MJ Needs our HELP!
For the last nine years, he’s been coaching the boys and girls tennis teams with Sue Sherman. In fact, as a graduate of The Buckley School himself, he first reconnected with Sue at his 10-year high school reunion, and they’ve been coaching together ever since.
For MJ, coaching tennis has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He’s remarked that not only does he love the sport of tennis and working with young people, “But to be doing those things in the community that made me, well, me… is truly a blessing and a privilege. Not only do I get to do what I love, but I get to do it with young people whose experiences echo and reflect my own.”
About a year ago, MJ began suffering debilitating vertigo spells and chronic dizziness, equilibrium loss, and headaches. And unfortunately, this July he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The good news is it’s low probability cancerous and there’s a professional medical consensus that removal is not only possible, but at this point, mandatory.
The difficulty now is there are only a handful of neurosurgeons qualified or willing to perform this complicated procedure. And needless to say, despite medical insurance, the costs are staggering. The one neurosurgeon able to perform the surgery has no insurance contracts and is exclusive to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital that MJ’s insurance is unable to contract with.
So he’s forced to pay out of pocket, and essentially, up front.
We’ve started this Go Fund Me campaign to help him pay for surgery, for his hospital stay, for the rehabilitation and recovery, and for whatever next steps lay ahead of him in the fight of his life.
Please donate, share, and spread the word about our campaign for MJ. The Buckley community prides itself on our support for and commitment to those we consider family.
When we told him our plan to begin the campaign, MJ was utterly floored.
All he could say was, “I can’t believe the community that made me… is now going to save me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
To everyone who's messaged me, texted me, wrote cards to me, gave me gifts, smiles, hugs, and adorations, commented on my numerous statuses, supported me, expressed love, devotion, concern, strength, and the beauty of life and living itself, I want you to know this one thing very, very specifically.
No matter how long it takes for me to catch up, I will absolutely respond to you directly and thank you personally from the bottom of my heart.
I'm incredibly lucky to be alive and beginning the second half of my life, so the least I can and should do is express my gratitude, thankfulness, and love to every single human being and infinite spirit for their help and hope.
Thank you, everyone. I just wanted you to know what I planned on doing until I reached the finish."
Sent from my iPad
A surgeon who is highly successful and sought after, with a client base of wealthy people who are willing to pay cash, would make far more by charging directly and not participating in the insurance system where reimbursements are negotiated. I have questions about the morality of this choice.
In case anyone needs the link for the Heroes of Hope - Race for Brain Tumor Research coming up this Sunday, Nov 6th, here it is... https://www.wizathon.com/heroesofhoperace/?p=register&action=choose_Ticket
Nice Scar! My daughter has a similar one goes from ear to ear across whole skull. It took about 10 months to barely see it.
Pretty kick-ass look, if you ask me.
Curious as to the name of the brain tumor. Is it an AN, Acoustic Neuroma?
Good to see he is on the mend, and some familiar faces from way back.
Thank you so much for the pictures and updates, Pamela.
I'm curious and since ur involved with this u might know...but why would a surgeon not have contracts with a single insurance company? Is it a choice? Isn't that hurting his pocket?