No Quit: a film about tod o'donnell

posted by Timothy O'Donnell

On August 31st my dad fell and hit his head causing a major brain bleed. He underwent brain surgery and went into a coma for 8 days. The doctors were doubtful on his recovery at that point. On day 8 he opened his eyes and began his recovery.

"No Quit", this is what my dad repeats back to my family each and every day when he began to talk on day 14. Feeling helpless I decided to document the process of recovery. This video tells the story of my dad and my family during this very difficult time. Every doctor and therapist that has worked with my dad calls his story a miracle.

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Comment by Rolf |

This is a great subject that I have a great deal of interest in, particularly as I currently have my own website related to this subject. I look forward to sharing info and contributing further. %))

Comment by sean Trowlen |

Tim you and your family are so welcome in Nortern ireland for the Games next year. As one of the organisers you guys will definitely get a truely friendly welcome from the organising team .God bless you all and may your dad continue this miracle for a very long time

Comment by Hilary Latshaw |

Just saw this story on ESPN. Truly a moving story... And a real tear jerker. Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Shannon Corley |

I'm watching a small segment of No Quit on ESPN. My Dad suffered a fall and hit his head (causing a massive brain bleed) on mother's day weekend 2009. He was in a coma for weeks, hospitals for six months, and we have been providing in-home care for 3 years. I'm in my 30's and never saw this coming; becoming a caregiver for my Dad.

You are so incedibly lucky your Dad's rehab and recovery has come so far. True miracle! We know that my Dad's brain will continue to heal. Just this past week, he did start to move one of his legs.

Life changes with a phone call. As I'm sure you know. I recorded the ESPN segment to show my sister. Thanks for sharing your journey/detour and bringing awareness to traumatic brain injuries.

Comment by william robertson |

do yall still need donations e mail me ND LET ME KNOW

Comment by Francis |

No quit! This true story has impacted my life. Thank you so much for filming some very intimate moments of your life. I could feel the deep love and connection you have with your family. I so look forward to watching and promoting the film.

Comment by Jeff Melisi |

Mr. O'Donnell's story is extremely inspirational! On behalf of my son, Benny Melisi (one of TJ's Doughboys)we have made a small contribution to the fund! TJ has obviously learned a lot from his father and continues to inspire the kids down at Doughboy. We thank him and wish Mr. O the best!
Thanks, Jeff Melisi

Comment by Emily Antifonario |

I am a nurse at Northeast Rehab in Salem, NH. I was forwarded this video from a friend who's father recently suffered from a series of devastating strokes. As a rehab nurse I see events like this every day, and it is so inspiring to see the fight in someone so determined. It is also so wonderful to me to see a family so willing to put this all out there to help educate and help inspire others who are suffering though similar events. Thank you for a chance to watch and share this inspirational documentary!
Emily Antifonario

Comment by Michael Ricco |

Hey Mr O'donnell you were a great teacher and your dad seems like a great man I would love to donate to a great cause if I wasn't a poor college kid I would donate more!I saw the video posted on Bobby's facebook and wish I knew sooner.

Comment by Nancy Willis |

Hi there. I was forwarded this video as I work in the sports industry and my friend thought that I might be able to help with getting some visibility for your film. I will do what I can however I just wanted to reach out to you personally to let you know that I would be happy to donate signed baseball memorabilia if you ever are having a fundraiser or any other type of event. Please just let me know. You can reach me through the email address that I entered above. What an amazing story and family...

Comment by tim odonnell |

Thank you so much Marissa! My family appreciates your support! My dad says thank you and No Quit!

Comment by Marissa (Picard) Wengell |

Hi Timmy,
I'm not sure if you remember me from Springfield College, but I saw your video and it truly was beautiful! You have a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. I will be showing this Video to my Health students and the link so that they can make donations. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish your father a stead fast recovery. He is truly a fighter!

With love,
Marissa (Picard) Wengell

Comment by Tim |

Monica - my family and I would be honored. Please add the video to your donation site - and if you dont mind - email it to me - - and I'll post it on my facebook. Good luck with the marathon - no quit.

Comment by Monica Arrigo |

I am a physical therapist at Spaulding Cambridge. Your documentary of your dad's recovery is amazing and inspiring. Honestly, it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it and I can't help but feel so lucky to have a career helping people during some of their most trying times. I work on the floor where your dad was and remember seeing him, as well as you and your video camera while he worked with Cliff and Ritika. I hope he is doing well.
I am running the Boston Marathon this Spring to help raise money for Spaulding. I was wondering if it would be ok for me to put a link to your documentary on my fundraising page for the marathon. Please let me know as soon as you have a chance. I'd love to add it as an example of the amazing patients and families we work with at Spaulding.