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Organized by: Kathleen To

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THE STORY:

Harold, a Texas CPA, was on a 70 mile bicycle ride by himself on Oct. 3, 2011. He became a quadriplegic that day.

Around 3 PM, Kathleen, his wife, received a phone call from St. David's Hospital in Round Rock just north of Austin, letting her know that Harold had fallen off his bike and had been air lifted to the ER. Harold had fractured the third vertebra in his neck and bruised his spinal cord. With the help of a breathing tube and feeding tube, Harold survived the accident, but has practically no use of his arms and cannot use his legs. It is unknown if he tried to avoid a car or if he just lost his balance and ended up in a ditch.

After spending a few months at St. David's Rehab Hospital in Austin, Harold moved to Wesleyan at Scenic Long Term Care in Georgetown. Due to his condition, Harold needs constant assistance that even nursing homes cannot provide sufficiently. They have to supplement nursing home care with private care givers. Kathleen, his wife cares for him daily since he needs constant care and attention.

Harold also needs on going physical therapy to keep his arms and legs from spasms and swelling. Unfortunately Medicare does not pay for this type of therapy. Harold recently had two procedures done to his throat in hopes that he may eat food again by mouth.

They had to sell many of their assets including their home in Burnet to support the care he needed. The couple had started a nonprofit organization (Kato Foundation) several years ago which helped to place unwanted cats. They had 50 cats on their five acre property before they were forced to sell it. They had to find homes for all of their cats. Kitty City in New Mexico (https://www.kittycitynm.com)  has taken over Harold's cat rescue operation and has continued to be a very successful one.

While living in Marble Falls, TX, Harold belonged to the local Kiwanis Club and was instrumental in organizing bicycle rides each year to raise funds for the Club. Those funds were used for scholarships.  At the same time, Harold & Kathleen became Court Appointed Sepecial Advocates (CASA) and took care of many abused and neglected children in the area.  They also traveled over an hour every Sunday to provide Bible study and supplies to children at a treatment center by Canyon Lake.

Nancy, CPA in Dallas, Texas took over his CPA practice and has this to say about Harold: “Harold was always so fit and trim being a bike rider. He had a sharp wit about him and was in a practice management group with me and several other CPAs for many years. He contributed to the group in many ways and often drove the 200 miles to join their lunch discussions when he wanted to discuss something having to do with one of his clients. He cared for his clients and when I took over for those folks, I heard a lot of great remarks about Harold. On a visit recently, I noticed he knew all the residents and staff by name and joked with them all as they walked through his facility. Harold makes it his responsibility to say a prayer before lunch every day in the dining hall. He prays for the residents each afternoon and gives them encouragement when requested. He is an inspiration to all at the nursing home and the residents and staff all just love him.”

We are hoping to raise $30,000 to help cover the medical costs of the extensive and ongoing care that Harold needs. Anything that you can give would benefit Harold greatly.

$3,375

 

11% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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  • Doug & Stephanie Hoen

    $500

  • Ginny Gray & Glenn Bowie

    $500

  • Mac Gordan

     

  • Bob Morris and Suzane Otis

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Annette Stewart Rollins

    $200

  • Mary Albert

    $100

  • Michael & Kristin Cobb

    $500

  • Jamal Shamsie

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Cheryl Jensen

    $500

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Organized by

Kathleen To

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen

DONATION: $500

To a very smart and trustworthy colleague of many years. I miss our talks! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

Kathleen, I've added Harold and your battle to my daily prayers. I'll continue to pray for healing for Harold; for strength for you; and for blessings for both of you. Please let Paige and me know how things progress with Harold. 3 years ago

Jamal Shamsie

Jamal Shamsie

DONATION: $250

My small contribution to a great cause. 3 years ago

Michael & Kristin Cobb

Michael & Kristin Cobb

DONATION: $500

We love you, Harold. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. 3 years ago

Mary Albert

Mary Albert

DONATION: $100

Harold was my husband , Frans and my CPA and friend for many years. I hope this helps get him the help he needs. 3 years ago

Annette Stewart Rollins

Annette Stewart Rollins

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Bob Morris and Suzane Otis

Bob Morris and Suzane Otis

DONATION: $500

It is so sad that such an upbeat, active, and giving person as Harold has suffered such a devastating injury. He has always given so much to so many others. I hope his friends and colleagues and clients can see their way to support him in his time of need. 3 years ago

Mac Gordan

Mac Gordan

Harold you have been a friend and trusted adviser for many years. Thinking of you. 3 years ago

Ginny Gray & Glenn Bowie

Ginny Gray & Glenn Bowie

DONATION: $500

Our thoughts and prayers for success and joy. 3 years ago

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