Sharing for Sherri
This plea comes from seven women, all Hillsborough County teachers and dear friends who are raising money to support Sherri's family in meeting her medical costs and transportation costs to Shand's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida
On September 1, 2016, Sherri was enjoying a day with friends and suffered a fall that caused a traumatic brain injury and left her in a coma following invasive brain surgery. She now requires round-the-clock medical care. Her mother and father are her primary caregivers.
Sherri is a Tampa native. She attended Tampa Catholic High School and the University of South Florida. She was a cheerleader for both and coached local youth cheer teams for years.
Sherri comes from a family of public servants. Her mother and mother-in-law were both teachers. Her father is retired military and works for the VA Hospital. Her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law are all firefighters.
Sherri shines a light everywhere she goes. She’s the first to help someone in need. She’s that teacher that all the students remember. She’s that friend who always makes you laugh. She’s the daughter who makes her parents proud. Her family needs tangible help to cover her medical costs and to transport her to Shand's Hospital in Gainesville so that she can be seen by an expert in the field.
Sherri's life has been one of service, Her injury was a freak backyard accident. We are asking for support to ensure she receives the medical care she deserves. Please give generously to someone who has spent a lifetime giving to others.
Greetings ALL....We want to give you an update on Sherri. But first we want to THANK YOU all for making the "GO FUND ME Campaign a HUGE SUCCESS". We are very grateful for your awesome generosity that you have displayed for our Sherri. Your donations have made a BIG difference in the Caliber of "Care-Giver" that we have employed to assist in taking care of Sherri on a day to day basis. We have two Care Givers that are just awesome! Cassie (fulltime) & Gina (part time). Both are "Certified Nursing Assistants" that have an excellent background in dealing with COMA patients. Cassie sees Sherri each day and Gina comes in 3-4 times a week to assist in Bathing/Shampooing, Trak & Personal (Girl) care. Cassie and /or Gina also come in on some Friday nights and/or weekends so we can go on a Date and make Doctor, Dentist and other speciality care to keep us squared away so we can take care of our Girl. Trust us, we are NOT in our 40's or 50's (youngsters), it takes an effort to keep the old folks moving....LOL!!!!
Sherri has shown some signs of being more with us, she sits up in bed, shows body language and facial expressions (Happy, Sad, Suprised & a General Awarness of People). She does NOT talk but we think she maybe trying. Just lately she has started to write on a tablet. She makes good sense & logic (most of the time), uses punctuation and even some humor. The other day she (wrote) told Janet (Mom) to "Be Patient"!!!! LOL!!! We are very encouraged by her actions and hope they continue. A few days ago Sherri pulled out her entire Trak apparatus. We about FLIPPED!!! Rushed her down to the ER and they put a new Trak in her throat. Everything turned out OK, she was not harmed by her action and has had no side effects. We however had about 1000 new gray hairs grow in,,,LOL!!! Sherri did this on purpose, she does not like her trak and we feel she is trying to talk. We are in the process of getting her reevaluated. We also want to say how grateful we are to Kelly Selly. Kelly has faithfully come each week and given Sherri a massage (Sherri Loves it!!!) and has put us on to a new nutrients rich liquid for Sherri, it's called "Liquid Hope". We feel this is making a difference in Sherri's recovery and overal wellness/recovery.
WE WILL continue to do our very best for Sherri and PLEASE konw YOU ALL HAVE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE with your support of gifts on the "GO FUND ME campaign for Sherri, along with YOUR LOVE & PRAYERS. We are very, very graateful to YOU and YOURS for your LOVE & SUPPORT. May GOD Bless You.
Our Deepest Love & Appreciation to YOU,
Janet & Chuck Peterman
She has written her own name as well as the names of family and friends. She is responding to questions...even using punctuation...a lot of exclamation points!!!!!! No one is sure what this means or where it may go, but it certainly is exciting! I've attached a writing sample!
Liquid Hope is not covered by Sherri's insurance, but we want to make sure she continues to receive this superior food! Only the best for our girl. Many of you have contributed to this site on Sherri's behalf in the past and we are so grateful! If you are able to make a contribution toward her Liquid Hope at this time, that would be amazing!!
Thanks for everything you've done and continue to do! Please keep praying! I feel like Heaven has been so sad this week that maybe God needed to release a little miracle!
Carrollwood Elementary School created a faculty/staff award to honor Sherri's impact on the school, her peers and most importantly, her students. The award is called the "Heart of Carrollwood Award" and will be given annually to the faculty or staff member who, like Sherri, shows integrity, professionalism and dedication to his/her students, peers and the entire school community. This year's recipient was Virginia Pollock. Congratulations Virginia! Keep up the GREAT work!
Carrollwood ES also created an Excellence in Reading Award in Sherri's honor for the biggest "book worm" in each fifth grade class. Sherri instilled a love of reading in all of her students and this award honors those kids who, like her, always have their nose in a book. Congratulations to all of the fifth grade winners! Keep reading!
Last evening I ran into a couple of lovely ladies (friends of Sherri's) who asked if I'd send out an update. It's easy to forget that there are so many of you out there who think of her everyday and want to know how she's doing.
As I told them last night, there's not much to report. Sherri continues to rest peacefully at her mom and dad's home. She is battling pneumonia right now, which seems to come and go all to frequently. She is attended on most days by a CNA who helps Janet and Chuck attend to her daily needs. She also receives periodic visits from a Humana nurse who updates the doctor that is overseeing her care.
Her condition is not expected to improve. She has shown no visible signs of improvement during these last eight (8) months. Continue to pray for those who are caring for her, for peace, rest, wisdom and comfort. Pray for Sherri. Continue to respect the fragility of life and to love and appreciate those around you each and every day. I personally am so grateful for all of your love and continued support for our dear friend.
Sherri was a godsend to my daughter, Astrid Hilson. She bonded with her in a very special way, sharing many of her young experiences to help with that difficult transition to teenhood, and providing an exceptional quality of instruction. She is a "personality plus" person and touches people wherever she goes. I was so sorry to hear of this and will pray hard for support, peace, and healing.
Still Praying daily for you Mrs. VanDeBoe. We think of you often!! Danielle and I were brought to tears with this update!! God is Awesome and we can't wait to see how He works for your recovery!! Love you, Lisa and Danielle O'Neill
MRS VandeBOE,you are so loved by every one you have met,every time we come to your school,you made us feel soo welcome,our Granddaughter Jocelyn adore you ,after she left the school , you still attended her performances. You well always remain in our thought,and in our harts ,whit infinite PRAYERS . WE LOVE YOU.
Please know Sherri and her family our in my thoughts and prayers. I know EXACTLY what the family is going through as I lost my mother on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 to a head injury due to a fall.
Mrs. VanDeBoe, You remain one of Carlie's favorite teachers to this day. Your caring ways and sincere commitment to each of your students has nurtured so many young lives over the years, not to mention your incredible ability to make learning fun! You are so loved by so many! Praying you pull through, and sending love and support to all your family and friends. ❤
Best teacher and person ever... not only was she a teacher for my kids, but she attended their events outside of school as well... Hoping for a speedy and full recovery
Keeping you in my prayers sending you hugs and kisses