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PLEASE DONATE TO JRO'S HANDICAP VAN FUND AND SHARE THIS FUND WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MAY LOVE AND GENEROSITY BE RETURNED 10 FOLD!

In November of 2009, at age 34, I suffered a massive brain stem stroke. The doctors were never able to pinpoint the cause. They only came to the conclusion that my family history, hypertension, smoking, and fast paced lifestyle may have contributed to it. My blood toxicology revealed that there were no illicit substances in me, as I had successfully been participating in a sobriety program for the two years that preceded that day. Having this dark period from my past not be the direct cause gave my family some comfort though there was little comfort to be found. The precise etiology remained a mystery.

Soon after the stroke I was diagnosed with locked-in-syndrome. My family was informed that I would never walk, talk, breath or eat on my own again. It was terrifying to know, understand, and be aware of my predicament and surroundings without the capacity to communicate any of that understanding with my family. My prognosis was bleak. The doctors informed my mother that I had a 90% chance of dying within the first 6 months.

I remained in that paralyzed state for several months. After many moves back and forth to the hospital and extended care facilities with complications and a desire to get me closer to home, my condition finally improved enough for me to live at a local skilled nursing facility.

After only a few days in this new environment, close to my family home, my improvement increased by leaps and bounds. It started with the tiniest of movements in my hands and feet, and progressed in ways that were previously believed implausible. Over the next 6 months, I had my tracheotomy reversed and my feeding tubes removed. With aggressive physical and speech therapy, I slowly regained my eating, drinking and moving abilities.

I was allowed to relocate to my mother's home in April of 2010. This was the happiest day of my life up till then, and even since, as I thought I’d forever be the ward of some nursing home. Never did I imagine I would reside in an actual home. In the home environment, I have continued making great progress. While its hard to understand me, I have relearned to speak and while I remain a quadriplegic, my extremity strength has slowly made gains.

Which brings us to now. I am very appreciative to all those who have worked tirelessly to help me achieve all I have gained. While I continue making improvements, the reality that I will be chair bound indefinitely has begun to sink in. My stubbornness and independence is still fighting this realization, and has prevented me from fully reaching out for the assistance I need. Part of me feels I am lucky enough just to be where I am, and then there is the part of me that longs to be more fully included in the activities everyone else at times take for granted.

Though we have tried many different avenues for getting me out of the home, the logistics have proven insurmountable at times. Needing paratransit for me and my wheelchair, the local bus service requires two or three weeks advance notice to guarantee pick up and drop off . They also operate only on weekdays and until five in the afternoon. If I wanted to go somewhere tomorrow at 6 p.m. I am out of luck. I can use an ambulette service as they can take me in my chair but this is only covered by insurance for medical needs. I would love to catch one of my niece or nephew's evening ball games or go to the store as needed!

I have located a van on amsvans.com, but living on a fixed disability income, it will take 30 years before I save up enough cash. Some of the 35k cost may be offset using grants, and I am working with them now to see what I may qualify for. I do not like asking anyone for help, but the fact is, if I don't I may never get a handicap accessible vehicle that can transport me with this heavy chair.

So, I turn to facebook. I hope whomever can afford to donate will. I know this economy isn't looking very promising for many, but if I don't try, I’ll never get anywhere. I have invited everyone on my list to participate. After you click the "I'm Attending" button, facebook gives you an option to "Invite Guests" . Hopefully you will use this "Invite Guests" button on the top left hand side of this page and invite all those you know as well. Maybe if we share this with enough people, the cost burden will be cut tremendously. Maybe if it spreads enough and there are enough donations, I can in turn help others with similar needs. This fund can also be found on giveforward.comHere's hoping!

The fund information is below. Invite everyone. Invite people you think might be comfortable receiving a charitable request. My hope is to live as full a life as I can, and continue striving for my independence. A handicap accessible van would go a long way in helping me with that fight to be self reliant. i know that I have made mistakes in this life and some of my bad decisions may have put me in this position, but the bigger mistake for me would be to give up and just stop participating in my and my loved one's lives.

It will take some kindness and selflessness to get there, but I believe there is plenty of that to go around. Sometimes it feels like these things are in short supply, but all we have to do is open our eyes and believe in them and they have a way of materializing when we need them most!

Thanks for reading this! Thanks for donating, if you can! May love surround you throughout your life and your generosity be returned to you ten fold!

Jeromy “JRO” Scott Hutchinson


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JEROMY'S VAN FUND
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FAHEY BANK
949 EAST CENTER STREET
MARION, OH 43302

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CREATE A FAST AND SECURE ACCOUNT AT ALERTPAY.COM
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MY EMAIL: JROJSH@GMAIL.COM

YOU CAN ALSO FIND THIS FUND ON WWW.GIVEFORWARD.COM
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