Hello everyone! I know it's been a long time since I have sent an update on Jon. As a working mother of a toddler and an infant, I found it difficult to update this page as frequently as I would have liked. I have gotten requests for updates on Jon, so I asked him what he would like me to post on here, and this is what he said:
"I have returned full-time to work and continue to make progress. The support I've received from everyone, including the many people who reached out through GoFundMe, has been an anchor for me and reminds me that we are all in this together. I will always be humbled and touched by this tremendous display of caring."
It is hard to believe that Jon endured this horrible incident almost 3 months ago. I will never forget receiving the phone call that morning. We are still so grateful for the outpouring of support. I know he has been very busy with the recuperation process in addition to returning to work. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and remain hopeful that justice will be served.
As we close out another weekend, I, on behalf of Jon and our family, would like to extend our greatest thanks and appreciation to all of you. As many of you may have heard, an arrest was made in the case, and I have no doubt that the sharing of Jon's story led to the arrest. However, I do not want to focus on that individual in this forum. This forum is for recovery and hope. We have had almost 20,000 visits and over 700 donors to this page since its inception. As I stated before, our original goal was $1000, and now we have almost reached $30,000. We will keep accepting donations and your kind messages, as we know that Jon's road to recovery will not be an easy one.
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."
One week ago today, after a snap decision to try to seek out some good out of a horrific situation, I created this page. Since that time, almost 700 people have donated almost $27,000 to Jon's recovery, and the story has been shared over 1,400 times via social media. Jon's story has appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC news stations in Baltimore, in newspapers, and in online news sources. Never did our family think that our reach would extend this far, but we are so grateful to all of you that it did.
We have decided to raise the goal one last time: to $30,000. Preliminary estimates for Jon's dental reconstructive work are $20,000 alone, so we hope to raise as much as we can. These donations will be used for Jon's future medical/dental expenses as they relate to his injuries. If we meet the $30,000 goal, I can guarantee that we will still be as shocked as we have been with the entirety of this campaign. We will continue accepting donations above and beyond this point, but we will no longer raise the goal after tonight.
Again, our family cannot thank everyone enough for the EXTREME generosity that we have experienced through monetary donations, offerings of help or advice, messages of hope, and the sharing of this story.
Please do not forget to share the news cast reporting the photo of the "person of interest" in the case (see previous post). Your sharing could lead to the conviction of the criminal and the prevention of further violent crimes.
"There is power in unity and there is power in numbers." ~MLK
A huge "Thank You" to the Baltimore community group, Stay Classy Canton, for organizing a community fundraiser for Jon.
On February 5, 2014, you can dine at any one of the restaurants listed on their webpage and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Jon's Recovery Fund.
To see the link through their Facebook page, you can go to this link:
You can "LIKE" their FB page on your smartphone and save the Event to your smartphone calendar OR you can go through a regular computer.
Either way, if you are in that area, it's a great way to show your support AND get some good food at the same time!
I need to address some questions that I have been asked in recent days: some people have mentioned to me that some of the news stories about Jon's incident have different details that what I have provided here. Unfortunately, it is true that some of the news reports are inaccurate in their details of the incident. While I cannot outline all of the specifics of the attack on this forum due to impending investigation, what I have reported here is true and accurate.
Lastly, I want to say that it has been determined that our original estimate of $15,000 for Jon's dental work was a gross underestimation. Dental implants (not typically covered by dental insurance) can range from approx. $2,500-$4,500 PER tooth. Jon has lost 8-10 teeth. So, as you can see, even though we have met so many of our goals, and exceeded our personal expectations of this campaign, we need to keep fundraising for Jon.
If anyone in the Baltimore area knows of a dentist/oral surgeon that would be willing to consult with Jon regarding his reconstructive dental needs, please feel free to send me a message using this site.
To end on a positive note, I'm still amazed every day when I wake up and look at this page to see the number of people who have visited the page (now over 14,000), how many times the story has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. When I last posted, I had no idea that we would even get close to raising $25,000, and now we are almost at that goal.
As always, we are forever grateful to you all.
As we close out another day, our family is humbled by the numbers that we see on this page. My inbox has been constantly filling with messages of support and hope.
We will keep raising our goal, sending our thanks, praying for peace, and updating this page.
"The people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off. Why should [we]? Light up the darkness."
As many of you know, I went to see Jon yesterday. I stayed with him for about 4 hours, trying to keep his spirits up and help him with whatever I could. We are all AMAZED and OVERWHELMED by the outpouring of support - whether from donations, kind messages, or sharing the story. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this page and Jon's story would take off and touch as many people as it has. This page has been visited over 7,000 times in just 3 days. We are constantly raising our goal, and we are still shocked every time that we meet a new goal.
When I gave Jon the news yesterday about the site and how well it has been doing, he was truly speechless and said that it was heartwarming to know that so many people care about him and his situation.
Please keep in mind that his assailant is still at large, and we need to keep spreading the story until he is captured. Let's keep working together to do that.
Many, many thanks to all of you.
I would like to put a Special Thank You out there to the Mitcheltree Family who put our funds raised at exactly $3500 this morning!! I am heading down to Baltimore now to be with Jon.
This gofundme site has had over 2,000 visits since it began less than 48 hrs ago, and our donor list grows by the hour.
Please - share Jon's story with others in whatever way you can because his assailant is still out there and his car has not been recovered.
It's 2am, and I woke up to check the status of our goal, and I was thrilled to see that we have surpassed our 3rd goal of $3000. In about 24 hours, we raised 3 times our original goal amount. Again, we could not have done this without your sharing, donating, and praying. As I mentioned before, one of Jon's biggest challenges coming is going to be the out of pocket cost for dental repair - estimated at approx. $15,000. So, we are going to continue to ask for donations.
I will be going to Baltimore to see Jon tomorrow (actually today since its 2am) and spend time with him. With both arms splinted, he needs help doing every day tasks, so family tries to go down every day to be with him. I will not be constantly checking this site, so I am resetting our goal at $5000 in hopes that people will continue to spread the word and donate. (Please share this site and the newscast on your Facebook Wall or Twitter - both links can be found on my Facebook Wall)
Thank you so much to all of you - especially those of you who have never met Jon - you have taken the time out to help someone you don't know. Your selflessness will make all the difference.
One day. Soon, it will be one day since this site has posted and you have helped us raise over $2000 towards Jon's Recovery from a brutal, senseless attack. Whether you have shared the newscast with others, shared this page, made a monetary donation, sent a message, or said a prayer - you have made a difference - and for that, we thank you.
We have raised our goal, because we believe that we can raise more money and more awareness.
Our new goal is $3000.
Wow. It has not even been 24 hours since I created this page and we have surpassed our first goal of $1000 and almost have reached our second goal of $1500. Your support has been amazing - old friends that we have not heard from in years and current friends alike have stepped forward to help Jon.
We have some updated information regarding Jon's injuries: one of the biggest expenses that Jon will face is dental surgery. The newscast incorrectly reported that he lost his 2 front teeth, however, it is estimated that he has lost at least 8 front teeth. He will be consulting with an oral surgeon, but early estimates show that dental implants will cost at least $15,000 and would NOT be covered under insurance. So, you can see the importance of your donation to this cause. In light of this new information, we will be brainstorming other fundraising opportunities for Jon, but will still keep this site going.
Whether you donate $5 or $150 or anything in-between, your generosity means so much to us and is truly helping someone in dire need.
We are so fortunate that Jon survived this attack; now we just need to get him back on his feet.
Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to support for Jon!! In just 12 hours, we have raised $575. Our original goal was $1000, and since we are over halfway to that goal, I have increased our goal to $1500.
We appreciate all of the kind words about Jon and prayers for a speedy recovery.
We are hoping to spread the word about this crime so that his attacker may be caught. Please see my Facebook page to share the link of the Baltimore CBS newscast in hopes that the attacker is brought to justice.
On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the early hours of the morning, Jon Fogg was walking to his residence from where he parked his car after working his job at The Baltimore Sun. During this walk, he was brutally attacked by a man wielding a brick. Jon was robbed of his wallet, laptop, and car keys. The attacker then stole Jon's car, a Toyota Prius, that still had many of his gifts and gift cards from Christmas in it. The attacker also used Jon's credit card to make fraudulent purchases.
Worse than the loss of his possessions, Jon suffers many physical injuries. He has 6 skull fractures, broken bones in both hands (which are splinted), and he had about 8 teeth knocked out completely. He was discharged from the hospital after 2 days and is currently in a lot of pain. The assailant has not been captured and there have been no leads on the vehicle.
The road to recovery will be a long one for Jon, and that is why we are creating this page for him. He will need a lot of medical attention, and because he has both arms in splints, he will not be able to work for some time. If anyone would like to donate to help Jon recover, it would be greatly appreciated. We placed $1000 as our original goal, because we honestly don't know what to expect, but NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL.
Please feel free to contact us (Jon's family) with any questions.