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Help Linda regain independence! We're uniting to raise funds to pay for a wheelchair accessible van, medical bills, and ongoing care.

As some of you may know, my loving and incredibly selfless mother, Linda, suffered an ischemic stroke the morning of New Year's Eve 2011. Although the best treatment was received within the first hour, she developed a massive hemorrhagic stroke/brain bleed later that night. The neurologist gave her a 50/50 chance of surviving the night (in reality it was less than that!). Thankfully, the doctor consulted with a neurosurgeon (read 'guardian angel'!) who was certain he could give her a good chance of a meaningful recovery. After a three hour brain surgery, two weeks in ICU, and another week on the neuro floor, she was transferred to Gainesville Health & Rehab for the start of her road to that 'meaningful' recovery.

We're now almost a full six months from the start of a rough 2012 and she's been home since May 19. Although she receives occupational and physical therapy several days a week, she remains completely paralyzed on her left side, leaving her wheelchair bound and dependent on others for her daily care. Prognosis isn't positive for a full recovery; however, we continue to see small improvements weekly. We remain hopeful and positive!

Paying for outstanding medical bills from her initial care and surgery as well as her monthly care are proving to be a financial challenge. Mother has to attend regular doctor appointments to keep on top of the medical issues that remain due to the stroke. Getting her to these appointments and out into the real world of 'life as we know it' is VITAL. It takes two people to move her and it's an extremely difficult and painful process for her getting into and out of a regular vehicle. She is in need of a wheelchair accessible van that will return her to some of the independence she once had.

Mother has had so much love and support during the past six months. A lot of people have asked, "What can we do?". At this time, financial support is the biggest need. If you'd like to help her out, we would be so humbled and thankful! We know there are so many people who want to do something, to help in some way. We thank you so much for considering helping her out during this difficult time.

All your generous contributions will aid this phenomenal woman in her ongoing recovery, rehabilitation and transition to life post-stroke. We hope to give her the best chances possible of having a FULFILLING and JOYFUL future.

Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated as well.

(If you have any questions or suggestions, please send an e-mail to or call (540)481-3642.)

With love and gratitude,



If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make it payable to 'Linda Jackson Recovery Fund' and mail to:

Linda Jackson Recovery Fund
c/o Wells Fargo Bank
256 Crooked Run Road
Front Royal, VA 22630


c/o Lauren E. Smith-Washbourne
125 Hailey Lane, E-12
Strasburg, VA 22657
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