Your amazing friend Charlotte Davis dreamed of completing the Boston Marathon in your honor, Forrest. She trained through freezing rain and monstrous Boston snowstorms. On race day she ran through the pain of a torn hamstring. She could not be stopped!!! And when she crossed the finish line, Charlotte lifted her arm to the heavens and shouted, "This is for you, Forrest!" Her determination and Herculean effort's raised over $12,000 for the Boston Medical Center. And through the generosity of her family, this amount will be matched in your honor for A Place To Be!!!! Incredible!!!
When I first dreamed of a CCI companion dog for you Forrest, you could barely speak or walk on your own. In my mother's heart I envisioned you strong and healthy, with this steadfast dog at your side, reclaiming your Independence and attending college. Last Fall with Tami's help you enrolled in a NOVA online American history class. In spite of three hospitalizations, major surgeries, and heartbreaking setbacks you would not withdraw. With Tami's devoted tutoring and your sheer determination you overcame every obstacle and completed this course. On Friday you passed your final exam and got a B in your first college course!
These amazing accomplishments can only happen with the support and faith of friends and family. Our extended family has generously come to our aid countless times over the last four years. This week with Pops working in Kentucky at Rolex and me a contagious mess of virus and coughing fits, it was clear we needed back up. Your Aunt Tricia dropped everything and raced to Brightwood. Her enthusiastic support allowed Tami to focus on helping you prepare for your final and allowed me to stay a safe distance away from you!
These amazing milestones, Charlotte's Boston Marathon and your American History Marathon, have bouyied your spirits and steeled our resolve. Anything Really IS Possible! And so tomorrow we depart again for Johns Hopkins Hospital where on Tuesday Dr. Kumar and his team will surgically repair the growing wound on your precious Noggin. The plan has been to treat the wound at home with antibiotics and twice-daily cleaning and bandage changes, giving time for the drainage to subside before surgically repairing it. Unfortunately, the open wound has allowed atmospheric pressure to exert its deleterious effects on your brain again. These effects have been painful to watch. Some of the Miraculous gains in your speech, processing speed, and memory, since the surgical reconstruction in March, have slipped from your grasp. But still you press on with good humor and heroic effort. You encourage and inspire us every day to "Never give up! Never surrender!" You have come so far and accomplished such incredible feats. We are confident that this next surgical repair will allow you to reclaim your amazing trajectory. You can do this Champ! And we will be by your side every step of the way!
With Love, Faith and Gratitude,
Mum & Team 44