Helping Tom Hutchins

After suffering a stroke, Tom Hutchins is working towards returning to his classroom and resuming his teaching career.
Dave McGurgan
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Wilmington, Delaware
United States
2 Team Members

A Message from Tom's Friends

After suffering a stroke, teacher Tom Hutchins is working to recover as much of the mobility, comfort and quality of life that he had prior to his stroke. His ultimate goal is to return to the classroom and resuming his teaching career. He needs our emotional and financial support to get through this hardship.

For the last 15 years, Tom Hutchins has taught history, social studies and gifted programs. Throughout his teaching career, Tom has been in a wheelchair. Through his dedication to his job and passion for education, Tom has demonstrated to his students how inspiration and motivation can be used to overcome adversity.

Beloved teacher suffers stroke

On October 31st, 2012, Tom Hutchins suffered a stroke. He was hospitalized for seven days, then spent two and a half weeks in Bryn Mawr Rehab, an intensive inpatient rehabilitation facility. Tom returned home on November 24 to be with his wife Jen, who is a teacher's assistant.

Tom and his niece Christmas 2012

Coping with new physical limitations

Since his stroke, Tom has had to relearn basic movements and adapt to physical limitations and chronic pain. He has worked tirelessly to increase his stamina, regain his physical strength and remain mentally focused. His main focus right now is to recover as much as of his health and well being as possible. To do this requires time, support and patience. He is working towards his ultimate goal: to return to the classroom, see his students again and resume his teaching career.

Tom and his niece

Help Tom Get the Mobility Chair Recommended by His Therapists

In order to return to work, Tom would benefit greatly from an outdoor mobility chair with tilt and recline features to help alleviate his chronic pain. Six years ago, Tom's coverage would have paid for this type of mobility chair. Today this chair is not considered “medically necessary” under that same coverage. This despite his therapists specifically recommended this type of chair.

Currently Tom’s insurance covers a less durable, indoor mobility chair which has less functionality and would adversely impact Tom's ability to lead an active life. 

Assistance with medical bills is a priority

We also hope to help Tom defray the cost of medical expenses not fully covered by insurance. Tom and Jen have been living on a significantly reduced household income since Tom's stroke. Your financial contribution and emotional support will help greatly.

Thank you for your support <3

Tom and Jen are incredibly humbled to ask for support to help them overcome this life-changing event. Tom, Jen and their family and friends thank you all in advance for any and all support you can contribute during this fundraiser. Tom and Jen are blessed to have a supportive community of family and friends. We ask that you share this campaign far and wide.

Other ways you can help

With all the appreciation in our hearts,

The #TomRocksDE crew and Tom and Jen


P.S. You're invited to help celebrate Tom's birthday with us on March 15 in New Castle, DE!


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  • $1USD
    Every-Little-Bit-Counts Perk

    With a contribution of just $1.00 you will be showing your emotional and financial support for a teacher who is working hard to recover from a stroke, regain his quality of life and return to the classroom. (NOTE: This is a virtual-only perk.)

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  • $5USD
    Virtual fist bump

    Receive a virtual fist bump from Tom and the #TomRocksDE all-volunteer team. (Note: This is a virtual perk and while you will receive a fist bump in spirit, it is pretty much like the real thing.)

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $10USD
    Greater Good Gift

    The feeling of knowing you’ve done something to help a teacher get back to work and contribute to the greater good through teaching.

    19 claimed
  • $15USD
    Your Name in Video

    Your name in credits on the post-fundraising campaign thank you video which will be posted on YouTube.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $15USD
    Bellavista Trattoria Giftcard

    The folks at BellaVista Trattoria and Pizzeria have donated this perk. For a $15 contribution, you will get a $10 gift card in return. If you haven't checked out BellaVista, you will love this awesome Italian neighborhood restaurant and their fresh, unassuming, and soul-satisfying food.

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013

    Fresh Thymes $10 Giftcard

    The awesome folks at Fresh Thymes Cafe in Wilmington, Delaware have donated this perk. Score yourself a $10 gift card to one of the best Wilmington breakfast/lunch spots. We suggest their "Best Ever Grilled Cheese!"

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25USD
    A Personal Thanks

    Receive a personal thank you message from Tom and Jen expressing their gratitude for your contribution.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $50USD
    The Tomapalooza T-Shirt III

    One of the most popular perks is back. It's a limited-edition t-shirt commemorating Tomapalooza, the birthday bash and benefit we threw for Tom on March 15, 2013. This shirt was sold at the event to raise funds for Tom. It is now available only through this campaign. Your choice of t-shirt size.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013

    Framed Tomapalooza Poster

    These things look gorgeous and are hand-numbered in an edition of only 66. Your Tomapalooza poster will arrive framed and will be autographed by artist Pat Higgins, art director George Murphy and the man himself, Tom Hutchins. All topped off with a hand-written thank you note.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $250USD
    Private Concert For You

    You and 10 of your friends will enjoy a private concert with The Stiffs and Hot Breakfast! along with special guests. Concert at super-secret venue with great sound. Very intimate. Concert in New Castle County, DE on an early Sunday evening (approx 7-9 p.m.) Concert date TBD

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