Richard's Board and Care

$1,290 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 29 months
Katherine Huntoon
on behalf of richard bagley
Richard Bagley underwent a serious surgery two days before his 75th birthday in March this year removing a 10 lb. tumor from his abdomen, some small intestine and a kidney from his 95 lb. frame. Since late March Richard has been in and out of the hospital and assisted care facilities, which his Medi-Cal and Medicare only partially cover. He is now in a board and care facility while he undergoes five weeks of radiation therapy followed by chemotherapy. This professional care costs $3500 per month and is not covered AT ALL by his insurance. With very little in savings and a fixed income, Richard is facing very dire circumstances.

Over the years this underserved Viet Nam veteran had generously given away thousands of dollars to various homeless friends and others down on their luck, supporting those who he felt were worse off. 
In 1955 Richard Bagley’s family moved to Costa Mesa from Detroit during his high school years. After studying commercial art at OCC and manning an artillery unit in Vietnam he attempted a fledgling career as a flamenco guitarist, enjoyed some success selling his original paintings, worked a series of odd jobs and long employment as the night custodian in the Costa Mesa Public School system.
In 2015, never married and without children, Bagley had poured his savings and time into a collection of vintage and historic photographs and photo albums, yearbooks, scrapbooks, menus, brochures, misc. ephemera and treasure.that had grown too burdensome and costly to organize and keep. Facing a diagnosis and treatment for laryngeal cancer, which spread into soft cell sarcoma, the 74 year old was looking to give it all away. That is when Katherine came into Richard's life, enlisted a few other passionate women to join the cause and Rescued from Recycling was born.
Please help us at Rescued from Recycling to get Richard through this dangerous, painful and difficult time and hopefully toward recovery. He truly is a history visionary and a cherished, large-hearted individual who needs our help.
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Richard started chemo August 15 and it has been very, very hard on him. He is struggling to keep his remaining kidney healthy, with pain and dehydration. yet every time I visit him he makes jokes and elaborates even further on his plans for a film based on his beautiful comic drawing ideas. Thank you so much to our new friend in England and his generous family for boosting the funds here to continue Richard's best board and care. It truly takes a village to support each one of us souls. Please come visit us this sunday at our sale at the Old Town Tustin Vintage Flea Market. 474 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA
I promise you will find a treasure and make Richard smile. Katherine at Rescued from Recycling
It takes a village!
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Visit us this saturday!
Come purchase from Richard's collection!
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From the April 2, 2015 Orange County Register article, "How an obsessive photo collector unwittingly accumulated three storage lockers full of 'priceless' O.C. history" By Jordan Graham

“Unrecorded history,” Bagley says about his collection. “It’s capturing the essence of a point in time,” says Art Goddard, a volunteer at the Costa Mesa Historical Society and amateur Orange County historian. “It’s the stories of families.”
Some of those family stories have become quite familiar to Bagley. Pull any album at random from any of his unlabeled boxes, and he’ll begin to tell you a tale.“Everyone has their family history, a story about the day to day, and how things appreciated, and about why you ended up where you ended up.

“This is just time, on a massive scale, because it all works together. And then you have a sense of belonging.”

Richard shares a sense of belonging with those of us who can share what we can. Please help.
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Here is a veteran you can help out this Fourth of July!

Rescued From Recycling is a group of volunteers headed by a curator and appraiser. Since last May, we have been working to sell Richard’s massive decades-old collection of vintage and historic photographs and photo albums, yearbooks, scrapbooks, menus, brochures, misc. ephemera and treasure. Holding a series of garage sales and a permanent listing on eBay (find Rescued from Recycling) there are photo albums and documents from the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Viet Nam War, family vacations and homes, farms, landscapes from across the country and overseas.
100% of the sales have gone toward Richard’s medical care and support.
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$1,290 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 29 months
Created July 1, 2016
Katherine Huntoon
on behalf of richard bagley
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