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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.

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World Bicycle Relief

I know I have mentioned it before but it is true, we are continually amazed by the support we receive. In some ways it is hard to believe that it has been nearly 7 years since Rob and Paul were in the accident. Dave, Rob, and I have all come a long way in recovering. Rob's speech and memory have improved most noticeably. Dave and I are pursuing our own interests and we bike together regularly.

In an effort to give Rob more social connections, I asked him if he was interested in being a spokesperson for brain injury or for Canine Companions for Independence. Both times he declined saying he wasn't interested. So I didn't have much hope when Dave and I talked with him about applying to be a WBR ambassador. To my surprise, he immediately said, "Yes!"

When I asked him, "Why do you want to support WBR and not brain injury or CCI?"

Rob answered, "I can be normal with WBR. I don't have to be brain injured, or have a special dog, I just ride a bike and talk to people."

How could I not apply after that answer?

To echo World Bicycle Relief's tag line, That's "the power of bikes."

Part of our responsibility as ambassadors is to blog about our biking. Dave and I didn't feel this site was the appropriate place for those blogs. While I will update this site occasionally, I wanted to share the address of where I will be blogging more regularly and invite our family and friends to follow us on the next part of our journey. http://teamwbr.worldbicyclerelief.org/teamthompson