Let's Get Tommy Strong!
At right, Tommy celebrates making the move from the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center!
Tommy Strong Update
Feaster Five - November 28
The Feaster Five is an annual Thanksgiving Day road race that takes place in nearby Andover, Mass. This year, Jen Hoffman (a Tommy Strong volunteer and very good friend of the Cox family) organized a team of runners (term loosely used) to participate in the event together. Below is a photo of some of the team members. They sure were Tommy Strong on that cold and wet Thanksgiving morning!
Steven's Estate Fundraiser - October 26
The Steven's Estate event on October 26 was a huge success. Thanks to a group of dedicated ladies, donators of raffle and auction items, Steven's Estate facility, live music, DJ and the list goes on and on, we really did it! Volunteers spent so many hours planning the auction and raffles, creating and updating the website, selling tickets to the event, decorating the day before the event and the list goes on and on and on. We are all fortunate to have such a strong and generous community!
The event itself raised $22k and in all, we've raised $41k. With a few other donations promised, we may come close to $50k. What is so amazing about this is that its only been about five weeks since we we brought in the first donations.
Other efforts that should get some serious recognition include the meal planning (booked out for months!), the volunteers handling construction on the Cox home (especially George Farr), Shawn Tuttle who has managed the effort to sell 1200 shirts, Minolta/Konica (John's work) who has supplied printing of tickets, banners, and materials for the event, the people that donated to have the house cleaned so that the family wouldn't have to worry about this, the fall yard clean up, the town departments (police, fire, town offices, library, youth center) who all collected donations, the Sargent School, the Cox and Keenan family who have been there every step of the way to arrange for care for the kids, the people helping to drive the Cox kids to sports and the list just keeps going.
Many have reached out with ideas on how to raise additional money. Ideas like "Trees for Tommy", wreaths sales, a golf or bowling tournament, and a few other ideas. If there are efforts that people want to take on and lead, feel free, we will happily get the word out and add donations raised to the fund. Please keep in mind that since Tommy Strong, Inc is a non-profit for an individual (vs. a cause like cancer), we are not qualified to be part of a 501c3, which would have allowed for a tax right off for donators. Email us for details.
The day Tommy’s life changed…
On September 5, while enjoying a beautiful day boating with his three siblings and their dad, Tommy was severely injured in a tragic accident. He remains with us today by the grace of God, the fast actions of his remarkable dad and big brother Johnny, and the amazing first-responders and world-class doctors at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. But his road to recovery will be long and difficult. This smart, funny, easy-going, fun-loving and athletic 10-year-old has started on the path to recovery with several major surgeries, and the loss of his leg. He has many more surgeries ahead of him. Although he is surrounded by the loving support of family and friends, he needs more help than what they can do alone. Please spread the word, and donate, if you can.
The North Andover community, and Cox family and friends, are pulling together to help support Tommy and his family. Learn more about how you can help!
Tommy with his two biggest supporters, Colin and Braiden.