Butcher Family Fundraiser

$20,700 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 206 people in 56 months

Hello Family and Friends of the Butcher Family! On the way to work September 25, 2014, Tom was involved in a serious car accident, ejecting him from the vehicle and causing life threatening injuries. Tom was transported to a local hospital, and underwent extensive surgeries to repair the internal damage. He has a broken pelvis, shattered hip socket, broken hip bone and numerous other injuries to his midsection. He is currently in the ICU where he will remain until he is transported to a second hospital to repair the broken bones and pelvis. Tom will require extensive therapies, surgeries and will need many months to heal from his substantial injuries. 
Tom has two young boys, and his amazing wife, Ashley is a work at home mother. In addition to being a parent, Tom volunteers his time to serve and protect the community by working as a firefighter for the City of Mason. He is willing to sacrifice his own health and safety for the wellbeing of others, as he frequently responds without hestitision to help those in need. 
Now is the time for those who have experienced the generosity and love of the Butcher Family to help support them in their time of need. 
Ashley and the children will be spending much time in Grand Rapids, and on the road as Tom is healing. Funds will be used to help with gas money, household expenses, medical necessities and to simply let them know that they are taken care of, asTom will be off work. 
Thank you for your support and prayers!

9/26/14 Update from Ashley
"From the bottom of my heart...thank you for all the love, support, and donations in the past 36 hours. We are surrounded by so many good people in our lives and are truly blessed to have each and every one of you. This still doesn't seem real and I can't bring myself to read some of the comments on Facebook and texts I'm receiving. Update on Tom: his hemoglobin dropped overnight leading doctors to believe he was bleeding internally. Most likely from a hematoma on his bladder. He was given blood and fluids and has held steady throughout the day. They placed a pin through his femur bone along with traction to help secure his leg and hip until his next surgery. He's still on a ventilator but is coherent and communicating through LOTS of notes. He's strong, bull headed, and pissed off some nurses but that's okay! He's slowly coming alive We're currently on our way to a hospital in Grand Rapids for a specialist to repair his pelvis and hips. (Thank you to our amazing friends and MFD for holding down our fort back home!) Bad news is his pain is unimaginable. Good news is he was stable enough to transport and will soon be in surgery. Next goal is to get through surgery and off the ventilator. Keep the prayers coming! " . 

9/27/14 Update from Ashley: 
UPDATE: Morning! Tom had a good night. Had CT. Still has some internal bleeding, but not increased. Met with trauma and ortho surgeons. Wonderful team. 90% sure they're getting him into 1st surgery today. They said its one of the most severe cases they've seen. Repairing front of hips and pelvis. Should be 3 hour surgery. Tomorrow will be a rest day. 2 nd surgery on Monday to repair back side of hips and pelvis. That will be a more extensive and dangerous surgery bc of sciatic nerve. Still on ventilator. Hoping to get off after first surgery. Took off bandage from ER trauma surgery for his abdomen. Looks great. Sliced from nipples to groin. He's on lots of pain meds... Coherent but keeps forgetting what happened. We're at Spectrum Health-Butterworth. Most amazing hospital and staff. Getting wonderful care. Thanks for all the continued support!
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Keep those prayers and donations coming!!! Here is yesterday's update from Ashley and Tom--"After a bit of a (very warranted) pity party day yesterday, someone busted out of his room today and wheeled himself around the ortho- trauma floor! He stood up from the bed to a walker and pivoted to a wheelchair. He had tons of support to prevent falling but his determination to get himself into the wheelchair was awesome. I am just astounded at how far he has come based on his initial diagnosis. We still have so far to go but I'm a pretty proud wife tonight. In other areas of the hospital... Brady has befriended a sweet, sweet girl who has leukemia. Tom's hospital is connected to Helen Devoss Children's Hospital so their family is staying at the same hospitality house as my parents and the boys. They have become best, best buds and may be the cutest thing on earth to watch together."

Out for a visit
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Keep those prayers and donations coming!!! Tom is being a warrior and making great progress. He is Yesterday's update from Ashley----- "Today. He. Stood. Considering 4 days ago he was on a ventilator and had his 3rd major surgery just 2 days ago...it's incredible. It was about 5 seconds with all weight on his right leg (no weight on left leg & hip until December) and lots of support from physical therapy. Yahoo! Small steps. Tomorrow's goal is to get him into a wheelchair and have him sitting up. He had to have radiation on his hip today to prevent heterotopic ossification and an ultrasound on his left leg to rule out a blood clot. (
First time standing!
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Update from Ashley----- Big, big day! Tom underwent his 3rd and final surgery (for now... Full hip replacements will come in time.) to repair the back of his pelvis & hips. Surgery went great and he added 2 more plates and 12 more screws to his collection. That's a grand total of 3 surgeries, 5 plates, & 31 screws in just 5 days. Pretty impressive. Overall his vitals were decent today besides a temperature and he's in a ton of pain but we're finally on the road to recovery, albeit a long one. His comprehension is wonderful and he is very coherent despite all the trauma his body has gone through since the accident . Both boys got to see him today which was exciting for all Sounds like we get to move out of the ICU tomorrow...continued prayers for his pain management throughout the night tonight. {ps, the go fund me account has blown me out of the water. You are all unreal and I cannot wait for Tom to be able to read it all! Thank you!!!}
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Please keep sharing! We have raised over $6,000 in less than 24 hours for the Butcher Family!! The power of positive people is truly phenomenal. Your prayers, generosity, well wishes and donations have all helped to ease the challenge that lies ahead as Tom heals to full recovery, and the Butcher family moves forward in that process. Thank you for helping to prove that there is still good and faith in this world. There are no words to describe this tremendous outpouring. <3
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Bob Caretti
56 months ago

We are a fellow firefighter family also living in Columbia Lakes. We have a small party rental business and would like to donate any and all supplies needed for any upcoming fundraisers you might be having for this family. Please do not hesitate to call us if there is anything we can help with. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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Raised by 206 people in 56 months
Created September 25, 2014
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Anonymous
54 months ago
TC
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Terry Cramer
54 months ago
CM
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Cameron McCluney
55 months ago

Glad you are on the mend. We are looking forward to having you back in the saddle VERY soon!

NG
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nate greeley
55 months ago
$500
Anonymous
55 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Anonymous
55 months ago
MH
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Milan Hansen
55 months ago

Sorry I was late in getting this to you. Hopes and prayers for you and your family.

FV
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Frank Vyskocil
55 months ago
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Anonymous
56 months ago
TF
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The Bakeman Family
56 months ago

Get well soon

Bob Caretti
56 months ago

We are a fellow firefighter family also living in Columbia Lakes. We have a small party rental business and would like to donate any and all supplies needed for any upcoming fundraisers you might be having for this family. Please do not hesitate to call us if there is anything we can help with. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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