Help Frankie Cutie on his road to recovery

For: Frankie Cutie
Baldwinsville, NY
Organizer: Desalyn Thibado
Help Frankie Cutie on his road to recovery (Frankie Cutie)
of $100,000 goal
24% Complete
Raised by 323 donors

The Story

Our family has known the Cuties since their oldest child was a toddler. Over the last 24 years or so, we have watched each of their five children grow into beautiful young people, with promising futures on the horizon. This family is one of the strongest and most closely-knit we have ever known. Frank and Michele Cutie have instilled in their children love, patience, respect, compassion, generosity, and a hunger for learning.

In a matter of weeks, the Cutie family’s lives have been turned upside down. In July, their oldest son, Frankie, was diagnosed with a benign tumor. It had formed near the base of Frankie’s brain, and caused him to lose sight in one eye. About a month later, this kind compassionate young man went in for a risky surgery, to free his brain of the tumor, and hopefully restore his vision. The 15-hour surgery went well; the surgeon was able to remove every bit of the tumor, and the Cuties let out a breath they had been holding for weeks. Unfortunately, only hours later, Frankie suffered a stroke, and his brain swelled, requiring yet another surgery. Now, as Frankie fights to come back to us, his family waits, and prays, and hopes for a miracle, that their son, their big brother, is still in there.

Meanwhile, after more than two weeks in ICU, the hospital bill is climbing. Frank and Michele are spending much of their time at the hospital, to be close to their oldest pride and joy. Frankie’s parents and siblings take turns sitting with him, waiting for every small glimmer of hope of his recovery.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to know Frankie, can tell you that this young man is one of the most beautiful souls of our time. He is a role model for his younger siblings. He has touched lives everywhere he has been. He’s done more in 26 years than some people do in a lifetime. He has gone halfway around the world to teach in four different provinces in China. He had expected to go to Vietnam this Fall, but that has been put on hold. He has gifted the world through his generosity of talent, his passion for music, his love for all people, his kindness and compassion towards all inhabitants of our Earth, and his genuine love of life. He truly is one of those people who makes the world, the universe, a better place to be.

We believe Frankie will recover, but it will be a long road for him and his family. Unfortunately, on top of the stress of recovery, they will also face the pressure of medical bills, which will surely be of astronomical proportions. We would like to ease that in some way, and ask you to give, even a little bit, if you can.

The Cuties have received an outpouring of love, support, and prayers from those around the world whose lives have been touched by this beautiful family and their beloved Frankie. We ask that you continue to send love to them, in prayers, positive energy, good vibes, or any other way that you believe in.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018

An update from Frankie:

Dear Kind Friends,

It is with heart filled gratitude and respect that I write this message to each of you who have read my story and given me a thought, a vibe, a repost, a share, a prayer. Thank you tenfold. I believe the goodness of the world is in your behavior towards a recovering stroke person, me. I am a witness, I am proof to the world that kindness, love, energy, vibes, support, and prayers change things. I must tell you, I struggle here. My mind moves like the wind, my voice is silent. It hurts, so I am left to type but I still need arm support. I have to get back to the world. I need to give, I need to teach, I need to expand and conquer. The van will help, so thank you. I am so lonely, I need to be out. Many of you know I was a traveler, I miss it. Please know I pray for each of you, I believe in God now more than ever, but with each prayer I send positive universal energy and vibes to you as well, this too I believe in. It is all and all.

Peace, Frankie

Please contact me if any of you want to chat, I’d love to


Posted on March 21, 2018

Posted on March 21, 2018

Our fundraiser has been quiet for a while, but Frankie has not stopped working toward his recovery. He has shown unimaginable perseverance and strength. He has made great strides in communication, as is evident by the letter below (type by Frankie!), his increasing independence, and his desire to contribute to his community again. What he needs most right now is a mode of transportation to visit with family and friends, become active in his community, and to get to and from various therapies so that he can continue to regain his function and independence. The Cuties are looking to purchase a used, accessible van, but they need our help to do it!

In Frankie’s own words:

My name is Frank Cutie. I am 29. I am a college professor. When I was 26, I was diagnosed with a small tumor touching my optic nerve. I had to have an operation to remove the tumor. Seven hours after the operation, I had a massive stroke……

My journey has been one of hopelessness and despair, according to the doctors.

I, on the other hand, feel differently about this journey; it has been one of pain, persistence, and love.

I have lost all of my thoughts. My movements, my functions.

It has been two and a half years.

And two and a half years of people believing in the power of God, community, and universal energies.

I have had people all over the world believing and praying for my rebirth.

It has happened. I have beaten all odds.

My body functions are coming back. I can logically think complex thoughts, and I can type. I have things to teach the world far beyond my profession of international business.

I still can’t walk or talk yet.

I have a family who has given all they have, on every level, to care for me.

I need a way of transportation to enable me to publicly speak of how faith and the love of people and community can make a difference in stroke recovery, more than medicine itself. I need a way of transportation to volunteer, to pray, and to go to therapies.

Can you help? I would be interested in talking with each one of you individually. It is difficult to put in one letter what my journey has entailed.

Thank you for any way you can help me.

Frankie Cutie

(This letter was typed and composed by Frankie on 12/8/17.)

Posted on August 15, 2017

Posted on August 15, 2017

You Dave and I were able to visit Frankie last night and he looks great! Although he has recently had a couple of hospitalizations for some stabilization of sodium levels, he has made some very good progress in the recent months.  He has been doing intensive therapies at home throughout his recovery but was recently able to begin his therapies at Upstate Hospital on an outpatient basis!  This shows his hard work and continued effort to heal mind and body! Thank you so much for all the prayers and support! The love and positive vibes have helped our dear Cuties so much! Please continue to share Frankie's story and to send prayers and support if you can. Love you Frankie! Keep up the hard work. ❤️❤️❤️

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