Saturday, November 14, 2009


Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues:

My sister in law, Ellen Raabe was in a life threatening one car accident on October 23, 2009 as she was driving to work. She suffered traumatic brain injury and has been in a coma since the accident. Ellen is a beautiful, warm, outgoing, smart 26 year old woman.

There’s a long rode ahead for Ellen and for all who support her. We’ve been told she may be in a coma for three to six months and we are praying for a miracle that she wakes up sooner. Medically, her team of doctor’s, are still trying to get her stable enough to begin therapy and care at an acute long term hospital.

In the meantime, while we pray and wait for progress, we have been handed additional obstacles with Ellen’s insurance, legal fees and possible future medical care. Together with her family and friends, we have found that we need all the support we can get from everyone we know in our communities.

This is how Ellen’s Prayer has been found. We are asking two things of everyone who is reading this letter. First, we believe in the power of prayer. We ask that you pray with us for Ellen’s full recovery. Second, we are asking for a donation to Ellen’s Prayer. This donation will help with Ellen’s medical, legal and financial expenses and care.

You can help support Ellen by making a donation using Paypal. The funds go directly into Ellen’s Prayer account at Wachovia Bank. You can use a credit or debit card by logging onto and click on the Donate icon. Please visit our site often for updates on Ellen’s progress and recovery. Feel free to leave comments for Ellen and our family.

You may also donate by mailing a check made payable to Ellen’s Prayer Fund or Ella Goykhman (trustee). The mailing address is Ellen’s Prayer, P.O. Box 7083, West Orange, NJ 07052.

In the future, if Ellen no longer needs the support of donations, we will donate all the funds to a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) organization of our choice and/or hospital of our choice.

Please send this letter to all your family, friends and colleagues in your communities and share our story. The more people who pray and donate will truly help Ellen get through this time. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call me. My contact information is printed below.

Thank you for your prayers and your support.

Warmest Regards,
Ella Goykhman
973.517.2831 Phone


  1. I am so glad to see this site up and running, a place where everyone concerned can keep updated and make donations to help the family. Though I've only know Ellen a short eight months, she and I have become great friends. I was shocked and saddened when I first heard of her accident and have been deeply impacted in the weeks that have followed. I've always had the utmost respect for Ellen as a friend and colleague, but the strength and perseverence she has shown while beating near impossible odds thus far throughout this ordeal has served as a great inspiration to me, as I'm sure it has to many others as well.

    Ellen is quite honestly the most positive person I know. She never has the time, nor the desire, to hear me complain about things in my life. She tells me all the time that "your problems are nothing compared to those of some others. Don't sweat the small stuff, kiddo." I know now just how right she is about that. I also know that through her positivity and the positivity of those of us who care about Ellen she will continue to amaze the doctors on her path of recovery.

    I wish for her to be free of immediate medical danger and also that she experience a speedy and full recovery. My hope is that while she is in her coma that she not be in any discomfort. Whether it is days, weeks, or months, Ellen will no doubt have amassed a small army of caring and concerned individuals waiting and praying for the moment she wakes, that they may be once again in her company. Such is the impact an amazing person like Ellen has on those around her.

  2. I am very happy to see this site up. It shows how much friends and family Ellen is surrounded by; who love and care for her deeply. She is a wonderful person and how lucky we are to be a part of that; a part of her. We are all praying and wishing Ellen a speedy recovery, so we can see her beautiful again. Get well soon. <3

  3. Sorry, what i meant to say was; 'so we can see her beautiful smile* again.'

  4. This is truly a wonderful site you have posted, Ellen is blessed to have all of you behind her, I have know Ellen for a few years and I have been completely sadden by this horrible accident...I pray for Ellen everyday and I know with all my heart that she will pull through this. Many Prayers and Love to Ellen and her family.

  5. It is absolutely amazing all the love and support Ellen and her family are recieving through this very rough time.Ellen is a fighter and I have no doubt that one day soon she will make a full recovery. We continue to keep her in our prayers and hearts.

  6. I am so happy to see this site up and running ellen is such a beautiful girl inside and out I am praying for her to have a fast and speedy recovery. We all miss her

  7. Ellen you are in my prayers. I know you will overcome. God Bless.

  8. As many of you know I have been by Ellen's side since day 1 of this tragedy. She is the little sister I never wanted and love so much. She is the most positive person I have ever come across. Anytime I describe her to anyone I tell them she has such a "ZEST" for life. I miss her so much and can't wait to see her up and moving. El, keep up the great work!! Love You!