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A fellow deviant needs your help, everyone reading these words.  Please take a moment to read this story below and do what you can.

After you read, consider this: Can you donate a few dollars to make a difference in Sara's life?  What little bit can you give that would mean the absolute world to this friend?  If every deviant that reads this can give just a few dollars, we can help Sara reconnect with the world!

Donations can be sent to PayPal donate@sarascourage.org
Or mailed to:    

Sara Baker Trust Fund
#10350222753
Exchange Bank
8220 Old Redwood Highway
Cotati, CA 94931

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The Story

One year ago, our fellow deviant Sara Baker AKA Glory :icongloryangel: was on her way her way to school.  Sara was 19-years-old at the time, a college student, happily in love with her boyfriend of a few years, making art and having fun.  

As she was merging onto a highway, a reckless driver tried to pass her on the right and hit her.  The bump sent her flying out into traffic causing her to lose control of her car.  She tried to come to a safe stop and pull to the side of the road, but something when wrong in the last moment and her car was sent flipping over into a ditch on the side of the road, bursting into flames.

Passers by came to her aid, trying to break the windows to get to Sara, throwing mud on the flaming car to try and keep the flames from her.  Miraculously, she had no injuries from the accident.  She is taken to the hospital to recover, likely to wake up with a really bad headache.

However, in the hospital, Sara was struck by another attack, silent and devastating: she suffered a stroke.

Sara is now what's called "locked-in," a condition which allows her to feel her whole body but without being able to move voluntary muscles, with the exception of her eyes.  She is a quadriplegic that can feel everything: every itch, every fly that lands, every pain.  

Sara will never draw again; not the way she used to.   Every day she lives attached to tubes that feed her and help her breath.  After 11 months in the hospital she is finally home, but life will never be back to normal for her.  She requires constant care, and she is obviously very limited in what she can do for hours and hours.

She's a fighter though.  She's gotten back some mobility in her head and lips.  She is working on strengthening control of her vocal chords and working on gaining more control of her tongue so she can eventually breath through her mouth and eat again.  When she coughs, her legs move up to her chest.

Sara communicates with her mother, nurses, and her few visitors by using a computer that types based on her eye movements.  As the computer scrolls through rows of letters, she looks up when she wants to select a row.  The inferred light on the glasses reflects off the white of her eyes to make the selection.  Then she waits for the selector to get to the letter she wants, and then she starts over until she has spelled out what she wants.  

This video shows how it works. :iconsafelinkplz: (Tinyurl'd it as the original link kept breaking)

I went to see Sara a few weeks ago and we talked for hours.  It was strange because I was used to talking to her online, and in some ways, talking through the computer was kind of similar (all be it slower).  We had a few laughs and it was great to see the same funny, smart kid was still in there.  But there were sad parts too, like when she told me how much she misses making art.  I asked her if it hurt and she told me, "Always."  

Most of the time, she's in good spirits, keeping herself busy with lots of movies and her physical therapy, but lately things have been getting a lot harder for her.  She's suffered some emotional set backs in the last week, and she is starting to be more isolated.  She is lonely a lot because she is really disconnected from everyone.

The technology she has doesn't allow her to access the web in a way that works for someone in her condition.  The technology she needs is, as you can imagine, very expensive.  Cyberlink will not only allow Sara to get online, it also has means for her to make digital art.  Sara's mom is a single mom and she takes the brunt of Sara's care like a true hero.  She is just making ends meet with the money required for Sara's care on top of the rent and other everyday expenses.  She cannot afford to get this technology on her own.  

I am determined to make a difference for this brave girl.  She does not have to be alone in herself.  There IS technology out there to reconnect her to her friends.  We HAVE to do something to help.

Please, if you've read this far (thank you) spread the word!  Fav this, post a link to it in your journal, tell people you know outside of DA.  It only takes a little bit by a lot of people to really make a difference.   

Please let me know if you donate, I'd like to try to keep track of what we raise.  So far, her online friends at the web forum Tower of Time have raised $1090, but so much more is needed.  Please help if you can, and if you cannot afford even just a dollar, then please pass this along to everyone you know.  

You can follow Sara's story on the blog that her friends and family update here: sarastatus.blogspot.com/

The Community Voice Article


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Emberguard Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014   General Artist
Does she still need donations?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think she's doing pretty well now. It's been a few years. She's even back on DA now and posting :D
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God.
She will be in my prayers, and I'll try to send allong a few dollars when I can. I truly hope she continues to make a recovery.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hey! This journal is from 2008! Glory is still living at home and she's got all kinds of great technology helping her communicate! She's been making good progress too! She's completely breathing on her own now and working on hopefully being able to talk someday. She's even able to get online a bit some now and connect with people :D
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, she's working on talking? that's so wonderful! I'm incredibly glad to hear she's making such great progress!
and people say miracles don't happen!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Right?! :D
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Reixma Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't imagine having Locked In Syndrome. To be aware, but unable to move. Worse than torture I think.

I am so glad she is making a recovery (albeit small and slow) and I hope she gets to speak and be able to resume some hand function. It's nice to read you are there for her and are doing your best. I am tight for cash myself, so unable to donate, but I have ideas that may help you and your friend!
What about Car Boot sales or Garage sales? Maybe selling some art work?Here in England, we love to find treasures and auction them off to make some money. What if you were able to do that and get people to help? Get a selection of things and auction them off on her behalf? Advertise and make people aware of your friend, but also of the problems with what she has been through?

There may be others who can offer support and advise so she, her mother and yourself don't feel so alone in all this...

I hope I have given some ideas and helped you a little. Unfortunately, it's as much as I can do.

She's strong with you, so don't give up!!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This news article is from 2008 so she's doing a lot better these days. The donations that come in once in a while still do help since her care is ongoing. :D

I wish I could be more "there" for her since we are many thousands of miles away physically. Right now I think what she wants more than anything is just people to hang out with. :)
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Reixma Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great to know! Dribbs and drabbs is better than nothing, donation wise.

IO am sure you would want to be with her more, but I am sure just knowing that you are thinking of her is good enough for her! Have you told her what you have done here?

Will she be returning to her DA page?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah she knows all about it :D I don't know if she can get back on DA but she is on a few other social networking sites in a small way
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Reixma Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good! Still involved in the social life then! ^_^~x
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roselinda889 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
I wish I could but my parents wouldn't allow.They would question everything but eventually come to a conclusion:NO.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your concern! :heart:
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glassreflections Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a touching story... I hope this girl the best in her recovery, she sounds like quite a fighter.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This article is from 2008 so it's quite old. She's doing really well these days! She recently had her trach closed and she's starting to be more active online too!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really good to hear. I just came upon it recently, thanks to another deviant.
I'm glad that the road to recovery is going well. :)
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ciao-arcobaleno Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I hate to ask, but the community voice article seems broken. I myself would love to help, and to tell all of my relatives in case they may be able to help, but i know a few skeptics who would like to be able to have that article just to verify.
If you could repost the link, or offer a link that doesn't require a login, i'd greatly appreciate it.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gah I made a reply with my phone but it seems it didn't send. Sorry if you get this twice!

This article is from 2008 so it's actually quite old. The blog was made private a while back under legal council. Sara's doing very well these days! She's still at home being cared for by her mom and the nurses that come to care for her. She is starting to be more active online and she recently had her trach closed. She's a very happy girl, and very silly :P

I'm sure her family appreciates this new wave of support since her care is ongoing and will be for the rest of her life.

I did a search online but I wasn't able to find any of the news articles and stuff from 07 when the accident happened. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful! ^__^;
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ciao-arcobaleno Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
No no, that's fine, i'm very happy to hear that she's alright though!
All the best to you and her!
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Peace-Sprite Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I wish her happiness and recovery. I'm sorry I have no money.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries at all! She's doing very well now; this article is old, from 2008. Donations are still really helpful to Sara and her family but her situation has gotten a lot better with time. :D
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Peace-Sprite Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Oh good. I'm glad she is recovering. :)
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lolita-stocking Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think people are still sending money because of kaoru-chan's journal. :) She must have just found it from somewhere.
I hope Sara has been doing well!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh okay. I was wondering why the sudden surge after 3 years! She's doing very well at home with her mom and in home nursing help. She watches a lot of TV :D
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Wolftrest Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   General Artist
I just had my car fixed, so I didn't have much, but I donated $20. Even a little helps, best wishes to her.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow thank you so much! This news article is old but Sara's care continues so I'm sure it's greatly appreciated :heart:
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yueaKii Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Unfortunately, I can't send money for I really don't have anything on me atm...all I can do is pray for her and her recovery.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! This article is old (2008) but Sara's care continues.
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yueaKii Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
I see. I just happened to see it now.
How is she now?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She's doing well! She's recently had her trach closed and she's getting online a little using her computer. It's really nice to be able to message her again :D
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yueaKii Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Oh that's great! It's nice that she's recovering smoothly.
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writingpoetryforlife Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
she is in my prayers
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! She's a very happy girl, just sometimes a little lonely. I wish I lived closer so I could see her more.
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writingpoetryforlife Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
that good plz update more often
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WereLeopard Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I've sent 5$ ... I'm sorry. This was my last money for the month. I hope it will help. T_T
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!! This article is old but her care continues. I'm sure her family greatly appreciates it!
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WereLeopard Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I hope she never gives up fighting. :D
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sweettartslover Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
That's so sad...It made me cry...

Donated <3
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah don't be sad! This article is old, but her care does continue! She's still living happily at home with her mom and getting help from her nurses :) Thank you so much! I'm certain her family appreciates the new wave of support!
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Destro2k Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my mother died after cancer in her spine, at the end she was in the same condition
laying in bed and not able to move
i donated
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw I'm sorry to hear about your loss :heart:

Thank you so much for your donation! I'm sure her family appreciates the new wave of support!
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petitemerlieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Erm, the blogspot for sarastatus is private. o.o
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it is now. They had to make it private per advice of their legal council a few years ago.

How are people suddenly finding this article again? It's from 2008. ^__^

The donations are still very helpful though! Sara's in home care is expensive.
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petitemerlieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:C

Aw, man. I wanted to read. ;_;

How is Sara doing? Is she doing better?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, she's really doing a lot better. A few weeks ago she had surgery to close her trach and she's back at home, watching TV, hanging out. She refers to herself as "a flop" so I guess she's "flopping" around ;P She's still active on the blog even though it's private and she's been able to get online in some other small areas too. It's really great to have her online again.
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petitemerlieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is great to hear! Do you think she will be able to draw again? ^_^
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is very unlikely but I won't say it's impossible ;P
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petitemerlieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Has she tried? ^^;
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well she paralyzed below her neck so until she has some kind of drawing software or something that works with her eye-tracking computer stuff, I'm not sure how she could. ^__^;
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KnuxieGirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I feel so sorry for her...
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