Tom Green Medical Expenses

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Over the past 35 years, Tom has been a staple of the ultramarathon running community.  He was one of the first ambassadors of the sport, and in 1986 became the first person to complete the Grand Slam of Ultramarathons - 4 100 mile races in one summer. Even last year, Tom finished 3 of the 4 races that would have completed another Grand Slam. But even more than his accomplishments on the course is the impact he's had on so many people. Tom has been an inspiration to 35 years of runners with his commitment, determination, drive, and passion. He may not be the first across the line, but he is the first to step up and do what needs to be done. While Tom is a talented runner and a giving person, the reason people keep coming back and wanting to run with and be around Tom is because of his humility. Having a chat with Tom, your take away will not be his 300 ultra marathons completed, not his grand slam. It will be how humble, almost nonchalant and devoid of any ego whatsoever, he is. You can read more about his story in this interview from 2012:  

The First Grand Slammer: Tom Green

On Monday, April 20, Tom was cutting down a very large tree branch in his back yard with a friend. They had planned out how to safely do this, and had years of experience in this kind of thing. The branch fell where it was supposed to, but as it hit the ground, it bounced back up and hit Tom in the back / side of the head. Thanks to the quick response of his friend and a neighbor, Tom was airlifted to the Shock Trauma center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tom's injuries are severe, and there is still a large degree of uncertainty about their extent. The initial impact caused:
Broken bones in the inner ear
Multiple skull fractures
Bruised carotid artery

The bruised artery resulted in blood clots that broke off and caused several small strokes. In addition to this, there has been cerebral fluid leakage. Tom is currently being kept under sedation so that he can rest comfortably and recover. To aid in his recovery, he is on a feeding tube and breathing tube. He has been moving a little bit, which is good news. Right now, the biggest concern (and biggest area of uncertainty) is in the brain. It will be hard to evaluate that until Tom is being brought out of sedation. Everything is baby-steps at the moment. We are remaining optimistically hopeful about Tom's recovery. He's a fighter, and we know he will work as hard as he can to recover.

Even though Tom has insurance, he will still be left with paying 30 percent of the bill. And, since Tom works as a private independent contractor, there is no disability safety net. We don't know how much the bills will be yet, but the flight alone costs about $15,000. Whatever you can give we would grateful for. We are extremely thankful for all the love and support that everyone has shown, and continues to show, in this difficult time.

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After sending 2+ weeks in shock trauma and another 5 weeks in a rehab hospital, I am now recovering at home, still marveling at the outpouring of concern and support of friends, and strangers alike, following my accident. Although I have a long way to go in my road to recovery, I have come quite a ways already. Were it not for the quick actions of paramedics and the best medical treatment possible, I would quite possibly not be here today. For whatever reason, I have been granted a second chance at life; a second chance, that I promise to all of you, I will not take for granted. I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers, and your generosity, during this difficult time. I can only hope to get to thank each of you in person some day.
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It has now been 5 weeks since Tom has come home. In that time, he has started physical therapy. With each passing day, the changes are noticeably positive. He has improved with his balance some to allow him to walk with a silver walker, and progressing into a rolling walker. Tom can now walk unassisted for at least 60 percent of the time. His determination is evident: his continuous exercises, walking on the treadmill for a mile at a 3 min pace has now progressed to outside walking with a baby-jogger, logging a brisk mile and a half. Early on in his return home, his feeding tube in his stomach was finally removed. This was quite uncomfortable to have taken out, but it seemed to spur him on to feeling more normal. His arm and wrist will be getting additional therapy starting this week. Also, the dizziness is going to be treated with a vestibular PT. Hoping for the best with this therapy since this is what seems to be holding him back a little right now due to the balance issue. We appreciate all the tremendous support. Thank you.
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Tom has been home almost 3 weeks now. He is happy being around his family and friends. Tom is working hard with the outpatient therapist at Kernans, University of Maryland. These sessions are held 3-4 times a week, and Tom is challenged daily by being pushed to the limits to help with walking, balance, and strength. Tom does a daily walk on his street with a walker, and is now up to half a mile. His spirits are upbeat and we talk of doing many things in the future, including what might be his next race. We appreciate all the prayers, positive thoughts, and kindness shown to us these past two months. For this we are so grateful.
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Tom will be starting the third chapter in his ultra recovery. He will be returning home tomorrow, Friday June 5, and continuing his outpatient therapy several days a week for a while. There, they will be working on his balance issues and improving his right arm movement. His commitment to his recovery and his strong will to race again is inspiring. He has accomplished many things in his lifetime, and we all look forward to seeing what Tom can do next.

P.S. Charlie's Challenge is happening tonight. For more information, see his Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/718333694962062/
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Phil Anderson
41 months ago
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I what to changle all the RUT runners to help with Tom Green expenses. Great guy in a tough spot... It is like the last 3 miles of a 100 mile ultra.

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Ann Trason
41 months ago
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Great News Tom. Little steps are how we all do it! Hugs!

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Jim Maggio
19 months ago

Hello Tom - since childhood you have been extraordinary - would love to talk with you - Jim Maggio 970-596-2424

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Stephanie Wilson
37 months ago

Still think of you all the time. Wondering how you and your family are doing. I keep up via FB. I see you've been out and about with our running family. I'm so glad to know this. You seem well. Can't wait to give you a hug next time we're on the trail together. Keep up with your amazing recovery.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
38 months ago

Good to hear, Tom! Speedy full recovery. Be well and strong.

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Rad Moon Rising
40 months ago

Hope you're smiling, Tom ! Esp after Charlie's birthday miles and videos in your honor !! Keep recovering, and smiling :) You too Kay. There's light at the end of this tunnel. There's always light. Blessings on you both. -- Conrad

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Richard Woods
40 months ago

Kay If Tom needs transportation back and forth to thearpy please let me know! I'm retired and I would love to help out.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
40 months ago

Really good to know he is doing better with each passing day. Please convey my best wishes to him. Cheers.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
40 months ago

So happy to read more great news Tom and Kay!! Continued prayers for a full recovery. Hugs to you both.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

So thankful to read this good news. You are amazing Tom and your recovery is truly a miracle!! Continued good thoughts and prayers for you Tom as well as Kay. Hugs.

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Phil Anderson
41 months ago

Good news..... Look for something in the mail soon.... Survivors are the best.....

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Colleen Condon
41 months ago

Tom, you made such an impression on me when we met at western states last year. I didn't know who you were but there was something in you that made me care so much about your success and made me so excited to cheer you on. You still got it - my family and I are still caring so much and cheering for your successful perseverance and wellbeing. We are with you in our hearts.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Another awesome update on Tom. So happy to read the good news. I think his recovery so far nothing short of a miracle! Thank you for the updates Kay. My best thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom. Hugs

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Such great news! So thankful and prayers are continueing for Tom and for you also Kay. Hugs.

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Nikki Kimball
41 months ago

I hope, and think, you will enjoy physical therapy. I think that in ultra, we all do more than what most people think is possible because we LOVE to run and we love the community, the outdoors, the movement, etc. My most successful PT clients treat their rehab like you do an ultra. You still have a lot of challenge ahead of you, but your body and mind, even in a post accident haze, remember how to perform. So hears to loving your therapy/rehab and to you exceeding all goals set for you there!

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Great news! Never underestimate the Power of Prayer! Continued prayers and positive thoughts for Tom and for you also Kay. Hugs.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
41 months ago

Great to hear of his progress. We hope it's multiple steps forward for every step backward. Wishing him strong and speedy recovery. He is in our thoughts.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
41 months ago

Very glad to know he is doing better. Yep, one mile at a time and who would know that better than he? Wishing him and you all strength, wellness and happiness.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

More positive news about Tom. That is good. Thoughts and prayers are with Tom and with you Kay and family. Hugs.

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Phil Anderson
41 months ago

RUT.. Stands for.... Rasac Ultra Team... The team from Harford Cnty.

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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Martin Gould
36 months ago

Tom- So good to see you doing your thing at B2B and Metric! Hope we see each other again down the road -- maybe at Farm Park. With warmest regards, Martin

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Robert Gettier
37 months ago

on behalf of the Howard County Striders

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Moca and Eric McCarty
37 months ago

Now that we can contribute, we are. Hope to see you running again - and soon!

EN
$35
Elizabeth Nickle
38 months ago

Thanks for inspiring us! Good luck on your road to recovery.

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Anonymous
38 months ago
PE
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Paul and Telly Encarnacion
38 months ago

Great to see you getting better Tom!

RW
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Robin Watkins
38 months ago

Mix up and thought I had submitted this before! So happy to see the pictures of you at Cat50k and to have been able to think of you as I ran WS, wearing my green ribbon! So impressed with your recovery. :)

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Anonymous
38 months ago
BK
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bob and penny kendezejeski
38 months ago

Get well Tom I don't want Penny doing any painting. Make sure Mike buys you a big milk shake to get back your strength and weight Take care hope to see you soon

Phil Anderson
41 months ago
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I what to changle all the RUT runners to help with Tom Green expenses. Great guy in a tough spot... It is like the last 3 miles of a 100 mile ultra.

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Ann Trason
41 months ago
1
1

Great News Tom. Little steps are how we all do it! Hugs!

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Jim Maggio
19 months ago

Hello Tom - since childhood you have been extraordinary - would love to talk with you - Jim Maggio 970-596-2424

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Stephanie Wilson
37 months ago

Still think of you all the time. Wondering how you and your family are doing. I keep up via FB. I see you've been out and about with our running family. I'm so glad to know this. You seem well. Can't wait to give you a hug next time we're on the trail together. Keep up with your amazing recovery.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
38 months ago

Good to hear, Tom! Speedy full recovery. Be well and strong.

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Rad Moon Rising
40 months ago

Hope you're smiling, Tom ! Esp after Charlie's birthday miles and videos in your honor !! Keep recovering, and smiling :) You too Kay. There's light at the end of this tunnel. There's always light. Blessings on you both. -- Conrad

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Richard Woods
40 months ago

Kay If Tom needs transportation back and forth to thearpy please let me know! I'm retired and I would love to help out.

+ Read More
Kavitha Kanaparthi
40 months ago

Really good to know he is doing better with each passing day. Please convey my best wishes to him. Cheers.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
40 months ago

So happy to read more great news Tom and Kay!! Continued prayers for a full recovery. Hugs to you both.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

So thankful to read this good news. You are amazing Tom and your recovery is truly a miracle!! Continued good thoughts and prayers for you Tom as well as Kay. Hugs.

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Phil Anderson
41 months ago

Good news..... Look for something in the mail soon.... Survivors are the best.....

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Colleen Condon
41 months ago

Tom, you made such an impression on me when we met at western states last year. I didn't know who you were but there was something in you that made me care so much about your success and made me so excited to cheer you on. You still got it - my family and I are still caring so much and cheering for your successful perseverance and wellbeing. We are with you in our hearts.

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Another awesome update on Tom. So happy to read the good news. I think his recovery so far nothing short of a miracle! Thank you for the updates Kay. My best thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom. Hugs

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Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Such great news! So thankful and prayers are continueing for Tom and for you also Kay. Hugs.

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Nikki Kimball
41 months ago

I hope, and think, you will enjoy physical therapy. I think that in ultra, we all do more than what most people think is possible because we LOVE to run and we love the community, the outdoors, the movement, etc. My most successful PT clients treat their rehab like you do an ultra. You still have a lot of challenge ahead of you, but your body and mind, even in a post accident haze, remember how to perform. So hears to loving your therapy/rehab and to you exceeding all goals set for you there!

+ Read More
Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

Great news! Never underestimate the Power of Prayer! Continued prayers and positive thoughts for Tom and for you also Kay. Hugs.

+ Read More
Kavitha Kanaparthi
41 months ago

Great to hear of his progress. We hope it's multiple steps forward for every step backward. Wishing him strong and speedy recovery. He is in our thoughts.

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Kavitha Kanaparthi
41 months ago

Very glad to know he is doing better. Yep, one mile at a time and who would know that better than he? Wishing him and you all strength, wellness and happiness.

+ Read More
Collette Toynton-Rolls
41 months ago

More positive news about Tom. That is good. Thoughts and prayers are with Tom and with you Kay and family. Hugs.

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Phil Anderson
41 months ago

RUT.. Stands for.... Rasac Ultra Team... The team from Harford Cnty.

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