Support Tom Elphick's Recovery

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Tom Elphick, 21 originally from Sydney, Australia is an aspiring dancer and student at Codarts University in Rotterdam, Nederland. On Thursday the 6th of May Tom was victim to a tragic accident in Lisbon Portugal that left him paralyzed from the neck down and in grave need for surgery. He sustained a critical injury to his cervical vertebrae and damage to the surrounding nerves and underwent a long surgery two days post trauma to correct the spine and insert supporting plates. Although he is still paralyzed Tom, his family, and friends remain optimistic that he will move again but we need your help!

We want to provide Tom with the best medical and rehabilitation programs Portugal has to offer as well as alleviate the pressure on his parents who have come from Australia. Please help Tom move again by donating to his cause (click on the donate button to the right). 100% of the proceeds go to helping Tom cover his medical and rehabilitation expenses. On behalf of Tom, his family, and many friends we thank you for helping Tom get back on his feet.

(For Donations made in CASH or MAESTRO please contact the organizer, Olivia Lecomte by the email provided on the contact page accessed below, facebook, or by phone: +31 6 37307505)
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Dear all,

It's been two years since the accident and we could not be more appreciative of all the support that Tom has received. In two years we collectively raised over 20,000 euros which allowed Tom to recover with the best care and facilities for spinal cord injuries.
Now, Tom is living independently, studying Neuroscience at UNSW, and has full body control.

That being said, after 2 years, natural recovery slows down and the body does not make the big gains and improvements we were accustomed to seeing. This, of course, is very daunting but we are so incredibly proud of the massive strides Tom has made in his recovery thus far, his inspiring positive attitude, and willingness to help others.

A message from Tom:
"I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and given me the opportunities I have received along the way. I want to be able to give others this support and sense of being loved. This is why, together with Laura Bailey, I am organizing The Dancers' Directive, an evening of dance that aims to raise money for people who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
The event will be held on 16 July, at Shore School. Go to The Dancers' Directive for tickets
https://www.facebook.com/danceforspinalhealth/
Come along and enjoy this amazing night. It would mean so much to me and is going to be an absolute treat for the eyes."

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who donated to Tom's cause, shared this page, and opened up a discussion about spinal cord injuries and the rehabilitation process. Each and every one of you has made an impact on a beautiful person's life and together we have made it possible for Tom to live positively and independently after tragedy. As for this page, we have decided to stop accepting donations and focus on Tom's own initiative, The Dancers' Directive. This non-profit organization was curated by Tom and his friend, Laura Bailey to raise awareness and money for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. On July 16th, a Gala will be held at Shore School where artists from around the world will gather to perform.
For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/danceforspinalhealth/

Thank you for your unwavering support and we hope to see you all continue supporting Tom in his next chapter.
The Dancers' Directive 2017, Non-profit
Support Tom and others July 16, 2017
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Tom wanted to say a huge obrigado (thank you) to everyone who has sent him messages and kind words. "I am so overwhelmed with all the love and support. I can't wait to see you all again. I guess you know why I couldn't respond to your messages yet... Stupid hands..."
We've nearly tripled our original goal of €5000! I could not be more thrilled at the response we've gotten. Please continue to share the page and spread the word!
***ALL FOR TOM***
Tom and his friends, Tom and Vincenzo, visiting him in hospital on May 14th, 2015
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To all the wonderful people who have donated money to help Tom in his recovery a HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart. I burst into tears when I saw the response . I would like to thank you all individually , but the site won't let me do that . You have given hope where none seemed to exist. The huge support has been so incredibly moving. An update on Tom's condition. Miraculously he is getting some movement in his legs. This is incredible . But then he is young and in peak physical condition. There will be months of rehab to get him to reach whatever potential he has. All my love to each and every one of you. Annie
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INCREDIBLE NEWS FROM ANNIE (Tom's Mother): "Day 5 and Tom has SOME movement in his legs. It is early days but this is giving us hope. It will be a long road ahea. My heartfelt thanks for all the love and support Tom has received. It has kept us going. Love to you all. Annie."
Keep sharing, tweeting, and posting the link! www.gofundme.com/thomaselphick
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Annie Knox
51 months ago

To all the wonderful people who have donated money to help Tom in his recovery a HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart. I burst into tears when I saw the response . I would like to thank you all individually , but the site won't let me do that . You have given hope where none seemed to exist. The huge support has been so incredibly moving. An update on Tom's condition. Miraculously he is getting some movement in his legs. This is incredible . But then he is young and in peak physical condition. There will be months of rehab to get him to reach whatever potential he has. All my love to each and every one of you. Annie

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John Alessandrini
51 months ago
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Hello Annie - Marcus, Veronica & I are so pleased to see Tom improving a little by little . As the parents of a Young male dancer on the other side of this our land down under our thoughts are very much with you in particular - it would be fantastic for Us all to see the boys continue to do what they were meant to do! Regards the Alessandrini clan.

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€10
Berdorf Goodman
29 months ago
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€6
Jan Gaanal
31 months ago
MM
€10
Miranda Maciel
32 months ago
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€10
Bastien Fournier
32 months ago
JH
€135
Josie Hart
48 months ago

Donation on behalf of Paw Paw (Olivia's grandmother!) Best of luck for your recovery, Tom. xxxxxx

€50
Anonymous
49 months ago
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€905
Codarts Fundraiser
49 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Dansa Despi
49 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Kirsty Koolloos
49 months ago
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€50
Marcelino Sambé
49 months ago

So inspiring to see your Strenght Tom! Really hope you get to do and be whatever you want! Marcelino.

Annie Knox
51 months ago

To all the wonderful people who have donated money to help Tom in his recovery a HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart. I burst into tears when I saw the response . I would like to thank you all individually , but the site won't let me do that . You have given hope where none seemed to exist. The huge support has been so incredibly moving. An update on Tom's condition. Miraculously he is getting some movement in his legs. This is incredible . But then he is young and in peak physical condition. There will be months of rehab to get him to reach whatever potential he has. All my love to each and every one of you. Annie

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John Alessandrini
51 months ago
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Hello Annie - Marcus, Veronica & I are so pleased to see Tom improving a little by little . As the parents of a Young male dancer on the other side of this our land down under our thoughts are very much with you in particular - it would be fantastic for Us all to see the boys continue to do what they were meant to do! Regards the Alessandrini clan.

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