Organized by: Kathleen To
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.