News & Updates

Sep
26
It hasn’t even been a week since our last update, and a lot has happened for Bryan. The physical and occupational therapists are going to be seeing him 5 days a week now, since he is more responsive and getting stronger. On Friday, they had Bryan sitting on the side of the bed and he was able to support a lot of his weight. Being as responsive as he has been tires Bry out so they recommend giving him breaks of quiet from time to time. He’s been saying a lot but it’s still a few words at a time, not full conversations. We have tried to recall everything he’s said these past few days to share with you:
-He says hi and bye to people as they come and leave his room. Usually it’s with prompting of, “Bryan, can you say hi or bye”.
-We have made a video of him saying, “Hi mom, hi Erin. I love you. Bye” and blowing a kiss. Today, we made another one for Tyler and Tabby of him saying, “Hi Tyler, Hi Tabby. I love you. Bye” and blowing them a kiss.
-He is responsive when you ask him if he wants something, like the fan on.
-Our LA friend Brian was visiting and talking to Bry and Bonnie said, “Bry…he’s annoying, huh?” Brian said, “Bry, if I am annoying you, blink twice.” Bryan blinked twice! We started laughing and looked at Bryan and he had a small (yet so big) smile on his face. Obviously he still knows he’s funny.
-Today his nurse Eric was joking around and we said, “Bry, isn’t Eric funny?” He responded, “Eric is very funny.”
-Today, Ann was on her cell phone in his room (she isn’t supposed to be). Bryan was trying to say something and Bonnie told Ann that technically she shouldn’t be on the phone and Bry said, “She isn’t supposed to be on that.”
-One of the chaplain’s who regularly visits Bry, Fr. Bruce, came in and we said Bryan, it’s Fr. Bruce and asked him to say hi. He said, “Hi Fr. Bruce.”
-Erin and Bonnie were talking to him and mentioned the Great Hodge, his childhood superhero name. He said, “My superhero name”
-Today, Bonnie pointed to Erin and said, “Who is that?” and Bryan said, “Erin.” Erin pointed to Bonnie and asked who she was and he said, “Bonnie.” When pointing to Ann and asking who she was, he replied, “Mom.” Dave wasn’t there so we took down a picture and showed it to Bryan and asked who it was and he said, “Dad.”

On Friday Bryan said something that perfectly fit the moment, and really describes these past few days. We got the OK to take Bryan outside for the first time in almost 6 months. He was moved to a cardiac chair and we went out to a secluded patio. Bonnie asked Bryan how it felt to be outside. Bryan, sitting in the sun, with his eyes closed said, “It’s magical.”

Comments

# andrea
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
the news doesn't get much better than this! i am thrilled to learn of Bryan's progress.... he is such a fighter & i can't help but think we will enjoy more strides of greatness over the next few weeks! thank you for sharing such intimate details... i am blessed to know you & have you as my friends... there is nothing short of *magical* to describe bryan's progress... god bless you all... much love... xxxooo andrea~
# Jen
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:50 AM
Wow! I love hearing about how much progress he's making! Definately "magical"! I'm so happy for Bryan and your family! :)

Hugs,
Jen
# Maria
Monday, September 26, 2011 2:13 AM
It really is MAGICAL that he has come such a long way! I am so happy to see his road to recovery is going so well! keep up the good work Bry! God bless! =)
# rita mulholland
Monday, September 26, 2011 6:33 AM
what a beautiful update to read. Bryan you seem to be coming around knowing faces and names. A big HELLO right back to you and hope that the sunshine and warmth made you feel so good. Bless you and hope to read more good news, your on your way to recovery...<3 from a Philly fan in Jersey
# Carla
Monday, September 26, 2011 9:13 AM
WOW! Absolutly amazing! What a difference 6 months can make! I am so happy that Bryan's brain is recovering so nicely. Obviously he has more recovering and therapy ahead of him but if continues to improve at the rate he is he'll be home with his loving family and put this nightmare behind him!! The cowards that did this to him need the same things done to them-no one deserves what happened to Bryan! KEEP UP HE GOOD WORK BRYAN-WE ALL KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!! :-)
Monday, September 26, 2011 9:27 AM
Such great news! I love getting the updates! This is fantastic!
# Claussen's Corner
Monday, September 26, 2011 10:02 AM
Wow, you guys, what an update! I have goose bumps (and not because the weather has cooled off)! Keep up the good work. All of us here are thinking of all of you there!!!
With love,
Claussen's Corner
Angels Camp
# Brandi
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:02 AM
This update has made my Monday morning! This is truly amazing. I'm so proud for Bryan and the entire family. I just read the update to my husband and it made him smile as well. My husband then said to me, "It's like he is part of our family." Its true you guys have made me and my husband feel like we know all of you. We cheer you on and support all of you. My oldest daughter (she's almost 7) asks me how Bryan is doing on a weekly basis. Congrats on all his accomplishments and thanks for keeping us up to date. Bryan is truly "Magical."
# Deb
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:02 AM
I'm still smiling reading this update!! For someone like you Bry who loves to be outside it must have been magical to be out in the fresh air!!!

Keep praying for more miracles!!

# Carolyn
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:04 AM
SO HAPPY! I actually have tears running down my face reading this! Praise the Lord!
# Amanda
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:06 AM
Wow, I have to say that reading this update is making me cry. It's so great to hear how much progress Bryan has made. What wonderful gifts the Lord is giving you all. Way to go Bry!!
# April
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:12 AM
slow and steady...but this is awesome. i haven't posted in a while but just want you all to know you are in my thoughts and prayers....keep loving every minute!
# Rebecca
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:34 AM
3 words: THANK-YOU JESUS!
# Mona
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:15 PM
Beautiful and magical update; thank you for sharing. I am so happy for all of you. ITA with another poster that this is the beginning of much more greatness and amazement over the next few weeks (and, of course, in the long-run). I hope all of you have a wonderful Monday and enjoy some CA sun.
# Paulio
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:26 PM
WOW!!! I checked this website last night, as I often do before turning in, but it was Sunday and it was earlier than usual, so I think I just missed seeing your update. This morning I happened to see a FB update from "Our Prayers are with Bryan Stow" and I'm so glad I caught it.

I know I'm not alone in saying that I've been waiting to read something like this for many, many months. We got a taste of it back in August with the tantalizing news that Bryan was beginning to mouth words, but these latest developments are beyond beautiful. To be honest, I don't even like to say out loud something like "I've been waiting" because any impatience I might have felt obviously pales in comparison to what the Stows have been experiencing. But no matter what, I am profoundly happy for Bryan and for the entire Stow Family. Bryan's continued progress is absolutely inspiring. May it long continue! Keep it up, Bryan!

One last note: after learning about the origin of Bryan's childhood superhero identity, "The Great Hodge", I began using it in some of my early posts here. But after a couple of months, I stopped. I became concerned that maybe it was
demeaning somehow: Bryan is a real person, not an imaginary superhero/magician, and I felt perhaps it wasn't fair to appeal to magic (i.e. "pull one out of a hat, Great Hodge!") in hoping for Bryan's recovery. Well, given how much memory and cognition Bryan is now demonstrating, perhaps there is something in it after all. So Bryan, if you read this or if your family reads it to you, please allow me one more time to tip my cap to The Great Hodge for his amazing display of resilience, strength, and determination. It has been magical to watch.

And as always, I want to thank the Stow family for posting these updates and for taking the time to share all of those wonderful moments. We know you didn't have to share these private details of your lives. You are kind to do so. Best wishes!
# Renee
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:41 PM
I have never in my life heard any news so good as what you have generously shared with us in this update! I can't stop the tears. It's amazing what world wide prayer can do. Please tell Bryan that we are so happy to hear from him at last. I am still waiting for the day I see Bryan in the front row at a Giants game. The way things are going it looks like he can be there opening day 2012! Thanks for making my day with this terrific news!
# Michelle
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:53 PM
The chills won't stop, fabulous chills indeed!!! God is wonderful!! I close my eyes and can see Bryan feeling the sun on his face and taking in the miracle of being outside after everything. MAGICAL!! with love Michelle
# Elaine Chavarria
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:59 PM
GOD IS GREAT! Nothing else to describe this miracle and this will to survive! I am beyond exstatic for you all and I hope each day now is a day of more miracles to come for all of you! Still HOPING, still BELIEVING and still PRAYING! We shall never give up the fight as long as Bryan has fight in him! Today is a good day...................THANKS BE TO GOD!

@TootsieChava
La Mirada, CA
# sue
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:02 PM
What fantastic news! WOW!!

Prayers are being answered for him and I know that the love is pouring in from Giants' fans everywhere! Wouldn't it be great to see him throw out the first pitch at a Giants' game someday!

All the best to all of the family to continue to keep their strength up and for Bryan to continue on his path to recovery!!!!
# kathleen
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:08 PM
OMG!! I am in tears of joy at this news. I can only imagine the smiles, the joy that is going through everyone at the moment. To hear his voice, to see that smile and to be able to take Bryan out side, this is just so brilliant.

I am so happy for all of you, especially Bryan. Keep up that great work Bryan, I am still sending the positive thoughts, prayers and love your way. I know that you can do this, I know that you can make a recovery!!

All the best to you Bryan and to the whole Stow family.
# Elaine Neri
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:24 PM
It sure is Magical, I'm always in tears ( happy tears) reading the updates of Byan getting better and better each day. Even though I don't know him at all, he and the stow family touched my heart. God Bless all of you and the wonderful care he has been getting from therapy and doctors..
# laura
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:36 PM
Dear Stows,
Thanks for sharing the great news! I am so happy for you and for Bry. I swear he will walk out of that hospital. From the being I have always felt that and look at him now. He is on his way, healing and getting stronger each and every day. I really can't tell you how happy I am for you. It's been a long road for your family and the kids. But the time has come. He will get all the services PT /ST and be back to the Bry you know and we have come to love. I know I am going to repeat my self but I am so happy for you. I have happy tears and I fill so joyful.
God bless the Stows and Bry kids. May Bry keep progressing and bring his family and the world joy, hope and love. WE BELIEVE!
# Valerie
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:46 PM
Stowe Family,
Such Great news!!! You have your Brian, he is healing and will come home to you! I am so happy for your family- the boy you thought you lost is still with you and he is healing and growing stronger by the day. Praise God! It warms my heart to know that all you have been through is developing into a happy ending. God is good.
# deb
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:54 PM
AMAZING!!!! You've waited a long time to hear him talking to you. Blessings to you all.
# Jennifer
Monday, September 26, 2011 3:22 PM
I never comment, just keep looking at the updates, and all I can say is WOW! It's amazing how far Bryan has come. Praying for his continued recovery.
# Stacy Stringer
Monday, September 26, 2011 3:24 PM
Such wonderful news! I have always had hope for this outcome for Bryan and you, his family. Thank you for keeping us updated on his progress.
# Davina
Monday, September 26, 2011 3:28 PM
Truly an inspiration. Way to go Bryan! Thanks for lifting our spirits every day!!
# Mary Camera
Monday, September 26, 2011 3:49 PM
Wow.
Miracles and magic....God bless you, Bryan.
# Kathryn Tully
Monday, September 26, 2011 4:15 PM
I am so happy to hear about Bryan's progress, it is awesome!!! Bryan has been in my thoughts and prayers for months, thank God he is on the mend. I am thrilled for him and his family and friends. My son works for AMR Santa Barbara County.
# Lynda W. Land
Monday, September 26, 2011 4:22 PM
If you could see the smile spreading across my face right now...So "Stowked" about Bryan's progress! All these "little" things show HUGE potential! I just knew he was on his way! YAY! Go Bryan! ROCK ON! (Oh, part of my silly self wants to have you guys ask him who Steven Tyler is, what is the name of the drummer for Motely Crue? Who is your favorite baseball team? etc, but I know we must have patience...

WOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!! I am thrilled for BRY AND the Family Stow-overjoyed! Hugs to everyone, and much much love~
~Lynda from Virginia
Monday, September 26, 2011 4:57 PM
Dear Bryan, I'm so emotional right now. Its so wonderful to see that God is giving you the strength to get better we are so happy to hear you are saying some words and it sounds like you feeling better. I'm glad we all been patient waiting for your recovery and we will always be here for you....May God keep blessing you every day I praying for you everyday!!
# Dan Boutwell
Monday, September 26, 2011 5:53 PM
Bryan I'm so happy to hear that your making great progress. I continuie to Pray for you and your family at Mass every Sunday and Daily Mass. May God Heal you and keep you in his Loving arms and Give you strength Gracies to heal. May God Bless your family. I will Pray to my daughter Denise who is God's Angle in Heaven.
# DJL
Monday, September 26, 2011 6:08 PM
I am SO happy to read this news.

Having a sister who suffered a traumatic brain injury I know what a tough
road it is to travel.

I wish you continued strength and look forward to reading of more progress from Bryan.
# Linda
Monday, September 26, 2011 7:19 PM
I am so happy for everyone. To Bryan it is a very thankful time. God is a Great God. He has been listening to all of our prayers and love we are throwing his way. For Bryan's family and friends I thank the Lord. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you so much for the updates. We have never met but I feel you all are a part of my family and am so happy things are turning around. It will be a long road but with all the friends and family Bryan has all over the world (He will never know them all), he can't do anything but continue to progress. Hugs and kisses for you Bryan. Continue to get better.
# Lisa
Monday, September 26, 2011 8:32 PM
It is magical..wow..ok, can't see thru the tears. Wow!
# Jean
Monday, September 26, 2011 8:39 PM
I have been reading about Bryan's progress all the time, but this is the first time I just had to send my love and prayers in an e-mail to you. I have been praying ever since March and could not be happier about his progress recently. Thank you for sharing and much love and prayers to Bryan's family. Bryan, keep up the good work.
# Sondra
Monday, September 26, 2011 9:01 PM
I'm so happy for Bryan and his whole family. It is really amazing how great Bryan is doing. Lots of love from Raleigh, NC!
# leann
Monday, September 26, 2011 10:31 PM
so happy to come here and read all of the postive news.....god is great!!...So glad ...i will continue to keep all of you in my prayers!!!...keep the faith!! :)
# Kim
Monday, September 26, 2011 10:51 PM
What wonderful news! I have been following Bryan's story since the beginning like so many others. This update resonated in my heart and soul. How wonderful for you all to hear his voice and see his personality still intact. He is truly an amazing man and inspiration. Your entire family has been so dedicated to him and this website and I am so happy for him and you all!!! Thanks be to God!!!
# Brenda K.
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:00 PM
Now this is the kind of news I like to hear. Go Bryan!
# Heather Kosky
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:20 PM
Bryan's update today has moved me! "Magical", how perfect! Keep going, Bryan!
# laura
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:50 PM
just had to come back and reread this update. It's so amazing!. It just goes to show all things are possible. Hope it was great day for you.
Thank you for sharing what he said, I know this is a very personal time for you and yet we feel we are family to you. Bryan's name comes up all the time. He is in our prayers and is the whole family.
sending much love your way
# a fan
Monday, September 26, 2011 11:54 PM
Wow! Thank you and keep the outstanding news coming! Had my bracelet on since the BBQ and won't take it off until Bryan is back at a Giants game and we can give him, and the Stow family, a standing ovation! Much love to you all.
# Sylvia Arroyo
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:24 AM
Bryan “It’s magical" that you are doing so great! Keep it up!!!!
# Anna
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:24 AM
I'm in tears! Our God is amazing!! prayers going out to Bryan and his magical family!! with love all things are possible!!!
# Mary Miller
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:27 AM
Magical is what your good news is!! Awesome!! Keep it going Bryan....you're doing an amazing job.

The Millers (Paul, Mary, Scott & Mike) of Santa Cruz
# Kathleen
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:29 AM
So HAPPY to read this GOOD NEWS! Love to you coming from San Jose, CA
# Julie
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:04 AM
So Happy for all of you. the prayers are definitely working and we will all keep Bryan in them for his continued improvement. I hope he will be well enough to get to a baseball game early in the season next year. Although we root for different teams, I have stayed connected to your family and Bryan's progress through both of our love of the game.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:07 AM
This is FANTASTIC news!!! I have been following Bryan's progress from the beginning. My husband was in an accident that resulted in a similar injury on Christmas eve last year. His recovery has been very similar although Bryan is regaining function much faster it seems. I'm definitely cheering him on & am so happy for Bryan and his family at every sign of improvement. I truly know the joy that comes with even the smallest of signs. I'm definitely encouraged that I'm not alone and that miracles do happen everyday. God has blessed both our families through these unfortunate times & I continue to pray as they recover seemingly together.
# Carol
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:13 AM
Magical is what BRIAN is!!!! What a fighter! What a hero!! Thank you for sharing your personal, intimate and precious details of your visit!! It warms my heart and bring tears of joy to my eyes hearing what wonderful progress Brian is making. He has a long way to go but there is no doubt he is going to do it!! Brian we are so very proud of you and knowing your journey gives believing a new meaning!! NEVER STOP BELIEVING, I love Disney's Tinkerbell and this is why, she is all about believing!!! So here is a little pixie dust to get you through another positive, progressive and heart warming day!! Our prayers and positive thoughts are always with you Brian and also the Stow family!!! <3 Sincerely The Kirkpatrick Family in Pacifica <3
# diane
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 3:21 AM
Yeah, Bryan! I knew that all the love surrounding you would help guide you back!Icried at this wonderful update...I can only imagine your family's joy!! You are so strong and truly magical, Bryan Stow. This tragedy has brought so many diverse people together with one commom goal...to see you recover. Keep up the good work!
# Carleen
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:15 AM
Bryan, look how far you've come!! You've become such a hero to so many. I had a feeling from the get-go that you'd be this type of guy - a fighter and a survivor!! Keep it up!!

Stow family, I'm so happy for you! Love the song choice for this update. Not only is Bryan a survivor - all of you are as well. You should be proud of yourselves for how well you've coped with this unfortunate situation. I keep hearing that Disney commercial in my head saying, "Stow family, you just survived a catastrophic event! What are you going to do now?" I see a celebratory family trip to the Magic Kingdom in your future!
Love from, Carleen Rhodes in Vancouver, WA
# Lisa Torres
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 11:38 AM
Bryan.......I love you and the fact that you're such a fighter! God bless!
# Michele
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:19 PM
How awesome, this brought tears to my eyes. What an awesome week he has had. Keep fighting Bryan!!! Love and prayers for you all!!!
# Rita S. Flores
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:43 PM
I have no problem crying happy tears. Thank you Stow Family for the updates, you guys are incredible and such an inspiration. I hold on to the hugs Bonnie & Erin gave me and my Brother when we met them at LA County-USC Medical Center. I am sending you another E-hug. Bryan is always in my daily prayers. God Bless.
Rita (East Los Angeles, CA)
# heather hovis
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:01 PM
God is soo good! Keep it up Bryan, we know you're going to break all the records and amaze those doctors!
Love,
The Hovis Family
# Laura (Los Angeles)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:13 PM
Stows: Told ya! Told ya! Just a few months ago, remember how Bryan's doctors were saying they weren't sure he would progress that far? His opening his eyes randomly was seen to be a blessing - and maybe that's how far he would go? The man's strength is beyond compare! Of course, your constant love and affection don't hurt either. Time to celebrate, but then buckle down and keep on going - a long road remains to be traveled, but the journey will be bright and glorious, thanks to God.
# Leslee
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:14 PM
Thank you for sharing this wonderful update (wiping tears away)!! What a super hero we have in Bry! Lots of prayers to the Stow Family and friends!! God Bless! The Donnelly Family in Santa Clarita
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 3:13 PM
Bryan, I have followed your case since that horrible day. So glad to see the miracles that God is bestowing upon you and your family, who have worked tirelessly and with such love, towards your continued improvement. Go Bryan!
# Don Doyle
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:06 PM
Bryan & the Stow Family,

It brought me to tears to hear how responsive Bryan has been. I can not express how happy I am for Bryan and the family to have some of their prayers answered. I will continue to hope and pray for a full recovery.

Can you please update us on the stability of Bryan's current condition?

Thanks and love,
Don Doyle

# Delaney
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:49 PM
Beautiful Ending.....
# Judy in Missouri
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:11 PM
I've been keeping up with Bryan since it all happened and always wanted to leave my well wishes but haven't done so until now. God Bless You Bryan and all your friends and family. You are stronger than anyone can possibly know. It was awesome to hear of the "Magical" news. It brings tears to my eyes. I've prayed for you for months and will continue. God Bless and know that there are people out there who care and are praying for you every day!!
# Michelle
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:43 PM
I have been following Bryans progress since the start. I cry everytime I read an update. Bryan is making greta progress. Keep the faith. He is getting stronger every day!

# Sidney Lee
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:37 PM
Brought tears to my eyes to hear that Bryan is talking. I will continue to pray for him and all of the family too.
From Sidney in Lyons, Wisconsin (our state motto; Forward)
Forward Bryan!!
# Michael
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:39 PM
this really brought a tear to my eyes to read. I've been following for a long time without huge steps rather slowly but surely. Then this update ..... God is good. Cant wait till I read you walk out of the hospital !
# JILL BUFFAMONTI
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:39 PM
THAT NEWS MADE MY DAY! AND BROUGHT TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES!! YAY BRYAN!
# Cindy
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:48 PM
Wonderful news to read of Bryan's progress....sending much love and warmest regards to your family. Bless you all.
# Jennifer
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:55 PM
Truly amazing that he remembers his childhood super hero name. The Great Hodge. Makes me smile. You're a real life super hero Bryan, no cape needed. Sending much love your way!!!
# Donna
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:05 PM
I've been keeping up with Bryan's progress these past months, praying for him and your family. This most recent update brought tears to my eyes for him as well as for your whole family. I can feel your joy. Not just magical but a true miracle. I am in awe at the love in this family ~ you all are truly an inspiration to us all. Thank you for keeping us updated ~ I am sure you could have shouted this from the rooftops!! Be joyful ~ and continue to be blessed.
# Jeannie Proulx
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:26 PM
Another amazing update...was excited that you shared this so soon. A huge step forward. Yeah!

Continued love & prayers - ALWAYS!

Jeannie
# Ernie
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:03 AM
Way to go Bryan! You're a strong dude. Keep getting better!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:17 AM
When i'm watching a Giants game i think of you. At nite when i say my prayers i pray for you, i also think about your children on how much they miss not having you at home. With god watching over you i guarantee you'll be home before you know it. I am so............happy you're getting better everyday. I don't know you but i love you and i'm pulling for you. You are one of a kind. God bless, sincerely Mary Lou
# kim
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 1:16 AM
First pitch, 2012: Bryan Stow!
# Isabel
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:14 AM
This is awesome news, thanks so much for sharing!! I hope you continue to make great progress Bryan!!
# Kathleen
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:57 AM
Hi Bryan,

It is so hard to believe that today is the end of the baseball season for 2011. So much has happened since day one; especially in respects to you and your family. I am sorry to say, yet your beloved Giants are probably not going to make the playoffs to defend their world series of last year. It has been a good season, yet for me and my family, after what happened to you, it just was not the same. We found it hard to enjoy it no matter how hard I knew you would want us to.

However things are really looking up for you, life really is beginning to turn to the positive for you and your family and for one I am so thrilled for you. I pray & hope that this all continues and your recovery continues on this path. We know that it will not be easy at some stages, however we believe in you and know that at the end of the day you can come over come anything because you are you (and yes you are also Great Hodge!). Hang in there, and know that you have a lot of people praying for you, pulling for your recovery and believing in you.
# Whitney
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:28 PM
When I walked in the door yesterday my husband told me the great news!!
Tears of joy came over me. So happy for all of you. Keep the faith.

Whitney
# Traci P
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:57 PM
Like everyone else, I couldn't be more excited if Bryan was part of my own family. What a wonderful blessing!!!!!!!! So very happy for ALL of you. With continued love and prayers, Traci
# Linda
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:06 PM
Wow! Brian, I am so happy for you! This is a magical miracle. God is so good- blessings to you and your family.
# Niki moreland
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 6:26 PM
awwww bless him!! This is such wonderful news the power of prayer is amazing n awesome doctors!! I have followed brys story since it begain n have had you all in our prayers!! May god bless you all everyday n give you strength! Ooh n Mr Bry keep that recovery coming we all are waitin on ya sweeti!! Love n good thoughts to you all!! The Moreland Family. :)
# liz
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 10:57 PM
I heard about this website watching the Giants game last night and I'm so happy to have found it! It's nice to know you can get the real info about Bryan from his family, thank you! I'm so thankful that Bryan is getting better every day. It is such a miracle, and with the Grace of God and such a wonderful family behind him and great doctors, Bryan has no choice but to get better!
# Jennifer
Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:21 AM
I have been ready updates about Bryon for awhile and decided that I needed to post something. Lat year in October my brother was in a severe car accident, not his fault, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He died and was brought back to life. He recently came home to my mom and I from seven months in the hospital and a brain rehab center. The doctors gave my brother a 2% change to survive or to just walk up because he suffered the worse brain injury one can. All I can say is never give give up because as I speak my brother has just slowly learned how to walk, but still very unsteady, he can speak, and knows who we are. He has come a long way, but still has far to go, as I am sure Brian does. It's a long grueling process, but is worth the wait to see progress. Good luck!
# Alana
Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:19 PM
I love that it took me several turns of the mouse to get to the bottom of this page! All this love & support is amazing. Bryan you are one tough cookie, and I know you will be back to your old self soon!! I hope that there is little to worry about other than your health and happiness and may you, your wonderful friends and family be blessed with more magical news!!! Cause you're right Bryan, it is magical out there!!! :)
-Alana from Atlanta...
# lacey rothacker
Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:46 PM
Good Morning Bryan and Family ,
Just stopped by to say hi and how amazing you and your family is , you all have been thru so much and its great to hear bryans amazing day , keep you in all my prayers and bryan keep recovering take your time , Cant wait till that day we see you walking out the hospital , it will happn , keep up the good work and get lots of rest
# Steph
Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:40 PM
I am overwhelmed with excitement, to hear Brian is doing so well. I can only imagine how excited his family/friends must be. I swear so many people have never met Brian or any of the family, but yet we all feel like we have been friends for months. I am so amazed at his progress and how he is remembering things. He is definitely a fighter, but who wouldn't be with all the love and support he has with him every day. =) Can't wait to hear more good news.. keep pushing Brian, you can do it! Lots of love and support always! =)
# SANDY DAWSON
Thursday, September 29, 2011 5:57 PM
AMEN, NOTHING ELSE TO BE SAID EXCEPT PRAISE GOD, AND GOD BLESS YOU BRY AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY
# Claussen's Corner
Friday, September 30, 2011 2:18 PM
Anxiously waiting for the next "update". Have a nice weekend everyone. All of us here are thinking of all of you there.
With love,
Claussen's Corner
Angels Camp
# Diana
Friday, September 30, 2011 2:51 PM
Thrilled for you all as you get the incredible joy of communicating with Bryan. Totally thrilled!
# Bryan's Fan
Friday, September 30, 2011 3:38 PM
Wow! Thanks for sharing another amazing update. Bryan, I think you are magical! I'm so happy for you and the progress you are making. You really are amazing! Best wishes and big hugs from Santa Cruz.
# Jessica
Friday, September 30, 2011 11:27 PM
Praise the Lord for answered prayers! So happy to hear Bryan is able to sit up and get therapy and talking. May God continue to Bless Bryan's recovery. So HAPPY for you all!!
Saturday, October 01, 2011 12:21 AM
The GREAT HODGE is back!!!!...and we are all STOWKED!!! I hope you are all having many more magical moments with our SUPERHERO!!!

My prayers are full of thanksgiving for his progress!

Love and prayers continue!...Deb
# Shelly Taylor
Saturday, October 01, 2011 10:06 PM
WOW !!! SUCH GREAT NEWS ! THANK YOU LORD, FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS! THOSE OCEAN WAVES OF STRENGTH ARE COMING THROUGH POWERFULLY ! YOUR LIKE THE SUPER HERO AQUA MAN DUDE !!!! IM UP HERE IN BAY AREA VISITING, JUST READ THIS AWESOME NEWS! TEARS OF JOY AND POWERFULLY ENERGETIC VIBES I SEND TO YOU AND YOURS. WHEN I COME TO CAPITOLA TO VISIT END OF NOVEMBER, I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY VISIT AND BRING YOU SOME AMYTHEST, LAPIS AND SHELLS FROM THE OCEAN ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK . BUTTERFLY KISSES AND PRAYERS I SEND TO YOU EVERYDAY !
Shelly Taylor
# Marie Toles
Sunday, October 02, 2011 2:05 PM
From the first day that I heard about the attack on Bryan, I added him to my prayer list and have prayed for him continuously for a speedy recovery. It is so amazing to see his progress. It's ALL GOD! At first, there seemed like there was no hope for him, it looked so dire for him. But God is in control, and I Thank God for all he does, it's so good to see Bryan doing so well. Thank You, Lord for answering prayer and being Faithful. Marie
# Jay Owens
Sunday, October 02, 2011 8:44 PM
I'm so happy to read the good news. I am a nurse and I remember sharing Bryan's story w/ an ICU nurse and she was so touched and felt that Bryan may not get better... I remember thinking to myself, how could she possibly know that! I remember thinking that for some reason I knew Bryan was going to beat the odds. God is the one in control and He is not ready for Bryan. Everything happens for a reason and Bryan is such a testimony to the human strength... I am just so happy in my heart for you all. Your LOVE and dedication has helped to pull him through. God Bless you and may you enjoy and cherish each of Bryan's "new firsts"... Make sure you tell him that all of his extended family (us followers) love him, pray for him, and wish him the best!
# John Hernandez
Monday, October 03, 2011 2:15 PM
Stow Family,

First, I am so happy to read that Bryan is progressing well! Here in Los Angeles the news regularly updates us with Bryan's condition and feats. I have to say I became real popular yesterday while playing golf all because I wear the "Stow" orange and black wrist band. I am a die hard Dodger fan and per last post to your family I promised I wouldn't visit Dodger Stadium again until Bryan is healthy again. After receiving our writbands we are very proud to wear them around town reagrdless of the occassion. Yesterday I was about to Tee-Off and a friend of mine started to heckle me about the color on my wrist. Rather than teeing off I took the time to show him and tell him why I was wearing this and why I am supporting Bryan. A few other's soon gathered and I got a commitment from them to visit this website read the story and timeline of his recovery and challenged them to make a contribution.

You have an extended family here in Los Angeles and I will continue to share the positive word of Bryan and your family. My family will continue to pray for a smooth recovery and every time I get the chance I challenge whom ever I am talkng with to donate. BTW, I shot an 87 not that it mattered!!

All my prayers,


John Hernandez
Los Angeles
"For Bryan"
# Deby Ahern
Monday, October 03, 2011 2:54 PM
Dear Bryan and Family,
I have been praying for all of you since this horrible attack. Every update that is posted I read. Every ray of God's light deserves to shine on Bryan and those who love him.
Monday, October 03, 2011 3:09 PM
Precious!!!!!!
# Angie
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 9:18 AM
Hi Bryan and Stow family,
I have been away for a couple of weeks with a family crisis of my own. My beautiful mommy passed away and she is now another angel watching over Bryan and all of us. I am typing this with tears in my eyes as I am soooooo SUPER HAPPY to hear of the progress. I still am keeping you all in my prayers everyday and hope that the forward steps continue!! Hugs to you all!!
Angie,
Raleigh
# Lita
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 3:52 PM
I silently visit this website and keep up to date with Bryan's progress. Reading the last entry put me to tears. To know that we take everyday life for granted and something as simple as fresh air is "magical" to Bryan simply overjoyed me. Take care Stow family and my God and his angels guide you to a speedy recovery.
# Kaye
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:40 PM
I try to keep updated on Bryan's progress. I got chills and smiled inside today as I read that he is speaking! That's such a blessing. I'm so happy for him and the family and beyond happy for his kids. Every bit of progress that may seem small to someone else to huge to those who love him.

Always praying for complete healing in Jesus' name!
# Seattle Famiy
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 11:32 PM
our thoughts and prayers are always with you Brian and we love reading your updates..We know you will be throwing out the first pitch on opening day next year at the Giants game and there won't be a dry eye in the house or in front of the television watching your miracle...Believe in Miracles, always believe!!!! Go Brian!
# laura
Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:17 AM
Dear Stow family,
I was cleaning the kitchen today and I heard one of the songs that you had posted before and it made me think of Bryan and the family. I do hope Bryan is keeping you busy with all his talking and maybe you were able to take him out a few times before the rain hit.
How is hair growing back? You should keep the mirrors away from him for a while until it's a little bit longer. In every pic he has perfect hair.. I hate him for that (Just kidding)
I just have issue w/ my hair and to see a man with perfect hair can make me a little jealous ;)
I just want to let you know I am thinking of him and praying for him to recover fully. As I know he will!

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March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Bryan and family: I think of Bryan often as I work for the County of Santa Clara and conduct first-aid training for my Dept. with a former paramedic that knew Bryon and I have the upmost respect and admiration for paramedics as they are true unsung heroes everyday. I always wonder if Bryan may have helped me on a medical call in the past. I attended the AMR BBQ and bought a few shirts and a hat and they are wearing out! I always wear them at Giants games and I always get a thumbs up from fans when they see the shirt. Where can I buy more shirts and direct others to buy that would go to Bryans fund?

Friend in the field, Marc
February 14, 2014
Hello Bryan, I met you today, and while you have never known me, I have followed your valiant journey and feel I know you. You are the same age as my son, so I feel a personal connection. You are as handsome in person as many posts say, and it was wonderful seeing you out and about. Please know you are, and have been, in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you continued success in your challenging recovery. You are an inspiration to so many, and while it may be difficult for you to see, you are a gift to not only your wonderful family, but to those who have never met you--but care so deeply for you.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Hey Bryan, we're all proud of you for being such a fighter and survivor. We know this has been profoundly difficult for you and your family. I think you and your family are amazing people. This is just a short note to tell you that you guys are often on my mind. Oh and Bryan if you're wondering how I know you, that's easy - you're the world famous Mr. Bryan Stow! As always, my thanks to the Stow family for providing this update.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Got a gift for nephew...à signed bat and photo from 1954 NY Giants. Signed by Dusty Rhodes. His son, Jim Rhodes, is one of the founding members of Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. Love you Bryan.. Uncle John
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Dear Bryan and Family - I wish you and your family all the very best in the world. I hope you continue to progress and gain strength and happiness and joy in your life. May you and your family always be blessed and find love and comfort and support.

With much love and prayers, and God Bless,

ROBIN, TANYA, ARIELLA (18) & DANIEL (14) CHORN
February 14, 2014
Hi Bryan, just stopping by to say hello and to let you know that I read most of your website yesterday about your injury and the strength, courage, and patience you have shown during your recovery. You have a great team of "cheerleaders" with your many friends and family and their love for you is so easy to see. I will be thinking about you and sending prayers to God above to strengthen you both physically and spiritually. Remember that He is the greatest Healer and His love for you knows no end.