Helping the Murphy's

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Organizer: Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio Beneficiary: Michael & Regina Murphy

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Any one that knows Mike Murphy knows that he is a very caring and loving person. He is not only a great husband and father, but he is also greatly loved by his coworkers at Atlantic Broadband, all of his friends, family, and pretty much anyone who knows him.

Mike was diagnosed with a very rare blood disease called TTP several years ago. His first battle with the disease lasted several months until he finally went into remission. The doctors had told him that if he stayed in remission for 10 years, the disease would most likely not return. Unfortunately in 2011, the disease did return and Mike had to battle once again. This time the disease took a hold of Mike and would not let go. Not only was the disease trying on his body, but complications from an infection caused a heart problem as well. For almost a year he fought and then finally went into remission again.

Now, after finally getting back on his feet and into a normal routine, Mike suffered four strokes in a very short amount of time. He had been at UPMC Altoona Hospital, was transferred to an acute care facility in Johnstown, and is now back in Altoona at HealthSouth.

Mike and his wife Regina already have a mountain of medical bills that they’ve been trying to chip away at from his previous battles and now they are incurring a multitude of additional expenses daily. Mike is not out of the woods yet, but this man surprises us all every day with his will to live. He still has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Any donation large or small would lighten the burden and would be greatly appreciated. Mike is a fighter, as the past few years have shown. He needs our prayers and support right now. Please help Mike, Regina, and Nathan in any way that you can.
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04/18/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Hi.It's Regina.I wanted to let everyone know that Mike is still making great progress.I finally got to spend the entire day with him wednesday and participate in his very extensive and grueling therapy.Up until wednesday,his therapy was between him and his great therapists.Now they are actually even educating Nate and I on how to assist Mike on manuevering his wheelchair ,his walker and  his medicines and  his feeding tube and so many other things.Mike might be coming home next saturday and will continue his therapy on a outpatient basis.I would again like to thank you all who constantly  give your love and support to us.For every donation ,every prayer,every time you thoght of us,every hug and kiss THANK YOU!  HAPPY EASTER and  Blessings to all.May God bless you all as much as I am blessedwith you freindship. Love, Regina and Nate
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04/18/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Hi.It's Regina.I wanted to let everyone know that Mike is still making great progress.I finally got to spend the entire day with him wednesday and participate in his very extensive and grueling therapy.Up until wednesday,his therapy was between him and his great therapists.Now they are actually even educating Nate and I on how to assist Mike on manuevering his wheelchair ,his walker and  his medicines and  his feeding tube and so many other things.Mike might be coming home next saturday and will continue his therapy on a outpatient basis.I would again like to thank you all who constantly  give your love and support to us.For every donation ,every prayer,every time you thoght of us,every hug and kiss THANK YOU!  HAPPY EASTER and  Blessings to all.May God bless you all as much as I am blessedwith you freindship. Love, Regina and Nate
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03/28/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Message from Regina:

"Mike is still at HealthSouth and is making progress with his speach and physical therapy. He is just starting to try real food (pureed, but it's still food!) and testing his swallowing capabilities. He had a slight setback on Sunday, having numerous blood clots in both legs, but after having a vena cava filter placed through the internal jugular vein, he is doing much better.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this difficult time. The prayers and support have been wonderful.

Love to all,

Regina
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03/14/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
We have WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC news!

Mike has made remarkable progress and is now at HealthSouth in Altoona!

He is saying a few words and writing a little with his right hand. He's still on a feeding tube, but he's starting to swallow by himself.

We cannot stress enough just how amazing this man is. For him to be making improvements like he has--well, he truly is a miracle.

Please continue to keep this family in your prayers. :)

**Reminder**
The Hoss's fundraiser is next Thursday, March 20th, at the Hoss's in Altoona. If you still need a card or paper, please email me on this site. 20% of all sales go to the Mike Murphy Fund!

Also, a Spaghetti Dinner is being held at Bishop Guilfoyle on Sunday, March 23rd, from 11-3. If you would like tickets for this, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you!
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03/05/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Update from Regina 3/5/14:

Mike is still at Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown. He has had a rough battle the last few weeks. He got another staph infection, pneumonia, and his peg tube (feeding tube in his stomach) became dislodged and he became septic.
He has been receiving very strong antibiotics and had a new peg tube inserted and seems to be responding well to all of this.
He has been receiving speech therapy daily, but he is still unable to speak.
He receives bedside therapy and moves the right side of his body, but there is still no movement on the left side.
He still communicates to us by squeezing our hands and shaking his head yes or no.

Good News: He now smiles and is becoming more aware of his surroundings. We are currently working with case management to try and get him moved to a more local rehab or nursing home.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. A huge and sincere THANK YOU to everyone for all that you've done.

Hugs & Kisses (and lots of love!),
Regina, Mike, & Nate Murphy
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02/18/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio

Mark your calendars!

We will be holding a fundraiser for Mike on Thursday, March 20th, at the Hoss’s in Altoona.

I will be picking up printed cards from Hoss’s to distribute, but you can also print the attachment on your own. Email me on this site for a copy and/or more information. Just make sure that you bring a copy with you.  :)

20% of the days proceeds will go to the Mike Murphy Fund!

Hope to see you there!

-Sheena


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02/18/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio

Update 2/18:

Mike had a bad weekend—he’s now septic, still has the staph infection, and his kidneys started to fail. However, they said it does seem that he’s responding well to the antibiotics. He’s currently in stable condition.

Please continue to keep Mike and his family in your prayers! <3


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02/05/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Update: 2.5.14

Message from Regina:

"Mike was transported from UPMC Altoona yesterday to a specialized long term care facility called Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown. He will receive advanced care for his medical condition, therapy to strengthen his swallowing muscles, speech therapy, and therapy to work on getting him to move his left side, which he currently cannot move. He will be going through a procedure to put a feeding tube into his stomach.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the fund. The kindess and generosity is amazing and so greatly appreciated. We are blessed to have one of the biggest circle of friends from Atlantic Broadband and Walmart, as well as all of our family, extended family, friends, and the Bishop Guilfoyle and St. Rose communities. One of our truest gifts in life is knowing that I can call any one of these people, any time of day or night, and they would be there for us. We love all of you for that!

Thank you again for your continued support. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Love to all,

Regina, Mike, and Nate"
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01/31/2014
by Patty Stoehr & Sheena Dunio
Hello everyone!

First of all, on behalf of the Murphy family, thank you all so much for your generosity and prayers. The outpouring of support for Mike, Regina, and Nathan is just amazing.

Update:

Mike has now been diagnosed with a staph infection in his lungs and blood. They have him on IV antibiotics, so we can only hope that the infection has not done too much damage.

Mike is currently waiting on a bed at Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown, PA. This is an acute care hospital where he will continue to receive extensive physical therapy and focused nursing care.

Please share this page with anyone you know that may be willing to help this family during this extremely difficult time.

The power of prayer is a wonderful thing--keep it up!


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