Help sought for Deer Run staffer fighting COVID-19

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Fred Reyes

On June 11, Deer Run Camps & Retreats posted that their Senior Director of Camps and Recreation Fred Reyes was in ICU fighting for his life from COVID-19 and complications that caused double pneumonia.

On June 11, Deer Run Camps & Retreats posted that their Senior Director of Camps and Recreation Fred Reyes was in ICU fighting for his life from COVID-19 and complications that caused double pneumonia. 

In May, the Herald reported 32 members of the Deer Run staff had tested positive for the virus and camp was to be postponed. On Thursday, a press release announced:

“With the difficulty of so many operational dynamics not being able to be completely controlled, the Deer Run leadership team with the support of their board of directors announced to their staff and camper families the difficult and painful decision to cancel all 2020 day and overnight summer camps for kids and youth. It has also been disappointing to inform over 60 college students and young adults who were hired as summer staff that the plans they had for this summer have come to a halt.”

Reyes contracted the virus, and so did his wife, Sharon, and their son. While his wife’s and son’s cases did not require hospitalization, Reyes’ situation escalated.

A Facebook group has been started, called “Prayer Army for Fred Reyes.” Many people were sharing updates, prayer requests and wanting to help the family on social media, and the page created a way to keep everyone informed. 

For those wanting to help the Reyes family by sending cards and notes, purchasing gift cards for groceries and meals, or writing a check to Fred Reyes to assist the family with financial needs, mail or drop them off at Deer Run, located at 3845 Perkins Rd., Thompson’s Station, TN, 37179.

Staff will get the donations to his family immediately. 

Deer Run staff is thankful for the care Reyes is receiving in the hospital and the generously donated meals to his care team.

“Yesterday, our food service director delivered 30 meals to the medical staff who have been caring for Fred in ICU. It was a joy to thank them even in such a small way,” said Liz Gibson, marketing, design and communications manager and co/founder of Deer Run.

An update from Fred's wife on Thursday, June 25:

"Thank you for your prayers. I know I would not be making it without ALL of you doing your part. So many times in our married life, Fred has said, 'You never know who you might need to call on, so let's treat everyone with love and kindness.' If you know Fred, this is his heart! So, now after years of giving and loving and serving others, it is time for us to call on you to pray for our sweet husband, father, son, brother, uncle, coworker, and friend!"

Currently Reyes

is on a ventilator and continuing with dialysis. He is showing improvement that family and friends feel is from the prayers being said for him.

His family at Deer Run and all those who know and love Reyes ask for continued prayers of healing. 

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