I messaged with Jeremy today. His spirit is good. He continues to be amazed and humbled by all of the support from everyone. Financial. Eagle t-shirts. And other gifts. His healing continues but all surgery is on hold until at least April while his bottom jaw heals. I also wanted to take a moment to share this poem written by Jeremy.
You caught me from behind, faceless reaper.
Shattered my world, shut off the lights.
You cut me down, alone in the cold.
I’ll wear your tread; it’s only temporary.
You’ll leave no marks on my soul.
Shed my life, ounce by ounce.
Take my pound of flesh.
You may leave me on my knees,
You may hush my voice,
But you’ll never hear me plead.
You’ll never steal my fire.
What did you go home to?
Oh, the story you must have!
Did it make you feel like a man?
Are you somebody now? A part of something?
Hate is a crime against humanity, targeted or not.
The last 24 hours have shown the overwhelming humanity of our community. This page has been shared 603 times and 91 friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers from all over the country have stepped up to give what they can. Somewhere between 2 and 3 today, we crossed the $5000 mark. In the last couple of hours, even more donations have come in. When we set this up with a goal of $5000, it was an arbitrary number chosen knowing only that there will be significant medical costs not covered by insurance.
I messaged with Jeremy last night and he has appointments with the facial/dental surgery teams on Friday. After that, there will be a much better understanding of the costs of Jeremy's non-covered medical expenses. We will continue to raise funds until we know the costs not covered by insurance have been covered in full. If we raise more than needed, the excess will be donated to a charity of Jeremy's choosing.
Thank you for your generosity, your selflessness, and your compassion.
There are times when a community comes together to care for one of their own. now is that time.
Our friend and brother, jeremy, was violently assaulted while walking home from the bar. Jeremy suffered many physical injuries, including a broken jaw and had teeth knocked out. He is now at home recovering with support of his partner michael.
The injuries Jeremy sustained will heal but the healing process will result in a number of medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance. Jeremy has been a supporter of the Minneapolis community and now it's time to support him.
Please take a minute and donate any amount you can afford to help defray his medical expenses. Jeremy is a strong man and he will move on from this experience but we can rally around our brother to help remove some of the burdens of this appalling event.
If you are unable to contribute financially, Please contact Derek Harley, Jason Little, or Ryan brown to discuss other ways to help.