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This fundraiser ended on 10/07/13

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Pastor Bruce York's family and friends are working together to raise money to help with his recovery from a severe hemorrhagic stroke.

Bruce York is a husband, father and pastor of a small church and community outreach in Warren, Ohio. Although the church has only 125 members, through Pastor Bruce's vision and leadership, the church touches thousands of lives through various food and outreach programs that extend throughout Northeast Ohio. His sincere heart, twinkling eyes and laughter touch the lives of all of us who are blessed to know him. Even those who have never met him personally are touched by his passionate mission to cultivate a loving hand to those in need.

Compassion and benevolence have always been the foundation of Pastor Bruce's life, influencing everything he does personally and professionally. He finds every opportunity to show love and kindness to others, and now he is the one in need of others to open their hearts and do the same for him.

On July 23, 2013, Pastor Bruce was struck with a very serious hemorrhagic stroke in his brain stem. And while his condition is improving steadily, he remains in a coma, assisted in part by a ventilator. Each day, his body continues to recover from the trauma of the stroke, and he is beginning to exhibit response to stimuli such as eye movements and flinching when touched. We won't know the full extent of his condition until he wakes, but unfortunately, medical options to assist in his recovery are extremely limited.

Thankfully, Pastor Bruce has been deemed a viable candidate to undergo Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) under the care of one of the nations leading specialist in the field, Dr. Paul Harch of Marrero, Louisiana. Dr. Harch has enjoyed countless successes in treating traumatic brain injuries, such as Pastor Yorks, and offers the most promising treatment option available to him.

Our goal in petitioning your help is to raise the funds needed to supplement the mounting expenses related to Pastor Bruce's treatment, as the majority of his care and subsequent treatment options are not covered by insurance. Long Term Assisted Care (LTAC), housing in Louisiana, medically-assisted air and ground transportation, and specialized treatment modalities (HBOT and others) are among many of the out-of-pocket expenses associated with his road to recovery.

Please join us in supporting this amazing man as he continues to defy the odds of this affliction, and help provide the care that will make his recovery a reality. In the case of hemorrhagic stroke, the sooner one receives treatment, the better their odds for a complete recovery. Lets not allow something as trivial as money to be the dividing factor in allowing him the chance to once again reclaim his place as a patriarch of love and compassion to the community he so selflessly serves. His family and those who are blessed to know him are sincerely grateful for any help you may find in your heart to give.

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