Steven's Road Back

For: Steven Walker
Organizer: Barbara Gilbert
Steven's Road Back (Steven  Walker)
$46,278.21
of $250,000 goal.
Raised by 192 donors
18% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Steven Walker is a loving son, brother and devoted friend. On April 15, 2012, he began the fight of his life in the Critical Care unit due to a rare and aggressive bacteria. The bacteria, which had yet to be identified, spread throughout his entire body causing all his organs to shut down. He continued to amaze us all with his fight to stay alive.  My brother says he was a warrier!  He remained in a coma on maximum life support until June 10. Not one doctor expected him to live! During this journey, it was necessay to amputate both legs below the knee and both hands. In addition, Steven will still need some facial surgeries, and dental procedures. Steven woke up with a new zest for life. He is now involved in the Brooks Adaptive Sports program and is blowing it out of the water! He is playing on the Bandits traveling quad rugby team. He is also on the Hanger running team. He is bowling, shooting pool, playing basketball, and has even gone surfing and water skiing! He is in a Leg Up, the local amputee support group. Steven's absolute passion in life has always been education. He has recently returned to school at UNF and is pursuing his PhD to teach math on the college level. He is a computer programmer and tutor by trade. His quest for knowledge knows no bounds. He loves sharing it with everyone- from his students who need help getting their grades up, to the kids in Jamaica - where he travels with our Mother to work with the poor and, most recently, build a school. Now he has a new passion-adaptive sports, specifically rugby. His goal is to make the national team! Steven also now wants to mentor and volunteer with patients, specifically amputees at Brooks Rehab Hospital. His biggest challenge now is the transortation costs to get to school, and adaptive sports practices. He has recently purchased a transport van that is wheelchair accessible, which $5000 is still owed on. Although he now has prosthetics, upgrades are continually needed as his nubs shrink and as a student he needs more advanced hands The emotional toll this has taken on all who know and love him is insurmountable. Our family is small. Our mother Barbara is who we draw our survival instincts and caring nature from. Mike and Robert - our older brothers- are who we draw our strength from. And then there are Steven and I - the youngest. There are few families out there who could be financially prepared for such a sudden, catastrophic event. We do not fall into that category. Without medical insurance, this has certainly been another obstacle to face. We have been assured that this will be a very long process of recovery, rehabilitation and healing. Our mother will continue to be by his side every step of the way. Steven has proven to be a fighter and has come out of this stronger. He is now 30  and had a lot of love to come back to. **As of March 18, 2013 we are re-starting this fundraiser to help pay for transport vehicle costs, Steven's prosthetic needs, permanent housing, upcoming medical procedures and education expenses to insure future employment with his new limitations. We are eternally grateful for all who helped us achieve our initial goal. We are confident that we can reach this next one!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 25, 2014

Posted on February 25, 2014

It has been 1 year and 8 months since my miracle son, Steven woke up from his 3 month coma-a new quad amputee.  Not one doctor expected him to live and he is living life to its fullest.  He will tell you he is happier than he has ever been and is making lifelong friends he would have never met-in the Brooks Adaptive Sports family (specifically the Bandits quad rugby team) and Amputee Coalition (specifically the Cruisers).  He has returned to school, a junior at UNF majoring in math.  He is tutoring math students again. Besides education, his passion is quad rugby and his goal is to -play in a future Paralympics.  He returned to Jamaica this year with his mother to visit the poor and her projects.  He officially opened a computer and learning center called Steven's Place, built in his honor.  He lives independently in his own apartment, drives and is a member of the Bandits traveling quad rugby team which is headed to Nationals in a few weeks.  He continues to inspire us all!  His current needs are sports expenses-we need a sports sponser, we still owe $5000 on the conversion van he drives,in addition to a needed facial surgery as Medicaid (his new insurance does not cover this procedure and it is $35,000!) Thank you to everyone for your continued support.  We are now extending our fundraising deadline for a year, as the goal is to get this surgery done in 2014. We have used the funds raised in this account for his first year of expenses, so we are starting over! 

Posted on June 23, 2013

Posted on June 23, 2013

Wed., July 10, 2013-the next Jacksonville fundraiser for Steven!

Salt Life Seafood Shack
1018 Third Street
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250

Eat, Drink and Be Salty at a fundraising night for Steven!
10 % of sales-(4-10 PM)- to fund medical, prosthetic and transportation needs.  

Posted on March 19, 2013

Posted on March 19, 2013

The address for the Bono's March 20 (Wed) fundraiser is:

Bono's BBQ
1266 3rd St south
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250

10% of sales(11-9) will go towards Wheels for Steven to buy a disabiloity transport van.

Meet Steven 5-9

If you are unable to make this fundraiser, please consider donating at this site.  any amount would be apreciated.  Thank You!

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