Gary Davis & Judith's Medical Fund

$7,413 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 7 months
John Hudson
on behalf of Judith Van Praag
 SEATTLE, WA
It has been a rough two years for Gary and Judith. Gary suffered a debiltating bout of depression that left him unable to leave home and go to work in theater or play music, his two biggest passions in life. Judith has put her personal life on hold, being the sole caregiver for Gary. She exhausted every avenue for extending his health care coverage, financial assistance and treatment options.
To make a long story short, Gary has made a remarkable recovery in the last 6 months and is playing music in public and working part time. He can only work 5 hours a day with other job restrictions. They are on COBRA payment for medical coverage, Judith has been operating part of thier home as an AirBNB, driving Uber, and anything else she could think of to make ends meet.
With Gary finally gaining independance, Judith is starting to return to her passion of writing. She has the opportunity to attend a writing workshop in California, but is feeling guilty because funds are so tight.
Gary is not working enough yet to requalify for medical coverage and the COBRA payment is more than$1700 per month.
They are proud folks who don't ask for much and it took a while to get permission to ask for help from Gary.
Let's help them get back on thier feet.
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Update 1
Posted by John Hudson
6 months ago
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Thank you everybody for the amazing generosity. While the dollar amount doesn't come close to Gary being out of work for nearly 2 years, it is what was needed at this time to relive a huge amount of stress. They are both overjoyed and very happy right now.
If anybody who donated as anonymous wants me to let them know who you are personally, let me know, as they can not see that information.
Thank you all again,
John Hudson
magdad@juno.com
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Judith van Praag
6 months ago

Today Gary's viewing full size songs and music charts on a new desktop computer screen instead of scrolling up and down a mini i-Pad to take in lyrics. His computer was already defunct two years ago, unsafe to browse on, and so old he didn't even have his CDs back-up on a Cloud! So here's to a great beginning of a new phase. Thanks To You, And You, and YOU!

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Judith van Praag
6 months ago

Thanks to Your Donations we don't need to get all stressed out now that the Airbnb season is over in our neck of the woods! And also thanks to your support I'll be able to accompany my 82-year old cousin, who was a Hidden Child in the Netherlands during WWII, to the 2016 Conference for Survivors and Descendants in Los Angeles.

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Judith van Praag
7 months ago

Ah! Sigh of relief! John was right, I worried about spending money on The Big Sur Writing Workshop, and was about to call the whole thing off because there are still medical, and always other bills to pay. Still, I knew I needed something to get me out of a dumpy place. Due to total focus on health and welfare issues I had lost interest in my writing projects. Then, reading the review of The Girls,I a memory was triggered, and I thought, mm maybe it's time to write that story. And then I learned about the opportunity in Big Sur; great, inspiring authors to work with, agents to meet. Having to submit sample pages to even be admitted helped me across a threshold, but not having the money to go, made me want to turn around and cancel. And now .... Thanks to YOU I can look forward to going, better yet, I'm preparing manuscripts to take with me (thank goodness for thumb drives), who knows what will happen in a room with writers and agents, right? Thank you, thank you for your support!

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Judith van Praag
7 months ago

Thank you, all! Each gift makes my heart flutter! ♥

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Judith van Praag
7 months ago

You guys! Can "overwhelmed" be an understatement? Don't know whether I'll be able to sleep, or sleep like a rose as we say in Dutch. Thank you, thank y'all for your generosity, and John, can't thank you enough for setting this up.

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John Hudson
7 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has donated already, and for spreading the word. Even just sending words of encouragement are great. They both appreciate everything and are overwhelmed.

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Judith van Praag
1 month ago

HERE'S A HEARTFELT THANK YOU! Dear All, A lot of good things have happened in the past twelve months. In April of 2016, Gary's medical treatment started to have the desired effect. Yet, it would take the spring, summer for him to get back his strength, both physically and mentally. By September he had regained enough muscle and brain power to return to work part time, and in November he embarked on fulltime theatrical adventures again at 5th Ave Theatre. He couldn't have done that without the help and support of IATSE brothers and sisters, the staff and crew! As for me, my time at the Big Sur Writing Workshop was invaluable. Thank you again for making that trip possible! I worked with two of Andrea Brown's Literary Agency's agents. You could say I saw a glimpse of light, a beacon beckoning me to make a run for the finish, more so because one agent in particular showed interest in my story. After returning I held on to what I gleaned and tried to focus on the stories I shared and need to get published. I attended a critique session and a master class. Of late, as is the case with many of us, it's become increasingly difficult to focus on my projects. Yet, every now and then I tell myself to return in my mind to a view point cliff along Pacific Coast Highway 1. In remembering that moment when I felt nothing —just a kind of weightlessness, call it bliss; no worries, no responsibilities other than getting back to the source of my storytelling— I know I can get there again. THANKS TO YOU! Much love from the two of us! Gary & Judith + woof Mocha

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$7,413 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 7 months
Created September 25, 2016
John Hudson  
on behalf of Judith Van Praag
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
CM
$50
Corrie Martin
5 months ago

I love you two. Wish we could give more. Keep writing and making beautiful music and lighting the world!!

RB
$100
Ross&Katy Brown
5 months ago
1
1
CE
$250
Craig and Leigh Erickson
5 months ago
2
2
$250
Anonymous
5 months ago
2
2
RN
$50
Roy Niendorf
6 months ago
2
2
$25
Anonymous
6 months ago
2
2
RB
$205
ROB BAXTER
6 months ago
2
2

Yo, Gary! Hang in there dear bro'...you are much loved all over the map.

$25
Anonymous
6 months ago
2
2
LI
$173
Lowell Ing
6 months ago
2
2
Judith van Praag
6 months ago

Today Gary's viewing full size songs and music charts on a new desktop computer screen instead of scrolling up and down a mini i-Pad to take in lyrics. His computer was already defunct two years ago, unsafe to browse on, and so old he didn't even have his CDs back-up on a Cloud! So here's to a great beginning of a new phase. Thanks To You, And You, and YOU!

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Judith van Praag
6 months ago

Thanks to Your Donations we don't need to get all stressed out now that the Airbnb season is over in our neck of the woods! And also thanks to your support I'll be able to accompany my 82-year old cousin, who was a Hidden Child in the Netherlands during WWII, to the 2016 Conference for Survivors and Descendants in Los Angeles.

+ Read More
Judith van Praag
7 months ago

Ah! Sigh of relief! John was right, I worried about spending money on The Big Sur Writing Workshop, and was about to call the whole thing off because there are still medical, and always other bills to pay. Still, I knew I needed something to get me out of a dumpy place. Due to total focus on health and welfare issues I had lost interest in my writing projects. Then, reading the review of The Girls,I a memory was triggered, and I thought, mm maybe it's time to write that story. And then I learned about the opportunity in Big Sur; great, inspiring authors to work with, agents to meet. Having to submit sample pages to even be admitted helped me across a threshold, but not having the money to go, made me want to turn around and cancel. And now .... Thanks to YOU I can look forward to going, better yet, I'm preparing manuscripts to take with me (thank goodness for thumb drives), who knows what will happen in a room with writers and agents, right? Thank you, thank you for your support!

+ Read More
Judith van Praag
7 months ago

Thank you, all! Each gift makes my heart flutter! ♥

+ Read More
Judith van Praag
7 months ago

You guys! Can "overwhelmed" be an understatement? Don't know whether I'll be able to sleep, or sleep like a rose as we say in Dutch. Thank you, thank y'all for your generosity, and John, can't thank you enough for setting this up.

+ Read More
John Hudson
7 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has donated already, and for spreading the word. Even just sending words of encouragement are great. They both appreciate everything and are overwhelmed.

+ Read More
Judith van Praag
1 month ago

HERE'S A HEARTFELT THANK YOU! Dear All, A lot of good things have happened in the past twelve months. In April of 2016, Gary's medical treatment started to have the desired effect. Yet, it would take the spring, summer for him to get back his strength, both physically and mentally. By September he had regained enough muscle and brain power to return to work part time, and in November he embarked on fulltime theatrical adventures again at 5th Ave Theatre. He couldn't have done that without the help and support of IATSE brothers and sisters, the staff and crew! As for me, my time at the Big Sur Writing Workshop was invaluable. Thank you again for making that trip possible! I worked with two of Andrea Brown's Literary Agency's agents. You could say I saw a glimpse of light, a beacon beckoning me to make a run for the finish, more so because one agent in particular showed interest in my story. After returning I held on to what I gleaned and tried to focus on the stories I shared and need to get published. I attended a critique session and a master class. Of late, as is the case with many of us, it's become increasingly difficult to focus on my projects. Yet, every now and then I tell myself to return in my mind to a view point cliff along Pacific Coast Highway 1. In remembering that moment when I felt nothing —just a kind of weightlessness, call it bliss; no worries, no responsibilities other than getting back to the source of my storytelling— I know I can get there again. THANKS TO YOU! Much love from the two of us! Gary & Judith + woof Mocha

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