Robert's medical bills & expenses

$34,765 of $50k goal

Raised by 524 people in 3 months
Mary Zautner Smart  FEURA BUSH, NY
Since our dad passed away in  February 2012, my brother Rob has carried on the running the family business, Toll Gate Ice Cream. On Sunday, January 8, I took Rob to the emergency room to determine what had been causing his stomach pain for the previous three weeks.   Rob had been reluctant to seek medical attention because he could not afford health insurance.  After tests were run, the docs  were convinced that Rob had a cancerous mass in his intestines.  Rob was admitted to the hospital, biopsies were taken, and we were told that his issues more resembled  diverticulitis, which he had previously suffered from.  Over the next few days measures were taken to reduce the inflammation in Rob's digestive tract  so that surgery could ultimately be performed to remove the affected section of intestine. This morning Jan. 12, his surgeon called me to let me know that Rob was sweating, pale, and had an elevated heart rate - all signs of shock indicating massive infection and emergency surgery needed.  He underwent surgery this morning.  We spoke to the surgeon afterwards of the extent of his illness.  We  were  told that  Rob was very sick and would be moved from recovery to ICU. At the writing of this the doctors are telling us to pray for his recovery.  Those of you who know us will understand how difficult this is for my brother and I.  At this point I don't know what else to do.  The restaurant wasn't doing well and will have to remain closed for the duration of Rob's illness, assuming he recovers. I fear that his hospital bills will be close to six figures.  It is with great sadness and humility that I ask the Toll Gate community for help now.  Anything at this point  will help.  I thank you, and I know, if he could my brother would as well.  Mary
PS.  If you could please share this with any members of the Toll Gate family. Not just for help but also to let them know what's happening.
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Update 6
Posted by Mary Zautner Smart
3 days ago
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Time for an update! Rob is now in Rehab and doing very well, I might add! He's getting good reports from his doctors and doing well with the PT and OT. Rob has asked me to thank each and everyone of you for your support. He's overwhelmed when we relate the stories to him of his ordeal and the community's support. Rob still has a ways to go and there will be another surgery in his future, but, the progress he has made thus far is encouraging and heartwarming.
We are still seeking donations to support Rob in his recovery. If you know someone who may want to donate, please feel free to share!
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Update 5
Posted by Mary Zautner Smart
1 month ago
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It's been a while, and this update is long overdue. It's been such a roller coaster ride. One day good, the next not so much - collapsed lung, on the ventilator for the third time, continued infection, bleeding. But, after 39 days in the ICU, Rob has improved been moved out to a regular room. We owe a debt of gratitude to the nurses, doctors and staff of the ICU - very caring and compassionate people. Also, special thanks to the Social Workers who were able to obtain short term Medicaid for Rob - relieving a huge burden from our shoulders. Rob's recovery has, gratefully, begun but will be long and arduous.
There remain many bills to pay, both Rob's and those for Toll Gate, which we can now focus on.
Your continued support is much needed and appreciated!
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Update 4
Posted by Mary Zautner Smart
2 months ago
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Last Saturday we opened the doors at Toll Gate to thank our community and supporters for their generosity. What an amazing day it was! In addition to welcoming hundreds of family, friends, neighbors and yes, strangers, to thank them we were once again humbled by their unselfishness and kindness as we raised an additional $3500 for Rob that day.

Rob continues to be on a ventilator in the ICU trying to fight the serious infection that makes his situation precarious. We hope and pray that the antibiotics quell the infection which will greatly improve his chances for recovery. As he continues to fight so will we!

We are ever grateful for all the support <3
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Update 3
Posted by Mary Zautner Smart
2 months ago
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We were hoping to be able to share good news with everyone this morning as Rob was able to be taken off the ventilator earlier this week. However, he had to be placed back on yesterday. The doctors and nurses are working tirelessly to figure out the source of Rob's continued infection and get him on the road to a full recovery.

We have become aware there are numerous rumors out on social media and elsewhere that Toll Gate is closing permanently. The Zautner family wants everyone to know that these rumors are false.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone today from noon to 4pm!

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Rosemary Murray
10 hours ago

Keep up the hard work! You'll be home in no time!!

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Rosemary Murray
1 month ago

Let's keep going to make Rob' s goal!!

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Sage Ruckterstuhl
1 month ago

Mary, such good news! You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers! Sage and Family

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Maria O'Toole
1 month ago

So glad to hear of this. Still saying prayers for Rob and your family.

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Jill Borak
1 month ago

No news is good news after all! Taking a deep breath, smiling and praying for the best.jill

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James Buley
2 months ago

Mary, You should look into the current "Open Enrollment Period" for ACA/Obamacare from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. You must sign up by the 15th of the current month in order to have coverage by the start of the coming month. Look up healthcare.gov. James

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Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

Could someone in the community maybe sponsor a meal that would bring people in and have some of the proceeds go to Rob?

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Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

I mean that I can donate time to help out in any way

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Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

Mary I can donate when you open again but Erin would have to break me in!

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James Buley
2 months ago

Mary, I am one of Arthur's grandsons. I just found out about your difficulties; and we will pray for Rob's recovery. News travels slow to CA. My mother Dorothy Zautner worked many summers and we would visit your brother and Dad anytime we came through Albany. Please let me know how we can help. Uncle Bill and Aunt Barbara have my contact information; and Aunt Barbara said she would try to get that information to you. I wish we were in the area to help more.

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Dave Bradshaw
2 months ago

Has anyone considered donating time to help make product to sell in the store to keep the business active and flowing? I am trainable and could find a few hours a week to help. I'm sure there are others who would as well

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Nancy Engle
3 months ago

Praying for his recovery. Our family spent many occasions there and I fondly remember each and every one!

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Steve Simons
3 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers continue.

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Krista Wilkie Manna
3 months ago

Mary, I'm one of Arthur's great grand daughters. We may have met when I was little. From my family to yours I will pray for all the family affected and hope for his recovery. Tollhouse has been a staple to my hometown community. Love and prayers, Krista

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Elissa Gayle Ebersold
3 months ago

Rob has been a great boss and a great friend -- Ten years I've been part of the Toll Gate family. Everyone's support means so much to the Zautner's, to the Toll Gate community, and me. Thank you everyone for your contributions. Here's to a speedy recovery.

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Rosemary Murray
3 months ago

Hope and prayers for fast healing Rob!

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Ruth Burroughs
3 months ago

We used to go there to eat ice cream. I've shared to my wall. Many healing prayers for Robert and his family. I pray you get the care you need and that you recover quickly. ♥

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Tina Vinson
3 months ago

I spent my teen age years right on the other side of the bridge from there, loved the pumpkin ice cream in the fall ' my prayers go out to your brother for a fast recovery It would be a shame to close the doors to a staple of the community , I understand for the short closure though his health comes first. Tina Stanton LaBello - Vinson

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$34,765 of $50k goal

Raised by 524 people in 3 months
Created January 12, 2017
Mary Zautner Smart  
VR
$100
Victor Rosenberg
2 days ago
JM
$10
Jeff Marden
3 days ago
$10
Anonymous
3 days ago
$100
Anonymous
14 days ago
SB
$75
Susan Peters Blanchard
24 days ago

I grew up in Slingerlands, down the street on New Scotland Road. The Toll Gate was a favorite place to go after school, and after basketball and football games in the early 60's. My brother, Jeff Peters, used to worked in the kitchen grilling burgers and cooking fries. I loved their mint chocolate chip ice cream and flavored Cokes.. Get well and keep Our Toll Gate memories alive...

$100
Rosemary Murray
28 days ago
$50
Anonymous
28 days ago
CS
$20
Craig Scott
1 month ago

Glad to contribute again! Hope all works out!

CK
$50
Catherine Kirkland
1 month ago
1
1

Trailwalkers for Toll Gate! There have to be a lot of us who would support the effort to keep the business viable until Robert is able to return.

SK
$15
Susan Konas
1 month ago
Rosemary Murray
10 hours ago

Keep up the hard work! You'll be home in no time!!

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Rosemary Murray
1 month ago

Let's keep going to make Rob' s goal!!

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Sage Ruckterstuhl
1 month ago

Mary, such good news! You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers! Sage and Family

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Maria O'Toole
1 month ago

So glad to hear of this. Still saying prayers for Rob and your family.

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Jill Borak
1 month ago

No news is good news after all! Taking a deep breath, smiling and praying for the best.jill

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James Buley
2 months ago

Mary, You should look into the current "Open Enrollment Period" for ACA/Obamacare from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. You must sign up by the 15th of the current month in order to have coverage by the start of the coming month. Look up healthcare.gov. James

+ Read More
Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

Could someone in the community maybe sponsor a meal that would bring people in and have some of the proceeds go to Rob?

+ Read More
Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

I mean that I can donate time to help out in any way

+ Read More
Rosemary Murray
2 months ago

Mary I can donate when you open again but Erin would have to break me in!

+ Read More
James Buley
2 months ago

Mary, I am one of Arthur's grandsons. I just found out about your difficulties; and we will pray for Rob's recovery. News travels slow to CA. My mother Dorothy Zautner worked many summers and we would visit your brother and Dad anytime we came through Albany. Please let me know how we can help. Uncle Bill and Aunt Barbara have my contact information; and Aunt Barbara said she would try to get that information to you. I wish we were in the area to help more.

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Dave Bradshaw
2 months ago

Has anyone considered donating time to help make product to sell in the store to keep the business active and flowing? I am trainable and could find a few hours a week to help. I'm sure there are others who would as well

+ Read More
Nancy Engle
3 months ago

Praying for his recovery. Our family spent many occasions there and I fondly remember each and every one!

+ Read More
Steve Simons
3 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers continue.

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Krista Wilkie Manna
3 months ago

Mary, I'm one of Arthur's great grand daughters. We may have met when I was little. From my family to yours I will pray for all the family affected and hope for his recovery. Tollhouse has been a staple to my hometown community. Love and prayers, Krista

+ Read More
Elissa Gayle Ebersold
3 months ago

Rob has been a great boss and a great friend -- Ten years I've been part of the Toll Gate family. Everyone's support means so much to the Zautner's, to the Toll Gate community, and me. Thank you everyone for your contributions. Here's to a speedy recovery.

+ Read More
Rosemary Murray
3 months ago

Hope and prayers for fast healing Rob!

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Ruth Burroughs
3 months ago

We used to go there to eat ice cream. I've shared to my wall. Many healing prayers for Robert and his family. I pray you get the care you need and that you recover quickly. ♥

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Tina Vinson
3 months ago

I spent my teen age years right on the other side of the bridge from there, loved the pumpkin ice cream in the fall ' my prayers go out to your brother for a fast recovery It would be a shame to close the doors to a staple of the community , I understand for the short closure though his health comes first. Tina Stanton LaBello - Vinson

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