Living Expenses and Medical Bills

$12,802 of $25k goal

Raised by 117 people in 30 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.
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Update 24
11 days 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
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Update 23
13 days 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.
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Update 22
1 month ago
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Thanks to your generosity, I am now confident that I will be able to stay in my home! My medical issues are still ongoing, but having a home to go to (and a dog to greet me) makes the prospect of open-heart surgery not as scary.
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Update 21
1 month ago
Things are not going well for me. I still need open-heart surgery (hopefully sometime next month), but it will be very difficult to get that surgery if I no longer have a home. I need to raise an additional $3,300 by June 22nd in order to be able to stay in my home. If you know anyone with the means, please share my story with them.

I will also be placing several items up on eBay tonight, so keep an eye out. These are items I hate to see gone, but they are valuable, so I must do what I must.
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Mark Carroll
29 days ago

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

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$12,802 of $25k goal

Raised by 117 people in 30 months
Created January 25, 2014
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Mark Carroll
29 days ago

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

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