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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Helping Robert Yamada

It's so easy. You can eat at certain restaurants on specific days, take classes or even get your hair cut...

Robert and his friends Devin and Sean who saved his life by performing CPR for 40 minutes until medical help arrived at the accident scene.

If you live in Spokane, WA. and want to help another person in need there is a young man facing what one can only imagine is one of the most difficult challenges any person can ever experience. Robert was injured in a swimming accident earlier this year and is currently paralyzed from the neck down. His breath comes from a ventilator and he is in Colorado at the Craig Hospital, the nation's number one spinal cord treatment hospital. Robert will have his best chance of recovery at this particular hospital so his parents reached out and got him accepted into the treatment program there.

Skyping with his brother's help to keep in touch with friends.

His wasn't a typical diving accident. He was wading into the lake to swim with his friends when he somehow must have slipped, hitting the lake bottom with his head causing the first 4 vertebrae in his spinal column to fracture. If you would like to follow Robert's recovery you can do so by Clicking Here and subscribing to his Journal.

Robert with his parents Renea and John

Insurance will only cover the first 3 months of his treatment leaving his parents to cover $80,000+ for his final fourth month of treatment at Craig. Because of this a steady stream of fundraisers is taking place in Spokane. I wanted to let all of you know so that if you live there you can participate by attending or volunteering at any of the upcoming events. If you don't live in Spokane but would like to make a contribution to help his family just CLICK HERE:

(More Photos and Story Below)

When: Saturday, Oct 10th
Wine and Cheese Gallery Event
Where: Gallery of Thum 159 S. Lincoln Suite 151 Steam Plant Square
Time: Regular hours 11AM - 5PM AND EVENT hours 6 - 8:30PM
Cost: $10.00 ( All door fee will be donated to the Friends of Robert Fund)
This special event is being sponsored by the Gallery of Thum! The fine wines and cheeses provided by the Friends of Robert committee.

See the special artworks by select artists provided for the event. Editor, Charity B. Doyl of Northwest Women Magazine will be with us!

This months charitable focus is Robert Yamada who was recently paralyzed in a swimming accident on Lake Roosevelt. A percentage of all sales for the day will be donated to the Friends of Robert Fund.

If you can't make it during the event, stop by during normal business hours to support Robert. We have his silver bracelet that says "Pray Believe Expect Miracles" for sale for just $5.00. There is also a donation jar available.

Mark your calendars and come to this fantastic event sponsored by the Gallery of Thum!

For more information you can call Cecile at (509) 294-9234

When: Oct 11th
Twigs Bistro Benefit Dinner for Robert
Where: Twigs Bistro - South Hill Location
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $60.00 per person
Twigs Bistro of Spokane, Egger's Better Meats and Just American Desserts are coming together to put on a wonderful dinner to benefit Robert Yamada.

Egger's Meats will be donating the prime rib and king crab, Just American Desserts will be donating the delicious desserts, and Twigs is donating their services!

Just $60.00 a plate. Make your reservations now by either stopping by the Twigs South Hill location or calling 443-8000. Don't miss this delicious dinner!

When: October 12th, 2009
Haircuts for Friends of Robert Yamada
Where: Angelina Salon & Spa. 8701 N. Division Suite H
Time: 9 AM to Noon AND 2 PM to 7 PM
Cost: Only $15.00

The awesome stylists at Angelina's Salon & Spa are generously donating their time and talents on Oct 12th to cut hair for the Friends of Robert Fund. Each haircut is only $15.00 and ALL money collected will go to the Friends of Robert fund. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served. Tell your friends, co-workers,family and friends about this fantastic event. WALK INS ONLY Please! Thank you for your support!!!

When: Saturday, October 24th
Where: Highland Park United Methodist Church 611 So. Garfield (Across the freeway from the old Costco)
Time: 5 - 9:30 PM
Cost: $40.00 Per Person
Self defense instructors Jerry Yamada and Brian Goodwin are donating their time and skills to teach us how to defend ourselves in any situation. ALL money paid to participate in this class will go to the FRIENDS OF ROBERT FUND.

Please no children under 15 yrs old.

Class size is limited, so call and make your reservation today!

Call Dawn at 991-4811 or 443-0754.

When: Currently Ongoing Promotion
Lalo's Pizza & Calzones
Where: Lalo's Pizza 817 S. Perry
Call 533-5265 and order your pizzas today! Lalo's pizza is donating 15% off all pizzas ordered when you say YOU'RE A FRIEND OF ROBERT'S!

Enjoy a delicious pizza while helping add to our Friends of Robert Fund. You can either take your pizza already baked, or take it home and bake it yourself at a time more convenient for you and your family.

(Lalo's is located in the old excell building on Perry)

Tshirt and Hoodies Sale
When: On sale NOW
Where: Egger Meats ( south hill store)
Cost: $15.00 tshirt / $35.00 Hoodies

The T-shirts and hoodies are ON SALE NOW. On the front is the word "ganbatte" which means "come on" or encouragement, written in Japanese charactures. On the back it says "Friend of Robert Yamada". They are both charcoal grey in color. Order yours today by calling Keri at 844-2816 or Patty at 413-3311 or Dawn at 991-4811.

Thank you for showing your support by wearing your t-shirt or hoodie today!!

Upcoming Fundraisers are always posted on the website

Robert and his girlfriend Brittany at the Craig Hospital

It will take months and possibly as long as two years to discover how much permanent damage was done to Robert's spinal cord. He may someday be able to breathe on his own and hopefully will regain the ability to move his arms and walk again.

A quiet moment at Craig hospital. Robert is now mobile using a breath controlled "puff and sip" electric wheelchair.

Yesterday Robert went out on his first field trip since arriving in Colorado. A trip to the aquarium with his mom, dad, nurse, respiratory therapist and other patients turned out to be a lot of fun and as his mom said in his journal, "A huge confidence booster." I hope to read more stories about new adventures in his journal very soon.

In case you're wondering, I don't personally know Robert but I do know his dad and uncle as I went to school and church with them when I was younger. When his Uncle posted on Facebook what had happened the day of the accident I don't know why but I felt an instant connection to Robert. Realizing what he and his family were facing I knew that they would need all of the love, support and prayers that people could give them, whether they know them or not. I know many of you who read Tami's blog don't know her in person but your prayers, support and encouraging messages you send have helped (me) so much that I just wanted to give back to another family in a similar situation of need.

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