Thank you all so much for your generosity and gracious support. Troy and Dorothy are so grateful for every kind card, email, message, and donation. Words cannot adequately express how much your love and generosity have meant to them during this hard time.
Many of you have been following Troy’s progress on www.caringbridge.org/visit/troyjscott/. For those of you who have not seen the update, after three and a half months at Harborview Medical Center, Troy returned home to Bainbridge Island in early October. Troy and Dorothy are so happy to be together in their home again. Below are some photos of Troy and Dorothy enjoying their time at home together.
While Troy and Dorothy are thrilled to be home, we know they continue to face enormous financial obstacles. The funds raised so far have been critical as Troy and Dorothy have grappled with the major challenges and expenses involved in transitioning Troy home from the hospital. We hope to raise additional funds to help Dorothy and Troy through this next period at home.
Troy Scott, a beloved husband, son, grandson, uncle, cousin, and friend, was hit by a car while running on Bainbridge Island on June 17, 2018. A driver veered off the road and struck Troy and his good friend. Troy suffered a severe spinal cord injury as well as a traumatic brain injury, and his friend died. Troy's wife, Dorothy, has been by his side every day since the accident.
Because of the severity of his injury, Troy is paralyzed below his shoulders, and is unable to move his arms and legs. He is learning to operate everything, from a wheelchair to his iPad, with a straw and other assistive technologies. Troy’s physical limitations are particularly devastating given how much joy Troy has always taken in athletic pursuits. As many of you know, Troy was an avid marathon runner, mountain climber, skier, and all-around elite athlete.
Despite his injury, Troy’s intellect, kindness, and determination are unchanged. He faces each day with optimism, cracking jokes to make Dorothy and his many caregivers smile. He works incredibly hard during each physical and occupational therapy session, striving for all gains possible. Troy's interests remain the same—he's enjoying his usual podcasts, TV shows, books, nerdy economics topics and conversations with friends, and he's just as dedicated a University of Michigan athletics fan as ever. (He and Dorothy met their senior year in an economics class, so U of M will forever hold a special place in their hearts.)
While Troy and Dorothy are bravely facing all of the medical obstacles in front of them, we know that they continue to face new financial expenses associated with their new reality. There will be ongoing expenses for years to come. Troy and Dorothy are consummate planners, but nothing can prepare a family for this type of event.
The funds raised so far helped make it possible to bring Troy home from the hospital, and we are so grateful. Making Troy and Dorothy’s house safe and accessible to Troy has involved the most substantial cost so far, followed by the cost of caregivers for Troy. We are confident that with additional financial support in the near term, Troy and Dorothy can transition to a sustainable long-term solution. They are determined and are better prepared than any two people we know to make this work.
We hope to raise additional funds to help Troy and Dorothy until Dorothy can return to work. Their biggest expenses in the near-term include caregiving and transportation:
· Caregiving: Troy remains paralyzed below the shoulders and requires around-the-clock care. At night, Dorothy or a caregiver must turn Troy every two hours. During the day, Troy needs help with all of his daily activities (eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from bed to wheelchair, and frequent repositioning to prevent pressure ulcers).
Dorothy is currently serving as Troy’s primary caregiver, but they rely on caregivers to help at night so Dorothy can sleep, and they periodically use caregivers during the day to assist Dorothy or allow her to take a break. Troy’s private medical insurance does not cover the cost of caregivers in the home. Troy was recently approved for Medicaid, which provides coverage for caregivers for a set number of hours each month, but it will likely take several months to get Medicaid-reimbursed caregivers fully in place and more hours of help are needed beyond what Medicaid provides.
· Transportation: Getting Troy to and from medical appointments is currently an enormous challenge. Troy and Dorothy have struggled with their rides coming late, cancelling at the last moment, or not being large enough to fit Troy’s chair. They hope to purchase an accessible van one day.
As many of you know, Troy and Dorothy are incredibly generous and kind. They've each spent countless hours counseling friends, helping neighbors, and contributing to their communities. They’ve made friends in each place they’ve called home—Hanover, Boston, Ann Arbor, Fairbanks, Seattle, Chapel Hill, Portland, and now their beloved Bainbridge Island. This is our chance to take care of them.
We have created the Troy Joseph Scott Benefit Fund, and all donations will go directly into this trust to be used for Troy's benefit. Please contribute whatever you can and share with anyone who you think may want to assist. Troy and Dorothy have consented to this information being shared widely, including on social media. Every donation, big and small, will show Troy and Dorothy that we are here for them just as they have been there for us.
Troy and Dorothy's Support Team
P.S. If you would like updates on Troy's progress, please see https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/troyjscott
. You can send a request via the website to receive updates.
PPS. GoFundMe takes 2.9% from each donation. If you would like to make a direct donation outside of GoFundMe, please send a check payable to the “Troy Joseph Scott Benefit Fund” to the Troy Joseph Scott Benefit Fund, c/o Sarah Russell, P.O. Box 824, North Haven, CT 06473. Troy and Dorothy have no preference regarding whether you use GoFundMe or contribute directly to the benefit fund, so please do whatever is easiest/most comfortable for you.
PPPS. Below are some photos of Troy and Dorothy, both before Troy's accident and since the accident. You can see that, while so much has changed, Troy's warm smile remains.