Vernie Davis Fund Raiser

For: Vernie Davis Family
Organizer: Davis Children
$6,472
of $15,000 goal
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The Story

In March of 2014 Vernie Davis was a victim of a hit and run accident while riding his motrcycle in Orlando, FL. For the past 8 months Vernie has been recovering in a local Rehabilitation facility close to his hometown. He has been doing exceptionally well with therapy and was taken off of tube feedings and getting regular meals 3 times a day. With no warning seizure activity started at the end of August and he spent 2 weeks in the hospital. Underwent 2 surgeries, and was placed in a medically induced coma for 6 days to give his brain a rest because they seizures wouldn't stop.Those who know Vernie know, that he is a one of a kind man. A large heart for all and willing to do anything for anyone. A man who loved life, his family, and friends. Everytime you saw him he had a smile on his face. Whether it was riding through town in the PennDot truck, or on his motorcycle yelling at you to "get a job!!" :) But one thing is for sure.. Once a friend of Vernie's, always a friend of Vernie's. 

This fund raiser is being set up to help with medical expenses incurred while on his road to recovery in long term care, which his insurance does not cover. They will only cover an allotted amount of days, and after that he is forced to leave the facility whether he is physically and emotionally ready to or not and continue with LIMITED home care. This fundraiser will also help fund renovations to his home to make it wheelchair accessible for him. Vernie deserves to live as normal a life as he possibly can. He did not deserve to have this happen to him.

We THANK YOU in advance for your continued prayers and support for Vernie and his family. His family is always by his side to help him get better and are strengthened by the love, support, and prayers they recieve. You all know as well as we do that he would be more than appreciative of the love and support he is recieving, and would reciprocate it 10 fold.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Davis Children
GOOD MORNING ALL!!!! I am very proud and estatic to say that VERN IS HOME!!!! It has been a long time coming and the house Isn't completely ready but due to the oh so great insurance company (enter sarcasm here) we had to bring him home but he is loving it!!! And for that I am happy and thankful!!! Thank you to all who have been there for ALL of us and him through this difficult time. Those who sent cards, checked on him, visited him in Florida and back here in PA, those who have tirelessly prayed for him everyday since day one, any and everything you have done... THANK YOU, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!! 
Now with that being said I am calling on all prayer warriors to continue to lift him up in prayer. Although he is home he still has a long, long road ahead. We recently found out he has vocal cord paraylysis and they are paralyzed closed which carries a strong possibility he may never be able to get his trach out and there are very few options that we have to correct this that will not affect another function for him. There was some type of damage to his cords somewhere down the line but we are unsure when this occured. And also quite boggled because he had been talking before. This man has defied all odds against him and I believe in the power of prayer and someday we will have the pleasure of hearing him once again. Please also continue to share this site as we still have alot more to complete on the house and many things he needs that are not covered by insurance. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for you, and how blessed he is to have such loving and caring people surrounding him. He is a truly, truly blessed man!! He still loves his visitors, just be sure to call first please!! :) 
Be sure to check out a bunch of new photos I added to the site. I can't express enough how important each and every one of you are to or family. Thank You!!!
God Bless!!!
Jennifer

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Davis Children
GOOD MORNING ALL!!!! I am very proud and estatic to say that VERN IS HOME!!!! It has been a long time coming and the house Isn't completely ready but due to the oh so great insurance company (enter sarcasm here) we had to bring him home but he is loving it!!! And for that I am happy and thankful!!! Thank you to all who have been there for ALL of us and him through this difficult time. Those who sent cards, checked on him, visited him in Florida and back here in PA, those who have tirelessly prayed for him everyday since day one, any and everything you have done... THANK YOU, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!

Now with that being said I am calling on all prayer warriors to continue to lift him up in prayer. Although he is home he still has a long, long road ahead. We recently found out he has vocal cord paraylysis and they are paralyzed closed which carries a strong possibility he may never be able to get his trach out and there are very few options that we have to correct this that will not affect another function for him. There was some type of damage to his cords somewhere down the line but we are unsure when this occured. And also quite boggled because he had been talking before. This man has defied all odds against him and I believe in the power of prayer and someday we will have the pleasure of hearing him once again. Please also continue to share this site as we still have alot more to complete on the house and many things he needs that are not covered by insurance. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for you, and how blessed he is to have such loving and caring people surrounding him. He is a truly, truly blessed man!! He still loves his visitors, just be sure to call first please!! :)

Be sure to check out a bunch of new photos I added to the site. I can't express enough how important each and every one of you are to or family. Thank You!!!

God Bless!!!
Jennifer


Posted on November 17, 2014 by Davis Children
Good afternoon everyone!! I apologize it has been a very long time since I have posted an update and photos. We have alot going on with the house and spending alot of time at the greenery ensuring he is recieving proper and adequate care. Since the last update he has been progressing rather well. The last issue he had set him quite a ways back, almost back to where we were at the beginning so some progress was quite slow but its progress!!! He has not had any seizure activity since he was in the hospital (knock on wood). He is moving alot more, loves to hold your hand and SMILE!!! Which you will see if the site lets me upload pictures. He can and does voice sounds but not really talking yet even with his speaking valve. He can but he just has not yet. Except when I got him to say Hi for me :) His eating is also progressing well. He is pretty much over the whole clear thin liquids and puree'd foods lol which I dont blame him. He has been eating soft foods and chewing alot more and doing quite well. His mood depends on whether he is going to cooperate or not. He has been recieving OT and PT bedside but recently we have been taking him to the therapy room to try and get him more motivated but he isnt ready for standing again just yet but it takes time and he WILL get back to where he was before but better!!! He recently dressed up and handed out candy at the Halloween Party the Greenery hosted. He has always loved kids and had a great time! He was wide awake the entire time and even acted like he was trying to take the kids candy bags. He loved it and everyone loved his costume! He is like a celebrity in there smh... We are a few steps closer to getting the trach out. it has been downsized and this past week the resporatory Dr approved a cap for it. We are starting out 1-2 hours a day with the trach capped, monitoring his oxygen and breathing and he tolerates it quite well. I am very proud of his pregress and accomplishments thus far and I know with time he will continue to get better and better!!!!! House is coming along slowly but going well. I'm just about all painted out!! Looking forward to getting everything done and ready for when it is time for dad to come home, where he belongs. 
In the springtime we will hold another fundraiser for him as there are still many things he needs that insurance just does not cover and we cannot afford. It is hard finding organizations that assist in this type of situation. Once plans have been made it wil be posted and flyers made. As always thank you all so much for your continued love, support, and prayers. While he is progressing he still has a long way to go...The power of prayer is strong, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
Please continue to share this site and check out all of the new pictures. I have uploaded quite a few. it's been a long time since I've updated the site.
GOD BLESS!!
JENNIFER

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Davis Children
Good afternoon all!! Long time no talk.. Last that you knew the surgery was a success.. Dad is back at the greenery and slowly getting back into therapy and also back to where he was physically before this whole seizure ordeal started. He is moving more and more, he recognizes, focuses and tracks things. And smiles hearing my voice :) It was a minor setback but anytime you're placed in a medication coma for 6 days, anyone is bound to take a few steps back and have to relearn some things over. This part is normal and I have nothing but confidence in him and his ability to pick things up a lot more quickly. He's already done some amazing things thus far and I'm looking forward to what more he is going to show us. I have nothing but confidence, faith, and hope for him.
Now as for the house, its coming along well. still have alot more to do *sigh* But so far things that are finished look great!! We appreciate ALL who volunteer their time and skills to get this accommodation finished for my dad so that he may be able to maneuver around in his chair easily. (i will keep trying to upload pics but the site is acting up...)
 
And um In the midst of all of the mess and construction I have misplaced the order form I had of people who ordered Vernie Strong shirts from me. if you are one of those people or know of someone who has ordered. PLEASE have them contact me 724-413-4436. I truly apologize for the delay in delivery and I intend to get them to all who so graciously donated and purchased them.
 
My dad still has a long way to go.. Your continued prayers and support has been a blessing to all of us. And appreciated way more than you may ever know of think!!!
P.S.
He loves to see familiar faces... I know that a lot of people are reluctant to visit because some just don't know what to expect or because you don't want to see him like he is... but I can guarantee you that the way you picture him in your mind is nothing remotely close to what you will see and you will be totally surprised and relieved and glad you took the time to stop. He appreciates the time spent with old friends and support like that does wonders for the soul and the recovery process. And for those afraid because he's not going to be the way you remembered him, its reality that the loud, smiley, motorcycle crazed, cursing man you remember will never be the way that you knew him. He is forever changed and that at some point has to be accepted. His personality is still there and he is himself to a certain extent but he's not going to be the Vernie we have grown to love... but that will still never change the fact that we still love him regardless!!
 
Keep Praying!!
We are #VernieStrong
:) Jennifer
 
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO, HAVE DONE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO DURING, AND AFTER HIS RECOVERY!! don't forget to share his page via fb, twitter, pinterest, Google+. :)

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Davis Children
GREAT NEWS ALL!!! Dads bone flap surgery went well and he is resting comfortably in the recovery room. once he gets a routine CT scan he will be heading back up to his room so we could see him!!! This surgery is going to do wonders for his confidence and cognition. Thank you to everyone who continues to support and pray for him. it means so much!!

~Jennifer

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Davis Children
Happy Sunday to you all!!! I am happy to report that as of a few days ago the seizure activity has ceased, he is out of the icu and my dad has been resting comfortably. He is waking up more and more everyday and appears to be focusing on us but not necessarily tracking movement. But that is perfectly normal for any individual in a medically induced coma for 6 days on the type of medication he was on. He is well enough and vitals have all been stable enough for him to proceed with his scheduled bone flap surgery for this Tuesday. This surgery was on the books prior to the seizing incident. So he will still be in the hospital longer. As with any surgery of this magnitude there are always setbacks. whether it was someone with this type of injury or a healthy person. Anyone would   experience some type of setback. We are praying it isn't as severe and takes us back to square one. But I believe he will be ok and bounce back quickly once back in rehab. Other than that he is doing great!! We appreciate all of the prayers and well wishes... keep em going. we still have a long way to go.

the house is coming along well.. tried uploading pics but they werent showing up for some reason. still accepting volunteers whenever available, lots of work to still be done. 

thank you so much for all you do!! God Bless!! 
~Jennifer :)


Posted on September 4, 2014 by Davis Children
Morning!! Dad has still been having seizures everyday. They have done CTs and EEGs and the eeg shows seizure activity worse yesterday than the day before. They are performing a continuous eeg to monitor the activity and last evening sedated and vented him, and added a new med to give his brain and body a rest. They will at some point slowly wake him up, check the seizure activity and tweak his meds to hopefully stop them. They still do not know what is causing them, but when you have a head injury like that you are susceptible to them for the rest of your life. I ain't too proud to beg at all, PLEASE pray as hard and as much as you can for him. He was so nervous and scared the night before his procedure.. This wasn't what any of us had expected to happen.. he was to recover in a few days and be out of there. :( I planned a birthday party for him for next week and everything to celebrate HIM... I just wish this would all stop and he can enjoy life and his new house.. We truly appreciate everything everyone has done thus far.
Never stop praying!!! 
Thank you!!!
Jennifer 

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Davis Children
Hello all we have hit just a minor bump in the road Vernie Strong Angels... Dad experienced a few seizures yesterday morning, the first time since the accident 5 months ago!!! We had him transported for testing and they discovered he had a buildup of fluid on the right side of the brain which is common with head injuries. We then again transported him to see his neurosurgeon. This morning he had a procedure to insert a shunt into a ventricle on the left side of his brain to drain off excess fluid and is now creating and recovering in the ICU. He has had a few minor seizures since the procedure that they believe was caused by low blood sugar as he has not eaten in a day and a half. He has been given meds and is getting some nutrition and seems to be doing much better. Shook me up pretty good, not something I imagined going through again. Please pray extra hard for him!!!! 
THANK YOU!!!
JENNIFER

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Davis Children
Hello all "Vernie Strong" supporters!!! I am very pleased to let you all know that my dad is no longer on tube feedings!!!!!! He has been getting meals here and there starting over a month ago and the better he did, the more often he got meals. So last week he was taken off the tube feed and they did a calorie count those days to make sure he was eating enough calories, etc. He did so very well and is no longer required to receive nutrition thru the tube!! He, however; still has the tube and needs it to receive medication until he learns how  swallow pills again which he is trying to do at certain times of the day but he still wants to try and chew them but regardless he is doing EXTREMELY WELL!!! next is working on more talking and other cognative skills... He is still working on balancing and standing in PT and OT and doing well there!! I keep praying something in his brain and joints starts firing and atleast gets that left leg moving... I want him to walk so very badly!! 
Still working on the house and its coming along well. We have not hired any contractors. Our family and friends have been working diligently everyday to get the house ready to accommodate his disability but are still in need of volunteers at any time, any day, for any amount of time... from 8am- until Monday-Friday and sometimes Sat and Sun... Anyone who wants to donate their time and skills to help a great man is more than welcomed.. Contact myself, my brother Aaron uncles Jerome and Jimmy if you have any of their numbers or email me jada031@gmail.com. YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS AND SUPPORT IS A BLESSING!! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
We still also have Vernie Strong t-shirts and raffle tickets available. Tickets go off on Verns birthday Sept 11,2014. contact me for details!! 
THANK YOU!!!
JENNIFER 

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Davis Children
Good afternoon all!! it has been quite some time since I have posted an update... my apologies!!! But Big Vern has been doing exceptionally well!! Our issue with Highmark has been cleared up and he has not had any issues with approvals since!! I'm going to back track a bit to get everyone caught up. Our fundraiser Benefit Ride in July was AWESOME!! We were able to bring my dad during the bike registration and also later on for the party and he was in his glory! I've never seen him smile so much.. he was touched by all who came to support HIM and it was good for a lot of people that he knew to see him and see just how far God has already brought him!! He was emotional on occasion but I know he loved every minute he was there!! I went to see him later after midnight and he was in his room still awake smiling away!! :) Made me feel good that we were able to make that memory for him... 
Fast forward to now... It has been about a few weeks since renovations on his home started and we are getting there and they are looking great!! The deck and most of the ramp is finished.. his bedroom gutted, and bathroom conversion for him is almost 1/2 way done. it is all going to be great for him when he comes home.  If anyone is interested in lending a hand any day of the week for even just an hour please get in contact with my uncle Jim or Jerome Davis, myself, or my brother Aaron. or just stop at the house 316 Wylie Houston! 
In therapy Dad has been making great progress. He was been helping more in OT and PT with balancing and using his legs a lot more when they stand him up. each day he stands just a few seconds longer.. he may be cussing lol while we are doing it but he still does it! A while back he was changed to a 2 person assist and we have not been needing the lift to get him in and out of bed, he has been occasionally getting lunch meals and now they are incorporating dinner trays on some days.. Hopefully soon once he relearns and masters some of the basics we can work on getting his feeding tube removed... and soon after the trach!! In a few weeks we should hopefully be scheduling his bone flap surgery. one of the last major decisions before getting him home!!! He will have some recovery time in a facility but it is a giant step closer to his freedom. I am anxious to get him HOME with me and so is he!! I know once he is able to be back in our home his progress will be even more exceptional.. I am so excited to see what else this man CAN and WILL do!!! God is good and he definitely has my dads back... he will be ok! He is blessed to have so many people in his corner, praying for him daily, and visiting him. It really brightens his day and keeps his spirits up. He loves his visitors!! I will do my best to update more regularly at least major changes! THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO SAYS A KIND WORD, PRAYS, VISITS, SENDS CARDS, DONATES, VOLUNTEERS, OR EVEN JUST HAS MY FATHER AND ALSO HIS FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS... IT IS MORE THAN APPRECIATED, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. WE APPRECIATE IT GREATLY. ONE DAY SOON MY DAD WILL VERBALLY EXPRESS HIS GRATITUDE AND THANKFULNESS TO ALL OF YOU. YOU ARE HIS ANGELS!! ON BEHALF OF MY FATHER,MY FAMILY, AND MYSELF... THANK YOU!!
~Jennifer

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