Keith Champagne's medical expenses
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Hey Tom, thanks for the update, but how is it we contact you about the level we donated at?