Living Expenses and Medical Bills

$14,097 of $25k goal

Raised by 132 people in 36 months
Lee Garvin  LEESBURG, VA

Hello. My name is Lee Garvin, by trade and ambition, I am a game designer and author. Twice in the last three years, I have had serious health crisises. In November of 2013, I fell ill with a life-threatening case of pneumonia, spending 10 days in a coma, and 2 months in the hospital or rehab. Then, this winter, I was hit by an infection on my defibrilator implant, sending me to the hospital with a 103 degree fever, where I stayed for 6 weeks.
I owe my life several times over to the skills and technology of the INOVA Hospital system, but unfortunately, they expect and deserve to be paid for their services. I currently have no reliable source of income and no savings, but I still need to pay rent, utilities, and buy food, in addition to the mounting medical debt.
I am home now, but not at my strongest. I have managed to discard the cane that I was using for 18 months (which I was afraid I'd need for the rest of my life), but endurance is hard to come by.
My dog, Mal, is convinced that anyone who comes to the door is going to take me away again, so he tends to get very protective (he loves his daddy).

It feels strange to ask strangers for so much help, but I really don't know what else I can do, except thank you most heartily for your generosity.
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Update 31
Posted by Lee Garvin
18 days ago
As the year closes, I have good news on the horizon, but I still have to GET there. I am late with rent and a few bills, and my Disability payment does not cover it. If I can get help for just the next few months, I think I'll be able to take this campaign down.
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Update 30
Posted by Lee Garvin
28 days ago
I am on Disability now, which helps, but is about 50% of what I need to pay my bills, and will not even touch my medical bills.
On the bright side, I appear to have a path towards health. This coming January, I hope to undergo two surgical procedures; Mitral Valve Replacement, and Septal Myectomy.
The Septal Myectomy is a particularly complicated surgery, where they basically shave a part of my heart away. There are only a handful of surgeons in any region that are even qualified to do it, I'm told.
Once I go through the surgery, I will then have yet another six-week period of recovery ahead of me, where I will not be able to work, or even take care of my sweet dog.
If you can help, I will greatly appreciate it; if you can't, I just request that you share my campaign wherever you can.
Thank you, and have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Good Kwanza, a Joyous Solstice, and a Happy Holiday!
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Update 29
Posted by Lee Garvin
1 month ago
I'm trying real hard, and I thought it was getting easier, but I still keep running into obstacles. I'm trying to make money selling my wares and doing voice work, but I am having little to no success. I hate that I still need help, but I do.
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Update 28
Posted by Lee Garvin
2 months ago
I am doing much better lately, thanks largely to all of your generosity. I even have a few business opportunities coming up that will hopefully generate some income. But until those opportunities become realities, I still have to make rent and bills. Anything can help; or. if you prefer, check out my website, RCrpg.com, and see if anything there interests you.
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Virginia Brown
2 months ago

Thank you for your website in the last update, I've been dying to check out the original floating vagabond while waiting for the remake and now I can throw money directly at you too, two birds with one stone!

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Cynthia Dickerson
4 months ago

Hey! I get paid Friday so I'll send some money then. Please hang in there! Tales from the Floating Vagabond got me through so many dark times! It like legitimately pulled me out of suicidal depression a couple of times, and I'm just now getting to share it with my boyfriend (the love of my life) and his friend. They're making me convert it to interface with Pathfinder, but it really is that FVB vibe that is important! I really hope you can get as much better from the love and support of your fans as reading your books made me! Thanks! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Mark Carroll
6 months ago

Hugs for you, man. I'll keep boosting the signal for as long as ya need it. :)

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$14,097 of $25k goal

Raised by 132 people in 36 months
Created January 25, 2014
$20
Virginia Brown
12 days ago

Glad to hear there's good news on the horizon! hang in there.

$200
Anonymous
17 days ago
TD
$85
Todd Dresser
1 month ago
HN
$20
Hal Neat
1 month ago
$500
Anonymous
2 months ago
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
AT
$25
Adam Taft
4 months ago
$65
Cynthia Dickerson
4 months ago
$25
Jae Lerer
5 months ago

Running those early games of Tales From the Floating Vagabond created my narrative style. I only wish I could help more.

$85
Magi Hernandez
5 months ago

I've been where you are. "All will be well, and alwill be well, and all manner of thing will be well." Julia if of Norwich

Virginia Brown
2 months ago

Thank you for your website in the last update, I've been dying to check out the original floating vagabond while waiting for the remake and now I can throw money directly at you too, two birds with one stone!

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Cynthia Dickerson
4 months ago

Hey! I get paid Friday so I'll send some money then. Please hang in there! Tales from the Floating Vagabond got me through so many dark times! It like legitimately pulled me out of suicidal depression a couple of times, and I'm just now getting to share it with my boyfriend (the love of my life) and his friend. They're making me convert it to interface with Pathfinder, but it really is that FVB vibe that is important! I really hope you can get as much better from the love and support of your fans as reading your books made me! Thanks! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Mark Carroll
6 months ago

Hugs for you, man. I'll keep boosting the signal for as long as ya need it. :)

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