Robbie Schoen's Rehab Fund

For: Robbie Schoen
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nikita Schoen
Robbie Schoen's Rehab Fund (Robbie Schoen)
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 351 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Robbie Schoen is a Santa Cruz artist and the director of the Felix Kulpa Gallery.

On Feb. 10, Robbie suffered a massive stroke while working at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. He was rushed to Dominican Hospital, then airlifted to Stanford Hospital, where doctors tried to remove a clot from his brain.

Medical teams were able to remove part of the clot, but not all, and so Robbie's brain swelled. On Saturday, doctors removed part of Robbie's skull, to alleviate the swelling.

As of Feb. 14, Robbie is at the Stanford ICU, where his condition is improving. He's begun to breathe and swallow on his own. He can now follow simple instructions, such as squeezing his hand, giving a thumbs up, wiggling his toes, and opening his eyes.

Soon, he will start months of rehab. The right side of his brain was severely damaged, so he'll try to relearn how to use the left side of his body. We are optimistic, because Robbie is a young stroke victim.

Robbie's on Medi-Cal, and we've been told by doctors that the quality of his rehabilitation depends on what his insurance will cover and what he can afford.

We're raising money over the next month to fund Robbie's rehab bills. 

Help spread the word!

If you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to "Robbie Schoen Rehab Fund," and mail to Santa Cruz County Bank, c/o Mary Anne Carson, 740 Front St., Suite 220, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 24, 2017


Posted on July 24, 2017

Hello friends! Nikita here. 

There is now a meal train page set up for Jet and Robbie!If you follow this link(, you will be able to choose a day when you can bring something (and maybe get a good peak at Robbie's new digs!).

Though he has been for a few weeks now, I'm so glad to report that Robbie is safely and snugly home! He lolls about in his new bed and eats dinner with gusto from the plates you have provided him. Physical and occupational therapy visits at home sustain his need to move while we go through the process of enrolling him in the Cabrillo Stroke Center. Through your love and generosity we have managed to provide him a very very cozy little landing pad with almost everything he could possibly need. I am unfortunately no longer able to serve as his caregiver, but the folks we have found are each fantastic, compassionate human beings who are managing the tight corners of Robbie's new abode with aplomb. 

Alas, it can be lonely in a new house, even with a caregiver around. Not to mention our ever-loyal Jet needs a break sometimes! Do you want to come over? Bring some music, your latest sketches, a movie, or have an event that you think he would like to attend? Hit us up! You can message me through the fundraiser or call Jet: 831-421-1412... If you are conversely available to run an errand or so, either for Jet or Robbie, and haven't been added to the caravan, let us know. If you're already in the groove of visiting, please just continue as you have! ;)

We really appreciate all the support you've shown through these months as Robbie has healed and we have wrangled our many and various tasks and responsibilities to facilitate that healing. I honestly don't know where we would be without each and every one of you. You have given us the opportunity to provide Robbie all the help he deserves, and not only that, but you have buoyed him with your waves and waves of love. I, for one, will remain forever grateful.

Yours eternally,
Nikita Schoen 

Posted on July 7, 2017

Posted on July 7, 2017

Hi friends!

It is my absolute joy to tell you that Robbie is going to be discharged on the 12th of July! He is eager as all get out, as you might imagine, to finally be finished with his "short tour of California facilities."

His apartment is coming along just fantastically; thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the space with your selfless assistance and glorious goodies.

We are selecting caregivers for Robbie through IHSS, and are in the process of putting dad's Home Health system in place, by which he will receive nursing and therapies at home. In time, he will be enrolled in the Cabrillo Stroke Program and other outpatient therapies and treatments. With the money we have raised, we will be looking into enrolling dad in some more specialized therapies in the hope of getting his left hand going again, but we will have more on that when the time comes. In the mean time, he will continue to work on regaining strength and balance. 

We've got a healthy list of folks who are willing to help us with groceries, errands, company, etc. once dad is discharged. If you'd also like to help out, go ahead and shoot me a message and I'll add ya to the caravan!

I am grateful, from the bottom of my heart to the top, for you. 


Posted on June 8, 2017

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi friends! Nikita here with just a quick update. 

Robbie successfully underwent surgery on the 6th of June and, voila! His skull is once more complete. Our surgeon at Stanford, Dr. Halpern, replaced the bone flap and said the surgery went smoothly and in less time than expected. Robbie is safely deposited back at Pacific Coast Manor to heal and continue his rehab.

That's all for now, folks. 


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