Keith Champagne's medical expenses

$4,270 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 30 months
Tom Nguyen
on behalf of Keith Champagne
 BURNSVILLE, MN
Hello, I'm Tom Nguyen, and created this GoFundMe for my friend/colleague in the comics industry, Keith Champagne.  Keith is never one to ask anyone for handouts, but I have decided to  start this campaign to help ease the burden of stress and medical expenses as he recovers from his broken leg and surgery and is unable to work during this time.   What happened to our beloved creator on such comic book titles as Young Heroes in Love, JSA, Green Lantern,  Ghostbusters, and currently The Switch and The Strain?  



Over the 4th of July weekend, our comic book artist/writer Keith  lost his footing while helping his six-year old son descend from a summit in the White Mountains during a holiday camping trip with friends. He badly fractured his left leg in two places.

It took a total of nine hours for the rescue crew to transport Keith safely off the mountain and to the nearest hospital. Strangely enough, the entire operation was filmed for an upcoming reality show on Animal Planet (and no, he didn't/won't get paid for that!)

Since the accident, Keith has been almost completely immobilized per doctor's orders while waiting for surgery to repair/reconstruct his leg. He's been unable to walk, work, or even sit upright for an extended period of time due to pain. Surgery was delayed an additional week after his EKG indicated a diagnosis of Inferior Ischemia. A second EKG and clearance from a cardiologist was necessary to gain approval for surgery/anesthesia, which is currently scheduled for 7:00 AM on Friday, July 15th, to be followed by a 10-week rehabilitation process. It will be a full year before Keith's leg is completely healed.



Any money raised will go towards paying off medical costs not covered by health insurance and to give the Champagne family a little breathing room financially until Keith is able to fully return to work.

In return for your generosity, donations of $25 will receive a signed trade paperback collecting some of Keith's work. Donations of $50 will receive an exclusive Switch (my and Keith's new creator-owned project) print created exclusively for this campaign. Donations of $100 or above will receive a page of original comic book art from Keith's personal collection. If anyone wants to donate a crazy amount, arrangements can probably be made to receive Keith's bad leg.

In addition, Keith plans to be fully recovered and to run the October, 2017 Hartford Marathon. He'll be printing a special shirt emblazoned with the names of his donors to wear during the race.

Thanks to any who can contribute; and if you can't contribute, then spreading the word is just as appreciated!  Bless you all!


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Update 5
Posted by Tom Nguyen
25 months ago
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Oops--How to contact me :)
Hey friends, to follow up on the last update regarding the rewards, I forgot to tell you how to contact me! You should be able to message me directly here at the campaign, or you can email me at ArtistTom@gmail.com. :) Thanks again!
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Update 4
Posted by Tom Nguyen
25 months ago
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REWARDS update!
Hey guys-- I wanted to pop in for a second to do a thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for contributuing with this GoFundMe to for help with Keith's ongoing medical expenses! This means the world to Keith, and to me as his buddy. Our initial goal was $3000, but we have exceeded that with $4270!! Still, the bills keep piling up, so in the mean time I will leave this campaign open in case there are late donors as every dollar helps. Again THANK YOU to everyone. I truly wish I could meet every one of you in person to show you my appreciation (and I hope I do someday if I see you in my convention travels). To those who have contributed at the $25/$50/$100 levels, can you please email me your address/info (and the level you contributed) so that I can get the ball rolling on getting out your "thank you" rewards? I know I should have done this earlier, but the busy summer schedule blew past me and I just received a couple kind reminders from donors. Thank you again so much, and please don't hesitate to ask any questions! --Tom
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Update 3
Posted by Tom Nguyen
29 months ago
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Tom here again, guys. First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you (again) for the success of this GoFundMe for our broken-legged hero, Keith Champagne. And I assure you, he thanks you from the bottom of his heart for the overwhelming support. The initial goal of $3000 was smashed thanks to the contributions and awareness made by sharing. In fact, GoFundMe indicates that this campaign was trending!

Recently, I spoke to Keith and he told me that more, unexpected medical bills crept up in the last couple weeks (that of course way exceeded the initial $3k goal--GoFundMe won't allow me to adjust the goal understandably). We all hate those sneaky bills, just when you think you've covered most of them, and then they keep coming out of nowhere for more pesky things. So as a result, I'm doing a last push for any extra donations and awareness for this campaign to help Keith rid of these extra bills and stress while he aims for full recovery/mobility before he is able to work on our favorite comic books full time again. I started another "share contest" to help spread the word again. The last share contest was a wild success-- people tend to participate more if there's something they could win. And sharing costs nothing--so everybody wins! So what's the prize? An assortment of autographed cards that I drew for a gaming set called Legendary (Marvel characters), and an autographed Barb Wire Book 2 from Dark Horse Comics that I worked on last year. I'm SURE there will be a sketch of some sort on the inside cover ;)
If you are so kind as to share, try doing it on Facebook so that I can easier keep track of the participants https://www.facebook.com/tomnguyenstudio/photos/a.655649844547055.1073741833.655431444568895/897777683667602/?type=3&theater You can also reshare Twitter, and/or Instagram as long as you tag me so that I can keep track.

Thanks again to all--- you guys are fantastic. True fans/friends.
Share contest again!
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Update 2
Posted by Tom Nguyen
30 months ago
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Amazing, my friends! We've hit the rough goal of $3,000 in just a few days, a testament to the incredible support of friends, family, and fans (who we call our friends anyway). I'm just going to do this update as a final push to help pad the funds for the Champagne family. If any of you supporters ever meet Keith or me in person, please say hi and we'll be sure to give you something cool.

Speaking of giveaways: a few days ago I did a share/retweet contest of a Superman sketch inside a sweet JLA trade paperback. And the winner is....... Jason Lillard! Congrats, Jason--if you see this, please send me your address so that I can send that out to you!
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Paul Moses
25 months ago
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Hi... I was wondering whatever happened to the art pages that KC was going to send to people who pledged over $100???

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Paul Moses
21 months ago

Hello, I have still not received any work or word from KC about the artwork. I guess you shouldn't believe every sad story you see on the internet.

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Simon Miller
25 months ago

Hey Tom, thanks for the update, but how is it we contact you about the level we donated at?

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$4,270 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 30 months
Created July 15, 2016
Tom Nguyen
on behalf of Keith Champagne
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MD
$150
Matthew DeAngelis
29 months ago
JB
$20
Jon Bossom
29 months ago
BF
$50
Bob France
29 months ago

Lets hope Keith has a speedy recovery.

JB
$100
James Bui
29 months ago

Hope this helps. May you get recover at anticipated rate and time. Can't wait until The Switch by you and my brother,mentor Tom is ready to go.

$25
Richard Fong
29 months ago
AD
$50
Anonymous DeAngelis
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
30 months ago
EC
$100
Ethel Collignon-Courtin
30 months ago
RM
$20
Richard Miller
30 months ago
$25
Jay Schimel
30 months ago

Hope this little bit helps Keith. It's the least I can do for all of the enjoyment your comics have brought me,

Paul Moses
25 months ago
1
1

Hi... I was wondering whatever happened to the art pages that KC was going to send to people who pledged over $100???

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Paul Moses
21 months ago

Hello, I have still not received any work or word from KC about the artwork. I guess you shouldn't believe every sad story you see on the internet.

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Simon Miller
25 months ago

Hey Tom, thanks for the update, but how is it we contact you about the level we donated at?

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