Help John Shaw of The Music Store

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Jennifer Anne Buckley  CHICAGO, IL
If you have been to The Music Store on Irving Park, you know John Shaw. He's been there for years running his store. He is a great guy and more than fair with all of his customers. He has fallen on hard times, the store is not as busy as it used to be. He is behind on rent and taxes. He has been dealing with all of this and paying what he can, pushing forward, catching up. Now, his wife has been diagnosed with cancer and it has already spread throughout her body. He told me today that he's having trouble getting her to eat. The prognosis is not good.

I (Lee Klawans) have known John since 2004 and he reminds me of my own dad. I have bought and traded many guitars with John and his prices are always reasonable and the trades were probably more in my favor than his. He doesn’t charge me full price for anything and I'm sure you have had a similar experience if you have been the store. He’s a genuinely nice guy, and has been in the music business for so long, that there is not much he doesn’t know. I have brought in guitars that I had never heard of and he remembers exactly when they came out, who made them and where.

The store has been for sale for a couple of years now with some bites but no buyer. It would be great if we could raise enough money so John could afford to pay his bills for a while without having to commit most of his days to the store. He'd be free to spend as much time with his wife as he can while she's still alive.

Every dollar raised will go directly to John.
Thanks very much.

Lee Klawans & Jennifer Buckley
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Update 12
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
6 days ago
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Judy Shaw passed away last week. Services will be today, April 19th At the Christian Funeral Home 3100 W. Irving Park Rd from 6pm - 8pm. Thanks again for you support.
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Update 11
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
13 days ago
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John's wife, Judy passed away today. I'll have more info tomorrow. Thank you very much for your support. Judy was very thankful for all that you have done for them.
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Update 10
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
1 month ago
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After John told me that he's not one for speeches. He had me write this down yesterday.

To all of you:

We want to thank everyone that has participated and been involved in this fundraiser. It means more to us than we can explain in words.

Thank you very much,

John and Judy Shaw

In other news, there will be a benefit concert for John and Judy March 31st at 8 pm (feel free to come earlier, music starts around 8:30) at:

Fuller's Pub
3203 W. Irving Park (Irving Park & Kedzie)
Chicago, IL.
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Update 9
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
1 month ago
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Thank you all very much. Judy is home and resting mostly. John has cut the hours of the store so he can be with her more. Judy asked John to tell you all thank you very much. This campaign has been a wonderful blessing for them. IWe will keep you updated on Judy's condition throughout the year. Thanks again,

Lee Klawans and Jennifer Buckley
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Sandra Lorena Rivera
2 months ago
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I'm sorry to hear of what he is going through, we have been going there for years. It is true that he is very generous and has always been very nice to my son and I, often giving him free picks and great deals on repairs. We hope for the best and him and his wife.

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Kate Barnash
13 days ago

I am so very sorry, John, about your loss. I know losing the love of your life is horrible and painful. Please know you are not alone.

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$19,697 of $20k goal

Raised by 364 people in 2 months
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Created February 7, 2017
Jennifer Anne Buckley  
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Andrew Willis
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An Irish Musician
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JB
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Julie Brzozkiewicz
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Hannah Frank
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Joe Hirsch
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Frederik Harboe
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Jen Stites
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Sandra Lorena Rivera
2 months ago
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I'm sorry to hear of what he is going through, we have been going there for years. It is true that he is very generous and has always been very nice to my son and I, often giving him free picks and great deals on repairs. We hope for the best and him and his wife.

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Kate Barnash
13 days ago

I am so very sorry, John, about your loss. I know losing the love of your life is horrible and painful. Please know you are not alone.

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