America..please donate for a Handicapped van
Organized by: Jerry Horan
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Now, slowly recovering, she needs to get to doctor and therapy appointments. Tom has fashioned a system to buckle her into a modified 1999 Dodge Caravan with 180,000 miles.
“It’s a piece of crap, but it’s operable,” he said, in his typically upbeat style.
Calling the Berrys part of the Poco’s restaurant family, Cauble said, all those working on the fundraising effort are stressing one point.
“Sue Berry deserves better.”
Several months ago, he began a calendar project to raise money to help the family buy a newer handicapped-accessible van.
The 2015 calendars, featuring Central Bucks businesses, are set to be available Nov. 1, said Cauble. They will cost $20. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 to $30,000, including the fees advertisers paid.
Poco’s, at 625 N. Main St., and the Doylestown Maennerchor Club, at 40 E. Oakland Ave., will have the calendars for sale.
To learn more about the project, email email@example.com or call 215-348-3424.
A Facebook page is also available — Friends For Friends 4 Wheels for Sue Berry.
She hasn’t eaten since Nov. 21, 2012.
She’s learning to walk again — with a walker and the help of others — about 300 feet, twice a week. As her speech therapy continues, she’s forming several words, which also improves her ability to swallow.
She smiles a lot.
All of this marks enormous progress for Suzanne Berry, the 57-year-old grandmother critically injured nearly two years ago after a speeding driver slammed into her Honda CR-V, killing her 9-year-old granddaughter, Holly Huynh.
The driver, who was found to be going more than 135 mph, was sentenced to eight to 25 years in state prison.
Berry, who lives on a peaceful 10-acre property in Plumstead with her husband, Tom, suffered a crushed pelvis, a severed artery in her back and a ruptured spleen. Both of her arms and legs were broken and her skull was fractured in the deadly Thanksgiving Eve crash on Route 611.
She fell into a five-day coma, her survival far from certain.
Berry amazed doctors and her family, defying the odds after weeks in hospitals and a rehabilitation center.
“They said she would never walk, talk, eat or come home again,” said Tom, 59, who, until the crash, operated his own transportation carrier business. His sons have taken that over now. Caring for Suzanne, he said, “is my full-time, 24 hour job.”
Doctors insisted he place her in a nursing home, saying he could never “handle it” at home. He refused. “Nothing heals better than home with the dogs,” Tom said.
To meet Suzanne’s needs, “an army” of friends and family have worked to make the home accessible and comfortable. Volunteers and professionals joined forces to widen doorways, transform a bathroom and install a chair lift that allowed the grieving grandmother to reach Holly’s bedroom, where, Tom said, “she could find some closure.”
On her bedroom wall, a stenciled A.A. Milne quote faces her costly hospital bed, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
During a recent visit, Tom, stocky and gray-haired, wheeled his wife down the front-door ramp to sit outside by the picnic table. He jokes with her and she grins back.
“We have 99 good days and one bad,” he says.
With a soft, pink blanket covering her legs, and long, green-blue shimmering earrings catching the light, the redheaded Suzanne nods in agreement.
Still broken, but healing, she has an unmistakable air of determination that envelopes her.
This is where they gather now, explained Tom, his hands gripping Suzanne’s wheelchair. Friends drive up and visit, therapists work with Suzanne on walking across the grass and the dogs bark. This is where they love to watch the sunset together.
The family used to sit in the backyard by the pool, where Holly liked to swim. After their granddaughter’s death, Suzanne asked Tom not to fill the pool that summer. “We all like it in the front yard now,” he said.