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With lots of help former Rice star Trevor Cobb is on the road to recovery

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Former Rice running back Trevor Cobb, who in 1991 won the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top college running back, has found that not everyone lets the dollar sign get in the way of their desire to help.

Cobb suffered a stroke last month which initially left him on a ventilator and paralyzed the left side of his body.

He and his wife have no insurance and cannot afford the expenses that come with the intense rehabilitation needed to recover.

FOX 26 Sports aired a report on his situation on June 27, which included his need for financial help.

Brian Loveless, director of business development for Sigmah Home Health Services, saw the story on Cobb and reached out to him with an offer to take care of everything at no cost to the Cobb family.

"I was watching the news and I saw your interview come up about Trevor Cobb," Loveless said.

"When the newscast came on all I could see was his face. It was like the whole room shut down, believe it or not. All I heard was, 'I need help.' This is where I'm going to get emotional. I felt like I needed to help him. We at Sigmah, we kind of wear our emotions on our sleeve. We are definitely patient advocates and patients come first. I felt compelled to do it. I called my manager Mags (Magda Bandong), she's the director of nursing and the administrator for Sigmah. I told her I saw Mark Berman on Fox 26 News and there was a gentleman that needed help, Trevor Cobb. She said, 'Ok, what do you think?' I said, 'I really think we should help him, and she said let's do it.' She just jumped on it. The next thing you know we're calling their family and said hello to Trevor and here we are today."

 Cobb, who credits St. Luke's Hospital in the Woodlands for saving his life, spent his first 15 days of rehabilitation at Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital, who took care of him pro bono.

Then Sigmah Home Health Services began working with Cobb at his home.

Cobb was stunned when Loveless called with his offer to take care of him at no charge.

"I was overjoyed, excited," Cobb said. "I started crying, My prayers were answered.

"It's meant a lot to me. They have helped me be independent, to help dress myself, to take a shower, to rehab. It's a blessing from God. It's very emotional for me."

Cobb said because of Sigmah he has made tremendous progress.

"When I first started out I was not able to move my left arm or my leg," Cobb said. "Now I can move both. I've been walking more. I couldn't walk before. Now I am walking with a four-legged cane."

In addition to the help from Sigmah, one of Cobb's former teammates has provided him with a hospital bed and equipment to deal with his Sleep Apnea, which Cobb has been told helped lead to his stroke.

The bed and the machine are from former Rice running back Byron Coston, who owns Med-Pro Medical Supply.

Loveless said his company estimates that Cobb's recovery process will take 12 to 18 months, and Sigmah Home Health Services will be with him every step of the way.

"My biggest goal is to be able to play the drums and play golf again, which I really do believe I will get to a full recovery," Cobb said.

"I'd like to thank Sigmah, Brian and Mags for everything."

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