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Lupe's Accident Fund - Please Help!

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Raised by 112 people in 5 months
Created September 18, 2017
YES.... Your life too can change in the blink of an eye!!!

Leslie and I are reaching out to ask for your help. Without our community helping one of our own this family of 5 will have no money for food, monthly bills and will most likely lose their home. We can not let this happen.

Two years ago Leslie and I had the amazing good fortune to meet Lupe Romero, when a friend recommended him for a sheet rock project at our farm in Portland, Tennessee. Since that chance meeting two years ago, Lupe, his wife, and kids have become part of our family.

Lupe is an absolute delight and one of the hardest working men I have ever met.  He came to America, as have many thousands of others, with a dream to become a US Citizen and to provide for his small family; wife Samantha and three beautiful kids Tatyana (16), Isaiah (6) and Isabella (3).

I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work as hard in my life - sometimes 2 and 3 jobs to make sure he could properly provide for his family, oftentimes working until one or two in the morning.

Eventually, he received his Social Security card, a well earned work visa, and a TN driver’s license.  With these documents finally in his possession, he was well on his way to achieving his long desired American dream.

Tragically, on Tuesday evening September 12th, in the blink of an eye, his whole world came crashing down….. Literally. Lupe will be wheel chair bound and out of work for at least a year.  The possibility of achieving the American Dream seems to be shattered.

What happened in the next update.
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UPDATE: Lupe Romero 12/05/17.....

Part of the massive number of injuries that Lupe received in his Sept. 12th accident was multiple fractures to his spine and neck and 11 broken ribs. This resulted in him having to wear a full upper body and neck brace while in bed or sitting up. I am very excited to announce that the Vanderbilt doctor incharge of Lupe's spinal care has cleared him to no longer have to wear the braces. After a new series of X-Rays the doctor says Lupe's neck, spine and ribs are healing nicely. However, due to a completely shattered pelvis and the 6 hour reconstructive surgery to repair that injury Lupe can not walk and is confined to wheelchair mobility and very minimal walker use for at least another 5 months. We are hoping for good news after his upcoming pelvic exam. Lupe is gaining strength daily and is looking forward to being able to return to work to support his family. Until then Lupe is still in need of financial support to feed, house and clothe his family so we ask you and your friends to please help this loving family with a donation to our GoFundMe campaign. God's blessing to each of you and thank you for your love, prayers and support. https://www.gofundme.com/PleaseHelpLupe
No more body/neck brace!!!
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UPDATE November 17, 2017......... First things first.... Lupe is gaining strength every day. He is in very high spirits and his upcoming doctor's appointment will give us all a better understanding of how his health and injuries are progressing and when he can forecast going back to work. We give all the glory to God.

Now the Rest of The Story...... Billboard Magazine premiers Song & Video starring Lupe.

Most of you only know Lupe and his famly from the photo we have posted and from what I have shared in these updates. What you do not know is that before his near death car accident Lupe was a vibrant and hard working young man sometimes working 2-3 part time jobs in addition to his full time dry wall job to support his family. I would like to share with you what your support will mean for him getting back to work.

Earlier this year @zachdubois, an amazing young country artist here in Nashville, met Lupe at our farm and learned of his struggles to come to America and find work to support his family. From that meeting Zach wrote a song called "Pray For Rain" which is the first single release on his new CD. Zach also produced a music video for the song and Lupe was the center of the story. The video was filmed at Humble Hollow Farm in North Tennessee just 2 weeks before Lupe's horrible accident.

In late October Billboard Magazine featured an amazing article and did an exclusive premiere on the video.

When you watch the video you will see Lupe hard at work which is where he longs to return as soon as possible.

Link to Billboard Article October 24, 2017 below

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8013835/zach-dubois-pray-for-rain-video

Thank you all for your love and generosity.
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UPDATE on Lupe 11/06/17

I am very sorry about taking so long to share a new update on Lupe but after our harrowing 40 hour round trip van adventure to New Orleans (27 hours of the trip was driving), all seven of us came down with strep throat and/or a nasty case of the flu. We are all just now recuperating……so here is your update.

As you will remember from our last update the immigration hearing for Lupe’s permanent U.S. residency status, one which they had been trying to get for 7 years, was sprung on the family 4 weeks after Lupe was released from the hospital and with only two week’s notice to appear. AND it was scheduled to be held in New Orleans. Why New Orleans…. I still don’t have a clear answer for that…. unless they were hoping that Lupe would not make the trip. If he had missed this meeting chances are he would have had to wait another couple of years for the next hearing opportunity. So you can understand his determination to be there for this hearing regardless of the massive pain he was experiencing.

Several of our friends pitched in and we were able to rent a 10 passenger sprinter van and were gifted several gas cards for the trip. At 7:30am on the morning of Tuesday Oct. 24th we loaded the entire family up, including my co-pilot Zach DuBois and headed for New Orleans.

After 10 hours of driving we arrived in New Orleans at 5:45pm, ate dinner, went to sleep, got up the next morning (Wednesday Oct. 25th) at 5:45am to make the immigration hearing by 7:30am. The hearing was two hours late and once they started it only lasted 25 minutes. Lupe feels good about the meeting but we will not have an answer for another week or so.

Once the hearing was over and we all had a healthy breakfast then loaded everyone up and headed back to Portland, TN……. arriving at 11:30pm Wednesday night.

I want to thank all of you that have been following Lupe’s story and have donated to his recovery fund. To those on the fence or that have not had the chance to donate yet please know that we are NOT out of the woods on this and we need your help now more than ever.

Lupe still can not walk for at least another 1-2 months while his surgically reconstructed pelvis and multiple spinal fractures/breaks all heal. At that point rehab will start and the process could take 5-6 months before he can go back to work.

Since Lupe is the only bread winner in the family they are in desperate need of your help. Won’t you please help Lupe and his family?

If you have already donated please share our story with your friends. GOD BLESS YOU ALL and THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND DONATIONS.
Lupe & Sam at Immigration hearing.
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UPDATE 10/13/17

Lupe is now at home but struggling with major pain from the injuries he received in his horrific care accident on September 12th. He is wheel chair bound and will not be able to walk for at least 3 months at which time we hope he will be able to start rehab. At that point the doctors say that he will not be able to go back to work for at least 8 months.

Lupe, being the very proud man that he is, does not like being in a position to ask for help but he and his family continue to need your help and donations. Please help with what ever you can.

I was visiting Lupe the other day and as we sat at the table he began to pray for God’s loving and healing mercy. As he prayed I felt the need to take a photo of his praying hands. After I got home I started thinking about what these two hands are really all about…….

THESE HUMBLE HANDS…….

are the hands of a loving father and husband

are the hands of a strong family provider

are the hands of a man working hard to carve out his American Dream

are the hands that hold dear to his heart his children

are the hands his wife and 3 children depend on for protection

are the hands of a body racked with pain from a horrific car accident

are the hands that long to work again for the sake of his family

are the hands of comfort, passion and friendship

are the hands of a man with dreams shattered by tragedy

are the hands of a teaching parent

are the hands that hide the tears of pain and disappointment from his family

are the hands that although are strong, proud and independent must ask for our help

are the hands of a broken man that needs each of us make a donation, regardless of how much, so that his family will not be evicted, will be able to eat, and will be able to pay their bills

THESE ARE THE HANDS OF PRAYER!

Won’t you please donate today to help support Lupe and his family until he can go back to work?
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