Help Marcia Walk!

For: Marcia and Matti Huhta
Plainfield, CT
Organizer: Marja Huhta and Jonathon Colman ❤️
$25,500
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 247 donors
85% Complete
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The Story

On June 6th, Marcia Huhta’s life changed forever.

Marcia and Matti Huhta survived a head-on car collision. Marcia was rescued from the wrecked vehicle with the jaws of life and air-lifted to a hospital for life-saving spinal surgery. But months later, Marcia's in a wheelchair and has limited movement and sensation below her neck.

We're raising money to help Marcia get the medical care she needs to walk again.

Please donate—but if you can't, please SHARE THIS: youcaring.com/marcia-huhta-654257


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Marcia Huhta is a loving mother of five children, grandmother to three, and great-grandmother to another two. She's a lector at All Hallows Church, which she attended daily. Marcia was also an officer in the local Finnish-American Heritage Society for years. She also worked as a nurse at the Villa Maria Nursing & Rehabilitation facility for over 3 decades. Marcia is adored by her family, patients, colleagues, and her local community.

But there's more: Marcia loves to dance. Square dances, waltzes, foxtrots, lindy hops, charlestons... watch this video of Marcia dancing a polka with Matti at her 50th wedding anniversary. She performed with the Revontulet Dancers, a non-profit Finnish dancing troupe in Massachusetts. Marcia has rhythm on her feet, a rhapsody in each step, but more than that she has grace—a rare gift given to someone who gave so much to her family, her patients, her church, and her community.

And now we're asking you to give her another gift: your donations. Marcia needs long-term care, the best treatments, and world-class physical therapy to walk again, to dance again, even to hold her great-grandchildren again. And these treatments are out of her and her husband's financial reach.

Your donations will pay for expenses like:
  • Colossal medical bills that have spiralled out of her family's control
  • Long-term care in a skilled nursing facility that provides physical and occupational therapy
  • Improved treatments and therapies focused on helping her build strength, reduce pain, and stay healthy
  • Technologies that connect her with family & friends, since she's unable to leave the facility she's in
  • Additional medical care, transport, consultants, treatments, and other needs
Please donate to support Marcia here on YouCaring. Your donation goes directly to Marcia and Matti Huhta and you’ll only be charged a credit card transaction fee. You can choose if you also want to support YouCaring or not.

Marcia Huhta’s life has changed forever, and we’re going to change it again—by getting her back on her feet. We want to see her walk, we want to see her dance, we want to see her hold her great-grandchildren again… but we need your help.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 2, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Friends, I just talked with my Mom on the phone for the first time in a month and wow, OH WOW, did she have some amazing news to share!

Her physical therapy team had her standing at the parallel bars. Yes, that’s right: STANDING.

Her legs were supported in braces and support hose to insure her joints and muscles are safe. But she was out of the tilt table, which she had to use before to get in an upright position. Her next step will be to focus on maintaining her balance.

I asked my Mom how she felt afterward. She said:

“To be standing again, to see the world again from that angle—it’s just…AWESOME.”

Next up, they’ll have her working towards putting her feet one in front of the other, slowly but surely. She mentioned they are doing most of the work moving her feet for her. She doesn’t quite think of it as “actually walking,” but we think that every little step deserves celebration.

Marcia’s gotten this far because she’s working hard and getting the therapy she needs, but unfortunately it isn’t fully covered by her insurance. She—and we—would be so, so grateful if you could pitch in or even just share the link to her YouCaring page: https://www.youcaring.com/marcia-huhta-654257

My Mom has come so far, thanks to you and your generosity. Thank you for your support. Thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for helping Marcia walk.


Posted on January 6, 2017

Posted on January 6, 2017

Hello Friends,

We hope your holiday season was filled with moments of joy and hope. Ours definitely was because Marcia was able to visit home for a few hours on Christmas Eve!

We celebrated our short time together by doing what Huhtas do best: eating, laughing, playing, and drinking a glass of wine (or two!). Just look at all those smiling faces in the photo we just added!

These joyful memories will keep Marcia smiling and working hard during her physical therapy sessions so that she can stay focused on her goal: transitioning back home permanently.

None of this would have happened without you, your support, and your boundless generosity. We’re truly surrounded by such generous souls.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for helping Marcia walk.


Posted on December 19, 2016

Posted on December 19, 2016

Thanks to your support, Marcia’s made a lot of slow, but steady progress. People who visited her this past month have remarked on how much more dexterity she’s regained in her hands. And she likes to show off that she can hold herself up without someone holding her. We joke that she has way stronger ab muscles than I have now—it’s like she’s in her own CrossFit gym!


Even so, Marcia needs to stay longer in rehab to keep getting stronger and regaining the ability to make all the little movements that we take for granted. Unfortunately, she’s already used up her 90 days of coverage under her Medicare insurance. Marcia and Matti are now paying for her health care out of pocket until their new insurance kicks in.


To give you a sense of how much her care costs: over the month of December, they’ve already spent the funds that you so generously donated. That money went to her daily care, therapy, treatments, medications, and the amazing staff who work with Marcia every day because they believe that she can make a strong recovery.


I’m sorry that we have to ask you to give more, especially when what you’ve already given has made such a big difference. But if you could donate more or even just share out her YouCaring page, we’d be so, so grateful. And so would she!


Thank you for your support. Thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for helping Marcia walk.

-Marja

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