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Rob’s Story

Welcome to Rob's CaringBridge site. Please check out the pictures (under resources you will find a link to the most current pictures), journal entries and links for information about Rob.

We read the guestbook entries to him regularly so feel free to leave him any words of encouragement you'd like to share.

On Monday, June 23, 2008, Rob was in a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for five weeks at three different hospitals and came home after six months.

Rob suffered diffused axonal injury and is in a wheelchair. Currently, (2012) his torso is not strong enough to balance him and allow him to sit, or stand, without assistance. He is in therapies to help him be more independent.

Rob usually has two therapies each day. In addition to, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, swim therapy, myofascial therapy, and voice lessons, Rob bikes regularly in a special tandem that his dad, Dave, designed and built for him.

Dave is a mechanical engineer who works in the medical device industry. Amy, Rob's mom, and Becky, Rob's sister, are teachers at Union Middle School. Rob's brother, Rick, works for Blackhawk in the Bay Area.

Latest Journal Update

Our Huffington Post Article

As World Bicycle Relief ambassadors, we were asked if we would be interested in a "Giving Tuesday" program. I said, "yes", before I knew what "Giving Tuesday" was. For those of you who don't know, "Giving Tuesday" is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The idea is to focus on charities during the holiday season. This year that will be December 1.
I was asked to write some thoughts about "The Power of Bicycles" and I did with the help of the great people at WBR. Here's the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-thompson2/how-my-sons-accident-made_b_8491434.html to the essay which came out yesterday.
Even if you don't want to read the essay there is a great photo of us that shows the bike from a ride we did in Marin earlier this year.
Writing it helped me realize how far we have come in this journey. The learning curve about brain injuries, supplies, therapies, equipment, etc. has slowed for us and we are enjoying our activities and our lives.
We feel very fortunate to have the support of so many people. This is why we choose to support others. We know how essential it is, not just in times of crisis, but whenever someone is in need.
Here's a link to our fundraising page for World Bicycle Relief if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet. http://teamwbr.worldbicyclerelief.org/teamthompson


2 Comentarios

Diane Cunanan
By Diane Cunanan
I loved the article! You all looked great! Love, D
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Nathan Hoover
By Nathan Hoover
Very nice article Amy!
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