Help Olympian Family - Debi & Jamie

$7,260 of $10k goal

Raised by 192 people in 28 months
Debi Thomas  RICHLANDS, VA



This cause has been developed as an emergency fund for Dr. Debi Thomas, her fiancé, Jamie Looney, and their family to restore financial stability after severe sudden financial losses over the past couple of years associated with a combination of financially crippling life challenges. This assistance will help cover expenses while they complete their promising projects currently in the works.

Planned projects include:

"Coal Country - A Diamond in the Rough" – by Jamie Looney; cause for socioeconomic rehabilitation of the coal mining communities of the Appalachian mountain regions. 

 "Can We Go Nowhere Any Faster?" – Reality TV show which will first be introduced as an online YouTube channel program and later be produced for television once the funds become available.

“Can We Go Nowhere Any Faster?” show inspired merchandise.
+ Read More
Update 18
Posted by Debra Thomas
13 months ago
   Share
2
2
We were so honored to hear from Ty Best who has proven that Karatbars is the solution to financial freedom and the wealth to dream to do things so big that they cannot be accomplished in one lifetime. He actually said, "Debi Thomas is bigger than Karatbars", and he wants to be one of the first to get my collector card. Jamie also had him rolling laughing as he told him the story of asking me out, but not knowing who I was. It's not easy to be with a visionary, but he's doing his best, so please lay off with the negative comments because these people simply don't know what they are talking about because they believe everything they see and hear from the mainstream media. Life is more complex than most believe, and you can't know the truth unless you take the time to seek it.
Debi Thomas Sport Collector Karatbar backside
+ Read More
Update 17
Posted by Debra Thomas
13 months ago
   Share
We want to again thank our supporters who are smart enough to see through clever media editing and spin. I'd like our supporters to know that your donations have been helpful as we work on our projects and vision. Our purpose was to share our story to help others, but it was distorted and does not portray reality. We have been in contact with so many wonderful people who see our vision and want to work with us. We are now working with the most successful Karatbars affiliates who will help us be successful so that we may ultimately do what is needed for our community by creating the Appalachian Wellness Institute and various tourism projects. This is already being done by others so why not us? Jamie has inspired me by overcoming so many obstacles, and he has inspired others who have contacted him. We have a publisher interested in my book, "It's Better to Look Stupid than BE Stupid" and people can be notified of its release by going to this page: orthodeb.wix.com/question-authority. Lastly, my Karatbars sport collector card will be available very soon. People have no idea the lack of freedom we have and Karatbars is part of the answer. People want to call me crazy yet almost half the country believes Donald Trump is going to save them. Lol! I've learned my lesson to not let the mainstream media tell our story. I apologize to Jamie for the emotional harm it has caused him. He's the love of my life, and our future is bright no matter what people believe.
Debi Thomas sport collector Karatbar front side
+ Read More
Update 16
Posted by Debra Thomas
14 months ago
   Share
1
1
We again want to thank our supporters. It has been almost a year since our "story" was aired on the reality TV show that I am not allowed to name by contract. Our story was told in a distorted way unfortunately, so many people still do not understand the purpose. Jamie and I had hoped that by telling our story we could help the many many people who don't have the courage to come forward and seek help for their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. There are actually solutions, but they are not on the radar or accessible to those who need solutions. We are trying to use our experience and research to do world changing work, as we are living in a society where the wealth distribution gap continues to widen and the masses of people seem to believe that we must keep doing things that don't work to solve big problems.

Unfortunately, world changing work doesn't pay... yet, but it will when millions of people finally wake up and realize their individual power instead of arguing over which politician will save them. I've just finished writing my first book "It's Better to Look Stupid than BE Stupid", and we are working to getting an Internet radio program going. Unfortunately, it is very challenging getting controversial information and the truth heard. There's too much money in keeping people sick, unhealthy, and uninformed. My talents go way beyond fixing some hips and knees, and Jamie is my inspiration because he has had to overcome so much. He has managed to keep things going while we piece together this dream to help people transform their lives to a life of wellness and purpose. Because of the negative and clearly uninformed comments posted here, I had stopped posting updates here and was going to remove the campaign. I had kept it open for a positive discussion about how to get involved with our plans for solutions, but many people took it in a whole different direction. I am happier with my life and my purpose than I've ever been. There are many highly intelligent and credible scholars out there who see things our way, so we know we're not alone. We hope that our supporters will take the time to get more involved and listen to our ideas.
If you follow the money you'll understand why our system is broken. We have the power and opportunity to solve our problems if we take off our blinders.
+ Read More
Update 15
Posted by Debra Thomas
17 months ago
   Share
2
2
I hope you watched the video on what it feels like living with borderline personality disorder (bpd). What is almost as hard is loving sommeone with bpd. Now that I understand it, I can see why so many things went wrong. Jamie is in crisis now and needs help. He needs a SPECT scan of his brain which is not covered by insurance and costs $3200 that we don't have. I've spent years researching to find the diagnosis and the best treatment available. What I learned is that millions of people likely suffer from this disorder and go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or if they get diagnosed either have no qualifed therapists to treat it in their area or can't afford the most effective treatment. We've reached out to a therapist who likely has the most effective treatment program in the world, and we want to work with her and learn how to bring a similar program to our area and perhaps to other parts of the country. I am trying to scour the hundreds of inquiries since the Iyanla show aired and reach out to those who want to help us chronicle our efforts to find solutions to big problems. Debra Meehl is on board to do a documentary if we can find someone to do it and the money to fund it. You can listen to her talk about her program in this video. Unfortunately, Iyanla Vansant was not out to help us. She did not tell the real story. Her agenda was to break me and Jamie up not fix our life. We had dreams to do big things and have been working on this vision and recovery for a couple of years. People don't understand how TV editing can make things look very different from reality. I trusted Iyanla, but Jamie and I have had to fix our own life together. You can't fix anything if you don't have the right diagnosis. This is a big problem. I am certain that domestic violence is a product of undiagnosed untreated bpd. There are solutions, but someone has to take the lead to design these programs, make them readily available, and make them affordable. God chose me and Jamie for the job. Please watch Debra Meehl's video of hope. God loves the broken, so don't persecute the broken anymore.
Debra Meehl on effective bpd treatment.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Sa Wi
20 months ago

I get that you make less as a surgeon than you would on the lecture circuit. That said, as a hospital administrator, I don't know any physicians in the U.S. who aren't able to make a more-than-comfortable living. What I don't understand is why you as a surgeon (and a specialist no less) are unable or unwilling to work any longer and are asking others to fund your endeavors. What am I missing?

+ Read More
Lynne Scott
19 months ago

I avoided reading any of this. What I DID read was Debi's bio. She went to STANFORD. Regular folks can't get into this university. She have a very high I Q. She holds a degree in engineering , went to medical school and then to a fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute. She was an orthopedic surgeon. And, oh yes. a Black olympic ice skater that inspired me and encouraged my Black students to dream. Wow, that's quite a resume. There is nothing you can say that will make me believe that DEBI THOMAS can't pull herself out of whatever quagmire she finds herself! She doesn't earn very much as an ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON? Try being a TEACHER! NO to go fund me and HELL NO to a reality show. She could TEACH, she could be an ENGINEER, she could be a SPECIALIST.. a boutique doctor as it were, she could be a SPORTS DOCTOR TO THE STARS, she could be a LECTURER... no Debi., I AIN'T BUYIN IT.. and I have the softest heart in town! My students are considered to be educable/ retarded. Do you know what that means? They have a very low IQ and can be trained in a skill. THEY have problems and yet THEY WORK. No tears for Debi. By the way, the hissy fit she threw at the Olympics? She was a kid and under a lot of pressure. For that, I give her a pass. They can forgive the way Jimmy Connors behaved all those years. I guess the skating world needs to hear a big mia culpa. I really truly want to see this woman succeed in her life.

+ Read More
Laura A Davenport
18 months ago

Everyone has struggles, highs and lows. We all, including you, sometimes need to suck it up and use the skills your God gave you and let you develop. Suck it up and get a job. ER doc comes to mind.

+ Read More
Dona Friggy
18 months ago

You were an inspiration to all girls of color when you excelled in ice skating, attended Stanford, then Med school. Me? I worked my way through school and became a nurse. I have 2 kids in college and 1 in middle school who I am trying to save money for. Sorry, but I cannot imagine funding an Engineer AND Surgeon while you wait for your Reality show money to come in. If others want to contribute, that's fine - but I find this GoFund Me account offensive. It's best for people who have NO resources and are down on their luck. You have lots of resources at your finger tips. I'm sure you can work more hours, get a loan, or get another job to help your family. Isn't that better than asking free money from others? I'm a nurse and make a fraction of what a doctor makes. I'm sure you can work this crisis out, you've proven yourself before and now is not the time to quit.

+ Read More
Tom Banaski
18 months ago

I am all for helping just about anyone, but the issue I have with this is you have a CHOICE: you are CHOOSING not to be a doctor in a hospital but rather have a private practice. That's fine--I know a couple doctors myself, and know they took YEARS to a private practice and good reputation. Unfortunately, you are CHOOSING to do so when insurance companies and payments to doctors are both in a state of flux, but again, that was your CHOICE. You could CHOOSE to go back to being a resident at a hospital and make enough money to fund whatever you want--but you CHOOSE not to. Do you notice the common thread in my paragraph above? You have CHOSEN the financial situation you are in--and could CHOOSE a path out of it quite easily. There are many, MANY people without choices such as yours, people who really need our help and who wouldn't choose but rather jump at any opportunity to get out of the rut they find themselves in, for whatever reason. Since you have CHOSEN the predicament you are in, I can only say good luck but I will focus my efforts elsewhere.

+ Read More
Julia Robinson
18 months ago

Who did you help when you were on the mountain top?

+ Read More
Lynnette Long Workman
18 months ago

Unreal. Im ALL for a do-over's, but dear, you've been afforded more opportunities than any average individual. This is begging. I'm a disabled mom and grandma and I WOULDN'T EVEN BEG FOR MONEY. Booooo. I'll accept my SSDI that I PAID INTO FOR YEARS AND YEARS OF WORKING AND MY EARLY RETIREMENT. I CAN'T believe people are GIVING you cash. I would rather see this money go to help an aspiring person wanting to GO TO medical school, or an orphanage of children, or disabled vets. Anyway. Good luck!

+ Read More
Ralph Gallucio
18 months ago

Many people have stopped being an employee to start a business. When it fails, they go back to working for someone else. Debbie hasn't lost her license or is being sued for malpractice. She isn't blaming addiction. Something is very strange. It appears that publicity & a possible reality show stint is more attractive than practicing medicine.

+ Read More
Lundy Notes
17 months ago

I too fail to understand why you can't practice medicine or do medical research or medical technology to earn money like normal Americans. You've had far more opportunities and are more educated than most, yet you choose NOT to use your talents and instead ask for a handout. Your finances appears to be an able body, not disabled. Why can't he work. It seems that you've chosen to take advantage of your recent entry back into the media to solicit money to pay for your CHOSEN lifestyle. I have a lifestyle too that I'd love for someone else to pay for but that would be tacky. So on your and your husband's behalf, I will give the next homeless person I see today $10. You should remove this account and return money to your donors.

+ Read More
Kathy Richter
18 months ago

Give me a break. You are an educated woman with the means to make an excellent living. Crying poverty with a loaf of bread under each arm. So many others that are truely needing a roof over their heads and food for their children. You disgust me!!

+ Read More
Cal Cobb
18 months ago

really? your goal of 10 thousand dollars is more than half a years bring home pay for me. Work harder... begging doesn't suit an olympic medalist

+ Read More
Patti Sauro
18 months ago

Did you all notice she's being interviewed on Oprah's OWN Network? Hey Debi, ask HER for money!

+ Read More
Marla Bullard
18 months ago

Let's see, you are healthy with a Stanford education and a licensed medical doctor and you are asking for money to help you because you lost your nest egg. Well, I have multiple sclerosis and also lost my job in international sales. I walk at a very slow and wobbly pace. I, too, have no nest egg. There is now a stem cell therapy that could help me but the price would be about $25K which I don't have. If I could walk I would work doing whatever I could to raise that money, even if it meant working at McDonald's or WalMart. Luckily, I have a husband who is proud and works. I do what I can to make his life easier. Maybe I should make a video of me walking and falling and post it here and beg for money? What do you think?

+ Read More
Jeff Claterbaugh
18 months ago

I get the fact that people don't want to give you a handout, but why the need for nasty comments while doing so? While I am not inclined to send money which I don't have.. I am also not inclined to kick a human being while they are down!

+ Read More
Dori Thorpe
17 months ago

Some of the comments are really heartless. It's heartbreaking to see Debi Thomas in this way. I don't think she's lazy or not hardworking, we all know her history. You don't just become an Olympian (or a surgeon) overnight! There is something else at play here. Something mental/ emotional. I don't know, but she lost it somewhere along the way. Many of us are a paycheck, an accident, a broken marriage away from disaster. So while you may not want to give, have a little human compassion. I can't offer money, but I can offer prayers. Because that's what's really needed in this situation.

+ Read More
John Shuey
18 months ago

Debbie, you were my surgeon and did a fantastic job. Your compassion for me before, during and after my surgery was fantastic. I am still in Champaign, Illinois and in the book. Patch Adams lives here now too and is trying to build a free hospital in the Appalachians. Please contact me. Thanks, John Shuey

+ Read More
Laquanda Davis
17 months ago

Ok??? Something is seriously not sounding right. She has too many qualifications to be in a financial shit hole. Could it be that maybe she had a mental breakdown, gained an addiction or just feels that the world owes her for many accomplishments! Whatever it may be, I pray that God brings her out of her private hell and lead her in a much needed Salvation!!

+ Read More
William Brooks
17 months ago

I see alot of perfect people. If you dont want to donate then don't. Why rude comments? Remember karma can turn around and screw u in the tail. I hope none of you ever need help.

+ Read More
Breanna Murphy
18 months ago

GET A JOB YOU LAZY ASSED IDIOT.... YAH RIGHT GIVE YOU MY HARD EARNED MONEY... GOOD LUCK LAZY FUCK

+ Read More
Meghan Jones
18 months ago

You can't imagine how much you inspired me so many years ago. You brought me great joy and I've never forgotten your golden moments as an Olympic athlete. It is an honor and a privilege to help you now. You are a champion - forever and always. May God bless you as you move forward into the light. We love you!

+ Read More

$7,260 of $10k goal

Raised by 192 people in 28 months
Created December 30, 2014
LL
$5
Leigh Ann Lockhart
16 months ago
9
9

Tried to donate a $1 but you won't accept less than$5. Beggars shouldn't be choosy. Jamie owes me this times 3000. He milked me of tons of money when we dated. Including the time he was a 'single parent' and he said the mother OD'd. Jamie had a major problem with drugs and alcohol and I pray he didn't drag Debi into it. All I know is that Jamie never wanted to work when we dated and I always had to keep him up and pay his bills. I would truly appreciate my Krugerrand ring back Jamie. The one you stole from me. It was graduation present that means a lot and I really hope you didn't pawn it. I kept you up for several years you owe me my ring back.

AS
$10
Allison Schmitt
17 months ago
5
5

Here's what I said to the haters on the Yahoo version of this story: Here's a word to all you experts out their dissing this woman: You don't know the circumstances of her life. Someone who has the drive and discipline to become an Olympic medal winner most likely DOES have a strong personality and abilities that insecure people find intimidating. I too have an advanced degree, no history of substance abuse, no police record (other than a speeding ticket or two) and am underemployed as a cashier. I have played by the rules, as they say. But a history of childhood abuse, a devastating divorce and multiple job losses has left me demoralized and hopeless. I am going to donate 10 bucks to her campaign in solidarity with her and to spite all of you self-righteous hard asses.

$100
Kyle Compton
18 months ago
5
5

I am supporting your cause, Debi, for a few reasons that are very close to my heart. First of all, as a teenager, I was a big fan of you as you rose to the top of the figure skating world - so talented, so beautiful, graceful, so poised and smart. You were a true role model, not only to black teenage girls everywhere in the world, but to an awkward boy who admitted his love of figure skating - not the coolest thing for someone growing up in a very conservative, good 'ol boy town. As a matter of fact, tennis and figure skating were the only sport I followed at all, and I was an avid fan of both! The other thing I identify with you on. I was a high achiever. I went on to a successful career as a retail buyer for a large department store chain and then became an executive in the cosmetics industry that spanned 10 years. I had it all: a great salary, a big expense account, I traveled to and relocated to most of the great cities in this country. I had friends, I had money, a loving family and access to a luxury lifestyle. 3 years ago, at the peak of my life, I lost EVERYTHING: my house, my business, my partner, and my health (which ate all of my savings)! And here is the final parallel I will make, 3 years ago in the year I lost everything I was diagnosed as bi-polar. I had no idea what it was and no clue as to the devastating impact it would have on my life. Fortunately, I was in the hands of some great mental health providers, but it took time to get on the right cocktail of medications right. After neck surgery, which put me out of work for almost a year, I was completely broke and not sure what to do to earn a living! It was a slow climb back, and I too lived in single-wide trailer that was literally falling apart. Today, I am a successful Realtor, and I have found my second chapter, but I would not have made it without the generosity and support of dear friends and family members. So there, I have been every place you have been, except on the podium of the Olympics or World Championships. I was so saddened and really touched by your story which aired on Entertainment Tonight this evening, which I almost NEVER watch - I hate the celebrity culture this country has come to worship, but I am glad I watched tonight. I am happy to help. You can make your way all the way back and beyond! Here is some advice for you. The woman who is helping you, the one on the ET segment this evening, referenced mental and emotional health problems. You need to find a psychiatrist and therapist you trust and start treatment immediately. Do what they say and stick with it. It takes time to adjust to these kind of meds and at first, you may think they are making things worse. Communicate and trust with your Dr. and Therapist. They can help you, but you have to do your part and take the medicine. Likely, you will be on it for the rest of your life and the side effects, most always fade away in time. THIS IS STEP 1. You will not be successful with any of your plans unless you address this first. STEP 2, take my donation and get your hair done. You need to like who you are looking at in the mirror, period. You are a beautiful woman and you need to allow yourself to look your best! STEP 3. Pick one or two elements of your big vision and start their. You CANNOT pursue all of this at once, you will lose focus and you will fail. One thing at a time and build momentum. This will give you satisfaction of progress and the confidence to go forward. STEP 4. I know and respect that you believe in God and that you are his soldier. Very honorable way to view your role, but watch the rhetoric - you don't want to alienate folks who want to help you, but you turn them away because they don't feel they belong in your camp. I am not saying to compromise your faith in any way - serve as you are called to serve, but try not to sound like an extremist. Extremists are what is tearing apart this world. We need to foster inclusion, kind of like The Pope is doing. OK, enough advice from me for one sitting, but I hope you will take what I have said to heart. If I can do it, and I am not Stanford educated or a former Olympic Medalist - you my friend, CAN DO IT. Debi, I am a fan and I am so happy to help in the small way I can. I have a feeling you are going to get a huge wave of support from your appearance on ET and it will help you on your way. Please keep STEPS 1-4 as you move forward on your journey! Much Love and Respect, Kyle Compton Kyle@KyleCompton.com Reach out if you need anything!

MM
$8
Melissa Macklin
17 months ago
4
4

I can't help as much as I'd like but hope this helps..please distance yourself from Jamie..do not allow yourself to be treated that way!!!

MM
$50
Moses Mims
17 months ago
3
3

Hello Debi, Sorry to hear about your issues. I have been a fan of yours for years. I was almost as disappointed as you were when you only won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics, but you did not let that defeat you. I hope that this donation will help you recover. You are still one of the most beautiful, smart, and talented women in the world, and you can bounce back. I do think that Ms. Vansant did not treat you well, but the publicity has helped your cause as evidenced by the recent donations. I am going share your story on my Facebook page, and ask that it be shared with other FB users.

AC
$5
Angel Chapman
17 months ago
3
3

Debi...my advice to you is to utilize your BRAND! Pursue a book deal and have Oprah Winfrey make a movie of your life story.

BA
$100
Bill Anderson
17 months ago
3
3

Having practiced medicine and psychiatry for 51 years, I know something about the infinite forms a mood disorder can take. All are treatable with varying degrees of success. All one needs is: faith in a pathway--call it spiritual if you like, professional help including talking and meds, a very good relationship (include God here, if comfortable), physical health, sobriety if that is a problem, financial stability, work, and love--in all senses. Dismissing the past and starting over also helps (e.g. Ten Poems to Change your Life by Roger Housden is a good example). One of these poems suggests throwing away all advice, such as mine, and following your own pathway. Good luck and may you find your own wonderful way. Just never give up. Bill Anderson

$50
CLARENCE Mcgee
17 months ago
3
3

IN THE NAME OF OUR CREATOR AND THROUGH THE ENERGY AND THE POWER OF OUR ANCESTRAL SPIRITS, I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE SPIRITUALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY UPLIFTED! DEBI CONTINUED SUCCESS IS IN YOUR FAVOR!

$100
Anonymous
17 months ago
3
3
CM
$25
Carol Denise Mitchell
17 months ago
3
3

Debi I cried when I saw your story on OWN Network. Please know that we can't judge unless we're judged. You love this man and we love you; but, please get the proper help; not the quick fix OWN Network supplies. Thanks for sharing your story. I am here for you. With love from my entire family. CD Mitchell

Sa Wi
20 months ago

I get that you make less as a surgeon than you would on the lecture circuit. That said, as a hospital administrator, I don't know any physicians in the U.S. who aren't able to make a more-than-comfortable living. What I don't understand is why you as a surgeon (and a specialist no less) are unable or unwilling to work any longer and are asking others to fund your endeavors. What am I missing?

+ Read More
Lynne Scott
19 months ago

I avoided reading any of this. What I DID read was Debi's bio. She went to STANFORD. Regular folks can't get into this university. She have a very high I Q. She holds a degree in engineering , went to medical school and then to a fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute. She was an orthopedic surgeon. And, oh yes. a Black olympic ice skater that inspired me and encouraged my Black students to dream. Wow, that's quite a resume. There is nothing you can say that will make me believe that DEBI THOMAS can't pull herself out of whatever quagmire she finds herself! She doesn't earn very much as an ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON? Try being a TEACHER! NO to go fund me and HELL NO to a reality show. She could TEACH, she could be an ENGINEER, she could be a SPECIALIST.. a boutique doctor as it were, she could be a SPORTS DOCTOR TO THE STARS, she could be a LECTURER... no Debi., I AIN'T BUYIN IT.. and I have the softest heart in town! My students are considered to be educable/ retarded. Do you know what that means? They have a very low IQ and can be trained in a skill. THEY have problems and yet THEY WORK. No tears for Debi. By the way, the hissy fit she threw at the Olympics? She was a kid and under a lot of pressure. For that, I give her a pass. They can forgive the way Jimmy Connors behaved all those years. I guess the skating world needs to hear a big mia culpa. I really truly want to see this woman succeed in her life.

+ Read More
Laura A Davenport
18 months ago

Everyone has struggles, highs and lows. We all, including you, sometimes need to suck it up and use the skills your God gave you and let you develop. Suck it up and get a job. ER doc comes to mind.

+ Read More
Dona Friggy
18 months ago

You were an inspiration to all girls of color when you excelled in ice skating, attended Stanford, then Med school. Me? I worked my way through school and became a nurse. I have 2 kids in college and 1 in middle school who I am trying to save money for. Sorry, but I cannot imagine funding an Engineer AND Surgeon while you wait for your Reality show money to come in. If others want to contribute, that's fine - but I find this GoFund Me account offensive. It's best for people who have NO resources and are down on their luck. You have lots of resources at your finger tips. I'm sure you can work more hours, get a loan, or get another job to help your family. Isn't that better than asking free money from others? I'm a nurse and make a fraction of what a doctor makes. I'm sure you can work this crisis out, you've proven yourself before and now is not the time to quit.

+ Read More
Tom Banaski
18 months ago

I am all for helping just about anyone, but the issue I have with this is you have a CHOICE: you are CHOOSING not to be a doctor in a hospital but rather have a private practice. That's fine--I know a couple doctors myself, and know they took YEARS to a private practice and good reputation. Unfortunately, you are CHOOSING to do so when insurance companies and payments to doctors are both in a state of flux, but again, that was your CHOICE. You could CHOOSE to go back to being a resident at a hospital and make enough money to fund whatever you want--but you CHOOSE not to. Do you notice the common thread in my paragraph above? You have CHOSEN the financial situation you are in--and could CHOOSE a path out of it quite easily. There are many, MANY people without choices such as yours, people who really need our help and who wouldn't choose but rather jump at any opportunity to get out of the rut they find themselves in, for whatever reason. Since you have CHOSEN the predicament you are in, I can only say good luck but I will focus my efforts elsewhere.

+ Read More
Julia Robinson
18 months ago

Who did you help when you were on the mountain top?

+ Read More
Lynnette Long Workman
18 months ago

Unreal. Im ALL for a do-over's, but dear, you've been afforded more opportunities than any average individual. This is begging. I'm a disabled mom and grandma and I WOULDN'T EVEN BEG FOR MONEY. Booooo. I'll accept my SSDI that I PAID INTO FOR YEARS AND YEARS OF WORKING AND MY EARLY RETIREMENT. I CAN'T believe people are GIVING you cash. I would rather see this money go to help an aspiring person wanting to GO TO medical school, or an orphanage of children, or disabled vets. Anyway. Good luck!

+ Read More
Ralph Gallucio
18 months ago

Many people have stopped being an employee to start a business. When it fails, they go back to working for someone else. Debbie hasn't lost her license or is being sued for malpractice. She isn't blaming addiction. Something is very strange. It appears that publicity & a possible reality show stint is more attractive than practicing medicine.

+ Read More
Lundy Notes
17 months ago

I too fail to understand why you can't practice medicine or do medical research or medical technology to earn money like normal Americans. You've had far more opportunities and are more educated than most, yet you choose NOT to use your talents and instead ask for a handout. Your finances appears to be an able body, not disabled. Why can't he work. It seems that you've chosen to take advantage of your recent entry back into the media to solicit money to pay for your CHOSEN lifestyle. I have a lifestyle too that I'd love for someone else to pay for but that would be tacky. So on your and your husband's behalf, I will give the next homeless person I see today $10. You should remove this account and return money to your donors.

+ Read More
Kathy Richter
18 months ago

Give me a break. You are an educated woman with the means to make an excellent living. Crying poverty with a loaf of bread under each arm. So many others that are truely needing a roof over their heads and food for their children. You disgust me!!

+ Read More
Cal Cobb
18 months ago

really? your goal of 10 thousand dollars is more than half a years bring home pay for me. Work harder... begging doesn't suit an olympic medalist

+ Read More
Patti Sauro
18 months ago

Did you all notice she's being interviewed on Oprah's OWN Network? Hey Debi, ask HER for money!

+ Read More
Marla Bullard
18 months ago

Let's see, you are healthy with a Stanford education and a licensed medical doctor and you are asking for money to help you because you lost your nest egg. Well, I have multiple sclerosis and also lost my job in international sales. I walk at a very slow and wobbly pace. I, too, have no nest egg. There is now a stem cell therapy that could help me but the price would be about $25K which I don't have. If I could walk I would work doing whatever I could to raise that money, even if it meant working at McDonald's or WalMart. Luckily, I have a husband who is proud and works. I do what I can to make his life easier. Maybe I should make a video of me walking and falling and post it here and beg for money? What do you think?

+ Read More
Jeff Claterbaugh
18 months ago

I get the fact that people don't want to give you a handout, but why the need for nasty comments while doing so? While I am not inclined to send money which I don't have.. I am also not inclined to kick a human being while they are down!

+ Read More
Dori Thorpe
17 months ago

Some of the comments are really heartless. It's heartbreaking to see Debi Thomas in this way. I don't think she's lazy or not hardworking, we all know her history. You don't just become an Olympian (or a surgeon) overnight! There is something else at play here. Something mental/ emotional. I don't know, but she lost it somewhere along the way. Many of us are a paycheck, an accident, a broken marriage away from disaster. So while you may not want to give, have a little human compassion. I can't offer money, but I can offer prayers. Because that's what's really needed in this situation.

+ Read More
John Shuey
18 months ago

Debbie, you were my surgeon and did a fantastic job. Your compassion for me before, during and after my surgery was fantastic. I am still in Champaign, Illinois and in the book. Patch Adams lives here now too and is trying to build a free hospital in the Appalachians. Please contact me. Thanks, John Shuey

+ Read More
Laquanda Davis
17 months ago

Ok??? Something is seriously not sounding right. She has too many qualifications to be in a financial shit hole. Could it be that maybe she had a mental breakdown, gained an addiction or just feels that the world owes her for many accomplishments! Whatever it may be, I pray that God brings her out of her private hell and lead her in a much needed Salvation!!

+ Read More
William Brooks
17 months ago

I see alot of perfect people. If you dont want to donate then don't. Why rude comments? Remember karma can turn around and screw u in the tail. I hope none of you ever need help.

+ Read More
Breanna Murphy
18 months ago

GET A JOB YOU LAZY ASSED IDIOT.... YAH RIGHT GIVE YOU MY HARD EARNED MONEY... GOOD LUCK LAZY FUCK

+ Read More
Meghan Jones
18 months ago

You can't imagine how much you inspired me so many years ago. You brought me great joy and I've never forgotten your golden moments as an Olympic athlete. It is an honor and a privilege to help you now. You are a champion - forever and always. May God bless you as you move forward into the light. We love you!

+ Read More
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 Not now

This campaign needs your support

Any amount helps!
Donate Now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.