Robert Kapen

$13,283 of $50k goal

Raised by 99 people in 47 months
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Steve Cheek   TORRANCE, CA

Family and Friends:

On June 24th of 2011 Robert "Kapen" was working at a Young Life camp in Williams, AZ. He went to bed feeling fine but when he woke up he felt numbness on his right side. He was at camp with 350 teens and adults and he was the only person that was affected with this virus. He was taken to the emergency hospital in Flagstaff and then things just got worse so He was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
At the Mayo Clinic he had seizure of some sort and was placed in a medically induced coma. A tracheotomy was performed and he was placed on a ventilator. They ran a gamut of tests and checked for everything they could possibly think of: West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, Valley Fever, and more with no diagnosis. After he came out from the coma he was given 1 % chance of living. He had no feeling from neck down. He had become a quadriplegic, he was mute and could only communicate with his eyes. He stayed at the Mayo Clinic for several weeks then he was then transferred on a private jet plane to UCLA Medical Center in West Los Angeles for further research but they also could not find a diagnosis. He stayed there close to two months. After UCLA he was transferred to a sub-acute care facility and there he began moving a little more and his left side started waking up and later transferred to Long Beach Memorial for intense rehab. He was given two months of intensive physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy and then he was sent home after nine months of being in hospitals.
There is still no concrete diagnosis and doctors are still baffled as to what attacked Robert's brain. They can only suggest to keep going with therapy.
These days Robert has therapy from 9am to 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He is still in a wheelchair, needs special transportation to get to and from therapy. He communicates with his phone because he is unable to speak. He has a gastrostomy tube because he is not able to swallow and has a caregiver who assists while his mom is at work. 
This page was set up to bring support to help with medical bills, nursing care, treatments not covered by the insurance, etc. The family would be so grateful for any kind of support all of us are willing to give. We don't HAVE to reach this goal but if we did it would be a huge blessing to the family. Again, anything will help. And if you can't donate then we would just like you to please read this story of one of the most faithful, joyful and patient man we know and pass it along to others. Thank you for visiting the page and willing to help. May God bless you, and please continue to keep "Kapen" and his family in your prayers.

If you wish to make an offline donation instead please make checks payable to:

Karen Kapen
1212 Teri Avenue
Torrance, CA 90503

Thank you!

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Update 10
24 months ago
Hello and thank you for all your support. Robert has been improving physically and we are really blessed by it. His speech is also getting better each day and he is eating lots of new foods each day. He started with really soft foods a and now he is getting started with the harder foods. Hawaiian pizza and French fries are some of his favorites (but chocolate is the most favorite of course) We are excited to share this update with you, this past week he was recorded on a treadmill at therapy and with their support he is stepping faster and stronger.

You can visit this link to view the latest video.

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=117394048315600&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr


We thank you all for your prayers and blessing us with your support. God bless!
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Update 9
45 months ago
Greetings team Kapen!

This update is to show you a little video clip of Robert's fundraise event at Brik fitness.
You can also see what Robert's been up to these days at the gym. Go Kapen!
Thank you for your prayers and your support!

Here is the link!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=279623765474569&set=vb.319909918067368&type=2&theater
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Update 8
46 months ago
Hello Team Kapen!

Here are some pictures of the fundraise at Brik Fitness

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.446382778753414.101322.319909918067368&type=1

We are blessed by all the support
Thank you!!!
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Update 7
46 months ago
Thank you Brik Fitness!
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Kristen Bair Hink
46 months ago

Did he recently receive any vaccines. Everyone "pooh poohs" this but lots of young ppl are injured and dying from "safe" vaccines. Do not discount vax injury.

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Nina Brister
46 months ago

I LOVE witnessing how amazing people can be. The support your friends and family are showing to help raise money to assist in funding your recovery restores my faith in mankind. You are truly an inspiration to us all Robert. We are very proud of your progress, your positive attitude, your sheer Will to get better, and your Faith in God. We Love you and Pray every day for your full recovery.

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Melanie Adams
47 months ago

you bring joy to so many, it is a pleasure to help out.

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Jamie McIntire
47 months ago

Happy to help such dear friends as the Kapens!

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Carolyn DeKoven
47 months ago

Thank you so much Steve for helping to put this site together for Robert and the Kapen Family. I work with Karen (we sit next to each other and I know what a stress this past year has been on her. I hope that everyone steps up and helps out this wonderful cause...GO TEAM KAPEN!!

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$13,283 of $50k goal

Raised by 99 people in 47 months
Created September 29, 2012
PR
$160
Poli and Floyd Raymer
19 months ago

Go, Kapen!

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$250
Anonymous
28 months ago
CF
$100
Catherine Foreman
33 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving and congrats on the new ride. Let's go cruising!!!

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ES
$25
Ed & Allison Southworth
39 months ago

In honor of Summer Boren's 7th Birthday, somewhat belated.

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JC
$100
Julia Carlton
41 months ago
NB
$100
Nina Brister
41 months ago

Happy Birthday Miss Summer Boren! What a Fabulously Unselfish thing for you to wish for. We love you and are so proud of you Baby Girl! (Although for Christmas might I suggest you go ahead and wish for those "two front teeth?") Robert, Karen and Family, We Love you and pray for you every day. Nina, Sean, Patrick, Brody, Casey, Wyatt & Charlie-Girl (our puppy *;*)

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MS
$25
Marie Southworth
41 months ago

A gift from Summer Boren and Boots Southworth. Best wishes

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DB
$25
Dee Bielcik
41 months ago

A gift from us and Summer Boren

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$360
Anonymous
44 months ago
SB
$48
Summer Boren
44 months ago

Hello Robert, I wanted to send you the Christmas money I received to help you get better. My mommy and I say prayers for you every night. I want to see you at my birthday, camping, soon:)! Love, Summer

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Kristen Bair Hink
46 months ago

Did he recently receive any vaccines. Everyone "pooh poohs" this but lots of young ppl are injured and dying from "safe" vaccines. Do not discount vax injury.

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Nina Brister
46 months ago

I LOVE witnessing how amazing people can be. The support your friends and family are showing to help raise money to assist in funding your recovery restores my faith in mankind. You are truly an inspiration to us all Robert. We are very proud of your progress, your positive attitude, your sheer Will to get better, and your Faith in God. We Love you and Pray every day for your full recovery.

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Melanie Adams
47 months ago

you bring joy to so many, it is a pleasure to help out.

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Jamie McIntire
47 months ago

Happy to help such dear friends as the Kapens!

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Carolyn DeKoven
47 months ago

Thank you so much Steve for helping to put this site together for Robert and the Kapen Family. I work with Karen (we sit next to each other and I know what a stress this past year has been on her. I hope that everyone steps up and helps out this wonderful cause...GO TEAM KAPEN!!

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