Jeff Tamburri & Asha, our dear friend, husband, brother, son and teacher — recently suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and now cannot afford to pay for the significant care he will need, the medication and equipment he depends on for survival, or even basic living expenses.
On June 12, 2013, Jeff was struck by an NJ Transit bus while on his way to work. For several weeks, Jeff was in intensive care at UMDNJ in Newark, fighting for his life. His condition has stabilized and he has dramatically improved from a diagnosis of ASIA-A complete paralysis to ASIA-B sensory incomplete spinal cord injury, although he is still a C-2 quadriplegic; paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator. There is still a long road ahead, but with Jeff’s perseverance and your help, there is no limit to the gains he can make.
In the blink of an eye, Jeff went from being a dedicated special education teacher and a strong and active Tough Mudder athlete to someone unable to move, care for himself, or even breathe without assistance.
Jeff is currently undergoing therapy at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ, where he has already made considerable progress. He’s an unstoppable person with an unshakably positive attitude, and he is surrounded by people who love him. He is ready to participate in experimental treatments that could potentially benefit not only him, but others with similar injuries in the future.
But for Jeff, his wife Asha, and the families of the other 1.2 million people living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S., recovery is a long road with significant financial challenges: According to the Reeve Foundation, expenses for someone with a spinal cord injury like Jeff’s could be as high as $1,100,000 in the first year, and could average up to $172,000 for subsequent years. Round the clock home care, prescriptions, specialized medical equipment, transportation, and even customizing a new home for Jeff all add to the heavy costs of this tragic accident. Some of these costs will be covered by insurance and Medicaid, but Jeff and Asha are still incurring enormous out of pocket expenses associated with his care. They need your help.
Jeff’s friends and family have chosen to fundraise with Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
Jeff refuses to let his injury define him. He’s already begun to take on the enormous challenges in front of him. With your help, Jeff can focus completely on his rehabilitation and recovery.
Thanks for your support.
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October 12, 2013
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December 27, 2018
Best wishes for a better 2019 from an old friend of your Mom.
December 24, 2018
Thinking of Jeff and Asha and wishing them the very best. Love always, The Mangan & Lieberman Family
December 23, 2018
Jeff, I hope every day is just a little bit brighter than the last. Daryl and I talk about you often and we are praying for a new baby step every day.❤️
September 27, 2018
Healing thoughts, prayers, and love to you both. - Nan
September 19, 2018
big hugs to you both! xoxoxo
September 18, 2018
Birthday Greetings Asha. Hope you and Jeff have the best possible birthday year! hugs Anne
Anne dushanko dobek
November 30, 2017
I’m glad that I was able to help.
November 28, 2017
Dear friends and family, It’s 4&1/2 years and Jeff needs your help to continue to meet all the ongoing needs which help to ensure his positive quality of life. We thank you, beyond words for your support. Best wishes,
November 28, 2017
God bless ya’ll. Happy to donate.
November 28, 2017
Happy to help Jeff and Asha!
May 20, 2017
I want to thank everyone for your ongoing support. It is appreciated beyond words. There are so many needs and you are a huge part in assuring Jeff have an excellent quality of care. Thank you, again,
December 1, 2016
Happy to help.
November 28, 2015
We are thankful and so very appreciative for all the continued generosity. It means more than you can ever imagine. Have a healthy safe holiday season.
November 15, 2014
Sincere gratitude for everyone's ongoing support. This is the season of giving and we are giving thanks for all of you who give so much ❤️
May 28, 2014
Thank you everyone for your support, kindness and compassion. It is gratefully appreciated. ~ Jeff's Mom ~
May 17, 2014
Jeff we haven't met but I work with your wonderful mother. I have prayed for you and your family many times and I will continue to pray that your needs will be met and that you will all be encouraged. Perhaps we can meet when the time is right. I'd like that! Beware, I'm a librarian, I'll want to read to you.
Vanessa Freeland Thomas
May 11, 2014
Sent small donation I'm broke. But every little bit helps God bless
Ginny Foglio D'Antonio
April 2, 2014
Praying for you!
February 10, 2014
hello asha and jeff...just wanted to let you know we think of you both often and with every passing day you are doing better xo love George and donna
george and donna dombrowski
January 9, 2014
Jeff stay Stay strong to take it one day at a time I love you and miss you hope all is well
January 6, 2014
Dear Raul ...a.k.a. Jeff Thinking about you ....try to stay strong and positive Take it day by day Miss you ! Love , Lisa , Bruno & Vito
December 25, 2013
Dear Asha and Jeff, On behalf of Americana Salon, we are honored to have had an amazing fundraiser in honor of Jeff on 12/17/13. We thank our generous staff for donating 100% of their time and talent and our amazing clients/friends for coming out and supporting us in making this event a great success. We will continue to pray for you all and wish you a Happy Holiday xoxo
Belinda & Benito Sarracino, Angela Kaden and the entire staff at Americana Salon~Roseland, N.J.
December 21, 2013
Asha & Jeff, You guys are always in my thoughts. I pray for you guys. Never give up hope it is a powerful thing.
December 16, 2013
Dear Jeff and Asha, We miss you at the gallery and think of you often. Hope that your rehabilitation is progressing and that you keep fighting. Love to you both. Mary-Anne
December 6, 2013
Dear Jeff and Asha, You have been in our thoughts. So sorry we weren't able to be present on November 16. Continued success. Warm wishes, Susan
December 5, 2013
Thinking and praying for you. Stay strong Jeff.
December 2, 2013
A heartfelt thank you for everyone's support, time and efforts. It is greatly appreciated
November 29, 2013
Jeff, were you friends with my son Joshua Lowy?
November 25, 2013
Jeff, I am a LHS graduate and currently teach math at LHS. I am also the Key Club advisor. Our club will be holding a fundraiser for you this Friday, Black Friday. We will be standing outside various locations in town collecting money on your behalf. Please let us know if there is any other way we can be of assitance. Mike Ladolcetta [email protected]
November 18, 2013
Jeff - It's been a long time since high school, and I pray for your recovery, the fundraising event on saturday was packed...you have so much support and love behind you.. best best wishes bro and warmest regards..
November 15, 2013
We are glad to see that wonderful smile again. Keep your faith. XO
Jackie & Wayne Duskin
November 12, 2013
Hi Jeff and Asha. Debbie and I are looking forward to this weekends event. We love you both very much and are happy to see that you are surrounded by such great friends!
Love Vicki and Debbie
November 7, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
The Kesselhaut Family
November 7, 2013
Facie the mind Mr. Tamburri...looking forward to seeing that smile in person enxt week!
October 29, 2013
love you guys.
October 23, 2013
please let us know time of fundraiser. we want to be there to support you and jeff. [email protected]
michele and vincent bucci
October 22, 2013
Hey Jeff, Sending good vibes your way and David is sending prayers from Israel! You are an amazing young man and make the world a better place. Praying for you wvery day and sending wishes to help you continue to get better every day!
Helene and Jerry Dreskin
October 18, 2013
Sending much love and positivity your way Jeff xo
Stephanie Capozzi aka Daphne :)
October 16, 2013
Hang in there buddy help is on the way. Amelia Ave Posse 4 life.
October 15, 2013
Lots of Love from Jaz & Laos ! ^_^ !
Jaz Graf + Laos Fois
October 8, 2013
Jeff(Raul) Stay strong my dude I think of you n pray for you daily.I can't wait to see you I be back in nj couple months stay strong.Love your buddy Skinny Vinny Salerno
October 6, 2013
you are strong and amazing, xoxoxo !!!
October 3, 2013
Jeff - Stay strong. Your smile is sparkling. Many positive vibes, prayers, and thoughts.
Michelle (Kubichek) D'Alessandro, NJ
October 2, 2013
Jeff... we think about you everyday and we are sending possitive vibes your way brother..Keep that smile on your face ..
Marc Levine, NY
October 2, 2013
Hey Jeff..I think, speak, and pray for you at least once a day. I have told all my fellow nurses at work what happened and they are all pulling for you man. Do the best you can, thats all anyone can do. Love Frank
Frank Schenkel (deltona fl)
October 2, 2013
Jeff and Asha- I don't know you but have a C5 SCI myself and understand all you are going through. I just want to know that you are not alone and there a LOT of us affected by SCI (and family members too). Check out www.backbonesonline.com We are here for you if you need us!
October 1, 2013
Stay Strong Jeff!
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