Help John Shaw of The Music Store

$19,065 of $20k goal

Raised by 351 people in 1 month
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 10
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
19 hours 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
10 days 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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Update 8
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
19 days ago
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After being home from the hospital for a few days, Judy, went back yesterday. John has been having trouble getting her to wake up and take her pain pills and her feet are still swollen. She has a hard time getting around the house.
Thanks very much for all of your help. John has been overwhelmed with stress. Your donations and visits to the store have helped him more than you can know.
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Update 7
Posted by Jennifer Anne Buckley
23 days ago
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Good Morning! John will be on Chicago Fox 32 news sometime this morning live from the store around 8 AM.
Thanks again for all of your donations and good wishes.
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Sandra Lorena Rivera
1 month 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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$19,065 of $20k goal

Raised by 351 people in 1 month
Created February 7, 2017
Jennifer Anne Buckley  
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Sean Parker
2 days ago

got my Japanese Ibanez bass from John, fantastic instrument and he set it all up for me

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Ken Merritt
15 days ago

Thank you for the great way you treated me.

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Ruben Torres
15 days ago

John hope things get better and God bless!

Sandra Lorena Rivera
1 month 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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