Helping Jeremy Douglass

$28,685 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 220 people in 49 months
My Name is Heather Haines; I am the girlfriend of Jeremy Douglass who on February 3, 2015 was in a horrible accident while painting at church. He & another boy were 30 feet up on a scissor lift that fell over after a tire hit a hole in the ground. It was a miracle that both boys held on hard enough to not undergo brain injury. Jeremy landed straight on his back shattering his L2 Vertebrae (where the spinal cord ends) and fracturing some lower vertebrae’s in his spine as well. 
     To date he has undergone 2 surgeries which combined were 11 hours in length. He now has rods, screws and a titanium cage in place of his shattered vertebrae. With the severity and location of this injury Jeremy is now being classified as an Incomplete Paraplegic. The use and sensation of anything below his waist is non-existent. 
     We are all hopeful that this will not be the case for the rest of his life, but at this point only time will tell. Doctors and therapists at the rehab center where Jeremy is located have assured us no matter what the outcome is, that he will still be able to live a full life doing all the things he loves like graduating from UCF, fishing, traveling and driving (with hand controls) even if he remains wheelchair bound. Jeremy has shown amazing strength and dedication to the process that is underway in his life right now and we all could not be more proud of him. He is a true inspiration for many and the amount of love outpouring for him during this time is unbelievable. For those who know Jeremy you just can’t help but love him! 
     Jeremy is never one to ask for a handout, that is why his family and I are stepping in to help him.  The reason for the GoFundMe for Jeremy is so that we can raise money for him to be able to get a truck suited for his new lifestyle. His current truck is an extended cab with crank windows, no power locks and is not 100% reliable. We would love your help in reaching this goal for Jeremy so that he can find a full size truck that he can get modified to better suit his current life in a wheelchair.
      Any donation big or small is a step in the right direction and we thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this time. He is an amazing man and has changed my life since the day we met, now it is my turn to do something amazing for him. #TeamJeremy
 
XOXO

Heather
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THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this possible for Jeremy! We appreciate it more than words can say! He is now the proud owner of a 2015 Chevy Silverado!
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Yesterday was the day Jeremy FINALLY got to go home!!! Now his new phase of healing and progressing in his rehab can begin. He will continue 3 days a week in his outpatient rehab center where he will master new skills, fine tune the ones he already knows, and even work on getting his driving certification! We still have a long road ahead but we are all tackling it day by day and Jeremy is exceeding every goal he sets out to get! Thank you to everyone that has helped us make it this far! :)
Crossing the finish line :)
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This week has been a tough week with all of the pain on Jeremy’s side as well as his back. On Saturday Morning he was taken over to ORMC for an ultrasound of his side to try and figure out what is causing him so much pain and they told him there was a large quantity of fluid built up on his side. On Wednesday morning they went in to drain that fluid pocket and hopefully it will start to relieve a lot of that pressure and pain that he is experiencing. His come home date as of now is still set for March 26 (a week from the original release date) The other boy from the accident Dereck was sent home on the 13th and is now finishing his recovery from home. Jeremy is very excited mentally to be getting out of the hospital after his 7 week stay and back into some normal surroundings (as are we!!!) Every day is a new day, some better than others but he is making it through and showing amazing progress and perseverance, even when he is in pain he still pushes through his Therapy! He even surprised us all when he was able to flex his upper right thigh on his own, which was so exciting for everyone to see that step in the right direction! Once he is home a whole new chapter of recovery can begin. We are only $5,000 away from our Truck Fund Goal for Jeremy and that is so exciting to him now that it’s becoming closer and closer to a reality! As always thank you for donations, shares, support, and prayers!
Baking Cookies in Therapy
Jeremy Flexing His Right Thigh!!!!
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This week has been a big milestone for Jeremy in accomplishments he has been working on new things in therapy as well as fine tuning the stuff he has already learned. Yesterday he told me he took the time down from getting a shower and getting dressed from 3 hours to only 1 hour! I was so excited for him, because i know that is a huge deal! He is also working on things like pulling his legs on and off the bed and wheeling up inclines and uneven sidewalks. The pain from his back and the surgery is going away little by little, but as to be expected it is a lengthy process for a full surgery recovery. It is exciting to see how close we are getting to our truck goal, only $7,000 away! Jeremy has already started shopping around seeing what his options are ;) As always thank you to everyone for continued support, donations, and most importantly prayers!!
Playing Horse with Zach
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William Clenney
48 months ago
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WOW! This is amazing grace! What generous people are here. This gives me a courage to go on a little longer.

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William Clenney
47 months ago

Congratulations. Use it to glorify God. I know you will.

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Amy Hirsch Maza
47 months ago

Awesome!

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Raised by 220 people in 49 months
Created February 27, 2015
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31 months ago
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Susan, Margie and Rena
47 months ago

You're an inspiration to all of us Jeremy. We pray for your continued recovery every day!!

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Brad Cox
47 months ago

Stay strong bud!! Our prayers are with you

FJ
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Fred & Mary Johnson
47 months ago

You've got an amazing Mom and girlfriend, Jeremy. God will help them stay strong for you. May God Bless you and hold you in his hand.

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47 months ago
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47 months ago
William Clenney
48 months ago
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WOW! This is amazing grace! What generous people are here. This gives me a courage to go on a little longer.

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William Clenney
47 months ago

Congratulations. Use it to glorify God. I know you will.

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Amy Hirsch Maza
47 months ago

Awesome!

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