John Blackwell Jr's Medical Fund

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John Blackwell Jr, legendary drummer, is in the process of getting tested for what the doctors think may be tumors in his brain.

Right now he is in a hospital in Japan.

We are asking for donations, so we can help to pay the medical expenses, and other everyday expenses.

We appreciate your contributions. Please keep my husband in your prayers.

God Bless you,

Yaritza Cambero Blackwell

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I would like to thank each of you who donated money and sent prayers for my amazing husband, John Blackwell Jr. It was a whole year from July 2016 until July 2017 that family, friends, fans, and even people who didn't know John, came together to extend a helping hand to him.

I thank God and Jesus for always keeping our faith, for guiding me to make the decisions regarding John's care, and for giving him the strength (physical and emotional) to continue and being optimistic about the future.

There is a really big list of Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, Chaplains that helped John and me while he was in the hospitals and while he stayed at the house. Thanks to his Caregivers Julio and Paola Martínez, and also, Javier, Alejandro and Maria Isabel Santiago, for always being there when I was not (due to my job hours). Special thanks to Harry Van Loveren, MD (Neurosurgeon) and his team, Michael Jaglal, MD (Hematologist/Oncologist) and his team, Laurence Neufeld, MD (Family Medicine) and his team, Melinda Hayes, MD (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) and her team, Chirag Shah, DO (Pulmonary & Sleep Desorders) and his team, Dr. Vanida Chai, OM AP (Acunpunture), Attila Becsey, MD (Critical Care & Anesthesiology) and his team, in general, all the staff and members of Tampa General Hospital (ICU, Rehabilitation, and regular hospital pavilions), Florida Hospital at Connerton, and the Toranomon Hospital in Japan, where Ms. Kathy Atsuko Kato, Dr. Yushiro Take and Mr. Taishi Fueta took care of him, thank you.

To all my coworkers and managers at Hertz Corporation for being supportive and understanding of the situation we were going through, thank you so much.

Another special thanks to Dr. Takuya -Takki- Futaesaku, Lynn Atsuno and his Girlfriend, Ryuichi -Ryu- Watabe, Blue Note Tokyo and their staff in Japan, and in the United States thanks to Paul Quin, Alvin and Calvin Waters, Paris Toon, Nik West, Timothy -Tim- Conwell, Bruce Harris, Autumn June, John Spinelli, and everybody who were there for him since day one.

Thanks to all musicians, friends and family who came to visit him to the house and to the hospitals.

Thank you for all the messages and donations I received after John's passing.

Thank you for your good heart and for sharing this message that reached out to thousands of people from all over the world.

This GoFundMe account was very helpful for John and me. Your contributions were very much appreciated.

I love you all. Rest In Peace John Blackwell Jr.

Yaritza Cambero Blackwell
John Blackwell Jr., China, 2013.
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Hello, this is Yaritza, I am keeping this GoFundMe account open for now, because I still need funds to cover a lot of bills, and some of you are asking me about how you can help. This account has been the only source for that purpose. I appreciate your solidarity with John and I, and always have to thank God for being there for us in this difficult time that started in July, 2016.
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My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed away peacefully in my company on July 4th.. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support. Yaritza

Listín Diario, Dominican Republic , July 8, 2017.
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Margarida Silva
21 months ago
9
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So sorry not to have the possibility to help with donation. But I can send you positive energy and the prayes for better days. Love from Portugal.

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Haddie Jean Lewis
21 months ago
5
5

J.B., You're my #1 drummer! The best Prince has had in my ears. I enjoyed watching you play. I would be like damn....Break It Down! I will keep you in Prayer. I KNOW you will recover fully. And show how it's done. I am sorry about Prince. All of us loved him. Stay positive, BE strong and your attitude will help. Can't wait to hear you play. Love from Minneapolis Haddie

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Peter Löwenzahn
29 months ago
4
4

Could you publish a PayPal donation address as well? I think mostly only US citizens have a credit card.

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Val Alyn
24 months ago
3
3

Dear John I'm praying daily for you as I am my sons GFM a P was a friend . He is only 9 and is due ro,have his foot amputated . Ever since Prince left us it seems things have gone a bit strange . So I genunuinely pray for a full,recovery for you and have donated as much as possible since my hands are full. Please pray for my little guy . I beieve in prayer as our GFM is going nowhere . I hope you meet your goal and more!

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Catharine Stevens
20 months ago
2
2

John, you have been a wonderful contribution to the world. You weee part of the greatest gift god has ever given...music. And you were given the angel to play with.. Prince. I'll pray for you and love you for making my life beautiful with your sweet artistry. ❤️☂️

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Rhonda J. Baim
21 months ago
2
2

his wife posted on Instagram this past Friday that John was getting a second brain surgery on Monday (yesterday)

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Mark O'Day
24 months ago
2
2

Keep up the good work John! I know its tough having gone through a TBI myself. I am thinking and praying for you : )

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Laura Garris
17 months ago
1
1

Kand, I agree with you, I am sorry for his passing, cancer is a terrible thing, but this is a man who worked for legends, surely he would have had life insurance or money put away. Their are families that can not afford insurance, all the families who work for low wages , their child is diagnosed with cancer, and they have no means to pay for their childs treatment. Again I'm sorry this family but this is not something I will contribute to. This man is a celebrity.

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Peter Gaynor
19 months ago
1
1

...he is so, so far from alone. We GD Love him. Think about him always.

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Jessup Jane
20 months ago
1
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I love you so much and am sending you all the healing vibes and prayers I have. You are love and light and I hope you fight w all your might. We need you John. This world is a better place with you in it

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Mark O'Day
20 months ago
1
1

I am sorry to hear about Johns latest set back. When I had my head injury there were plenty of times people around me didn't think I would make it. I made it through somehow. I do not know how but I did. I wish for John the same experience I had and I am so sorry John and your family have to endure this. Best wishes, vibes and love! : )

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Kand Johnson
20 months ago
1
1

He's a Legendary Drummer and worked for Prince Why doesn't he have money or insurance for health coverage? This doesn't make sense. I'm just saying there are disadvantaged people with talent that need our help. People without Lavish careers #RealTalk

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Kamilah Cummings
24 months ago
1
1

JB, you remain in my thoughts. I wish you and your family all the support, strength and tenacity necessary to sit behind that kit again and pound those skins like no one else can! Stay up, Brother!

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Val Alyn
25 months ago
1
1

I hear your doing better brother! Will you pray for my 9 year old son as he may loose his foot and I set up a GFM GoFundMe//platetoofull. I am sorry as don't want to piggy back yet Prince knew my sons and he would Have helped you and my son as well! I donated to you and I know you can't as you are still in need. I pray that both you and my son get what you both need in thr name of Jesus! AMEN!

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Biggi Ortiz
21 months ago

http://sweetrelief.org/sweetrelief/what-we-do/

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Francesco Stacchiotti
21 months ago

stay strong John! I'm praying for you and your family. I send to you a big hug...

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Pablo
3 months ago

jhon me enseñaste a tocar la bateria me gustaria devolerte con afecto todo lo que me enseñaste que descanses en paz y gracias por los buenos momentos que tuvimos te sigo siempre en el facebook y el instagram yo quiero abrazarte fuerte gracias pablo.

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Harley Griffin
17 months ago

Not a problem and John was my Homie. John did a gig for me and told me after my hit he was going to audition for Prince. I told him to go and do well and represent and he did just that. Keeping you in prayer during this hour.

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Natalie Bowers Miller
17 months ago

RIP John! You will be missed and your memory cherished. Natalie Miller WJ Keenan Class of 1991

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Daniel Johnson
17 months ago

This is a very sad time as we have lost a precious soul Mr John Blackwell to brain Cancer. Let us pray that God will give his wife Yaritza Cambero Blackwell and the rest of the family strength. I only learnt of his passing today. "The truth about fighting Cancer" please share and save other lives by sharing the link below. God bless http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/category/natural-survivor-stories/

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Kristin Brey
15 months ago

Sending healing hugs

SS
$25
Sherry Stacy
15 months ago

Thank you for your talent. RIH...Purple hugs and prayers to John's family and friends

DN
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Dennis Nagtzaam
16 months ago

And your beat lives on

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Anonymous
16 months ago
$57
Anonymous
16 months ago
Margarida Silva
21 months ago
9
9

So sorry not to have the possibility to help with donation. But I can send you positive energy and the prayes for better days. Love from Portugal.

+ Read More
Haddie Jean Lewis
21 months ago
5
5

J.B., You're my #1 drummer! The best Prince has had in my ears. I enjoyed watching you play. I would be like damn....Break It Down! I will keep you in Prayer. I KNOW you will recover fully. And show how it's done. I am sorry about Prince. All of us loved him. Stay positive, BE strong and your attitude will help. Can't wait to hear you play. Love from Minneapolis Haddie

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Peter Löwenzahn
29 months ago
4
4

Could you publish a PayPal donation address as well? I think mostly only US citizens have a credit card.

+ Read More
Val Alyn
24 months ago
3
3

Dear John I'm praying daily for you as I am my sons GFM a P was a friend . He is only 9 and is due ro,have his foot amputated . Ever since Prince left us it seems things have gone a bit strange . So I genunuinely pray for a full,recovery for you and have donated as much as possible since my hands are full. Please pray for my little guy . I beieve in prayer as our GFM is going nowhere . I hope you meet your goal and more!

+ Read More
Catharine Stevens
20 months ago
2
2

John, you have been a wonderful contribution to the world. You weee part of the greatest gift god has ever given...music. And you were given the angel to play with.. Prince. I'll pray for you and love you for making my life beautiful with your sweet artistry. ❤️☂️

+ Read More
Rhonda J. Baim
21 months ago
2
2

his wife posted on Instagram this past Friday that John was getting a second brain surgery on Monday (yesterday)

+ Read More
Mark O'Day
24 months ago
2
2

Keep up the good work John! I know its tough having gone through a TBI myself. I am thinking and praying for you : )

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Laura Garris
17 months ago
1
1

Kand, I agree with you, I am sorry for his passing, cancer is a terrible thing, but this is a man who worked for legends, surely he would have had life insurance or money put away. Their are families that can not afford insurance, all the families who work for low wages , their child is diagnosed with cancer, and they have no means to pay for their childs treatment. Again I'm sorry this family but this is not something I will contribute to. This man is a celebrity.

+ Read More
Peter Gaynor
19 months ago
1
1

...he is so, so far from alone. We GD Love him. Think about him always.

+ Read More
Jessup Jane
20 months ago
1
1

I love you so much and am sending you all the healing vibes and prayers I have. You are love and light and I hope you fight w all your might. We need you John. This world is a better place with you in it

+ Read More
Mark O'Day
20 months ago
1
1

I am sorry to hear about Johns latest set back. When I had my head injury there were plenty of times people around me didn't think I would make it. I made it through somehow. I do not know how but I did. I wish for John the same experience I had and I am so sorry John and your family have to endure this. Best wishes, vibes and love! : )

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Kand Johnson
20 months ago
1
1

He's a Legendary Drummer and worked for Prince Why doesn't he have money or insurance for health coverage? This doesn't make sense. I'm just saying there are disadvantaged people with talent that need our help. People without Lavish careers #RealTalk

+ Read More
Kamilah Cummings
24 months ago
1
1

JB, you remain in my thoughts. I wish you and your family all the support, strength and tenacity necessary to sit behind that kit again and pound those skins like no one else can! Stay up, Brother!

+ Read More
Val Alyn
25 months ago
1
1

I hear your doing better brother! Will you pray for my 9 year old son as he may loose his foot and I set up a GFM GoFundMe//platetoofull. I am sorry as don't want to piggy back yet Prince knew my sons and he would Have helped you and my son as well! I donated to you and I know you can't as you are still in need. I pray that both you and my son get what you both need in thr name of Jesus! AMEN!

+ Read More
Biggi Ortiz
21 months ago

http://sweetrelief.org/sweetrelief/what-we-do/

+ Read More
Francesco Stacchiotti
21 months ago

stay strong John! I'm praying for you and your family. I send to you a big hug...

+ Read More
Pablo
3 months ago

jhon me enseñaste a tocar la bateria me gustaria devolerte con afecto todo lo que me enseñaste que descanses en paz y gracias por los buenos momentos que tuvimos te sigo siempre en el facebook y el instagram yo quiero abrazarte fuerte gracias pablo.

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Harley Griffin
17 months ago

Not a problem and John was my Homie. John did a gig for me and told me after my hit he was going to audition for Prince. I told him to go and do well and represent and he did just that. Keeping you in prayer during this hour.

+ Read More
Natalie Bowers Miller
17 months ago

RIP John! You will be missed and your memory cherished. Natalie Miller WJ Keenan Class of 1991

+ Read More
Daniel Johnson
17 months ago

This is a very sad time as we have lost a precious soul Mr John Blackwell to brain Cancer. Let us pray that God will give his wife Yaritza Cambero Blackwell and the rest of the family strength. I only learnt of his passing today. "The truth about fighting Cancer" please share and save other lives by sharing the link below. God bless http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/category/natural-survivor-stories/

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