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Help 4 Richard Luker

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Raised by 102 people in 19 months
This is Richard. He is 25 years old and the oldest brother of 3 boys. I am his mom, Jennifer. I am a single mom and these boys are my world. Richard had a terrible accident on August 27th and fell off a cliff in the mountains while riding his motorcycle with his friends. He was life flighted to Northeast Georgia Medical center and to date, still has not regained consciousness. He has suffered major head trauma and I have no idea the extent of the damage. This been my home for the last 9 days and will not leave his side until he opens his eyes. His friends encouraged me to set up this page because I have no idea what the costs are going to be. He has no insurance. All 3 of my boys live with me and I do my best to take care of them. I'm already going into my second week of being here but my bills aren't going to wait for him to get better. So, there's this medical expense, there's going to be after care and rehab and I am going to be the one to have to make sure he gets the care he needs. I will now need to make sure his car payment, insurance and other bills are paid on top of my own until he is back and able to care for himself. I have no idea when that will be because they still can't tell me the extent of his damage until he wakes up. Ihave applied for medical assistance and hoping to hear something soon on that. In the meantime, I am missing work and still have my other 2 boys to worry about. Anything can help and will be appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I have posted updates on my Facebook daily. You are welcome to read his story and progress there as well and I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you. Jennifer   
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It's been a long time since I posted anything about Richard and I apologise. The days get longer and my free time is non existent between trying to work and take care of him after. As most know, he is home now. At my mom's. My tiny apartment is not suitable for him so until I can move my mom has accommodated her home.
He didn't do so great at the Shephards Center. We had so many trials of different drugs it was hard for him to participate. He just sat in his wheelchair and slept most of the time. They said he was faking and didn't want to do the work but Richard has always been super sensitive to drugs so I don't believe it was purposeful.
Now he has been home for almost 6 weeks. Today for the very first time, Jonathan, whom has been taking care of him during the day, took Richard across the street to the library. Then they went to the park and walked a circle. Yes, I said walked. He is still very unsteady, but we, as a family has pushed him further than any facility he has been able to. His core is so weak. But he has an amazing brother that won't let him whimp out. Today, getting out of the house was huge. I am so excited for him.
I appreciate everyone who has received numerous calls from Richard. He obviously doesn't remember how many times he has called you. He calls me at work at least 10 times a day. I know it can be wearing but it's the only outlet he has had. Calling, texting and Alexa. OMG, he is obsessed with the Amazon Goddess. If it's not Tylor Whitfields band Seperations, (shout out to you,"Trouble") its screamo, very bad rap, or country.
I hope to keep you more updated. Ive just been so tired that I haven't even been on Facebook or any social media. I have been feeling bad about not updating everyone but one night turns into the next and a week goes by the a month.... It's always in my head, I just haven't taken the time to get it out here.
I'm attaching a picture if them in the park today. Life is good. Baby steps are still happening.
Jonathan and Richard at the park
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12/5/17
I am at home and Richard is still in the critical Care unit in Dublin,GA. His grandfather is sitting with him while I am gone. I'm getting real nervous about not working and had to come home and handle some things here. Richard and I talk on the phone everyday. He is still fighting infections. Mostly pneumonia and we're watching his kidneys real close. When we went into the hospital 2 1 /2 weeks ago, he was septic from an awful bladder infection. The antibiotics they gave him we're so strong that they caused renal failure. Now he has pneumonia. The neurologist says he needs to be in an intensive rehab. Not a nursing home. If he doesn't start getting the care and physical rehab that he needs he will just continue to get sick. So right now I have put my faith in God and the staff at this hospital that they will get Richard through this so we can move to the next phase of his recovery. I will not let him go back to the nursing home. He will go to a rehab and he will be back in Atlanta if I have anything to do with it. I cannot continue to manage my home, work, Richard and his brothers while he is so far away. Richard has an amazing support system and he deserves the benefit of his family and friends that want to be there for encouragement and support. So we need him home.
I appreciate all the comments and prayers. Now that he is talking I read to him all the comments, messages and prayers that have been sent to and for him. Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry. It's hard to go through the posts and tell him how much he has been through. Sometimes I skip a few parts because I just can't get myself to go there. One day he will be able to read the updates on his own but right now it's just to early. I just tell him the good stuff.
Our prayers are being heard so please keep him in yours that we can get him healed enough to move on to recovery so he can show us what he's got.
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11/28/17
I have been trying so hard to get Richard closer to home and I keep getting red tape every time I turn around. We have been at the hospital for 10 days now. I never expected to have to be here this long. I just started back to work 12 days ago. I come to see Richard and he was a hot mess. Now his infection is cleared up, sepsis is gone, his lungs sound good and now they want me send him right back to the place he got sick from. I have called 16 rehabs around Atlanta and of course no one will take him without a pay source. He needs therapy, not a nursing home. I'm so frustrated. I encourage anyone who has a child over 18 to get some kind of insurance on them. If anything bad should happen, its a nightmare. So, they're wanting to discharge him tomorrow and sending him back to Wrightsville. I am happy that Richard can now talk but he is having issues with his short term memory. He had visitors last night and this morning he didn't remember seeing them. Its really random. He remembers everything from the past. The Dr said because that is "stored" memory. I'm looking into getting fish oils and vitamin D drops that can be added to his diet. I was told these are good for the brain. I don't know why I haven't done this already. If anyone has any other good remedies, I'm open for suggestions.
I'm feeling really down about all of this. I just want the best for Richard, I feel bad about being gone so long from Christopher. I need to work, Christmas is coming and of course the bills don't stop. I think being here is taking a toll on me. Its actually pretty lonely. And with the news he isn't coming closer to home yet it just means my weekends are here and I don't want to leave him. Ugh. Pitty party!

Again, I ask that you please keep sharing this page. I don't know how else to spread his campaign without your help. If anyone has suggestions or advise on how to promote this I welcome those suggestions as well. Thank you. You guys are amazing.
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Week 13.
While we were in Gainesville I received a call from a guy who said neither me or Richard knew him but he was at Richards wreck and wanted to know if he could come see Richard. I said sure but he never showed. Last week I got a message from his mother. I'm not going to use their names because they don't know I'm posting this. She told me that her son was on the mountain that day riding with his friends and they heard Richard wreck so they hopped on their bike and went to see what happened. He was the first to get down the hill and to Richard. He loosened his helmet and was screaming at Richard to breathe and not to die. He stayed with him until Richards friends came back. The whole thing shook him up that he was scared to come see us. To this day it is still affecting him. I just want everyone to know this story because I am so happy these 2 fellas were there for Richard that day. They are heroes. I have messaged him and his mom and said thank you but it just doesn't seem enough. I read all the messages to Richard and he agrees they helped save his life and he wants to meet them as well. He also said he wants to ride with them one day. Pfft, not if I have a say lol. After 12 weeks of not knowing anything, I finally have so many answers. I think about these boys every day and what they went through and I smile and cry all together. Its a beautiful thing. If your reading this, you guys are angels. This story is not over.

Well, I came down to see Richard and planned to stay 2 nights. I've been here a week now. Richard is getting better. The infection is almost gone but the antibiotics they gave him were so strong it has caused kidney damage. If it gets any worse they might have to put him on dialysis. Lets pray that doesn't happen. He is holding stable for now. It is so nice to sit and talk to him. The poor kid is starving. He wants food so bad he dreams about it. Today he woke up and told me the doctor said he could have a whole box of cereal of his choice. (It must have been his dream) so I asked him what kind did he choose. He said corn flakes. Haha. He is obsessed with water too. He asked me to get a water machine and bring it to him. He is gonna drink about 6 gallons he says. Bless him, I can't wait for the day he can eat. They held all his feeding because he was throwing up so much so he didn't have anything for 5 days. They started feeding him again yesterday so he is starting to feel better. He keeps asking when is he going to rehab. He is ready. I wouldn't say it if I didn't think so. Once he is out of CCU I know he is going to improve so much more. Just in the past 2 weeks you wouldn't believe this is the same person. His body was not hurt in the wreck so it's just going to take a lot of therapy to strengthen his muscles. From there I can only imagine what he can do. Richard is stubborn as a bull and when you say cant, he says watch this. Please keep praying. God is hearing our prayers and is healing my son.

I have to ask that you please share this page as much as possible. I have been unable to work and am doing everything I can to get Richard back to Atlanta as soon as possible. I will refuse to have him discharged and sent back to the nursing home. He needs a rehab. End of story. Him being so far away has taken a toll on me and my other 2 boys. I need to go back to work, Christopher and Jonathan need me home and we all need Richard back to Atlanta getting the care he needs. So please, just hit the share button and lets get his page noticed. Thank you.
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