Jeff Russell Road to Recovery
Saturday July 30 2016. He is doing so well and is a very determined young man. He needs more speech therapy but I will never give up on my son, Jeff Russell! He is amazing and my hero! I love him so much and we need that help and love from his fans and friends. Don't forget Jeff because he hasn't forgotten you. And people need to make time to see him! That is one of my biggest things that people neglect to visit him and it is so important. 5 minutes out of your life is nothing and a very big deal to Jeff. We love you all! Welcoming prayers always! Marilyn!
June 22, 2016
I wanted to do an update on my son, Jeff Russell. What an amazing man! He amazes me! He hasn't got all the speech down yet but getting there. He is playing a little basketball now and really working hard at being where he was before. When I go over to visit he never wants me to leave. Makes a Mom feel good. He spends every Wednesday at our house so Pam can clean her Mom's House. Of course, there are special meals for Jeff! He still has the wonderful sense of humor, thank goodness. He is also so excited to go to Salt Lake City to the Super Modified Races.
Please, please people, visit! It will make you feel good! Everyone can't be that busy that you can't make Jeff give you that big smile and hug! Jeff's Road to Recovery Race is July 30th this year and hope to see you there! Love you all! Marilyn
March 10, 2016
Jeff is spending the day with me today and he is such a joy to have around. I see so many improvements and today he was trying to hold a coke can with his right hand and was very successful at drinking the small can using the right hand. Another accomplishment down for Jeff! Hooray! He called and sang Happy Birthday to Dad Al! Whoever has not seen Jeff lately, you are missing out on his hard work and accomplishments. Still trying to get more words out and doing a great job, but still gets frustrated at times. He really is trying to go all the way,
so prayers for our Jeff and prayers right back at you! Another Benefit coming up to help Jeff with his medications, speech therapy and physical therapy. Thank you everyone! We love you all! Jeff wants me to tell everyone of you "HI."
The Jeff Russell family wants to wish everyone a Happy, safe Holiday Season! We love this time of year because a couple of years Jeff could not enjoy it and now he does. He still likes for his friends to stop by so try to do that little thing for us! It really helps Jeff. His speech is coming along but slow but putting 3 words together now! Every so often he really surprises us! We will not give up. We have faith, hope and we believe in miracles! Everyone, please still keep Jeff in your prayers, that keeps us all going! He spends a few days overnight with us, once a month or more often and enjoys having his Mom do things for him. I love spoiling him! Like old times! Hope the New Year brings health, happiness to all of you! Love, from all of us,
Marilyn (Jeff's Mom)
We have had a busy summer and now we have to think of things to keep Jeff busy in the fall and winter besides his speech and Physical Therapy. We always have his "Pittsburgh Steeler's" and they had better perform this year or Jeff gets upset.
This summer we took Jeff and Pam to Salt Lake City to the Super Modified Races and it was well worth it. He was so happy to see everyone of his fellow drivers and they were so good to Jeff. So the first week of August, we took him to a Family Reunion in Washington, above Seattle. He traveled very well other then getting car sick going by way of Leavenworth, consequently we did not come home that way. Mom had to clean up! I have a very weak stomach but felt so sorry for him! He loved seeing all of his relatives.
He is getting out a few more words and phrases every month, but still a slow process. If you have not seen him in a year, you must, he has made very good progress, thanks to him being able to have Speech and Physical Therapy,
Would love for extra prayers for Jeff on Monday Sept. 21st, please! He is going to have a surgery on his right hand to see if we can't fix the fingers on the right hand. The surgeon said he could fix it and I hope so because Jeff is so excited! Jeff really wants to use that right hand! I always get nervous when he goes into surgery but what a tough guy, as you all know!
Thank you everyone for your love support and helping the family pay for his therapy. Love you all! Anyone is welcome to see Jeff and he loves your visits! It just takes 15 minutes of your time to have him know everyone cares! PRAYERS FOR A COMPLETE RECOVERY! Thank you!
Marilyn (Jeff's Mom)
Hi Friends and Fans and Family!
Jeff did very well since his knee surgery. He is also slowly getting out more words and his Speech Therapist, Mari , is so proud of him. He is working very hard. She said it will take awhile. It's still a long road for Jeff. He know everyone and doesn't miss a word you are saying. That's a good thing! He is still a big tease. He teases me, just like the old days! He has his struggles but we try to keep him very positive and tell him we don't give up, it's not in our vocabulary! Thank you everyone for still thinking of Jeff and your prayers are very much still needed!
We are very busy working on this year's Jeff Russell's Road to Recovery which Meridian Speedway has for Jeff every year. It is Saturday July 25th. We are having new shirts made this year and they will be available for sale on July 1st and throughout the year, so let us know if you want to purchase one. Will put a picture on the website when they are finished. We have $2.00 Admission Tickets for sale now for Jeff's Benefit Race and they are not available at the gate only from Mom and Bob Cambou. Contact us if you would like to buy some. There are many wonderful raffle items and silent auction items, so don't miss the chance of helping Jeff and helping yourself to a nice surprise and also getting to see Jeff. The money helps us, so we may pay for Jeff's Speech and Physical Therapy, medical bills that insurance does not cover. Please try to attend. Be sure and say hi to us, love you caring people!! Jeff would love to hear from his wonderful friends and fans!!
March 5, 2015
I wanted to update everyone on Jeff's progress. He is doing very well in his Speech Therapy, a few more clear words and a few sentences. We are very proud of him as he is working very hard to get well. His knee is doing so much better since his surgery. He still tires very easily which is normal for a Traumatic Brain Injury. We are working with his right hand trying to get those 3 fingers to work. Found out that his insurance will cover some occupational therapy at St. Luke's ( The old Elk's Rehab Center). We are already working on his 5th Annual Jeff Russell Benefit being held at Meridian Speedway on July 25th. We are in the process of making new shirts this year and selling advertising on the back. It will be a very cool shirt with Jeff's Rotax Motorcycle and Race Car and picture of Jeff. On the back will be advertising for whoever buys in this year. Very good way to advertise and also help Jeff. Thank you everyone for all your support and it warms our hearts to think of such loving, giving people. Jeff would do the very same for all of you!
We love you and we are all looking forward to spring!
Marilyn (Jeff's Mom)
Dear Friends and Fans,
We want to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.
Jeff is progressing well. He's getting a few more words out every week but some things we still can't understand but our son never gives up.
The Speech Therapist is very pleased but it will all take time. Bryan, his Physical Therapist took Jeff on an outing last Sunday.
They went to a Sports Bar to have lunch and watch the Steeler's win. Jeff had so much fun and he just wants to be like everyone else. He's still one of the guys and Bryan does so much for Jeff and is so proud of the amazing things Jeff is doing and is so proud to be a part of his progress.
Thanks Bryan for being a great friend also. Thanks for everyone's help and the encouragement they have given Jeff.
Thanks Tom Joyce for your frequent visits, which Jeff really enjoys!
Jeff will be having knee surgery next month for several problems which need to be addressed, so keep him in your prayers!
We will let you know how he is doing and maybe some visits will help Jeff pass the time. Anyone, it's that time of year to show love,so stop in a wish him a Happy Holiday Season and the Best new Year ever!
We love you all! Cherish your wonderful families!
First of all, a big Thank You to Meridian Speedway and Rods and Rides Car and Bike show, for the Benefit's for Jeff this year.
Everyone involved did so much work for Jeff and everyone that attended. It really warms our hearts to think people still care so much for Jeff's recovery.
Jeff is going forward, yet slowly and thankful not backwards. He's getting a few more words out but this also will take time.
He loves working out with his physical trainer, Bryan. Of course he loves when Mari is coming for his Speech Therapy, although it is very intense for Jeff.
Jeff is working very hard and understands, but sometimes gets so frustrated.
He is having a visitor today, Beth Fullerton who is visiting from Calif., so Jeff will be so happy.
Thank you Beth for visiting. You are all welcome to visit Jeff.
We are so proud of Jeff and the determination and sometimes it hurts me as a Mom that I can't make this better, sooner!
Thankful he is here. Love him so much!
Prayers always for Jeff, please!