Family raising money to help baptist church parishioner in Illinois hospital

A family that prays together, stays together.

That’s the motto Long Hill Baptist Church in Trumbull has adopted after one of its longtime parishioners, Allan Seymour, suffered a heart attack and multiple strokes while attending class at Southern Illinois University on Nov. 2.

The Trumbull resident, who is a third-year law student at SIU, is still in the intensive care unit at Carbondale Memorial Hospital in Illinois.

His family has set up an online donation to raise money to cover the accruing medical expenses, loss of wages, and travel expenses to and from Illinois.

“Our goal is to ensure that a family member is with him at all times during his recovery while he is so far from home,” the family said in a statement.

The family added that it was extremely grateful for the quick reactions of his classmates, university staff and first responders.

“They undoubtedly saved his life,” the family said. “He is making small steps toward recovery but .

Seymour has been living in Carbondale, Ill. while his wife Mary operates a mobile dog grooming business out of their home in Trumbull. His five children and six grandchildren are spread from Florida to Rhode Island.

“After about 35 years in the construction industry, Allan has been determined to earn his law degree,” the family said. “The decision to move from his family to attend law school was most difficult, but it led him to Southern Illinois.”

Online donations may be made at

For more information, contact pastor Bob Hammond at 203-543-7456.