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The Barker Family

$61,479 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 445 people in 6 months
Created January 1, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jeremy Barker
35826102_154635696314129_r.jpegDear family and friends, On Christmas Eve Emily Barker (daughter of Wendy and Jeremy Barker of Hobe Sound, FL), one of the sweetest , kindest and smartest young ladies you could hope to meet was involved in a very serious car accident on Christmas Eve.  She was trauma hawked to St. Mary’s hospital in West Palm Beach with a shattered jaw, broken ribs , broken collarbone and traumatic brain injury.  Emily was in her sophomore year studying  at the University of South Florida to become a speech therapist, she is a talented piano player , an incredible older sister to two brothers (Alex and Oliver) and a genuine friend to many.
We the friends of the Barker family have started this Gofundme campaign for Emily as we know this will be a very long and expensive process to get her all the extensive care, treatments and therapies she will need to get her back on track for the life she deserves. Please share and keep our dear friends in your thoughts and prayers!!
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Welcome Home Emily Celebration
Hosted by Harry & The Natives in Hobe Sound
Friday May 17, 6pm - 9pm
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Friday May 3rd was day 131 of Emily's recovery and her last day at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. They gave her a memorable 'graduation' send off, and after an emotional good bye we headed to the beach for a weekend celebration of the start of a new period in our lives.
So she is now home and ready to begin the local outpatient physical therapy rehab and especially eager to go personally thank the paramedics from Palm Beach Fire Rescue #26 who saved her life and the professionals at St. Mary's ICU who her started her journey of recovery.
As this will be the last update we want to sincerely thank everyone who supported us along the way and appropriately so, give Emily the last word..........

I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to the people’s whose job it is to keep me healthy or have me practice functionality, but do it with such positive spirits. And the same goes for the people who have given me so much support. The silver lining to all this was to see just how many amazing people are in my corner. And I will never ever be able to thank my family for all their incredible help. They are the ones that for the last 5 months have sat through all the different versions of yours truly. From the one who scratched people till they bled while in a coma, the one who asked the same questions every ten minutes, the one who couldn’t listen to anything but One Direction, the one who managed to pull out every single wire that was holding her jaw in place, all the way to the current (fabulous) version. And people at rehab were talking about how different their parents were, but I could not relate at all, because my parents have always been so caring and wonderful that they seem like the exact people I had before. After seeing how much a brain injury can affect you, I feel insanely lucky and thankful to all my doctors, nurses, CNAs, and therapists. The hospital was surprisingly so fun and enjoyable because of the staff, and at rehab, the same, and all day you’re in a group of people who actually know what you’re dishing out. It was crazy to have chosen Speech Pathology as my major and then to NEED it. So hopefully I can intern there in the future and give patients the experience I got! -Emily
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Tomorrow, Friday April 12th is day 110 on Emily's journey of recovery. She reached her initial goals in the out patient rehab program at the Brooks Hospital in Jacksonville in short order. But with her intent to return to university as soon as possible she has been set much higher goals, including a college online practice college level course to get her back on a path back to school.
She very much enjoys the speech therapy component of the rehab and is learning so much about it that she is more determined than ever to be a speech pathologist after learning about it from the patient perspective. She especially enjoys the bio-feedback sessions she receives weekly and feels everyone should be experiencing it!
Her walking is very much improved, but not back to normal yet. The first few steps after standing up are more like those of a 90 year old than a 20 year old, but she works on this everyday. Her appetite is building back up and she is getting to know some of Jacksonville's awesome restaurants.
She has been given a tentative graduation date from the rehab program of May 3, so all being well she will be home early May. She is motivated to return to school in the fall even if it is on a limited schedule basis.
We are so appreciative of all the support we have received during this ordeal. We cannot express enough how much it has helped us get through this, so thank you very much to all of you.
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Today is exactly 80 days since Emily's car accident and she continues to progress very well. The outpatient rehab program is really working her hard with a well rounded schedule that includes cognitive training, group communication, memory training, group exercise, physical therapy, bio feedback and psychological counseling.
After 3 weeks in the program she is walking very well and now training on uneven surfaces for balance and agility. Her test scores for the memory & cognitive skills improve significantly week over week and she has been set a graduation date of May 1st to leave the program in Jacksonville.
She did get to come home for the first weekend in March and her brothers surprised her by putting up the Christmas tree so she could belatedly celebrate and open her gifts. She was as surprised by the gifts she bought us as the gifts she received because she had no memory of buying and wrapping them!!! We had a great weekend at home with her and can't wait to have her home for good.
We continue to be amazed by her strength and determination to heal. It has been an emotional journey for her, but we see her personality emerging more each day.
We truly appreciate all the continued encouragement, prayers and support.
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$61,479 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 445 people in 6 months
Created January 1, 2019
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on behalf of Jeremy Barker
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