Caring for Tomo: Thank you for sharing!

For: Tomo Tsurumi
Organizer: Liliana Darwin López
$8,138
of $8,000 goal.
Raised by 180 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

From May 2014: Please contribute whatever you can, $1, $5, $10.... Every penny counts, and is truly appreciated. At this time we are asking that if you wish to support us, donating money to Tomo's medical fund is the best way. Thanks to our amazing community, we are covered for meals and other personal needs. Although we foresee the driver's insurance covering a portion of his bills, the process could take years, and in all likelihood he will end up owing money beyond the policy's maximum. Tomo's scans, tests, surgeries, stay, and ongoing care - which will include years of therapy and further surgeries - are sure to cost a fortune. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. Thank you!

May 2015:

Dear Supporters, 

One year has passed since Tomo's accident, and we've come a looooooong way. He still has years of surgeries ahead, in hopes of restoring full function of his mouth (he still cannot play his saxophone), but after a year of intensive therapies and procedures, Tomo is finally recovered enough to get back in the saddle of working full-time...and...he got his U.S. Employment Authorization Card! He writes, 

"Is anybody in Eugene/Springfield area hiring now? I'm bilingual, patient, healthy, hard-working, reliable, and substance-free. I have 19 years of experience in teaching art and language to all ages. Working with physically and mentally alternative people is my specialty. I also have worked as a waiter, landscaper, manual laborer, assembly line laborer, and farm laborer for several years. I have done sushi catering for private events, as well. I'm also an award-winning visual artist and musician. I prefer weekday, day time shifts, so I can share more time with my family. Any leads, referrals, or shares are greatly appreciated."

https://www.facebook.com/TomoJapanese?fref=ts

Please let us know! Thank you, all! xoLilianaxo

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 19, 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015

Dear Supporters, 

One year has passed since Tomo's accident, and we've come a looooooong way. After a year of intensive therapies and procedures, Tomo is finally recovered enough to get back in the saddle of working full-time...and...he got his U.S. Employment Authorization Card! He writes, 

"Is anybody in Eugene/Springfield area hiring now? I'm bilingual, patient, healthy, hard-working, reliable, and substance-free. I have 19 years of experience in teaching art and language to all ages. Working with physically and mentally alternative people is my specialty. I also have worked as a waiter, landscaper, manual laborer, assembly line laborer, and farm laborer for several years. I have done sushi catering for private events, as well. I prefer weekday, day time shifts, so I can share more time with my family. I'm also an award-winning visual artist and musician. Any leads, referrals, or shares are greatly appreciated."

https://www.facebook.com/TomoJapanese?fref=ts

Please let us know! Thank you, all! xoLilianaxo

Posted on January 23, 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015

Dear Supporters,

Check out this article on Tomo's recovery! Thank you all so much for all that you have done to help us through these past 8 months: meals for our family when Tomo was in the hospital; soups and smoothies during the 8 weeks that his jaw was wired; donations and fundraisers; cards and talismans; shoulders to cry on and elbow grease to get the job done; love, love, love.

http://blogs.registerguard.com/uo-sojc/yin-and-yang/


Posted on July 1, 2014

Posted on July 1, 2014

Tomorrow Tomo will have his first procedure since his facial reconstruction on the day of the accident: removing the hardware from his mouth that kept his jaw wired shut. We are excited, and hopeful that this means that for the first time in nearly two months he will be able to eat things that come from somewhere other than a blender; to talk, smile and laugh without pain, and to take part in daily activities (such as dancing, running or even bending over to tie his shoes) without fear of damaging the inside of his mouth, or jaws. Thank you all for caring, for sharing, and for your ongoing encouragement. We cannot imagine how difficult this time would be without your support.

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