Tipping Our Hat To You Brian

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Jen Shannon  CHICAGO, IL
Hello everyone! This is Brian, on the left. Brian is one of those people that you just cannot help but love. He always has a smile, and is always the “class clown” to keep you on your toes! Brian is a 41 year old server in the City of Chicago for the Grillroom Chophouse & Winebar on Monroe. This picture was taken a couple of months ago at an event we had! As you can see we all had a blast (that was the opening party for Hamilton)! His entire life changed on approximately January 20, 2017, when he went to the ER at Northwestern thinking he had severe flu. Hours later, Brian was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma. It has now spread to his brain, his lungs, lymph nodes, and much more and the best part.... they say he doesn’t have long.

Since the day he was diagnosed, we have contacted so many of the local hospitals, each time telling us that without insurance there was nothing they would be able to do. As you can imagine, the frustration set in, and as a family we have done everything we can to try to get Brian treatment.

We have contacted every organization that you can think of. However, since Brian is a server, and didn’t have insurance when this bombshell was released upon him it has been very unsuccessful. He did apply and pay for insurance online, but come to find out it will not be active until March 1, 2017. In the meantime, no one will help him.

In January, he spent a week in Northwestern, they never even gave him a game plan, they just simply sent him home and basically said, "come back when you have insurance." After looking like he was going to faint, and a new avocado sized swelling in his neck, we took him to the ER. This morning they told him they will not help him without financial backing or insurance. Therefore, we are hoping to help him raise whatever funds these hospitals need to help him fight this horrible disease. Money means nothing when it comes to a human life!

Please, pass this around. He is our family. All of you that work in our industry know how close we all become and that it is important to help in this situation. So, every bit helps. If you or your company is willing to help, we are launching “Tipping Our Hat To You Brian”, in hopes everyone will help donate and help us keep our friend with us! If you are interested in donating items for raffle for upcoming events please contact me directly on my email at gm@grillroom-chicago.com or via phone @ 219-448-3850.

On Friday, February 17, 2017 we will be working with servers across Chicagoland to "Tipping Our Hat To You Brian", and ask that a portion of that days tips be gathered and donated to Brian! In addition, we will be hosting an event sometime this month and will keep everyone posted. Thank each of you, in advance for your help and support!

If you would like a copy of this flier, to hang up in your business please feel free to email me directly! We appreciate it in advance, and anytime we can repay the favor, please let us know!

A Go Fund Me Account was created, please visit it at:

https://www.gofundme.com/ tipping-our-hat-to-you-brian

#TippingOurHatsToYouBrian

Thank you so much. From all of us at the Grillroom Chophouse to you and your staff,

Jen Shannon, General Manager
The Grillroom Chophouse & Winebar
33 w. Monroe, Chicago
gm@grillroom-chicago.com
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Update 8
Posted by Jen Shannon
5 days ago
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Always a trooper.
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Update 7
Posted by Jen Shannon
7 days ago
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https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brianvincentchicago/journal

You can now follow his medical updates online if you wish. However the link to donate on that site is not the same as on here that goes only to the website host so please don't donate through that link.

We are hoping he gets some much needed rest and maybe treatment
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Update 6
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7 days ago
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Hey all. Brian has been admitted back to the hospital in severe pain. We just wanted to let all of you know that he loves all of you and we will keep you posted.

Jen
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Update 5
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9 days ago
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Brian found an amazing oncologist that is going to treat him and TAKE PAYMENTS so we are excited and just elated to share this with all of you. We aren't letting melanoma take our friend today
Check out wbbm and abc to get to know the absolute amazing man you just helped
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Karen Davies
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Brian, I saw your story on the news tonight and it really touched me. Your friends are amazing and so are you. Keep fighting.

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$23,113 of $50k goal

Raised by 258 people in 13 days
Created February 7, 2017
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Trish Grosso
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Hi, I don't know Brian or anyone at that restaurant. I dont know how I got this email. However I used to do pastries in restaurants. I have been in a similar situation. I had crappy insurance thru the rest. that covered nothing. I had to have surgery and it wasnt covered. I am still paying for that. I hope you get all that you need to move forward. I will check back in a week or so and add more if I can. Best of luck to you. Trish G.

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Wishing you peace and comfort.

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Karen Davies
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Brian, I saw your story on the news tonight and it really touched me. Your friends are amazing and so are you. Keep fighting.

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