Medical Debt

$16,142 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 164 people in 55 months
My physical health has improved quite a bit, but in the meantime, my finances and my psyche have yet to recover. I have battled bi-polar depression all my life, and the catalyst of my recent health issues has thrown me into a nervous breakdown. I finally realized what was happening to me, possibly a little too late to pull out of the financial hole I'm in. I am now seeing a psychiatrist again, in addition to medication, so I hope to find my way back to myself someday soon.

But I need a place to live. I have just been ordered to vacate my apartment by August the 9th.  If I can raise about $3,600 by then, I will be safe. I can guarantee $1,100 right now, with more possible, but nothing certain. If you can help, time is of the esscence.



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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I am still trying to save enough to move out to Colorado, but I am not ready yet. Not only do I not have the funds yet, I have a few issues I need to take care of with my health and my car before I can make the trip safely and legally. I estimate these expenses at about $1,200. The moving expenses themselves come in around $2,000 to $3,000. So all told, I need to raise $3,200. (That's not including the $16,057 that has been raised in the past: that money has been put to good use, making sure I did not die.)
To put further pressure on my situation, in six days, I will not have anywhere to live. I have exhausted all of my friends, and they want to help, but for one reason or another, they are unable.
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Well, in response to Dan, who posted a comment, very little of the news is good. Mal and I are safe, so there is that. The eviction itself was a complete nightmare in every possible way, with every professional I had to deal with either trying to cheat me, or turning out to be completely incompetent. The landlord locked me out of the apartment before I could remove all of my belongings, thereby breaking up on of the world's most impressive board-game and role-playing game collections. Worse, several pieces of art, including originals by my own brother were still on the walls. My hopes of retrieving those are thin.

We are staying with friends for a few days, but are still in need of a more long-term (3 to 4 month) solution.
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I have an effective 4 days to get out of my apartment in time. My friends have all been tapped out by my long ordeal, fatigue, and their own problems. I honestly don't think I can do this without help. I no longer have the strength or energy I did even 5 years ago. I need professional cleaners and movers. It doesn't have to be sanitary; I just have to be able to see what I'm packing.
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Well, I got served vacate papers today. November 14th. The good news is, that is after Con on the Cobb. The bad news is just about everything else about it. I've been fighting a stomach bug this week, so I have even less energy than usual.
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Dan Berry
9 months ago

What's the story, Lee? Any good news?

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Virginia Brown
21 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
23 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
26 months ago

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

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Raised by 164 people in 55 months
Created January 25, 2014
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$25
Kurt Garwood
4 months ago

Hang in there Lee!

$100
Dan Berry
9 months ago
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Hope this gets you two out!

$60
John Fiala
11 months ago

No rush on the book - I see things are bad with you. Hang in there - I was a fan of the original.

$25
Anonymous
12 months ago
$5
Virginia Brown
12 months ago

hang in there, sorry I can't give more right now

$60
Anonymous
12 months ago
$25
Anonymous
12 months ago
JK
$100
Julie Kent
12 months ago

Good luck!

Dan Berry
9 months ago

What's the story, Lee? Any good news?

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Virginia Brown
21 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
23 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
26 months ago

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

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