Help Tom Walk Again

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Raised by 90 people in 16 days
My name is Maxwell Greggo. At the end of January 2017 my father, Tom, was home recovering from a routine kidney stone operation. Walking back to bed from a midnight bathroom visit he lost consciousness and fell, waking up hours later face down and unable to move. Because my mother was away visiting family and I live out of town, there was no one home to help him or hear him call for help. He laid there for hours, immobilized and alone, unable to answer the phone when messages came in from my mom asking how he was doing and if he was alright. Worried he hadn’t responded, she managed to reach two family friends to go to the house and check up on him and finally, sixteen hours after falling, paramedics were called and he was taken to the hospital.

     It was determined that the fall had caused severe whiplash that resulted in a torn ligament misaligning three vertebrae in his neck and compressing his spinal cord. Emergency surgery stabilized and reinforced his spinal column, but unfortunately even after the surgery he found he was paralyzed with no feeling or control of his body from the shoulders down. After months of intense physical and occupational therapy and more recovery at home he has progressed to the point where he has regained some feeling throughout his body and some control of his shoulders and arms, but still, control of his legs, feet, and hands remains out of reach. He also suffers from constant nerve pain and frequent spasms, common to spinal cord injuries.

     My dad has always been a very active man, always working on his car, fixing things around the house, running his Hi-Fi repair shop, helping his friends out with their projects, and helping me out countless times when I found myself in a jam and didn’t have the mechanical experience to handle it. His days now consist of him lying in bed, or at best being put into his manual wheelchair, and passively watching TV or listening to music. He needs constant 24 hour support to perform even basic tasks like eating.

     Tom has recently been approved by The Stem Cell Institute, a world leader in their field of stem cell research and therapy, for treatment in August in Panama City, Panama. Unfortunately, this treatment isn’t yet available in the United States and requires travelling abroad. Scans taken before and after the injury as well as months into his recovery show that his spinal cord wasn’t torn or severed, only bruised and swollen. These scans were reviewed by the institute’s team of doctors before accepting him. The stem cells they use will be collected from Tom’s bone marrow and obtained from umbilical cord and placental tissue donated by mothers after normal births. The Stem Cell Institute has had success in treating similar injuries, and when performed within two years of the original trauma they show an 83% chance of significant recovery.

     The initial treatment costs $37,200 and so far we estimate that we’ll need $5,000 for travel for my dad and mother along with specialized accessible medical equipment and supplies. Tom’s medical care and has put extreme financial and personal strain on our family simply maintaining the status quo. We need help. Unfortunately his insurance will not cover this treatment.

     I would like to personally express my gratitude for your consideration, and especially for the wonderful help and support already given by so many of Dad’s friends and family.

Thank you.

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My goodness, guys. You have.. this has been an incredibly tumultuous week. And you have just been the silver-lining throughout. You have surprised me, humbled me, and I am just so thankful that Tom's cool enough to love and share as much as we do! :)

We are just shy of thirty percent, right now. We're right at 28.5%! Holy cow! This is amazing! You'd think Tom was some kind of amazing person with amazing friends and family! :D

But the real reason for my update:
I wanted to provide my email (as much as GoFundMe advises me not to - so, I created one) so that you could share your mailing addresses for thank-you cards and all of your embarrassing, loving, memorable Tom-stories.

My email: tomgreggolove@gmail.com

I'm still missing a number of you. So please send these my way! I have tons of cards to fill out and address!

Anything you want to share, comment, ask - that's a good email address. I can/will read to Tom, Millie, and Max every single one each weekend. They'd love to reminisce! And I'm sure everybody else would love to hear your Tom-stories! So, please send those stories :)

Anyway. If it wasn't clear, let it be known that I am incredibly thankful for all of you. I am forever in your debt. I am so glad to know Tom, and to know that he knows people like you. Not to get mushy and emotional, but I love you. Thank you. Thank you so very much.

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Oh my goodness, people! We're just shy of 25%! That's absolutely incredible. Thanks so much! Holy cow. This is.. jeez, this is just wonderful. I'm so happy to know some of you, and happy to have heard such wonderful things about those of you I haven't met. Tom and his family just freakin' love you guys. Thank you so much, so very, very much. This is, I have a feeling, the big break Tom needs (and deserves) - I feel like this will change everything, shake up the status quo, and kickstart the next chapter. Thank you very much for being a huge part of that, and being directly responsible for that. It means the world.

As many of you probably know - Tom, Max, and Millie aren't the most apt to social media and things like GoFundMe - but they've been following along! They've called many of you to thank you. If you haven't received a call - expect one.

For those willing - could you please provide your mailing address? We will be snailmailing some thank-you notes. It would mean a lot to us if we could do that, please don't think it an inconvenience - we'd really love to personally thank you! <3

Also, if you have some Tom-stories, memories, reasons for sharing/donating, and/or some really embarassing moments - I'd like to share some in our updates - allow the world to get to know Tom, why we love him, and why he deserves this immensely wonderful opportunity.

Anyway, we're obviously making some headway. In one week, we've done what we honestly didn't think we'd get close to in the first place. This is incredibly humbling, eye-opening, and mind-blowing. To see the feeling and emotion in Tom's face again..jeez.. we're this close to having Tom back. Thank you for that. Thank you for all of your help, support, love, and shares - I'm not sure we'll ever be able to thank you enough.

<3 always,

PS. Please share your Tom-stories, and/or your mailing addresses. Send us a message or email me!

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