Stephen Jamie Toulouse: Army of Steptos!

For: Stephen Jamie Toulouse
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Yesenia Cisneros
Stephen Jamie Toulouse: Army of Steptos! (Stephen Jamie Toulouse)
of $25,000 goal
89% Complete
Raised by 438 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hello everyone! 

Stephen "Jamie" Toulouse, better known as "Stepto" in the gaming and security community fell into a deep coma on Monday, June 8th, 2015. 

The cause was initially uncertain but it has since been determined he has a severe infection that likely contributed. His infection is responding somewhat to treatment, and he has begun responding to our voices and following commands for the first time this morning. While we are excited for this small stride, he is still in critical condition.

Because he still has problems from his infection, they are keeping him on a ventilator and keeping him sedated. We are expecting a prolonged hospital stay, although there is now some hope for recovery. 

This was unexpected for all of us and I do not want expenses to keep close family away.

The Family's immediate expenses:

  • Travel expenses for close family
  • Accommodations for family (hotel)
  • Transportation costs within the city
  • Incidental expenses (meals at or near hospital, Stepto recovering enough to demand better Wifi, etc)

We are so overwhelmed by the positive response of people wanting to help. No donation is too small, and we would like to thank you in advance.

-Yesenia (a friend of the Toulouse family)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 8, 2015

Posted on July 8, 2015

Honorably Discharged

We wanted some time to pass before this update, but I was discharged from the hospital weeks ago and flew to Dallas to stay with my brother. In that time we wanted to get some tests under my belt to assess how well treatments had taken and how I would adjust.

I'm fine. Certainly not 100%, but the first lab checks have come back improved. I have a lot of energy, and in general feel more normal than I have in months. I'm cleared for easing back into my job, and am excited to head to San Diego Comic Con this week where I will actually be able to perform at Marian Call's wonderful show Friday night (Don't worry, on this trip I'm traveling with someone who knows all the medical stuff to do and will be in a house full of wonderful creative people to look after me!). It's a short trip and serves as a test bed for my slowly getting back to being on my own and able to do my own thing! I am excite!

Once again, I am incredibly humbled and amazed at the support everyone has shown. This update is to also let you know we're going to go ahead and close down the charity. It served its purpose, then some. Setting aside some money for taxes for my brother and sister-in-law who administered the fund, we will most likely have a small surplus which we will ask you, the donors, what you think we should do with it. The current ideas are making a donation to Child's Play or Children's Medical Center (either Seattle or San Fransisco), or refunding people who gave a certain amount a percentage of their donation back. We'll ping you guys soon to see what you think we should do. So far 100% of proceeds went to reimbursing my (rather large) family for travel and minor expenses on the ground in San Francisco. The leftovers should also go to a good purpose too!

Soon I will be moving more to updating my blog at instead of here, but we'll come back to you soon with inquiries as to the surplus.

So far, so good! Take that stupid coma!

- Stepto

Posted on June 22, 2015

Posted on June 22, 2015


Well. That sucked.  But the outpouring of support and messages from you guys has been nothing short of phenomenal. As I told a friend the other day, it’s weirdly like getting to go to your own funeral. To be clear, 0% of any money raised here goes to me at all. My own finances and insurance cover the raw cost to me. This charity was setup to allow, through your grace, my family to up and relocate to a very expensive city temporarily originally to make end of life decisions, but then to help support my recovery. All proceeds go to that purpose and I want to stress I benefit in no way from this page other than the incredible support and messages from all of you.

So what the hell happened to me? Here’s the breakdown of what happened, where I am at, and my schedule for returning to normal work and life.

I arrived in San Francisco on Monday after a couple of flight delays and was feeling not super well.  The next thing I know, it’s nearly a week later and I am having an intubation tube pulled out of my throat. Unbeknownst to me, a fluid buildup in my lungs had developed into an infection that quickly became septic such that when I decided to check with the hospital Monday evening the 8th , I was apparently well on my way to entering a coma from it.

It was touch and go for the first 48 hours. The doctors actually had my entire family notified that I had no brain activity and they needed to come make a life support decision.  While rumors of my state were only slightly exaggerated, it wasn’t by much. The prognosis truly was dire.

I woke from the coma on Saturday morning the 13th. Since that time I have been treated medicinally and surgically to prevent any further fluid buildup from occurring. This involved both a drug regimen, installation of an external drainage system, and the final step after making sure my vitals and bloodwork had all returned to 100% normal, a shunt into my liver to equalize any imbalance, known as a “TIPS” procedure.  The procedure was a success.

As of right now my blood work, brain activity, and overall health is normal and getting better every day. I am expected to be discharged this coming Tuesday, and will be traveling to TX for some specialist work during the recuperation time, followed by an eventual return up to the Seattle area. They’ll remove all the IV’s and drainage just before I go to make sure I am okay to travel.

I can’t thank you guys enough for the time to recover and heal from this, it was the most surreal and awful health scare ever. Thankfully, the doctors basically took the time to put me flat on my back and fix underlying issues instead of what I had been doing-- treating issues as they came up.

You made a lot of amazing things possible that I cannot imagine my recovery would be the same without. Thank you all so very much. We’re actually working on some more updates that will go into a lot more detail including some humorous asides and what it felt like for me to be in the coma (yes, I was somewhat aware. It was awful)

Thanks again and more to come!


Posted on June 20, 2015

Posted on June 20, 2015

Thank you so much for the continued donations! This has been a tremendous help to the Toulouse family, as some were able to stay here at the hospital throughout the entire process. Without your help, this would not have been possible.

Update on Stepto's condition:

Today he went through a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt, also known as TIPS procedure. What this shunt does is create a new connection between two blood vessels in the liver, and helps prevent the fluid from building up again and further infections. We are happy to announce that the procedure was a success and he is now in post-op recovery -- lots of sleep for the next 24 hours and for the right price, I am taking requests for wonderful face art (just kidding)!

We have no further information other than he is recovering well from the procedure and will be getting lots of rest for the next couple of days. 

Until next time! 

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