Help Coach David Grimes
Hello my name is David Grimes, better known around here as Coach Dave. I have been coaching Venice Fastpitch since 2008, and currently serve as President of Miss Venice Fastpitch. I would love nothing more than to keep coaching for many years to come. I have been battling Type 1 Diabetes since 2000, and Stage 4 Renal Failure for the past 2 years. My kidney's are no longer functioning so I am now on dialysis. I have not been able to work for the past 2 years. I have been working with Shands Hopspital at The University of Florida, and have been placed on a national waiting list for kidney and pancreas transplant. My wife and two daughters are my entire world. My daughters happen to play softball as well, & I hope to get the transplant to be able to continue to coach my girls and the future girls of Venice Fastpitch. I would like to ask the help of the commuity for any donation, to help cover my medical expenses, my transplant, and take some of the burden off of my family.
Thank you and God Bless,
They met when they were quite young. They worked together at Stein Mart in Venice, FL. David, a handsome man folk from Alabama charmed Sommer with his slow Southern twang. They had an instant connection that grew from when they started dating in November of 1998 to when they married on April 8, 2000 and it hasn’t stopped.
They have always had a mutual respect and very deep love for one another that has continued to grow. They committed themselves on that beautiful Spring day with Sommer looking stunning in her long white gown. When David saw her he choked up, knowing this was the girl he was going to spend the rest of his life with, this was his girl, his one and only. They stood there that perfect day hoping to have the opportunity to grow old together. Sommer looked deep into David’s eyes vowing to love him and obey him (she’s still working on that part) from this day forward, in sickness and health, for richer and poorer.
Never ever did either of them know what the future had in store for them. They were young and in Love and could conquer the world together. They were each others rock and also their soft place. They embraced each other and worked hard to get ahead as they grew their family.
Kylie was born on Christmas Day in 2000. She was instantly the love of their life! David was immediately (and still is) wrapped around her little finger. She was his baby girl and he loves her the mostest!
David always had a love for softball and as soon as Kylie could walk he had her on the field. They developed an extremely special bond as David coached her teams for years. Kylie was given David’s passion for the sport and they spent many, many days and every weekend on the field. David always had an extra twinkle in his eye when watching Kylie play!
David and Sommer never thought they could love anyone like they love Kylie. Then in 07 Kenna came along. She was their little peanut. Kenna completed this family. They were all so happy and excited to have her. David was ecstatic to have 2 girls and him and Sommer continued to grow together. They worked hard towards their financial goals and spent their weekends on the softball field smiling from ear to ear! This was the time of their lives.
David was diagnosed with type one diabetes the same year him and Sommer got married but it was never the center of his life. He was healthy and never let it stop him. He continued working, coaching, and enjoying life and his family. In 2013 it was determined that his kidneys were failing. Then one day while at a softball tourney in Fort Myers in May of 2014 he was rushed to the hospital. The time had come when the disease they fought for so long was taking its toll and requiring more attention. He began dialysis which he continues today.
It was determined that David needed both a kidney and a pancreas requiring the donor to be deceased. David and Sommer remained the most positive and cheerful people. You would never know what they were going through. They still had Love and hope and each other. Sommer stood by David’s side day in and day out. Sleepless nights became her norm. Many times she worked 2 jobs to keep them afloat. She had been at her job for nearly 20 years as a VPK teacher but her income didn’t stretch far enough for a family of 4.
A couple of years into David’s renal failure diagnosis he was approved for a very small disability benefit. This obviously wasn’t enough to get them caught up. Sommer continued teaching during the day and waiting table 5-6 nights a week. They have lived, breathed, and survived every single vow they made to each other nearly 2 decades before. They continued their fight for David’s life.
In 2017 they made the very difficult decision to transfer David to Alabama at an attempt to get a transplant so he could really live again. This was heart breaking for all 4 members of the Grimes family. Sommer and the girls had to stay behind for work and school. Sommer instantly became a single mom trying to juggle everything spending every minute worried. Worried about David, worried about the impact she saw this having on their daughters, and worried about how to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Sommer did all of this with a smile on her face. If you’ve ever heard Sommer laugh, it is the most precious and joyful sound. Even with everything she had on her plate she still laughed, staying focused on having a positive outcome and David being granted the transplants he needed.
David’s health once again began to deteriorate while in Alabama. His left leg became infected due to lack of circulation and instead of going in to surgery to receive his transplants, he instead had to go in to get his leg amputated. Sommer flew to Alabama to be with David. Despite the heartbreaking news, they focused on their love for each other. You see, David and Sommer still felt as though they had so much to be grateful for. They had two healthy beautiful girls and a true love most only hope find.
David had complications during the healing process and eventually they had to amputate more of his leg. This started his recovery all over again. David still worked hard through the brutal and painful rehabilitation. He had his eyes set on getting better so he could go back home and be with his family. When the 4 of them are together, nothing else matters. They bring each other peace and comfort even with the world around them is crumbling.
David returned to Florida in February and decided to resume treatment with his previous doctors. They had hoped to get him on the transplant list at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Sommer was forced to stop working and began caring for David around the clock. She administered his dialysis for 12 hours every night, helped him move around the house. While this was stressful and hard she loved every minute of having him home.
Late Friday night David was once again taken to the ER. His right foot was just not getting the circulation needed. He was admitted to the hospital where he remains. He will most likely lose his other leg. David is not giving up though. He and Sommer both feel as long as they have each other, who needs legs?! David is focused on once again going through the painful hell of rehabilitation and getting well enough for prosthetics. David is determined to walk again. The hope is still to get David through this so he can be on the transplant list again. He is aggravated with his insurance as they don’t cover prosthetics so he is already thinking of fundraising ideas.
To watch The Grimes Family go through this has been the greatest inspiration. To watch their strength and grace while losing everything around them really makes one aware of the things we complain about in day to day life.
David and Sommer are proof real love exists. They are evidence of how much Love really can get you through. We ask for everyone to continue to support The Grimes’ anyway you can. You can mail cards, donations, and well wishes to Karp Law/Care of David Grimes, 871 Venetia Bay Blvd. Suite 201, Venice, FL 34285. On behalf of the Grimes Family, we all appreciate the support.
Facebook peeps. You are kind and generous. Coach Dave and his family are grateful for your support.
Our family is so touched by the amount of support already! You are all amazing, and we feel so very blessed! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!