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Support Gary's Medical Emergency

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Raised by 84 people in 3 months
My dear friend, our friend Gary Kutler, needs our help.  Many of you have seen Sandie’s (Gary's significant other) positive updates on Gary’s condition.  Physically he’s making small strides every day, but he has a really long way to go to be 100%.  It could be 5 to 6 months or more.  Gary’s not going to have any income during this period and most likely will have to give up his business and find a new way to make a living. What I can’t believe is that he’s not discouraged or complaining in any way whatsoever - classic optimistic Gary.

Here’s what has happened and how things stand right now.  Gary was sick with the cough and cold that so many people had in the Northeast. In the early morning hours of February 5th, after the Super Bowl, he woke up and had a bad coughing fit.  Sandie said he was coughing for so long and so badly that he actually had a short seizure.  He felt okay afterwards and fell back to sleep.  The thing is, he didn’t wake up feeling okay.  He felt a strange numbness in his right hand and was having a hard time holding things.  Over the course of the next two days, the numbness traveled up his arm, then down his side, across his chest and abdomen then eventually down his right leg.  On Tuesday, when Sandie got home from work, they ran to the ER.  After three days of multiple physical exams, CT scans, an EEG, blood work, and a MRI full series of studies, Gary was finally given a diagnosis.  He had severe spinal cord and nerve damage, which would require surgery. He wasn’t given a choice; they wouldn’t even let him leave the hospital. He was told that if he fell, stopped short in a car or jerked his head in any way he could be paralyzed for life.  Gary’s only choice was who was doing the surgery and when.

On Monday February 12th, Gary had a Laminectomy and a spinal fusion of four vertebrae in his cervical spine.  The surgery went well but a few days later, as in many spinal surgeries, Gary began to feel numbness and weakness in otherwise unaffected areas.  His left hand and forearm now had no feeling to go along with his right side.  Gary took the news and just asked what he needs to do to get better.  He was told that spinal cord and nerve tissue in general take a long time to heal and regenerate.  His recovery will be measured in months, not days.

So, 5 more days recouping in the hospital then onto an acute rehab for 2-3 weeks.  Gary kicked butt there and got out in 10 days.  They felt he was ready for outpatient therapy.  It looks like it’ll be 3 times a week for the next 5-6 months.  All he tells me is, “I got this”.  And I believe he sure does.

Gary has faith that he and his rock, Sandie, will get through anything. But the truth is, without some help, they’ll most likely be forced to move.  He and Sandie just moved into their new place less than a month before Gary found out about his spinal cord damage.

For those who don’t know, Gary and Sandie met almost six years ago, only 1 month after Gary’s cancer surgery.  Soon after, she took him into her home and cared for him while he had to undergo 3 years of a daily chemo pill as preventative care.  Sick most of the time, he worked when he could to help out, but Sandie carried most of the load.  

Fast forward four years and Gary had built himself a nice business working with a group of investors who flip houses.  Finally my best friend and the love of his life would be able to start living a more comfortable and relaxed life together.  Then boom, this happens. Unfortunately as an independent contractor, Gary hadn’t yet set up his disability insurance.  

I’ve known Gary for almost 50 years.  Some of you have known him even longer.  He can be an intellectual or he can be a joker.  I’m sure he’s talked your ear off about music, art or politics, about his kids or his Sandie.  He’s made you laugh. He’s made you think. Gary’s the guy who will drop everything if you need him.  I know this first hand, as Gary has always been there for me - always, no matter what.

So here I am, asking for help so our friend can concentrate on his recovery and not have to worry about his share of the bills for a little while.  We all know Gary will land on his feet eventually, he always does. He has no quit in him.  Cancer didn’t get him and neither will a spinal cord injury.  Four vertebrae fused two weeks ago and Sandie tells me his occupational and physical therapists have to constantly rein him in.

So please - let's send some good karma Gary's way.  Anything, any little bit to help this guy over this hurdle will be greatly appreciated.  These funds will go a very, very long way.
 
I want to thank you for Gary and Sandie,

Dean Summers
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Hey everyone! On behalf of Gary and Sandie, a heartfelt thank you for all your support! We are just shy of being at 50% of our goal!! Let's keep it going by sharing and tagging as many people as you know who believe in the power of giving! Good karma is a very powerful thing!
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Hey friends of Gary! We are off to a very strong start! We are just over 25% of goal! Let's keep it going - please share this campaign and tag your friends - those friends you know who are all about giving back and good karma! What come around goes around! Gary and Sandie cannot thank you enough!!!!
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