Help Support Jennifer Luft

Help Support Jennifer Luft This page was set up to help support Jennifer Luft, a 2012 Syracuse graduate, who is recovering from a brain injury she sustained on Dec 25, 2012.
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Jen is a 25 year old, 2012 graduate of Syracuse University, and she and her family need our help. During her time spent at Syracuse, Jen was an active member of the Marching Band where she played the flute. She majored in Psychology and was planning on attending graduate school. After graduation in December, Jen went home to spend the holidays with her family. On Christmas morning, Jen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with having suffered from multiple pulmonary embolisms. On the way to hospital, Jen was unable to breath and her heart needed to be restarted. Due to the lack of oxygen to her brain, she sustained an anoxic brain injury. In order to recover, Jen needs full time care and therapy. In order to get the full care she needed, her parents had to regain custody of their adult daughter. This proved to be very costly. Along with this struggle, her parents have spend every single day by her side. She spent several months in a special rehabilitation center that specializes in brain injuries. Unfortunately, insurance was only willing to cover a certain amount of time at this facility until they determined she was not making enough progress to continue her treatment there. Jen was moved to her family's home in Amsterdam, NY in June of 2013 where she currently resides. For the past year, Jen has been proving the insurance company wrong and has been impressing everyone in her life by making incredible progress. Since moving home, Jen has started re-learning how to walk and communicate with those around her. We are looking to help her family by raising funds to help her family supply her with long term care. We would like Jen to be given the best care she can receive, and to have all of the tools necessary to continue thriving and making progress. Jen has surpassed her doctors expectations and has continued to make incredible strides in her recovery. We want her to be able to continue the treatments that are allowing her to do so. If you are able, please send your donations to the address below. Benefit for Jennifer Luft c/o First Niagara Bank 4773 State Hwy 30 Amsterdam NY 12010 Feel free to check out her website: www.helpjenluft.weebly.com Her twitter: twitter.com/helpjen (#HelpJen) And her iGive: www.iGive.com/BenefitForJenniferLuft

Mission: To get Jen the medical care she needs to make a recovery and lessen the financial burden on her family.

The Leader Herald wrote an article about Jen and the current campaign to provide her an RV. Mountain Valley Hospice is g...
12/11/2016
Luft family’s Christmas wish: A recovery for Jennifer | News, Sports, Jobs - Leader Herald

The Leader Herald wrote an article about Jen and the current campaign to provide her an RV. Mountain Valley Hospice is graciously working with Jen's family to provide her with an RV equipped to handle moving Jen long distances. They also donated concert tickets and back stage passes to see and meet Sawyer Fredericks, who her mom said was incredibly kind and generous. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who continue to support Jen and get her story out there!

Jen's Go Fund Me ---> www.gofundme.com/lets-get-jen-movin.

http://www.leaderherald.com/life/living/2016/12/luft-familys-christmas-wish-a-recovery-for-jennifer/

Luft family’s Christmas wish: A recovery for Jennifer Living Dec 11, 2016 Opal Jessica Bogdan Reporter [email protected] Jennifer Luft, a typical college girl, before her heart attack. (Photo submitted)Christmas day typically brings families together, laughing and exchanging gifts. But for th...

11/26/2015

Today is Jen's 26th birthday! Happy Birthday, Jen! We love you immensely

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. While Jen's injury was not sustained as a result of a traumatic incident...
03/05/2015

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. While Jen's injury was not sustained as a result of a traumatic incident, we hope to prevent anyone from unnecessarily having to undergo the struggles that she now faces. TBI's can be preventable! Please help us spread this message! #TBIAwareness #HelpJen

11/26/2014

Today is Jen's 25th birthday! Feel free to write her a message on this post and we will make sure it gets relayed to her!

08/26/2014

Another incredible update on Jen's progress in PT, she is peddling a bike with and without assistance from her therapists! Jen is really doing an amazing job, and is continuing to get stronger every day. We are all so proud of her, and love seeing how far she has come since sustaining her injury. WE LOVE YOU JEN! #KeepItUp
-The Help Jen Team

07/25/2014

Another update on Jen's progress: Jen has been hard at work building up strength in both her body and her ability to communicate. Jen has been walking with the aid of a harness at physical therapy for a few months now. This has helped her build up her leg strength immensely. Her therapists are hoping that she will be able to start walking without the strap soon!
Additionally, since she sustained her injury, It has been extremely difficult for Jen to communicate with family, friends, and doctors. Recently, Jen has started learning how to communicate through a computer! This is a huge step in making life a little easier for Jen.
She is going to therapy very frequently and is pushing hard every day to get better. She is not giving up and is such a fighter! We are extremely proud of her and know that Jen is living proof that miracles really do happen. Please continue to pray for Jen!

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07/01/2014
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Help Benefit for Jennifer Luft every time you shop: http://www.iGive.com/BenefitforJenniferLuft/?p=19992&jltest=1. We get $5 for each new supporter in July. Plus, iGive is also giving away a special $2,000 in July to the top three people who get the most friends to join and use the iGive Button. Friends can support our cause, or their own favorite group. There will be one $1,000 winner, and two $500 winners. All you need to do is try the iGive Button through October 15, 2014. No purchase necessary! So, help us spread the word by sharing this post and by joining iGive!

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04/30/2014
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Sometimes you guys might see an automated message posted by iGive, which is a website that allows nonprofits to receive money when their supporters shop online. We have about 18 people signed up at this point (it's free), and in the year since we've joined this website, we have raised a little over $80! If you are someone who shops online, many of the websites you shop on contribute a percentage of your sale to iGive nonprofits. It is definitely worth signing up and is an easy way to give to Jen and her family while you are already shopping. Consider signing up for this when you are doing all of your Mother's Day shopping!
Have a wonderful day!
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04/24/2014

As you all know, Jen has been hard at work trying to regain her ability to communicate with her friends, family, and doctors. Over the past few weeks, her therapists have been working with her to associate the words 'yes' and 'no' with arm movements. This week, Jen was able to respond with a firm 'no' when asked a question! She has been showing a strong desire to respond to the people who talk to her by making noises and moving her body. She has been trying incredibly hard to communicate and she is improving week to week. She has also been able to move her legs on command and is working to lift herself up in bed by herself.

We are so proud of her progress, and we continue to cheer her on as she recovers

04/08/2014

Jen has been hard at work in therapy the last few months! This past week she worked on moving her arms some more. They are hoping eventually these arm signals, one for yes, two for no, will be able to help her parents, friends, and therapists communicate with her better and to help make her more comfortable. She has been working on swallowing with a therapist which allows for her to enjoy some food as well as start working on her speech! For now, we have to interpret what the noises she makes mean to her, but we hope that eventually Jen will be able to talk to us with full words and sentences.
She has been working incredibly hard the past 15 months, and she has a long road ahead of her. Hopefully with the continuation of this therapy, she will continue to make great strides and improvements. We encourage you to leave Jen some positive messages on this page so that we can read them to her and let her know that she has so many people who are rooting for her recovery!
Thank you for your continued support,
The Help Jen Team

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04/01/2014
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03/28/2014

A few updates for you on Jen's progress! Jen has been working at physical therapy to walk within a harness and to strengthen her legs. She has been working incredibly hard to regain the ability to control her body, and this is a huge step in the right direction for her. In addition to this, Jen has been working to lift her arms up together as well as one at a time! Jen has been making some really great progress and is working so hard to recover. We are so proud of her and are so glad to see how far she has come and continues to go!

03/04/2014

Jen has been improving little by little each day! She has OT/PT once a week and last time she was put in the standing gate, she started to walk instantly. Each day we have been continuing to see more progress! Jen is fighting and getting stronger every day! Keep praying for her, we know you can do it Jen!

12/21/2013

Exciting news! Jen's shirt campaign has been relaunched just in time for Christmas! You can purchase a shirt or a sweatshirt at the link below and $5 of each item will be donated to Jen's care!

http://nice.sh/prideoforangestore

Jen's cousin has been working closely with the founder to help him set up his company. Devices like these look really pr...
12/21/2013
SpeakYourMind Foundation

Jen's cousin has been working closely with the founder to help him set up his company. Devices like these look really promising for Jen's future. Watch the video & check it out. Please donate to help get this company off of their feet. You can make a difference in Jen's life as well as many others who cannot communicate with their loved ones.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speakyourmind-foundation

Personalized assistive communication technologies for individuals with motor and speech disabilities.

12/20/2013

Jen had a wonderful birthday a few weeks ago filled with family and friends. She loved all of the cards she received! Continue to send her well wishes and positive vibes!

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12/01/2013
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11/15/2013

It has been almost 11 months since my best friend Jen suffered a brain injury that left her unable to walk & communicate. Jen's 24th birthday is on November 26th and you can help make her birthday a really special day by sending her a card and a positive message. Positivity, love, and support is essential to her recovery and something a simple as a card will put a smile on her face. If you would like to send her a card the address is listed below. Please spread the word!

Jennifer Luft
137 South Country Ridge Drive
Amsterdam NY 12010

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11/01/2013
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https://www.niceshirt.org/campaigns/index.php/all-campaigns/pride-of-orange.htmlHi everyone! Just a reminder that if you...
09/16/2013
Every purchase helps raise money for causes that matter!

https://www.niceshirt.org/campaigns/index.php/all-campaigns/pride-of-orange.html

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that if you would like to buy a shirt in support of Jen that you only have 2 days to do so! $5 from every shirt goes directly to Jen's family for her care. You are also able, but not required, to add an additional donation if you would like to do so. PLEASE consider buying a shirt, this is an easy way to support Jen and her family

A NiceShirt.Org campaign that is helping raise money for causes that matter!

Hey everyone! We are excited to announce that our shirt campaign will be kicking off today for the next two weeks on Nic...
09/03/2013

Hey everyone! We are excited to announce that our shirt campaign will be kicking off today for the next two weeks on NiceShirt.org! We are so grateful for the opportunity to team up with them to #HelpJen. Please share this post on your personal Facebooks so that we can sell as many shirts as we can over the next two weeks! Additionally, we would like to thank The Pride of the Orange: The Syracuse University Marching Band for their support of our campaign and for allowing us to use the band's name on these shirts. Jen loved being apart of this organization and it is so wonderful that you are all so supportive of her recovery. Thank you to all who have been so helpful in setting up this campaign along with all of our other fundraising ventures, we here at Help Jen, her family, friends, and most importantly, Jen herself, greatly appreciate all that you do!

https://www.niceshirt.org/campaigns/index.php/community/pride-of-orange.html

The Amsterdam Recorder wrote an article about Jen in June. I thought i would post it here for anyone interested in readi...
08/08/2013
Recorder-Story

The Amsterdam Recorder wrote an article about Jen in June. I thought i would post it here for anyone interested in reading it. We appreciate them taking the time to write this article and getting the word out about Jen's condition.

http://www.recordernews.com/iPad/localnewsnative/06202013_Helpjen

Jen Luft, 23, was a "normal, healthy child" up until this past Christmas, her dad Rodney Luft said. The Amsterdam resident graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in psychology and she was very involved with the school's marching band.

07/14/2013

We are really excited to announce that the wonderful organization NiceShirt.org has selected us as their next campaign! What they do is design a shirt for a cause, in this case for Jen, and a good portion of the t-shirt sales go to that cause! They run a campaign for two weeks on their website and we will run our own social media efforts to sell the shirts. It is really exciting and we will have more information to come! Please feel free to like their page, they are an incredible organization and we are so thankful that they are going to help us!

07/01/2013

Thank you to those who were able to join us at yesterdays event, those who made donations, and those who donated baskets for the silent auction! This event went above and beyond our expectations and it was a rousing success. Nicole did an absolutely fabulous job with this event and Jen's other friends and family cannot thank her enough! Additionally, we would like to thank Sport Island Pub and Restaurant for supplying the food at the event, it was absolutely spectacular and the dinner was delicious. To the volunteers who donated their time to help set up, break down, and everything in between, we were so grateful to have had your help. We are so glad that Jen's community came together to support her and her family in their time of need, it was a very touching sight to see how many people came out to the benefit. Thank you everyone, without all of you, this event would not have been possible.

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Amsterdam, NY
12010

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This is the last Christmas photo of Jen before tragedy struck. Today is bitter sweet. Jen collapsed 5 years ago today. We will never give up on a miracle to bring Jen back to us! So as you celebrate this blessed day, the day that Christ was born, please pray for a miracle for Jen. Merry Christmas to all! Amen