Jacob DeGregoris

Update posted by Sherri Tapp On Aug 03, 2016

Dear Campaign Followers,

I thought I would share a special update that Jacob's dad related to me last week when we spoke. He was telling me that Jacob had walked quite a bit that day and that he had a special visitor. He was able to meet and speak with Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who was training for the Olympics back in 2009 and had an accident resulting in a severe brain injury. He was a patient at Craig Hospital too. His story is documented in a movie called The Crash Reel if you care to take a look. Meeting him was very inspirational and meaningful to Jacob and his family. Kevin also has an initiative called Love Your Brain which supports individuals with brain injuries - which includes military personnel as well as those injured either in accidents or sports injuries, etc. Good stuff!

Thank you to everyone for supporting this campaign for Jacob's family and for keeping them all in your thoughts and prayers. Can't thank you enough!!

Sincerely,

Sherri



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Thanks for your comment Karen. I think it’s really cool that he is able to find the time to visit patients at Craig. Special guy to give back that way. I have to find the time to watch the movie.

Sherri Tapp

Update posted by Aug 07

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I’ve followed Kevin Pearce for years. Love the work he and his family are doing with Love Your Brain. Kevin has come a long way!!! Totally awesome Jacob was able to meet him!

Karen Grove

Update posted by Aug 03

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Update posted by Sherri Tapp On Aug 03, 2016

Dear Campaign Followers,

I thought I would share a special update that Jacob's dad related to me last week when we spoke. He was telling me that Jacob had walked quite a bit that day and that he had a special visitor. He was able to meet and speak with Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who was training for the Olympics back in 2009 and had an accident resulting in a severe brain injury. He was a patient at Craig Hospital too. His story is documented in a movie called The Crash Reel if you care to take a look. Meeting him was very inspirational and meaningful to Jacob and his family. Kevin also has an initiative called Love Your Brain which supports individuals with brain injuries - which includes military personnel as well as those injured either in accidents or sports injuries, etc. Good stuff!

Thank you to everyone for supporting this campaign for Jacob's family and for keeping them all in your thoughts and prayers. Can't thank you enough!!

Sincerely,

Sherri



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Update posted by Sherri Tapp On Jul 26, 2016

Thanking everyone who is following Jake's go get funding page and keeping him in your thoughts and prayers. This update was written by Jake's dad last week. Keep those prayers coming for continued improvement and healing:

JACOB UPDATE:

Hello friends, family, friends of friends, and everyone who loves Jake!

We have been at the rehab facility for one week now. It has been a bit of an adjustment but we've settled in and here are the highlights. Jacob has been doing physical therapy once a day and there is noticeable improvement to the strength in his right leg. On Friday he was able to walk over 30 feet with assistance from his therapist. One of the biggest pieces of news we have to report is...w...ait for it...wait for it...HE STARTED SPEAKING ON FRIDAY! It was music to our ears. He was handed some small objects (key, bottle cap, pen cap, dice, etc.) and he said the name of each item. Amy and I sat there in shock (and then in tears). It was so sweet to hear his voice again. Speaking isn't easy but he's putting the words together and getting them out.

On a not as happy note, he has been experiencing significant pain in his right arm. Many think this may be a result of his brain, nerves, and muscles trying to reestablish the lost connections. If that's the case, the pain will be worth the reward but it is significant and we'd love to get to the bottom of it. On the upside, we have seen involuntary movement in the arm during a sneeze or something. A couple of times Jacob looked at us in surprise and with a smile because he noticed the movement too. And last night, we saw him very deliberately lift his arm off the bed.

We've had a couple of wonderful visitors recently and started receiving cards the other day. Jacob loves reading the cards. Thank you for sending them out. Great things are happening with our boy but none of it has been easy. He continues to fight and work hard. Please continue to pray for him and send him positive energy. We love you all and can't wait to see everyone soon!

With a full and grateful heart,
Matt, Amy, Jacob, Hadley, and Sammy

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Update posted by Sherri Tapp On Jul 26, 2016

Thanking everyone who is following Jake's go get funding page and keeping him in your thoughts and prayers. This update was written by Jake's dad last week. Keep those prayers coming for continued improvement and healing:

JACOB UPDATE:

Hello friends, family, friends of friends, and everyone who loves Jake!

We have been at the rehab facility for one week now. It has been a bit of an adjustment but we've settled in and here are the highlights. Jacob has been doing physical therapy once a day and there is noticeable improvement to the strength in his right leg. On Friday he was able to walk over 30 feet with assistance from his therapist. One of the biggest pieces of news we have to report is...w...ait for it...wait for it...HE STARTED SPEAKING ON FRIDAY! It was music to our ears. He was handed some small objects (key, bottle cap, pen cap, dice, etc.) and he said the name of each item. Amy and I sat there in shock (and then in tears). It was so sweet to hear his voice again. Speaking isn't easy but he's putting the words together and getting them out.

On a not as happy note, he has been experiencing significant pain in his right arm. Many think this may be a result of his brain, nerves, and muscles trying to reestablish the lost connections. If that's the case, the pain will be worth the reward but it is significant and we'd love to get to the bottom of it. On the upside, we have seen involuntary movement in the arm during a sneeze or something. A couple of times Jacob looked at us in surprise and with a smile because he noticed the movement too. And last night, we saw him very deliberately lift his arm off the bed.

We've had a couple of wonderful visitors recently and started receiving cards the other day. Jacob loves reading the cards. Thank you for sending them out. Great things are happening with our boy but none of it has been easy. He continues to fight and work hard. Please continue to pray for him and send him positive energy. We love you all and can't wait to see everyone soon!

With a full and grateful heart,
Matt, Amy, Jacob, Hadley, and Sammy

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Jacob- we are amazed at your strength and courage. You truly are a warrior. We continue to pray for your continued recovery.

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