Jordan Parsons Medical/Funeral Fund
$36,855 of $50,000 goal
There has been some speculation on Jordan's financial well-being as he is a professional athlete. I understand this. It is natural to assume that because of his status as an athlete that he had money. Unfortunately, Jordan was very early in his career, and sadly had not yet been able to enjoy the payoff for all of his hard work and dedication. MMA is not like other sports in which athletes receive large sums of guaranteed money for long term contracts. It is the unfortunate truth of the situation.
Jordan, as far as we understand it, did not have health insurance. It has been mentioned that some fighters have health insurance obtained through their respective organizations. This was not the case for Jordan.
There have been people questioning the legitimacy of this fund, and as to who is behind it. My name is Bryan York. I was a part of Jordan's management team at Evolution Agents. We managed Jordan's fight contracts, etc. I immediately reacted with this fund when I heard the news, as I was aware of Jordan's financial situation. I may not have been clearest in it's description as I did not expect it to change as a result of Jordan's death, and I, like many people, was devastated by the news. I can assure you that this fund is legitimate. This fund has nothing but the interests of Jordan and his family in mind. It was to help Jordan, and with his passing, his family. His family was not trying to profit from his death. I set this up as a protective measure for Jordan.
The $50,000 mark was picked arbitrarily once we reached our goal of $20,000. This happened when Jordan was still alive. Again, medical bills are very high, and we were simply trying to raise as much as possible for Jordan.
There have been statements regarding Bellator's involvement or obligations to repaying Jordan's medical expenses. Bellator has graciously promised to help cover some expenses. We do not yet know the expenses, and we do not yet know what Bellator can cover. I did not know of Bellator's offer when I set this fund up as I did it immediately, but the fact is- Bellator is NOT obligated to cover the expenses, just as nobody is OBLIGATED to donate to this fund. People have donated to this fund because they are good people that cared about Jordan and continue to care about his family's well-being.
We have raised a great deal of money, and I believe this to be proof of the impact that this young man had on so many lives. I understand why there is such concern, this is why I am committed to keeping everyone updated as to what is happening.
We have officially closed this fund until further notice. We feel that with his passing and all of the confusion and speculation, we owe it to Jordan to halt any further issue by closing the fund and sorting out what is and is not owed at this moment.
We would also like to tell everyone that has donated what is going to happen with the money we have collected. Whatever is owed to the hospital will be paid first and foremost- IF that is what is owed. The money will then pay to transport Jordan's body to his home of Berrien Springs, Michigan. There will then be a service for him. Any money that is left over may, upon approval of GoFundMe rules and regulations, be donated to a cause in Jordan's name, or be refunded appropriately to his donors.
I want to be completely transparent with everyone and let you know that if you do not feel comfortable with what is happening with your donation- please contact me. I will make sure that GoFundMe returns your donation. My email is Bryan@evoagents.com
There has been mention of a SEPARATE GoFundMe being setup to collect donations to go to the award of catching the person responsible for Jordan's death. If that does happen, I will keep everyone posted. If you do not agree with such measures, I understand and ask that you simply do not donate to that cause as it is your choice.
I am hoping this clears the air while we sort this out. In the end, I want people to understand that Jordan was a great man that left a great family behind that is grieving his loss. Please do not write nasty comments with speculation of the allocation of these funds in the comments section of this fund nor his social media. Please show some respect. If you feel you must voice your opinion, send it to my email, and I will be happy to address the issue.
For those of you that have kindly given to this fund to support Jordan and his family- I thank you from the bottom of my heart. His family deeply appreciates your generosity. Please know that your donations will be allocated appropriately.
So sad to hear you passed! Rest in peace sweetheart! To the people who are commenting just to speculate , please don't. I donated before he passed, and I take back nothing. If you're not going to donate or be respectful, just please move on to something else more appropriate. With all due to respect to everyone ♥
Whoever is in charge of his affairs needs to talk to the social workers at the hospital to apply for medicaid on his behalf to cover his medical bills. This way the fubds raised can be used to pay other ecpenses like rent etc. I hope the cops find the guy who did it but he may not have auto insurance anyway. Sad situation
Has his family spoken with an attorney? They should be able to get a free consultation with one, and that attorney can advise them what expenses they are required to pay. While they'll likely be liable for funeral expenses, they may not be responsible for his medical expenses. And if that's the case, they could be committing fraud if they are accepting donations for medical expenses that they won't be paying. That could be dependent on the state where he lived when he was killed. I say this not to be insensitive, but there are very strict laws about soliciting funds for one purpose and using them for another. Many gofundme and other grassroots charity efforts will tell people that if there are any funds remaining after, say, the funeral or a surgery or whatever the fund is for, are paid out, the remainder will be donated to such and such a fund or, if he was the family breadwinner, the funds will go to the family. The attorney can advise you if it would be better to set up separate gofundme campaigns, one for the costs of funeral services and one for medical expenses IF they need to be paid. I doubt they wiil need to pay, though, because chances are either somebody will report the owner of the car (not necessarily the driver) or they will turn themselves in. They may be acting on the advice of an attorney who will help them surrender. Or the hospital, knowing he was uninsured, may not even bill anybody. If the family does start to get bills, they should call the finance counselor at the hospital and explain the situation. The hospital will usually waive all bills once they've been made aware of the situation. At any rate, the family should at least consult with a REAL attorney. Don't rely on the funeral director. Don't rely on the hospital administration. Once the driver turns up, HIS insurance will have to cover Mr. Parsons' medical expenses and quite possibly his funeral expenses. The attorney can represent the family in filing a wrongful death suit. But I think anybody would hate to see any award jeopardized if there's any question of the family having accepted donations for medical expenses and not used the funds to do so. It's always a tragedy when anyone dies suddenly. Especially someone as young and strong as Jordan was, with his future ahead of him. It would be even more tragic if the family got into any problems because of this funding page. Often family or friends think they're doing a good thing by setting up a fund like this, and usually they are. But sometimes there are unintended consequences because, while people are well intentioned and trying to help, most are not familiar with how things like charity collections and estates and probate court all work; each is guided by very specific laws. At least do a free legal consultation. Most attorneys will provide them. It costs nothing to ask but could save a lot of aggravation and more heartache in the future. Best wishes to Jordan's loved ones and friends at this terrible time.
For all you people questioning the legitimacy of this fund sure didnt know Jordan or his family at all. You should all be ashamed to post such horrible comments on here when Jordans mother, father, siblings, grandma and grandpa and friends are reading all of these. Jordan may well have been an adult but his family would never walk away from the medical bills seeing as how hard the hospital staff tried to save his life. I cant imagine how y'all were brought up but Jordan comes from a fabulous loving family. Thats why he was such an awesome person. Once again, shame on you people. RIP Jordan Parsons
Rest in Peace Jordan Parsons this is such a sad story. Hope they find the Person that hit him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family,friends,Bellator and to Blackzillians his fighting team. I hope they do a moment of silence for him at Bellator 154.
Prayers are with you hun. You're a fighter. I know you're going to find a way to make sure this pain does not go unwasted. In one day, over 430 people, have come here to wish you well and contribute to your recovery. You have a team behind you. There are people you haven't met rooting for your triumph. This isn't the end. It's a tragic beginning . God bless ♥
Wow! I am in shock reading through these comments. You people have no respect! But since many of you have NO idea how MMA works let me clarify a few things. First, this page was established while Jordan was alive and in the hospital immediately following the release of information about his injuries and the circumstances behind them. The man just sustained career ending injuries, and this fund was established to help ease the burden. There was no way anyone could have forseen that he would not make it through. There has been no deception involved in creating this fund. It was simply good people doing what they could to help a young man in need. Most fighters make next to nothing and if they are lucky, they make enough to live off of. A fighter as an independent contract IS NOT required by law to have insurance because the promotion provides insurance for the the injuries sustained during the fight and for the care of those injuries after the fight. But that is ONLY for injuries that occurred during the fight. Fighters are encouraged to have personal insurance but are not required. My husband also fights for Bellator, so I am well versed on their insurance requirements. But the fact that this even needs to be explained is appalling. If you dont want to donate, fine. But show some dignity and respect for a grieving family by not sharing your stupidity about a sport you know NOTHING about. I am in no way, shape, or form related to Jordan. Nor do I have any close ties to him other than the fact that he competed against my husband. But even I have enough love and respect for him to understand that what you people who post such disgusting things on a deceased man's fund is just wrong! To the Parsons' family I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
I donated for many reasons. As a mother, and thinking of Jordan's parents and family...I just couldn't, and never want to experience this pain. My son is a Fighter and was Jordan's friend. So on behalf of the Santana and Bonilla family, my continued prayers go to the Parsons'. May Jordon rest in peace, and may our family's donation help and go towards what is needed in memory of Jordan.
Thanks for the thoughtful update Bryan, much appreciated. RIP Jordan.
Jordan was loved by all who knew him. I'm glad to have been able to give a little to to help with medical billls. Now, I have no problem with any extra funds going towards the funeral expenses. Darn, I would like to see a scholarship find in Jordan's name.
Bryan York, Thank you for the explanation, but for me personally, none was needed. I was saddened to hear of Jordan's death. I gave to the fund because I wanted to help! Prayers to his friends and family. I am glad this fund was set up to help in any way possible. Thanks for the update.
I didn't know Jordan well. I trained with him while he was at CMU, and by "trained with him" I mean he punched me in the face and submitted me at will while weighing 80lbs less than I did haha. When I gave (a small donation) to this campaign I did so with the understanding that Jordan might not make it. I hope the driver's insurance covers the funeral and the medical expenses and if Jordan's family is left with no expenses from their tragic loss then I hope that they can keep the money in order to provide for themselves while they figure out what life looks like without their brother, son, cousin, friend. I'm sorry people can be so cruel. All the best, Joe
Medical bills are paid out of his estate. Family members are not responsible for his debts (except maybe a husband or wife). If there is no estate, whoever is owed money is out of luck.
People it is as simple as this-JEALOUSY is a terrible thing! No one on this earth is more needful of the balance of this money that is left than the family of Jordan Parsons!!This family not only has to grieve over this child of theirs death, but also of his body being mangled, which his legs were his life. They will also grive many hours wondering who would leave their son there to die. If you do not want to give, that is fine, nobody is making you, If any of you who have given did not give with a giving and loving heart, it has done you NO good anyway! What difference does it matter where the money goes, what is legal, who had insurance or not, if he was an adult or not, how much this one is getting and that one is getting?,? A lawyer (MORE MONEY),give it to a grassroot charity(What in the world is a grassroot charity??) Just anyone except the family who needs it, RIGHT??? I do not understand how in Gods name some of you can even look yourselves in the mirror in the morning!! If any of the other countries people are any worse than some of you Americans, God help them! This could have been a child of any one of you that has been so rude, except for the Grace of God There Go I!!! Then I wonder what you would think needs to be done with the money, that is left??? THINK about it people......JEALOUSY is a terrible thing!!!!! I do not know any of the family but my thought and prayers go out to each of you, I also hope and pray that you are given the balance of this fund!! After this much trauma in your lives, you deserve it, life will not be the same for sometime! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
I love youuuuu Jordan! So many unforgettable memories. Always alive in my heart.