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Vernie Davis Fund Raiser

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Organizer: Davis Children Beneficiary: Vernie Davis Family

Vernie Davis Fund Raiser

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In March of 2014 Vernie Davis was a victim of a hit and run accident while riding his motrcycle in Orlando, FL. For the past 3-4 months Venue has been recovering in a local Rehabilitation facility close to his hometown. He has been doing exceptionally well with therapy and was recently taken off of tube feedings and getting regular meals 3 times a day. With no warning seizure activity started a few days ago and he has been in the hospital ever since. Those who know Vernie know, that he is a one of a kind man. A large heart for all and willing to do anything for anyone. A man who loved life, his family, and friends. Everytime you saw him he had a smile on his face. Whether it was riding through town in the PennDot truck, or on his motorcycle yelling at you to "get a job!!" :) But one thing is for sure.. Once a friend of Vernie's, always a friend of Vernie's. 

This fund raiser is being set up to help with medical expenses incurred while on his road to recovery in long term care, which his insurance does not cover. They will only cover an allotted amount of days, and after that he is forced to leave the facility whether he is physically and emotionally ready to or not and continue with LIMITED home care. This fundraiser will also help fund renovations to his home to make it wheelchair accessible for him. Vernie deserves to live as normal a life as he possibly can. He did not deserve to have this happen to him.

We THANK YOU in advance for your continued prayers and support for Vernie and his family. His family is always by his side to help him get better and are strengthened by the love, support, and prayers they recieve. You all know as well as we do that he would be more than appreciative of the love and support he is recieving, and would reciprocate it 10 fold.
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09/16/2014
by Davis Children
GREAT NEWS ALL!!! Dads bone flap surgery went well and he is resting comfortably in the recovery room. once he gets a routine CT scan he will be heading back up to his room so we could see him!!! This surgery is going to do wonders for his confidence and cognition. Thank you to everyone who continues to support and pray for him. it means so much!!

~Jennifer
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09/14/2014
by Davis Children
Happy Sunday to you all!!! I am happy to report that as of a few days ago the seizure activity has ceased, he is out of the icu and my dad has been resting comfortably. He is waking up more and more everyday and appears to be focusing on us but not necessarily tracking movement. But that is perfectly normal for any individual in a medically induced coma for 6 days on the type of medication he was on. He is well enough and vitals have all been stable enough for him to proceed with his scheduled bone flap surgery for this Tuesday. This surgery was on the books prior to the seizing incident. So he will still be in the hospital longer. As with any surgery of this magnitude there are always setbacks. whether it was someone with this type of injury or a healthy person. Anyone would   experience some type of setback. We are praying it isn't as severe and takes us back to square one. But I believe he will be ok and bounce back quickly once back in rehab. Other than that he is doing great!! We appreciate all of the prayers and well wishes... keep em going. we still have a long way to go.

the house is coming along well.. tried uploading pics but they werent showing up for some reason. still accepting volunteers whenever available, lots of work to still be done. 

thank you so much for all you do!! God Bless!! 
~Jennifer :)


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09/04/2014
by Davis Children
Morning!! Dad has still been having seizures everyday. They have done CTs and EEGs and the eeg shows seizure activity worse yesterday than the day before. They are performing a continuous eeg to monitor the activity and last evening sedated and vented him, and added a new med to give his brain and body a rest. They will at some point slowly wake him up, check the seizure activity and tweak his meds to hopefully stop them. They still do not know what is causing them, but when you have a head injury like that you are susceptible to them for the rest of your life. I ain't too proud to beg at all, PLEASE pray as hard and as much as you can for him. He was so nervous and scared the night before his procedure.. This wasn't what any of us had expected to happen.. he was to recover in a few days and be out of there. :( I planned a birthday party for him for next week and everything to celebrate HIM... I just wish this would all stop and he can enjoy life and his new house.. We truly appreciate everything everyone has done thus far.
Never stop praying!!! 
Thank you!!!
Jennifer 

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09/01/2014
by Davis Children
Hello all we have hit just a minor bump in the road Vernie Strong Angels... Dad experienced a few seizures yesterday morning, the first time since the accident 5 months ago!!! We had him transported for testing and they discovered he had a buildup of fluid on the right side of the brain which is common with head injuries. We then again transported him to see his neurosurgeon. This morning he had a procedure to insert a shunt into a ventricle on the left side of his brain to drain off excess fluid and is now creating and recovering in the ICU. He has had a few minor seizures since the procedure that they believe was caused by low blood sugar as he has not eaten in a day and a half. He has been given meds and is getting some nutrition and seems to be doing much better. Shook me up pretty good, not something I imagined going through again. Please pray extra hard for him!!!! 
THANK YOU!!!
JENNIFER

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08/25/2014
by Davis Children
Hello all "Vernie Strong" supporters!!! I am very pleased to let you all know that my dad is no longer on tube feedings!!!!!! He has been getting meals here and there starting over a month ago and the better he did, the more often he got meals. So last week he was taken off the tube feed and they did a calorie count those days to make sure he was eating enough calories, etc. He did so very well and is no longer required to receive nutrition thru the tube!! He, however; still has the tube and needs it to receive medication until he learns how  swallow pills again which he is trying to do at certain times of the day but he still wants to try and chew them but regardless he is doing EXTREMELY WELL!!! next is working on more talking and other cognative skills... He is still working on balancing and standing in PT and OT and doing well there!! I keep praying something in his brain and joints starts firing and atleast gets that left leg moving... I want him to walk so very badly!! 
Still working on the house and its coming along well. We have not hired any contractors. Our family and friends have been working diligently everyday to get the house ready to accommodate his disability but are still in need of volunteers at any time, any day, for any amount of time... from 8am- until Monday-Friday and sometimes Sat and Sun... Anyone who wants to donate their time and skills to help a great man is more than welcomed.. Contact myself, my brother Aaron uncles Jerome and Jimmy if you have any of their numbers or email me jada031@gmail.com. YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS AND SUPPORT IS A BLESSING!! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
We still also have Vernie Strong t-shirts and raffle tickets available. Tickets go off on Verns birthday Sept 11,2014. contact me for details!! 
THANK YOU!!!
JENNIFER 

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08/11/2014
by Davis Children
Good afternoon all!! it has been quite some time since I have posted an update... my apologies!!! But Big Vern has been doing exceptionally well!! Our issue with Highmark has been cleared up and he has not had any issues with approvals since!! I'm going to back track a bit to get everyone caught up. Our fundraiser Benefit Ride in July was AWESOME!! We were able to bring my dad during the bike registration and also later on for the party and he was in his glory! I've never seen him smile so much.. he was touched by all who came to support HIM and it was good for a lot of people that he knew to see him and see just how far God has already brought him!! He was emotional on occasion but I know he loved every minute he was there!! I went to see him later after midnight and he was in his room still awake smiling away!! :) Made me feel good that we were able to make that memory for him... 
Fast forward to now... It has been about a few weeks since renovations on his home started and we are getting there and they are looking great!! The deck and most of the ramp is finished.. his bedroom gutted, and bathroom conversion for him is almost 1/2 way done. it is all going to be great for him when he comes home.  If anyone is interested in lending a hand any day of the week for even just an hour please get in contact with my uncle Jim or Jerome Davis, myself, or my brother Aaron. or just stop at the house 316 Wylie Houston! 
In therapy Dad has been making great progress. He was been helping more in OT and PT with balancing and using his legs a lot more when they stand him up. each day he stands just a few seconds longer.. he may be cussing lol while we are doing it but he still does it! A while back he was changed to a 2 person assist and we have not been needing the lift to get him in and out of bed, he has been occasionally getting lunch meals and now they are incorporating dinner trays on some days.. Hopefully soon once he relearns and masters some of the basics we can work on getting his feeding tube removed... and soon after the trach!! In a few weeks we should hopefully be scheduling his bone flap surgery. one of the last major decisions before getting him home!!! He will have some recovery time in a facility but it is a giant step closer to his freedom. I am anxious to get him HOME with me and so is he!! I know once he is able to be back in our home his progress will be even more exceptional.. I am so excited to see what else this man CAN and WILL do!!! God is good and he definitely has my dads back... he will be ok! He is blessed to have so many people in his corner, praying for him daily, and visiting him. It really brightens his day and keeps his spirits up. He loves his visitors!! I will do my best to update more regularly at least major changes! THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO SAYS A KIND WORD, PRAYS, VISITS, SENDS CARDS, DONATES, VOLUNTEERS, OR EVEN JUST HAS MY FATHER AND ALSO HIS FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS... IT IS MORE THAN APPRECIATED, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. WE APPRECIATE IT GREATLY. ONE DAY SOON MY DAD WILL VERBALLY EXPRESS HIS GRATITUDE AND THANKFULNESS TO ALL OF YOU. YOU ARE HIS ANGELS!! ON BEHALF OF MY FATHER,MY FAMILY, AND MYSELF... THANK YOU!!
~Jennifer

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08/11/2014
by Davis Children
Good afternoon all!! it has been quite some time since I have posted an update... my apologies!!! But Big Vern has been doing exceptionally well!! Our issue with Highmark has been cleared up and he has not had any issues with approvals since!! I'm going to back track a bit to get everyone caught up. Our fundraiser Benefit Ride in July was AWESOME!! We were able to bring my dad during the bike registration and also later on for the party and he was in his glory! I've never seen him smile so much.. he was touched by all who came to support HIM and it was good for a lot of people that he knew to see him and see just how far God has already brought him!! He was emotional on occasion but I know he loved every minute he was there!! I went to see him later after midnight and he was in his room still awake smiling away!! :) Made me feel good that we were able to make that memory for him... 
Fast forward to now... It has been about a few weeks since renovations on his home started and we are getting there and they are looking great!! The deck and most of the ramp is finished.. his bedroom gutted, and bathroom conversion for him is almost 1/2 way done. it is all going to be great for him when he comes home.  If anyone is interested in lending a hand any day of the week for even just an hour please get in contact with my uncle Jim or Jerome Davis, myself, or my brother Aaron. or just stop at the house 316 Wylie Houston! 
In therapy Dad has been making great progress. He was been helping more in OT and PT with balancing and using his legs a lot more when they stand him up. each day he stands just a few seconds longer.. he may be cussing lol while we are doing it but he still does it! A while back he was changed to a 2 person assist and we have not been needing the lift to get him in and out of bed, he has been occasionally getting lunch meals and now they are incorporating dinner trays on some days.. Hopefully soon once he relearns and masters some of the basics we can work on getting his feeding tube removed... and soon after the trach!! In a few weeks we should hopefully be scheduling his bone flap surgery. one of the last major decisions before getting him home!!! He will have some recovery time in a facility but it is a giant step closer to his freedom. I am anxious to get him HOME with me and so is he!! I know once he is able to be back in our home his progress will be even more exceptional.. I am so excited to see what else this man CAN and WILL do!!! God is good and he definitely has my dads back... he will be ok! He is blessed to have so many people in his corner, praying for him daily, and visiting him. It really brightens his day and keeps his spirits up. He loves his visitors!! I will do my best to update more regularly at least major changes! THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO SAYS A KIND WORD, PRAYS, VISITS, SENDS CARDS, DONATES, VOLUNTEERS, OR EVEN JUST HAS MY FATHER AND ALSO HIS FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS... IT IS MORE THAN APPRECIATED, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. WE APPRECIATE IT GREATLY. ONE DAY SOON MY DAD WILL VERBALLY EXPRESS HIS GRATITUDE AND THANKFULNESS TO ALL OF YOU. YOU ARE HIS ANGELS!! ON BEHALF OF MY FATHER,MY FAMILY, AND MYSELF... THANK YOU!!
~Jennifer

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07/02/2014
by Davis Children
****URGENT****
Vernie Strong supporters we need your help!! We found  out yesterday that on June 27th HIGHMARK BCBS stopped paying for my fathers care at the Greenery. They do not feel its medically necessary for him to continue to be here!!! Which is bull!!!! He still does not fluently talk, walk, take care of himself, still has a trach and feeding tube. Stevie Wonder could see that he needs to be here. We need you to help us advocate and put Highmark out in the street. Contact your congressmen Brandon Neuman, Tim Murphy, and Tim Solobay as I am doing the same. I have gotten in touch with the media to run the story and also the newspaper. These insurance can't continue to do this to people who need this acute care. My father isn't ready to go home, his renovations havent even been able to start yet. we have to make his house accomoadating for him. we have an appeal in to Highmark and we will find out if it will be denied it approved in a few days. it would be great if they approve it but weeks down the line they could turn around and deny him again. Then today they put ALL of his therapy on hold. How can this man progress and get a good report to the insurance company if he can't get therapy???!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help up advocate for him and also others victims of these insurance companies who try to dump off their members because they don't want to pay. THEY NEED EXPOSED. THEY CAN'T KEEP DOING THIS TO PEOPLE WHO NEED LONG TERM CARE
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06/23/2014
by Davis Children
Hello all!! Me again!!! I wanted to let everyone know that there has been some minor changes to the fundraiser and flyer that was posted in the gallery section here. Our non-rider donation fee will be $15.. kids are welcome and bowling is encouraged. One game of bowling with shoes is $5.50. All that participate in the fundraiser and bowl, Otto's will donate all of the bowling proceeds to us!!! :) If you have your own ball and shoes shine em up and break em out!!! For all of you that didn't know Dad had a small part in the bowling movie along with a fewbof his old motorcycle buddies, called Kingpin. It was a 10 second bit, but he was very proud of it. He still has the paycheck from it :D!! If you get a chance to watch it, its a pretty funny movie. But you gotta pay close attention to catch him!! Lol He's in the part where they are in the bowling alley hustling people and going down the line collecting money from the losers!! Any who I hope to see you there, whether you ride or not!! 
I am also so very ESTATIC that we finally have an appt with one of the best neurosurgeons around to get some follow-up testing and schedule a surgery date to get daddy's boneflap (portion of the skull) put back in. He is very bothered that it is missing and I'm hoping this will also help him feel better about his appearance again. But with this surgery comes setbacks. Due to the nature of it and the surgery taking so long some things he has been working so hard to learn he will have to relearn again!! :( But I know in my heart he will pick up where he left off with some things just fine. Your continued prayers are requested and also much appreciated. Thank you all again for your unwavering love and support!!! The support, prayers, kind words, care and concern mean so much to us. and get me through my many rough days and constant meltdowns... You all are a God send to all of us!! God Bless You!! THANK YOU!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Jennifer :)

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06/23/2014
by Davis Children
Hello all!! Me again!!! I wanted to let everyone know that there has been some minor changes to the fundraiser and flyer that was posted in the gallery section here. Our non-rider donation fee will be $15.. kids are welcome and bowling is encouraged. One game of bowling with shoes is $5.50. All that participate in the fundraiser and bowl, Otto's will donate all of the bowling proceeds to us!!! :) If you have your own ball and shoes shine em up and break em out!!! For all of you that didn't know Dad had a small part in the bowling movie along with a fewbof his old motorcycle buddies, called Kingpin. It was a 10 second bit, but he was very proud of it. He still has the paycheck from it :D!! If you get a chance to watch it, its a pretty funny movie. But you gotta pay close attention to catch him!! Lol He's in the part where they are in the bowling alley hustling people and going down the line collecting money from the losers!! Any who I hope to see you there, whether you ride or not!! 
I am also so very ESTATIC that we finally have an appt with one of the best neurosurgeons around to get some follow-up testing and schedule a surgery date to get daddy's boneflap (portion of the skull) put back in. He is very bothered that it is missing and I'm hoping this will also help him feel better about his appearance again. But with this surgery comes setbacks. Due to the nature of it and the surgery taking so long some things he has been working so hard to learn he will have to relearn again!! :( But I know in my heart he will pick up where he left off with some things just fine. Your continued prayers are requested and also much appreciated. Thank you all again for your unwavering love and support!!! The support, prayers, kind words, care and concern mean so much to us. and get me through my many rough days and constant meltdowns... You all are a God send to all of us!! God Bless You!! THANK YOU!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Jennifer :)

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06/18/2014
by Davis Children
Good afternoon and happy hump day to you all!!! :) In the past few weeks dad has been doing quite well! He has been learning and mastering taking his shirt off and on with his right arm, sitting up and balancing working those abs, learning how to swallow again. Which once he masters that we can start to give him real food and get rid of that feeding tube that he drives us all crazy playing with all the time!!! (that man Smh)He has been doing well with soft foods like pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce. Yesterday the therapist chopped up some fish and potatoes which he did exceptionally well with. Each day they place him in the standing machine and he has been able to tolerate more than 30 minutes.. The other day in therapy they had him sitting up balancing for a while and let him lean back and rest on the wedge but HE WASN'T HAVING IT!!! He kept trying to sit up and reaching for someone to help him sit up and they kept telling him to just relax and take a break.. then he starts yelling, "Jennifer!!! Jennifer!!!" I guess he needed me to come save him Lol Normally he only yells for me when I'm in trouble.. haha It made me feel good that he seeks me out for help, and knows that I have been there and will continue to be there for him. I known I say this everytime but I am truly overflowing with pride!! He has his stubborn days as we all know, but he is determined to get his behind back home!! I pray for a miracle that he will have use of his left side, that man does not want to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and I'm determined to do whatever it takes to get something firing in those nerves and muscles so he can get back to the things that he loved to do, and play with his grandson. If you haven't been there yet to see him, you are surely missing out!! You will be blown away when you see how far he has come and realize that he is in no way, shape, orform in the condition you may think he is in due to his injury. He inspires me everyday and gives me the strength to continue to fight with and for him. As always your continued support, love, and prayers are needed and truly appreciated. We still have a long way to go on his recovery and also making his home wheelchair accessible. Please continue to spread the word about this fundraising page and also all future fundraising events. Speaking of....

July 12,2014 there will be a "VERNIE STRONG" benefit bike ride starting and ending at Otto's pub/west pike bowl. registration at 11... pull out Promptly at noon until 3. Once back to Otto's there will be a DJ, 50/50 raffle, raffle tickets and t-shirts sold, drink specials, corn hole and bowling at 3pm. Food will be provided for those who made the donation to be a part of the ride and also at the door for non riders. $20 per driver/$10 for passengers and also non riders. I will upload a photo of the flyer to the gallery section here. The one change to it will be regarding the food being provided to supporters. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!! :)

Peace and Blessings, 
Jennifer 
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06/03/2014
by Davis Children
Good afternoon!!! It's been a while since we posted any news on dad. He has been doing fairly well. Some little bumps along the way, but he is getting over them. He has been doing better in speech therapy and relearning how to swallow so we can get him eating. Occupational and physical therapy have been working his left side trying to get it active and standing him up in the standing machine which he really does well with and loves! Some days he won't cooperate if they don't stand him up!!!! He does a lot more talking and writing, I get him to practice just about everyday. He FINALLY said my brothers name. He was too stubborn and just wouldn't do it!! This past weekend he got to spend time with his grandson Mason and he was in his glory!! He was in the standing machine when they got there and when that lil guy walked up and said, "Hey Pappy!!" Daddy was all smiles and said, "MASON!!!" It was completely overwhelming, I don't think there was a dry eye at that moment. It was such a good weekend for him and great therapy to be able to visit with my brother and especially Mason. They were like two peas in a pod. It was sad to see how down he looked once they left but ibreassured him they would be back to see him, which made him feel a little but better. Anyone in the area that knows and/or is close with him are more than welcome to visit. He does recognize people and LOVES visitors. He sometimes is stubborn and won't talk just because you want him to though, but he definitely knows who people are. So head on down to the Greenery in Canonsburg, Room 109. If he's not there he may be rolling around in his chair. He doesn't like to be down for too long!!! Please continue to pray for him and our family. We still have a ways to go and plenty to do for him!!! In the near future there will be many other fundraisers for him, and we would love to see you there!!!There are a few new pictures and video of him playing with Mason. Check em out!!! Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support. The kindness from all of you gives us the strength to continue to fight along side him to get better, and stronger. You are more appreciated than you may know!!!
Thank you!!
Jennifer :)

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05/23/2014
by Davis Children
Good morning!!! I just wanted to let everyone know that there are now videos of some of my dads progress on the site. Periodically I will post then to show how he is doing but may not get many because he does not like being filmed!! He is working so hard, and is trying so hard everyday to get out of his chair.. HE WANTS TO WALK!!! But doesn't realize the left leg doesn't work as well as the right yet but he is definitely determined!! 

The spaghetti dinner was just the beginning... we have a lot to do before he comes home, and he will need quite a few items to assist him in his home and we have lots of home renovations to get done for him. Thank you to all who have contributed!! Please occasionally continue to come here and visit this site and share via Facebook, Twitter, and also Google+. You can always copy the link in your browser to send to anyone you think would like to given to a worthy cause by email, text, pigeon foot, message in a bottle, etc :). 

Dont forget to check out the videos of his progress. Pay close attention and turn your volume up on the speaking video.. it will definitely blow you away!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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05/22/2014
by Davis Children
Good evening. I am happy to say that the t-shirts I had made to raise money for my dad sold out at the fundraiser on Sunday!!!!!  But I will be placing another order next week. You MUST EMAIL me to order at jada031@gmail.com. Please include your Name, phone#, size, and color. Payment is due when picked up, etc or prior to if you prefer. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! 
Front : VERNIE STRONG w/ his handsome face 
BACK: His road to recovery is long but you can help lessen the bumps along the way. www.youcaring. com Keyword : vernie davis
Youth: XS, S,M,L - Orange only $12
Adult: M,L,XL - orange or gravel (grey) - $16
Adult: 2X - orange or gravel - $18
3X and larger - orange or gravel- $20
***Tall available in XL,2X,3X sport grey or charcoal only.
LARGEST Orange size is 5X. 
LARGEST Gravel size is 3X

a photo of the shirt will be uploaded to the gallery on the fundraiser page. 

thank you for your continued support!!
Jennifer

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05/19/2014
by Davis Children
Happy Monday to you all!!!! I am pleased to announce that the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Sunday was a SUCCESS!!!! It was wall to wall people from the time it started and until it ended. Roughly 700 people showed up and showed out for my dad!!!! We ran out of several hundred pounds of pasta by 4pm!!! and had to make several grocery store runs to try and keep it moving! Other than numerous family and friends showing support, complete strangers who saw our interview on tv came to support him as well. One of his friends dedicated a motorcycle to him and allowed his supporters to sign their name to it for a small donation. It was absolutely a great day!!!! Thank you so much to all who came, those who donate online, send their love through the mail and in person, and most importantly everyone that continuously keeps my dad in your prayers. Thank you to all of our volunteers and also Angelo's restaurant in Washington, Pa for donating the food and various other establishments for making their donations... YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! The "Vernie Strong" T-shirts I had made completely sold out at the fundraiser but I will be placing an order again next Monday for anyone who is interested. Send me an email jada031@gmail.com for details and pricing. Plenty of other FUNdraisers coming up in the near future. As always I will keep everyone updated. 
As far as my dads progress he is doing so very well!! He has been talking more here and there. Last week the speech therapist asked him to say my name and say hello but you know Vern.. he WROTE them instead!! I was completely ecstatic and proud!!!! Today in OT he was pretty agitated and not cooperative until they let him stand up(with their help Ofcourse) and after that he did whatever they asked Lol. He is doing exceptionally well. Please keep up the prayers and as usual I will keep up the updates!! God Bless you All!!! Thank You!!!
Jennifer Davis 

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05/15/2014
by Davis Children
Evening!!! Tonight my sister and I sat down for an interview with KDKA's Ralph Iannotti about my dad, his accident, progress and our fundraising efforts for his care. It had aired at 10 and 11pm. For anyone who may have missed it, I provided the link below. It contains the online story and also our interview. THANK YOU FOR RALLYING BEHIND MY DAD, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!! :)
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/05/15/washington-co-man-still-on-ventilator-after-hit-run-moved-to-rehab/
(disregard link caption, he is not on a ventilator. Still has a trach with a tube that just delivers moist air)

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05/14/2014
by Davis Children
Hola everyone!!! It has been almost a week since our last update and my dad has done some pretty great things since then!!! This past weekend he startedTALKING!!! We were taking a ssoon down the hallway and he just started rambling so the speech therapist thought it would be a good idea to have a session with him. During this session he said his normal words, yeah and okay!! He said some days of the week, my name (Jen), his wife's name (Angie), and I LOVE YOU!!! It was such an emotional and astounding moment, I cried like a baby!! Each day he is a step closer to recovery, and I couldn't be more proud of him!!! Some days are good and some aren't so good, but he is trying. You can't ask for much more than that. We cannot express enough how much your support means to us, and more importantly to my dad. If he knew the lengths that people have been going for him, and to see how he has touched so many peoples lives, he he would be overcome with emotion and gratitude. This experience has been an eye opener for sure. We are now all seeing the effects of the way he has always treated people. To say it is AMAZING... is an understatement!!! Please keep him and our family in our prayers!!! THANK YOU!!!

Don't forget the spaghetti dinner this Sunday the 178th from 12pm-6pm at The American Legion in Houston, Pa... Food, desserts, DJ, T-shirts, rafffles, and Fun!!! Can't wait to see you there!!!

God Bless You!!
Jennifer :)
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05/08/2014
by Davis Children
Good morning all!!! It has been almost a week since my dad has been back here in Pennsylvania and he is adjusting quite well!!! he has started PT, OT, and speech therapy and doing great! Speech is very impressed with his abilities. Hopefully we can get him talking again soon. He is resides at The Greenery in Canonsburg and accepting visitors, however we still ask to keep it small, and no large groups. He gets overwhelmed when too many things are going on at once. He will shutdown and sleep and not acknowledge you are there. He is able to recognize people, but don't be discouraged if he doesn't acknowledge who you are. He is still Vernie, and still ornary as ever!! :) We appreciate you all respecting our wishes and taking it slow. As always thank you for the love and support. You are very gracious!! Have a great day!!

Thank you,
Jennifer




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05/03/2014
by Davis Children
Good morning wonderful supporters of my father!!! :) I am sure many of you have already heard the rumors of my father being back here in Pennsylvanibe they are true. Him and I flew in recently via air ambulance and he is getting acclimated and settled in his new facility. The flight was a quick 2 hours and he did great!!! Vitals were stable and he just slept or looked around. Some may know his location through friends and family but as of right now I will not broadcast where he is. For those of you wishing to visit we ask that you PLEASE wait at least until next week and Do Not go in groups. Due to his neurological injury and still early recovery stages he can get overwhelmed and overstimulated and will shutdown, not interact well, and go to sleep. Some think that interacting with him and keeping him active, etc often is helping him, etc but it really is not. Stimulation should be done in intervals. Also, if you visit and plan to stay for long periods please do not talk, touch or stimulate him for hours at a time as this will also overstimulate him. We greatly appreciate your understanding and respect for our wishes at this time!! Do not worry there is plenty of time for visiting. 
I want to again thank everyone for the love, support, and prayers!!! I hope to see your faces at the dinner coming up in a few weeks!!! I will also be posting a recent pic of him in his new digs!! :) 
WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
JENNIFER DAVIS

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04/27/2014
by Davis Children
It has been a GREAT weekend!!! Dad has been fairly active, sometimes only at certain times of the day. I especially love to see his eyes open wide when I walk in the room and say, "Hey Dad!!" Today he made some new faces I haven't seen before that had me cracking up. He even scrunched up his face when I kissed him on his nose :) I was especially proud today when on 2 seperate occasions acknowledged something's that the nurse and I were doing and saying by nodding his head YES and also smiled today!!! He never ceases to amaze us!!! 

I also want to thank everyone for their continued support and for going out and grabbing a paper to read his story. We wanted to get it out there for people who knew him and may have had no idea of what he has been dealing with and our efforts to provide him with the beat care that we can. THANK YOY FOR LOVING AND SUPPORTING HIM AND OUR FAMILY!!!

~Jennifer

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04/23/2014
by Davis Children
Hello All!! The Observer Reporter(Washington county) will be running a story about my dad and his accident, fundraiser, etc in the paper on Thursday April 25th... Make sure to get your copies. As always your support is much appreciated!! thank you!!

Jennifer
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04/22/2014
by Davis Children
I read an article today and couldnt help but believe that this one day would be my dad. It further promotes my hope and I am looking forward to the days that we all can have similar stories to speak of about the MIRACLE that we will one day see with him. Thank you all for your support and prayers.

-Aaron Vertresse

LINK:http://www.betsysupportpage.com/
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04/22/2014
by Davis Children
 If contributing to an online fundraiser is not your thing you are welcome to send well wishes, flowers, etc to:
2436 Formax Drive
Orlando, FL 32828

Also coming up in the next few months there will be 2 benefits held in honor of my father, A Poker Run put together by various local motorcycle groups in the Pittsburgh area and also a spaghetti dinner. More details to come once everything is finalized. 
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04/19/2014
by Davis Children
Hello all, Dad was fairly active this week. A few days ago while moving him from the bed to the chair they sat him up at the edge of the bed and he was able to sit up on his own for 13 seconds!! In his condition, thats pretty good!!! Today his nurse Maggie was estatic to inform us that he squeezed her hand on command!!! She was just about as happy as we were!!! :) He is starting to localize and doing more with the right arm. I am unable to load the video but as my brother was doing his ROM(range of motion) exercises and massaging his legs and feet he continuously flinched the LEFT leg and pulled away in reaction to pain while applying pressure to the left great toe. If any of you recall the part of the brain that was injured controls the left side and it has been unclear if he would ever have use of that side again.. but today we were given Hope!! I can't express how proud I am of my dad and his progress. I believe that having a strong support system around you and actively in your life can significantly aid in a more positive and rapid recovery, and so far it shows. Everyday someone is saying a prayer or kind words for him, my brother and I talk to him everyday, I play his favorite music and movies for him. The support is endless. Again thank you all for everything you are doing. Progress is being made but we still have a long road ahead. Continue to pray and share his story through this site. Thank you!!!
Jennifer and the entire Davis Family

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04/12/2014
by Davis Children

So after 2 weeks of being in Pa I (Jennifer) am now back in Florida with my dad.  So excited to say that there has been a HUGE difference since I was last here. He moves his right arm and leg, opens his eyes a lot, makes the Vern stank face that we all know and love :). I couldn't help but tear up when I saw him smile a couple times when he was sleeping, and squeeze when I held his hand. Again the love, support, and prayers is overwhelming. I know that if he knew how many of you have helped his family and children, how many times a day and how hard you pray for him he would be extremely appreciative and touched. I wish that he was able to see all of these wonderful things that are being done for him. He has always been so good to people and is more than deserving of the outpouring of love. Please continue to pray for healing and recovery... You are angels!!

Thank you from,
Jennifer Davis and The entire Davis Family!! 



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04/02/2014
by Davis Children
I know everyone is hoping to hear great news but there hasn't been much change in the recent days. He still opens his eyes quite regularly to the sounds of voices and touch and breathing on his own but nothing major yet. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a long process. But I have faith in the lord and my father and will do any and everything in my power to help him get well.

And on behalf of myself, my dad, my siblings and family we would like to thank everyone that has so generously helped our family in so many ways. Daddy has been receiving so many cards, well wishes, prayers, love and support from so many its overwhelming and amazing... I know that he would be extremely happy to know what everyone was doing for him, all because they simply love him!! He is a strong man, and a fighter but has a long road ahead and still needs prayers daily. He deserves to live and enjoy his life and everyday I will pray, and help him get back to the life and family he loved so much. The continued prayers and support is more than appreciated. He is one lucky man!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
I LOVE YOU DAD!! LOVE, JEN 

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