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Back in November of 2008, I bought you the story of Sara Baker, AKA :icongloryangel:, a friend and fellow deviant who had suffered a stroke after a car accident.  The stroke resulted in her being "locked-in," a condition in which she can feel her whole body, think and reason clearly, but is unable to speak or move.

Since the accident, Sara has done amazingly well in making strides towards improvement.  In late 2008, Sara was able to move home under the supervision of home nurses and her mother's care.  Though they have been slow and long in progress, she has taken little steps forward like learning to move her head a bit, purse her lips, and for a while she was even free of her tracheotomy and breathing on her own.  

On Sunday, July 12th Sara went to the hospital with low O2 saturation and a high heart rate. On the ambulance ride in, she went into respiratory arrest, AKA she stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated. She got the medical attention she needed, but they had to put her under for a day or so. To make a long story short, she's awake now but still in the ICU. She has some infections the doctor's are working on, though she is expected to return home eventually.  

Her mom regularly updates the blog they set up to keep people informed of Sara's condition.  Lately, she has been posting about their money troubles. She lost her full time job (along with loads of other people lately) and she's been doing contracting work and stuff to get by. A few days ago her truck was repossessed, and she's worried about how they will continue to pay their rent.  

It's clear from her posts that Sara's family NEEDS OUR HELP!

I know this is a hard time financially for a lot of people, but it really doesn't take that much to make a difference.  In the last fundraiser in 2008, most of the donations were between $5 and $20.  It added up fast!  We raised $2400 in just two weeks for Sara.  With that money, her family was able to purchase a computer interface system to help her with communication.  This video and this video show her old computer and how she used it to 'talk.'

This time I am setting the goal of $2500 by Septemeber 1st.  

Can you help make a difference?  Even if you cannot donate at this time, please fav this news article and pass it along in your journal!  The more people who know, the more help we can get!

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

If you make a donation, please let me know so I can add your icon to my main page. This money goes directly to Sara and her family.   If you are comfortable with telling me the amount you sent, I will be keeping a tally to see how close we are to our goal.  

For more information about locked in syndrome, please check out this article written by Nick Chisholm, locked-in since 2000 www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/3…

For more information related to Sara Baker:
www.sarascourage.org/ <- The site her family set up for her after the accident
www.thecommunityvoice.com/arti… <- A news article about a fundraiser in Dec 2007 to raise money for her care
www.giveupalittle.org/case/29.… <- Her GiveUpALittle.org page
www.techhighteam675.com/about_… <- Her robotics team who named their robot after her.

Deviants Who Are Helping
:iconsakkysa: will be giving away Sailormoon merchandise in a raffle for people who donate at least $5 to the fund.  If you are a Sailormoon fan, check out the GLORY FUNDRAISER BOX on this Journal Page for more information.
:icondubird: has set up a Zazzle Store with super cute items to show your support for Sara, AKA Glory. All proceeds from the sales of these items go to the fund!  She also has this deviation available as a print to raise money for the fund.
:icondarkzephyrmoon: is doing Chibis for Charity, see this journal for info
:iconxpuremaplecanadianx: is taking commissions to raise money for Sara, see this journal
:iconsongofamazon: is making small plush owls to raise money, see this journal
:iconpinkachu06: is taking commissions for the fund, see this journal
:iconjetsterjay: is doing Terrible Portraits for a Terribly Good Cause at this journal
:iconparchmentheron: is taking a few commissions to raise money, see this journal
:iconsakkysa: & :icondubird: are doing collaborative commissions, see the bottom of this journal for more info.

Thank you for reading!  Please do what you can to pass the word along!  :love:
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:icongoblaze:
goblaze Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I know the last update was in 2011, and I see she's posting writing on deviantart now and I can't do much to help really, but I was just wondering how she's doing now, and if she can speak, regained more movement? I hope she's okay and continues being strong!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
She still can't speak, and her movement as far as I know is pretty close to how it was (some loose shoulder/head control). It's great that she's able to tweet/post on FB be on DA though :D
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SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I can't do very much to help, but I did read the article and visit her website a few years ago. Since then, I noticed the site was first set to private, then removed. I was wondering, is there anything recently known of Sara's condition? Last I heard, she wasn't doing too badly. :O Hope she's okay!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah she's really doing great! She's actually able to be online a lot more now, so she's recently been getting more active on sites like Facebook. It's awesome to be able to interact with her again online.
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SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! :D That's good to hear. :) Will she be on DeviantART anytime soon? :O
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Though it's unlikely that she'll be able to make art again in the same capacity as she did before, I think it would be awesome if she could get on DA again to interact with the community! Here's hoping. :3
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SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It would be! :D At least she'll be able to see art and interact with other artists, even though she won't really be able to make it the way she could before. Indeed, here's hoping. :3
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Castel-Eown Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I support this family and this poor lady.. I feel bad for her, and I hope she will be better ! ;___;
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This article is old, from 2008. She's doing very well!! She's been active on the private blog and she's been becoming more active in other areas online too :D
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Castel-Eown Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Han, it's great ! I'm glad she's okay ! ;u; big hug for her, and her family, and you too, because you're a very kind person !
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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ArtAndStock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I work like "those kind of patients" everyday, as i am a nurse in a neurological early-rehabilitition and stroke unit.
She's a strong woman, she will get another step as long as she's trying. I keep the hope in her, cause i know that she will improve herself and will get to can move her little finger or her nosetip in the future. i read a lot from patients who suffer the locked-in-syndrome. their books are heartshaking and getting me goose-flesh. we can learn soo much from people, who have an unthinkable live for the most of us, but so keeping their hope.
hats off for all the strong people like sara.
i'll suport her with a donation and my thoughts with her.
i believe in you, sara!!!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah it's really amazing. She's a very strong person
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Pru-Pruh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This may be "old news" internetwise, but it is still just heartbreaking!

How is the situation now?

I hope the fundraising has helped a lot!
It's a dire shame that it's even needed, if you ask me.
People who suffer such terrible accidents and struggles should not be burdened further by economics and their loved ones should NOT be risking job loss when trying their best to care for the "primary" victim. It's just fundamentally wrong, imo.

Maybe it's just the way I'm used to "free" (taxpayed) fundamental treatment where I grew up, though.
Ofc. our latest government has been working on ruining that completely, and they're succeeding. :(

Still - it's so difficult for me to understand that someone like Sarah and her family, living in a country where luxury stuff like broadband connections are fairly easy to come by and space shuttles are built, have to rely on "random" charity work to be able to afford medical help.

Oh, well - it's how the world works, I know.

She is truly blessed to have people like you to help her fight this battle, Senshistock! :heart:

I do not have a lot to offer, but I have decided that I will place a small donation via paypal, along with all my best wishes for Sarah and everyone around her.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
She's doing well! Her blog is private now but she posts a few times a day with funny things, thoughtful insights and the occasional serious thought. The fund raising did help! I'm not truly intimate with their financial situation now, but things seem to be going well :D

I know what you mean about that. It's a shame that so many people are forced into bankruptcy because of medical expenses. My family got to run that loop once.

Thanks so much for your help! I haven't done a big drive for her lately since it seems like she and her family have got things under control for now, but I'm sure the little bits that trickle in are always helpful and appreciated :D
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Pru-Pruh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good, I am glad to hear that! :)
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Propower Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
That's horrible...being locked in sounds like a terrible thing to go through. I remember a family member who went through something similar. You all have my support.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow we get messages on news articles now! That's great. :D Thanks for your message. Sara is doing well at home now. Because of legal issues the blog she keeps is now private but she updates it every day with her crazy thoughts xD
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
the blog isnt public anymore :(
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awash2002 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
I'll fave this article
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Himteckerjam Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'd be willing to do sketched/inked busts for this cause if you'd feel like mentioning it on your journal, or something similar? I mean, I'm poor but I'd hate for you not to meat this goal...
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Angrenereg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
I'm move to another city right now... and I'm short of time... but I hope you don't mind If I connect with you after dealing with mine businesses...

I'm short of money now... but still I wish to do something more to her than just fave that news.
I'm not such bad drawer... maybe I will be able to support you in some way by mine art...
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Anarth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could donate, but we're really running low on cash..

I've heard about Locked in Syndrome from House MD and I could only imagine how hard it is for her. She has all my love and best wishes <3 I hope she recovers well
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Drelias Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had some money to donate! If only I'd seen this journal a couple weeks ago. :( I don't get many visitors, but I have added this to my favorites so hopefully more will see this. All the best to you and her.
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TheQuietWriter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Could you add me to the list of artists taking commissions for this? I want to donate half of what ever I make to her.
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
i don't have money to give but i faved this article.
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DetectiveToony Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Student General Artist
Seeing as I officially have no money in my wallet today, thanks to a random spending spree on manga books, I'll have to wait until after my babysitting job tomorrow to see if I can help out.
I don't make much money - but it's better than nothing, right?

Hopefully my parents will understand that I'm helping someone out by mailing them money.

Anyways, I hope she recovers soon. ^_^
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elfkiara Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I have no money to give but I hope all goes well ...
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your message of support :D
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elfkiara Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
You're welcome ;)
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Creative-Theory Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student General Artist
I wish I could help! I've had a few family members go through a stroke and be paralyzed. They made a decent recovery. I hope for the best and my prayers are for your friend and her family and you as well for doing this for her. Very thoughtful.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for your support!
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Beatriz13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
omg so sad =/, i hope u get enough money!! =} (sry, cant donate cause im having some troubles with money aswell)

but..um..hey...isnt sara baker a person from a tv show? O_o that name sounds so familiar to me...
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not sure ^^; I don't watch much tv :D Seems like it might be a pretty common name though
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Beatriz13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
oh lol ><
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SaturnBunny89 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I have posted my kits on eBay!!! Here is my dA Journal about it: [link]

And here is a link to my selling items list: [link]

I hope it goes well!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I will add links to my main page! :D
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SaturnBunny89 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
thanks!
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harleshinn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I posted the article in my journal.

My grandma is in ICU too, but because an untreated pneumonia and she's 77 years old, now she's in coma and struggling for her life because of the complications of her disease...so I know what it feels.

I will help in any way I can, my best wishes for her and her family :hug:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I very much hope that your grandmother is able to pull through! :hug: Thanks for your help! :heart:
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harleshinn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My grandma passed away yesterday =/

but thanks anyway, if there's anything I can do, just send me a note :hug:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no, I'm sorry for your loss :(
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harleshinn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so much :( :hug:
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NazayeMikomi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Donated too. It's not much, but it was all that was left on my paypal and I hope it'll help at least a bit :heart:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your help! If you don't mind sharing the amount by Note I can add it to the tally, but if not that's okay :D
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Iris-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Oh my! I do hope she recovers very soon.

I've wanting to help for quite sometime and I wanted to see if I could help put in a bit of a donation from my own commissions ^_^

Since I need to save up for a car, I made it so that anyone who asks for a commission and pays, I'll send a small portion of the price for Sara :3
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome thanks!!
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Iris-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
^_^ :glomp: I'll try to donate as much as I can!:D
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!
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Iris-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
You're very welcome!^_^ :glomp:
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