Help Olympian Family - Debi & Jamie
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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!!
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!