Rallying Barclay's Road-2-Recovery

For: Barclay Talbot
Organizer: Family and Friends of Barc
Rallying Barclay's Road-2-Recovery   (Barclay Talbot)
of $500,000 goal
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Raised by 226 donors

The Story

Dear Family & Friends, 

We cannot express how much it has meant to have the community of family, friends and loved ones and their constant prayers, hopes, thoughts and concerns for Barclay, and the entire family. Being comfortable and in the good hands of doctors and hospitals, is the utmost importance and if anyone can pull through this, it's Barclay!  

As many are, we've been doing a lot of research... SCI (spinal cord injury) recovery, rehab facilities (nationwide), statistics, ongoing research, grants, trials, cost of living, etc. With or without insurance, there's a lifetime of financial obligations associated with such an injury.  Here is a quick link to some financial stats, Christopher Reeves Foundation.

Many of you have expressed the want to help and there is no amount of words that could ever repay this outpouring of community spirit.  Decisions must be made quickly, and therefore we would like to begin fundraising today. There has been an account setup at Key Bank.  All donations can be mailed directly to the bank. Please make checks out to:   'Barclay Talbot - Spine' and mail to Key Bank, 410 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066.

The entire process will be transparent.  Every penny will be accounted for, reported and available to all those who wish to see it.  If there are ever any extra funds available they will go towards SCI research.

As a backup, for those who feel more comfortable we have created this personalized YouCaring website, www.youcaring.com/barclaywhere you can make donations to help out Barc.

If you would like to wire a donation to the bank please contact Barclay's dad at [email protected]and he will give you the info needed.

With help and support from family, friends and the community, Barclay will have the best care possible and the best chance to walk again. 

I saw Barclay early this morning and told him that having a positive attitude is very important.  Barclay told me 'It won't do me any good by being negative.'  For those that know Barclay that was a lot of words to get out of him !!!!   

Barclay, Sheila and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Tom Talbot

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 11, 2016

Posted on February 11, 2016

One year later

By Sheila Talbot — February 11, 2016

Hard to believe that it was one year ago today that Barclay had his ski accident.  It has been one heck of a year.  All in all it has been mostly positive with lots of good things happening.

Barclay is doing well.  Spring semester started on Jan. 18th.  What a day to start as we had two feet of new snow.  Barclay was not going to let some snow slow him down.  His was off before 8am.

Barclay has had a few setbacks, but not many.  Others like him have had more.  We are confident that his life style and having the ATV wheelchair, FES cycle, VPL lift, standing frame, etc has made a huge difference.  Thank you all again for helping to make this possible.

In December, while at Craig Hospital, Barclay and Sheila met with Barclay's lead doctor.  Dr. Scelza is paralyzed and has been in a wheelchair since the late 80's.  I believe he was injured in a car accident while in his teens.  Dr. Scelza told Barclay that he was doing remarkably well and to stay the course.  Sheila asked Dr, Scelza about the ReWalk eco-skeleton and also about The Miami Project.  Dr. Scelza said there is nothing out there today that makes sense for Barclay right now.  He said if there was he would know about it.  He said that Barclay is more mobile now then he ever would be in the current eco-skeletons.  He said when something does evolve (and it will) that he would make sure Barclay knew about it.  Barclay is fortunately to have such a doctor on his team.  One that knows clearly first hand about what Barclay is going through.

I am not sure when the next post will be as things have settled down with our new normal.

When there is news, changes or updates we will be sure to let you know.

In the meantime enjoy the rest of your winter (summer for some) !!!!

Posted on December 31, 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

By Sheila Talbot — Thursday, December 31, 2015

We were able to get most of what Barclay needed done last week at Craig.  He did some OT, PT, met with Dr. Scalza, had a wheelchair tune-up along with other stuff.

One day we headed to Keystone Ski Resort for lunch at 9500'.  Another day we headed to Boulder for lunch at a sports bar.  What a small world it is.  As we entered the Sports Bar the first person Barclay sees is a friend from Prouts Neck.  Sarah gave Barclay a big hug and both had wide smiles on their faces.  Sarah's brother Jack is a good friend of Barclay's.  Sheila sat with Sarah and Jack's parents at a funeral in NYC back in November.  It was great to see her. 

We got to see Mary, Brad and Betts a bunch last week.  They were once again a huge help.

On Tuesday it was clear that heading home on Christmas day was going to be the plan.  Patrick's trip west was cancelled.  We asked the gals helping us with the tickets to do their thing.  One of the best Christmas presents I got was to be able to fly home on the same plane and sit in the same section as Barclay and Sheila.  Thank you CU and TS for making  this happen.

Everyone was glad to get home.  Sheila decorated the house on Saturday and we had our Christmas dinner Sunday night.

As 2015 ends Sheila and I wanted to thank you all again for being there for our family.  We are truly blessed to have the family and friends that we do.

Wishing you all the best for 2016

Happy New Year !!!!!! 

Posted on December 19, 2015

Posted on December 19, 2015

Denver Update
By Sheila Talbot — Saturday, December 19, 2015

The family is rallying around Barc in Denver. I (dad) arrived in Denver yesterday afternoon and Patrick will arrive Monday. More good news on Friday was Barclay was released from Swedish Hospital earlier in the day with no restrictions. Mom and Barclay were resting when I got to the apartment, around 4pm. Barc and Sheila were very tired from what had been eleven, long, days.

Barclay's blood clot (DVT) is under control. He was switched from Xralto back to Warefrin. His kidney function also returned to normal range. It took longer than expected but it is back. It is clear that the CT scan dye did interact negatively with the Xralto and caused his kidney levels to drop drastically.

Unfortunately we were unable to get an update from Craig as to when Barc can finally do, what he came to Colorado to do. And hopefully, they can schedule his evaluation next week. His doctor, Dr. Scalza was off yesterday and he his Bark's main man.

Monday we will go into high gear to see if we can get what he needs done next week. We hope so as Barclay really wants to come home. He told me he is 22 and can make his own decisions. He told me he could use his own money to fly back. You have to love this kid. If he really wants to do something he does. For this one I just have to make sure he can't find his debit card or he might blow this coop.

I am scheduled to go home the 27th. Barclay and Sheila will come home when he his done at Craig. Clearly we are taking this one day at a time and are ready to change flights anytime. Actually flying home on Christmas would be OK. I think we can get seats that day - not sure about any other days.

The 11 day setback is behind us. Barclay and Sheila had an excellent nights rest. We are ready to rock.

Enjoy your weekend - we will !!!!!

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