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The friends of Tony Anderson are uniting to raise money to assist in his stroke recovery and rehab with the purchase of an Apple iPad...

UPDATE (evening of 6-16-12):

I went to the hospital today and setup the iPad with Kathy. When we told Tony what you all had done, gave him the iPad, and when I read all the donor responses and emails, he started to cry.

I downloaded a few apps and Kathy and I started working with him. Kathy will be asking his therapist for some more app recommendations, and we will continue working with him on this.

It's very exciting to be able to have him use and respond to this amazing tool so quickly!

Thank you all again.

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UPDATE (morning of 6-16-12):

You're all incredible and so generous. We've met the goal in less than 24 hours!!!

I have already purchased the iPad plus accessories and am hopefully going to work with Tony this weekend.

I did under-budget a bit, so any extra will go towards app purchases, and I have 90 days to exchange it for an upgraded model (I purchased the 16GB model) if people still want to donate and go beyond the original goal.

I will update with progress and pics as soon as possible.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all!!!

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To support Tony Anderson's stroke recovery, I will be purchasing, setting up, maintaining, and tutoring Tony with an Apple iPad.

If you would like to assist with the cost of the iPad, spill-proof cover, stand, and app purchases, please consider donating to this fundraiser.

I know times are tough, but even a small donation would be very much appreciated. You can anonymously donate and / or hide the amount, if you wish to be discreet.

I really think that this gift to Tony will help increase the speed of his rehabilitation.

When I first visited Tony last month, I brought my iPad and we watched some Rush videos together on YouTube. I know he really enjoyed it.

I offered my assistance to Kathy in acquiring and setting up an iPad to aid in his rehabilitation when she felt he was ready. I talked to Kathy today (6-15-12) and she relayed what recently happened with one of his therapists:

The therapist was working with flash cards (which Kathy said looked like they were from the 50's) and the objective was to have Tony describe the pictures on the flash cards. When she showed him the first card, Tony started laughing and said, "That's an old-ass card!"

The therapist brought in an iPad for the next session and Tony responded very well to it. He was shown a vibrant picture of a child's hand on top of an old man's hand. Tony reacted emotionally and said, "Aw, how sweet" and described the picture.

If you have any suggestions, app recommendations, or come across any articles that discuss the iPad for stroke recovery, please feel free to send them along.

Here is an interesting article on one family's experience using an iPad in stroke recovery:

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/09/30/using-the-ipad-2-in-stroke-recovery

Thank you all for your support!

-Joe Privitelli
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