Chris Doherty (Gang Green) Medical

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Raised by 110 people in 6 months
Hi everyone! As you all might know our good friend Chris Doherty was every sick a few months back. He was in the hospital for 3 weeks with some serious issues and hasn't been able to work since. It's been almost 3 months without a paycheck and the medical bills along with all the other day to day bills has but a serious financial strain on him and his family so I wanted to start this to help relieve some of that pressure. He's been a great friend and given us so many great shows over the years, I figured this is the least we could do. Thanks in advance for your donation and Chris and his family are sincerely grateful. All donations are going directly to Chris and his family. Thanks!! "Can't live without it" great friends!! Now to explain what Chris went through: Mid-October 2017, Chris became gravely ill.  He was admitted thru the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati because he was scary sick.  We had no idea what was going on but it was evident, he was in serious trouble.  He skipped right thru the ER fairly quickly and put straight into the ICU.  He was placed under sedation and on a ventilator, all in an effort to give his body a chance to stabilize and figure out what was up.  The doctors were unable assure us that he would pull thru. During this time, after a bunch of testing, they learned that he had sepsis from a blood infection, pneumonia in his left lung and a large infection that had settled onto most of his spine. After becoming stable and leaving the ICU, a turn for the worse and he began internally bleeding. This required emergency blood transfusions, so right back to the ICU. He was given several blood transfusions, the procedure to stop a large bleeding ulcer plus the insertion of 2 chest tubes to remove several liters of fluid from his lung.   Clearly, Chris was a very ill man and we had no idea until we finally did.  It was a terrifying experience for him, his family and friends.  He really had been quite sick for quite sometime. All the while, he continued to do his thing, live life, see his daughter, play his guitar with the guys and go to work, 6 days a week.  He rarely would miss even 1 day of work.   So, after 3 weeks, he was discharged from the hospital but he still needed longer term ulcer meds and antibiotic treatment.  At the time of discharge, he weighed 114lbs (ya-that's extremely low, even for this little bugger-lol).  Now-it's been just over 2 months since discharge and he's finally feeling reasonably good.  According to recent testing, he's free of all infection and still on meds but he's well on his way.    Thank God and all the awesome docs, nurses, and staff at Good Sam Cincinnati.  Plus you all, both family and friends have been unbelievably supportive.  You really do learn who is in your corner when u are down like this.  He is so grateful for all of you, all his loved ones. And you need to know-he loves you all back and appreciates all you have done during this life changing event!!! Peace!!
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He's doing better...yay. It was a long road but Chris is doing well. He's gone back to work. It started slow with a couple days a week and in somewhat of a different capacity but now he's nearly back in full. He's also playing and recording with a great bunch of guys so that's been so positive towards his recovery. Regarding his health-he def needs to continue to actively work every day towards living a healthy life style. Its up to him to make good healthly choices after this huge health scare. From what I can tell-he's begun making the appropriate changes to eliminate the negative behavior, people, places and things that bring stress and sickness to his life.
You guys who helped him bridge this gap are the best. True friends. Your words of support and encouragement were truly touching and your generosity helped him to keep financial commitments he made long before becoming so sick.
As his best friend, I saw the positive impact you've had on him so-myself, his daughter and entire family genuinely thank u. He has been so humbled by this entire experience including the illness, 20 day hospital stay, several months recovery at our house, and all the ongoing the support from his family and friends. He wants u guys to know that he's committed to his health, his daughter, his family, his friendships and his guitar (lol). He doesn't have access to this page unless he's with me so he has asked me to write this update. He sends his gratitude and love yo u all. Peace Stef
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Hi all.  I wanted to touch base with you guys and extend huge thanks to u all who took the time to send Chris a warm message of encouragement and support or a donation of your hard earned money.  He's totally humbled by this and immensely grateful to call you all friend.  You all are just the best-super kind and generous.  Its a totally humbling experience for him for sure.  Your friendship alone was always more than enough but then this...it's just touching.  Thank you dear friends. 

How this came to fruition...
Very early on in Chris's illness and after the heavy realization hit us all that this was hugely serious and thus-going to be a long term recovery,.  The doctors were talking in terms of months not weeks.  Chris's great buddy Bill, here in Cincinnati came to him and told him he wanted Chris to consider letting him open this fund.  We all knew this was going to financially crushing for Chris but initially, he really was rather apprehensive about it and he declined.  I was worried and even though he drives me totally crazy-lol, Chris is my closest and dearest friend out here, plus-the father of our awesome daughter-Grace so i knew,  I would help when and where I could.  So, with sports hope and help from his sisters Susan and Joanne plus myself, we were able to keep his financial responsibilities up to date and current, but mainly focusing on keeping his household going.  I didn't want him to loose that place.

So that's been the priority and up until recently, we have been able to keep him current.   Now-3 months later and still being unable to go to work, this whole thing is becoming a struggle.  Chris is definitely aware of this pressure on others and feels lousy about it so with that, he very humbly relented and gave Bill permission to go and begin this fund. And here it's been, for about 1 week and a half.  It ended up being opening under my name (stefani) as it just seemed to make sense and just be easier. 

Additionally, and so you all are aware and know what your generosity has allowed for-i wanted to tell you. 

1 withdrawal was made.  Chris immediately got his latest round of household bills paid.  Yes-this money y'all so kindly shared with him has given him and him alone the ability to now keep his house and everything that goes along with that up to date.  Also, his car insurance, his cell phone, utilities were paid online.  Next, since his car had been sitting for so long, it is being scheduled hopefully sometime next week, to go into the shop for oil change, tune up, replacement of flat tire, whatever else.  Then he will need to deal with those medical bills.  The stack is enormous-even with good health insurance-you owe so he will begin the arduous task of fumbling thru that stack and prioritizing what needs to come first. 

I think it's appropriate to let y'all know his plan and that it's well underway.   You guys are truly genuine friends with big hearts.  And I also thank you along with Chris.  You have managed to indirectly help me and his family also by relieving some pressure from us and enabling Chris to help himself until he gets back to work, which we hope is soon.  I will never forget what you all have done as long as I live. 

Peace and Love,

Stefani ❤
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