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Dr. Houk: Better but Still in Need of Our Help

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This fundraiser ended on 11/28/13

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Ted Houk ran to work for 16 years, until he was hit by a car and severely injured. Please help him and his family with your donation.

On March 28th, while on his morning run, Dr. Ted Houk, beloved physician and father of four, was struck by a car and severely injured. He had been jogging the 5.5 miles between his house and his office, a trek he has run for over 16 years. He sustained multiple fractures, including two fractures of his right leg requiring over four separate surgeries. He also suffered head trauma and some nerve damage effecting his right arm and hand. Now he risks losing his family home and the dream he has worked for for over 25 years.

In 1989, after Ted finished his residency at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, he and his wife, Pamela, moved back to Pamela's hometown in the Baltimore area. They bought a house on a large, partially wooded plot and started both a medical practice and a family. They put down roots on their land: literally--fruit trees, vegetable patches, native plants, strawberries, even chickens. They taught their four children how to care for the land and raise their own food. Their sweat and blood and mostly their love has fertilized that little parcel of Maryland for years. Now Ted's accident has put that home at risk.

Ted is doing all he can to heal, but it may be 9 months until he can return to his private medical practice. In order to maintain his health insurance, that practice, his family's sole source of income, must stay in business. Many of Ted's physician friends are volunteering their time to make sure Ted's patients are cared for, but more is needed. If the family loses their health insurance and can't afford to pay for Ted's extensive and ongoing medical treatment, they risk losing their home/land/farm/roots.

I can't bear to think of that. I'm Jen Horvath, a long-time friend of Pam and Ted, and I'm asking you to join me along with the rest of Ted's friends, fans, and family, to help him stay above water. Your donation, however small or large, will help ease the burden on Ted and his family. Together, all our donations can keep this tragic accident from destroying a family's dream. Please consider making a contribution to Help for Houk today.

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