Helping Derek

For: Derek Lory
Organizer: Growing and Healing Together
$5,377
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 61 donors
21% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

In the early morning hours of November third, our friend Derek Lory had a random and senseless accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Friends and family discovered that Derek was without health insurance and after just the first day of treatment Derek was looking at thousands of dollars of debt. Derek is a compassionate community member and leader in Columbus, Ohio who brings enthusiasm and understanding towards every project or personal situation he encounters. He has spent the last several years of his life giving back his time to help feed hungry people through community gardening and partnerships with food pantries and community centers. He has spent his whole life dedicated to understanding people, nature and the need to build quality relationships in order to bring about positive changes wherever he goes. He is considered amongst friends old and new as a bearer of motivation and of laughter and we can’t wait to hear him joke again as he recovers from his TBI.

Within the first forty-eight hours after Derek’s accident, he had a tube inserted into his brain to control the build-up of cerebral fluid from the swelling of large brain bleeds. He made it past the crucial thirty-six hours point of survival and recently was taken off his breathing machine. Derek is beginning to recover slowly but is in need of more treatment and rehabilitation for several months to come. His medical costs are going to continue to rise and while friends are holding benefits concerts and dinners to help offset his astronomical medical expenses, community resources can only go stretch so far without the aide of health insurance or a more extensive community of givers. We think Derek deserves the right to recover from this horrific accident without being in financial debt for the rest of his life.


Please help Derek pay for his medical costs by donating today.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 5, 2013

Posted on December 5, 2013

Derek is also progressing very fast and is currently at the OhioHealth Rehab center for stroke patients. Please stay tuned for more updates :)


Posted on November 19, 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013

Derek has his feeding tube out now and is speaking much more. He is still very sensitive to too many sounds, like having the music on while you're trying to have a conversation with him. Please be aware that he his not always in a cognitive state and of what he might say may not always be relavent to the topic at hand. This is still a very positive sign that his brain is rewiring and healing, possibly quicker than many people who suffer similiar TBIs.

Posted on November 15, 2013

Posted on November 15, 2013

Derek is in 4024 in the orange section. He is in a single, so people can stay over night again!

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