Living Expenses and Medical Bills

$13,082 of $25k goal

Raised by 124 people in 31 months

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.
+ Read More
Update 26
1 day ago
Sadly, one of my donors last week decided to reverse their donation. I do not know why they did this, but the result is that my bank account, to which I have linked this campaign, is now overdrawn. I have several bills that are overdue currently, including rent, and this makes things even more difficult.
+ Read More
Update 25
22 days ago
It's not getting any easier. I'm still waiting on Disability, but I also still need to make rent and pay my power bill. The rent. I need before the 18th of August. I've been given a 30 extension for the power bill because of my situation, but I don't think they'll give me another.
If everyone who sees this donates even one dollar, I'm sure that would be enough.
I am so close to getting the final go ahead to get my much-needed surgery: excited, but terrified (it IS open-heart surgery, after all). I just want to know that I still have a home to go to when it's over.
+ Read More
Update 24
1 month ago
In order to raise some much-needed money, I am putting some of my game collection up on eBay. If you know anyone who might be interested, please share with them.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/Zombicide-Season-2-Prison-Outbreak-/182207116206?nav=SELLING_ACTIVE

http://m.ebay.com/itm/Zombicide-Toxic-City-Mall-Board-Game-Expansion-/182207132104?nav=SELLING_ACTIVE

This one really hurts: the prize of my collection, and one my favorite games ever:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Small-World-Designer-Edition-/182207089010?nav=SELLING_ACTIVE
+ Read More
Update 23
1 month ago
I'm working real hard on trying to get my book finished and getting back on my feet, but so many things keep cropping up. My internet service (the medium by which I make what little money I can) has been disconnected, and my phone will be next week. If I can raise another $700 ($1,000 for safety), I can get reconnected.
The Social Security Administration is dragging it's bureaucratic feet on approving my disabilty status, so I still need to find a way to pay my bills. I'm not giving up yet, but I do feel like Sisyphus these days, and this boulder is heavy. And I think there's dog poop on it.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 221 total shares
Mark Carroll
1 month ago

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

+ Read More

$13,082 of $25k goal

Raised by 124 people in 31 months
Created January 25, 2014
$25
Jae Lerer
14 days ago

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

+ Read More
$85
Magi Hernandez
15 days 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

+ Read More
RM
$20
Rob MacLennan
15 days ago
JU
$20
Jayson Utz
22 days ago

Hope this helps!

+ Read More
BD
$100
Ben Dobyns
22 days ago
SA
$25
Sandy Antunes
22 days ago
$5
Virginia Brown
22 days ago

Rooting for you! Hang in there.

+ Read More
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
$25
Dan Berry
1 month ago
Mark Carroll
1 month ago

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

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook