Help the Perkins Family

$9,260 of $500 goal

Raised by 127 people in 50 months
Janet Halling   CULVER, IN

Our good friend Derek Perkins was injured in a car accident near Toledo, Ohio on June 25th. He is in critical condition and on a ventilator. Kim has traveled to be with him in the hospital, and this fund is set up so that we can help with her expenses - gas, food, hotel, whatever she needs while she's away from home. I'd also like to send some flowers to Derek so he and Kim will know they're loved and prayed for.


Thank you to everyone who has been able to donate so far! What a wonderful and generous community we have. Flowers have been ordered and will be delivered on Thursday 6/27. I will send out a care package for the family in the next day or so. 


Please share this link so others may also contribute.


Please keep Kim's mother Cheryl in your prayers as she travels to Ohio to be with Kim, Derek and Derek's parents.The girls seem to be holding up pretty well and anticipate a visit over the weekend. Thank you all so much for your generous donations! Your kindness is really appreciated!


Here's an update from Kim: "Thank you all for your prayers! Your love means so much to our family. Please pray that Derek can be extubated tomorrow. He is showing encouraging signs of responsiveness....Please pray that the swelling in his brain will decrease and that the bleeding will be reabsorbed. We are praying for a full recovery! So thankful for God's provisions and protection so far..."

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Update 12
49 months ago
Since our last update, Derek has been working very hard at Hook Rehab. But we knew he would, because Derek is just the kind of person to aim high and reach far and achieve what he sets his sights on. After just a week of rehab, Derek's regimen was stepped up to a new program, which focused on neurobehavioral/ cognitive activities and functional living skills. He even had a day pass to leave the hospital for a visit with his favorite girls. What a treat that must have been for all of them.

And now guess what! Derek is GOING HOME! Yes, HOME to LIVE with his family for the first time after his accident, which was just a month ago! Amazing! He'll be home tomorrow - Friday afternoon - and will continue his rehabilitation through outpatient services.

As Kim said recently, "The more I learn about the initial extent of Derek's brain bleed/trauma the more I realize how close we were to losing him and/or how he could be a complete stranger to us now." How wonderful that Derek has made such a tremendous amount of progress in this short time! Go, Derek!

Is there any doubt that the unwavering prayers of so many have helped? Here are Kim's specific prayer requests:

1. increase in strength in left foot/ankle
2. improvement in time/money concepts
3. balance and overall strength/coordination for walking
4. increase in stamina and focus
5. increase in short term memory/recall
6. increase in overall processing speed
7. Adequate insurance coverage to allow for Derek's entire outpatient rehab program

He's come so far, let's see if we can't help him get the rest of the way to a complete recovery. Please share this link with anyone who might want updates or would like to contribute financially to the Perkins Family. Thank you all for your prayers, your donations, your time and energy.
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Update 11
50 months ago
Derek is now making himself comfortable at the Hook Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis and ready to start the second phase of his recovery. He got to see Kim and the girls together today, which must have been a beautiful sight.

Here's the address where we can send cards and notes of encouragement. Let's get right on it, so there's no doubt how many of us are rooting for him!

Derek Perkins
Community Hospital East
Hook Rehabilitation/Brain Injury Unit Rm 3522
1500 N. Ritter Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Please remember to keep Kim and the girls in our prayers as well - they're coping with a new living situation and the start of Derek's intensive therapy in addition to the logistic aftermath of the accident. Stay strong, Perkins Family. We're right behind you all the way....
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Update 10
50 months ago
If all goes well, Derek will be moved to Hook Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis on Monday morning! What he needs to NOT do is try to walk around too much before then, because if he falls, the transfer will be delayed by 24 hours. Fortunately, Kim is right there by his side. Please pray that Derek will be successfully and safely moved to the rehab center on schedule so he can begin the work of getting back into his life with a complete recovery.

And if you happen to feel a mysterious little twinge of joy sometime on Monday, maybe it's because Derek and Kim are finally being reunited with their two awesome little girls, Kathleen and Elisabeth.

Here's hoping this is the end of a very dark and scary chapter in the Perkins Family's life and the beginning of a bright, beautiful future together....

If someone you know might like to contribute to help the Perkins Family as they navigate the aftermath of Derek's accident, recovery and rehabilitation, please share the link at the upper right corner of this page. All donations are deeply appreciated, and no amount is too small to be a great help.
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Update 9
50 months ago
Well, it sounds like Derek is cruising right along on his path to recovery. Kim says she expects him to be relocated to a rehabilitation hospital in Indianapolis on Monday! He still needs to have the neurosurgeon give the OK for his neck brace to be removed.

Kim is asking for prayers that each day shows an increase in Derek's strength and coordination in therapy on the physical side and that his cognition, processing and language skills will also continue to improve each day. Also, please keep Kim in your prayers as she deals daily with the business end of Derek's accident and hospitalization.

As soon as I learn of Derek's new address, I'll be sure to include it in an update. Until then, thank you so much for keeping the Perkins Family in your prayers. You might be getting a little tired of reading all these updates, but surely they are just as tired of living this ordeal every day.

Please share this link so others who know and love the Perkins Family might also contribute.
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$9,260 of $500 goal

Raised by 127 people in 50 months
Created June 26, 2012
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Jen and Keith Craig
49 months ago

You are in our thougths and prayers.

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Polly and Will DuVal
50 months ago

Praying for you and your family....

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The Communications Staff
50 months ago

Derek, our friend and colleague, we pray for a full and speedy recovery. The Communications Staff

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