Or please send checks payable to:
PO Box 236
Prospect Hts, IL 60070
(Designate Dan T. or Builders of Hope in memo section)
SALUTE,INC. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
We are excited to announce that the long awaited start of the kitchen renovation for the Tsutsumi family will begin on June 9th. SALUTE, INC. is honored to be working in a collaborative effort with:
Home Depot Foundation, Patrick A. Finn, Ltd., Ringwood Cabinetry along with various local contractors, businesses, volunteers and caring friends & family.
The Tsutsumi Family Story:
Daniel Tsutsumi (Sergeant Dan) served as a Marine for eight years with two tours of duty in Iraq. He achieved the rank of E5 Sergeant and received numerous medals and ribbons during his service. During his deployment to Iraq, eleven Marines from his battalion were killed of which five were close friends from his company which grieved him deeply. After his honorable discharge, he returned home from the war diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). After his discharge, he was attending classes at Northern Illinois University and worked part time at the campus Veterans Affairs office.
On June 9,2012 while swimming in Lake Michigan, he experienced a freak accident and injury to his spine leaving him in a quadriplegic condition. Dan was hospitalized and received intense rehabilitation treatments at RIC (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). After months of treatment at RIC, Dan was transferred to Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood Illinois for continued therapy and rehabilitation. After in-patient care Dan has been living with his parents in their home in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
There is a long road ahead filled with challenges for Dan and his family. He is presently receiving rigorous out-patient rehabilitation therapy five days a week and it will be necessary for him to keep this schedule for an indefinite period of time.
Our hearts go out to Dan and his parents Barb & Wayne, whose lives have been forever changed since the accident.
This accident has put a huge emotional and financial challenge on his parents who are both retired. They have sacrificed retirement and taken on the responsibility of becoming Dan's sole caregivers. Since the accident, Dan has not had free access to the family kitchen/dining area to be a part of everyday living with his family.
Our plan is to involve the community and local businesses as much as possible to renovate and retrofit the kitchen/dining area to meet Dan's needs so he and his family can enjoy each other in the "Heart of the Home".
In order to make this possible, we need to acquire the necessary funds associated with whatever costs for labor and materials are not donated. This is why we are asking for your help.
Our goal is to provide an opportunity to transition Dan successfully into his local community and provide the tools he will need to be as independent as possible. Removing the physical barriers that prevent him from participating with family and friends in his home is the first step in achieving this.
We cannot do it alone but together
we can make a difference in the lives of the Tsutsumi family.