Jamie Ness' Dental Injury Fund

$17,858 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 286 people in 4 months

                                                                                              JAMIE NESS BENEFIT
                                                                                 MEDICAL/ DENTAL RELIEF PARTY

                                                                                                    JANUARY 26TH  
                                                                                                                  4 - 8 pm 
                                                                                                  REX BAR at FITGERS

                                                          Music by Low, Jerree Small, Ingeborg Von Agassiz, and Kyle Ollah.
                                                                                              Live painting by Dusty Keliin.

                               Pizza Buffet and Fabulous silent auction items donated by local businesses and artists.
                                                                                  Suggested donation for the event is $20 at the door

Please join Jamie's friends and family in support of his recovery from a traumatic ladder fall that resulted in nearly $30,000 of medical and dental bills. He has been unable to paint since the accident and he could use our help.
                          A Pizza Buffet, Silent Auction, and Music are planned from 4-8 PM at the Rex at Fitger’s. 

                                                            Please Join us on January 26th or Donate through gofundme

What Happened:  The Big Fall

October 3rd after 20 years of working as a house painter,  Jamie had a fall from the top of a twenty-foot ladder. As the feet of the ladder suddenly slid away from the wall, Jamie instinctively grabbed a large air vent suspended from the ceiling and a huge section of the vent came down with Jamie and the ladder.  

As the EMTs were taking him to the ambulance, Jamie was worried about the cost of the ambulance ride, the damage to his client’s property and trying to give his helper instructions on how to clean up the paint and blood.

The impact of Jamie's face coming down onto the ladder from that  height split his upper lip straight through. He had a broken maxilla (upper jaw bone) and  teeth that were loose and shoved out of position. Facial surgeries will need to be done in stages because his bone is too unstable and requires grafts.  So far Jamie has had two of his front teeth removed and his other teeth were wired together. In addition to many contusions, Jamie has multiple complex fractures in his foot and is on his second of three or more casts.  He is getting around on crutches.

              The first thing Jamie said to me in the ER was
                                     "Mom, I broke my face." 


Doing things right

Duluth with it’s 100 year old mansions and steep hills is a  difficult town to work on house exteriors. Jamie has always been careful and cautious and has respect for the challenges of his job.

Even though he has health and business insurance, and worker’s comp for sub-contractors; these things don’t cover lost wages or much of needed dental work.  

             The young man who working with Jamie
              the day of the accident sent a text:
             “I love Jamie, he is the best boss I have ever had.”

Self employed + Unable to work = No income

Over a month later, Jamie still tires easily and doesn’t always recognize the physical impact of the trauma and his initial facial surgery. It will be some time before he is able to work.  Family continues to help, but Jamie’s savings are depleted and he is not able to cover  expenses for food, utilities, transportation and supporting his two kids.


Jamie has been generous with his time and music over the years; supporting good causes and willing to be there for others.

Everyone in our family has worked on issues that would be impossible to take on alone, and we’ve also seen daunting projects become do-able when people come together.   

Luckily, lots of folks have asked how they can help! So, a team of friends and family are coordinating ways to make it happen.

Jamie really needs emergency financial support during this crisis. Here’s a couple ways YOU can help!  

             Make a donation

             Spread the word to your contacts.

             Attend a fundraising event (TBA)
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We are so incredibly grateful for the response to Jamie's situation, and want to share information as we know more.

Jamie saw his dentist this week and was referred to a post-trauma reconstruction specialist for his missing teeth and damage to his upper jaw. The preliminary estimates for the work on his mouth could be $20,000 - $30,000 that is not covered by his insurance. After he sees the specialist we will know more specifics about what is needed, and are checking into all options for accomplishing the procedures as economically as possible.

Jamie also got news this week from his orthopedic doctor that the healing of his foot has not progressed as expected. This has pushed back the timing of getting a walking cast for at least another month, and he needs to be less active for a longer period. Your support has made it possible for Jamie to feel like he can take the time he needs to recuperate as recommended.

There is a fundraiser at Zeitgeist, 222 E Superior St on Thursday, November 29th from 4:30 to 6, and it looks like friends may be putting together another event toward the end of January.

Every day as we read through the names of people who have contributed, we are touched beyond words. As one noted "I donated because we take care of each other around here." I love that so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mary Ness (Jamie's mom)
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Raised by 286 people in 4 months
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