad again." Dave's daughter, Julie.
This is a video of Dave using his eyes to type and communicate through a computer. Imagine what he will be able to do after his advanced neurological rehab!
Thank you all very much. Together we can make a difference in Dave's life and the lives of his family.
- Lisa Hopping
- Raelynne Peterson
- Scott Wojteczko
- Kristin Levoy
- Lynda Lombardi Mercer
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