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A desperate time for Vern Stratton

$15,620 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 11 months
Created April 22, 2018
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For those of you who know Vern Stratton, he is a true friend. He is always there to lend a hand to help his friends and even strangers in need. He has gotten people jobs, taken folks in when they needed a place to stay. You get the picture. His number one priority in his life is his six-year- old daughter and creating a beautiful life for her. 


Unfortunately, on April 12th he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time…he was brutally attacked and left for dead…he was beaten unconscious with a golf club and a baseball bat. He underwent two surgeries and nearly a week in ICU with a broken leg, a broken hand, missing teeth, a fractured jaw, and a steel plate in his head from having his skull bashed in.


As you can imagine, the bills are piling up. This is the most desperate time in our dear friend’s life. We are pleading for your help....in any form is appreciated beyond words.


Vern is unable to be contacted at this time. However, please add your comments, prayers, and kind words of support on this page. You’re also welcome to contact Chuck Lee or Shannon Christenot.


Our deepest thanks for being there for Vern.
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Hey all... Shannon here! I had my first visit with Vern today since this whole ordeal went down and I wanted to give you ALL an update. It’s Father’s Day and we spent some time in the backyard catching up, playing with Stella, etc... I also watched him sell off some of his personal possessions, items that are symbolic of major chapters in his life. It broke my heart and inspired me to reach out to all of you again. He’s been putting on a brave face for Stella but still has a LONG journey ahead in so many ways. I would love nothing more than everyone to get this GoFundMe account going again... for him, for Stella.

Here’s the latest:
* he’s no longer in a wheelchair but requires a boot to get around. He attempted to go to follow up appointments but was cancelled/denied due to lack of insurance.

* He’s battling severe headaches from the brain injury and ebbs and flows with major depression... which, as you can imagine, doesn’t allow him to save his business from going under.

Ohhhh and then there’s food and rent.

Anyways, I know he’s one of the toughest people we know but i think one more MAJOR push with this GoFundMe account would do wonders!

Thank you all for your continuing love and support!
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Me getting my staples out of my head
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A quick update for all those amazing souls who have done so much for me...and the rest of you.

I’m trying to get into the Dr today to have them look into my mouth and at my head wound. I may get the staples removed from my noggin today as well. I’m confined to bed most of the day, but I can get in my wheelchair to get around the house when needed. My leg is healing from the surgery where they put metal plates and screws in to stabilize it, but I’m told it will be non-weight baring for 6-8 more weeks. My right hand is on the mend, but I’m still in cast for an undetermined period of time. Due to my many missing teeth I am unable to pursue my career as a concert whistler. Axel Rose has agreed to fill in for me at any future whistling engagements I might have.

I’m managing my pain the best I can, but I am getting more rest now which is nice. My amazing friends have all gone above and beyond to help me.

My mother Judi Wood for always being my corner stone throughout my life. Being my mom has been no picnic, but she somehow has done it with such determination and love my entire life. I hope I can be half the parent to Stella she has been to me. I love you mom.

My sister Cinthy Carson for her tireless work and help on my behalf during this ordeal. I know we aren’t a family that is full of sentiment, but I love you more than I’ve ever shown.

Chuck Lee and Amanda Jean helped procure my new wheelchair whip for me.

Brandon Puda, Chuck Lee and Amanda Jean your unquestioning help with all things, but specifically Stella, can never be repaid. Your help with me getting her to and from school and all of our routines is beyond words. Thank you so much.

Jerry Fitzgerald did a beautiful job building my wheelchair ramps.

Matt Reardon and Amy Blankenship are rolling in hot from Tahoe to deliver a generous donation of the most delicious and wholesome organic and home grown soups available on the market today. The donation from Great Full Gardens ( www.greatfullgardens.com) and CEO Gino P Scala aka Gino The Soup Man is a not only a great source of nourishment, but also a source of wonderment at his generosity.

Sheana Jones Siegel and Michael Siegel for surprising me yesterday by having food delivered to my front door, through a campaign created by Melissa Joniec called meal train, to help Stella and I stay fed during this difficult time.

Shannon Christenot continues to be amazing and supportive. She created the Go Fund Me campaign to help with the desperately needed financial support for my continued medical care and expenses.

https://www.gofundme.com/a-desperate-time-for-vern-stratton?sharetype=teams&member=99716&rcid=r01-152528584049-0ee00d8ba30c4533&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m

Jodie Sweetin for being the one of first to jump in and help out when things were at their most chaotic. I love you and am I awe of your generosity.

Ashley Martin Hardiman you have been generous beyond the the Oxford standards of the word generosity. I will be submitting a formal request to Oxford to review its current standards on your behalf. You truly have redefined the word. They also have not created the word necessary to describe how thankful I am, so I will be addressing that as well.

There are so many of you that have reached out, lent a helping hand and/or donated time or money to my cause. I am grateful beyond description. If you donated to the go fund me campaign I’ve been trying to send you all personal notes, but there’s a glitch with the app on my phone. Once I’m a little more cognitive I’ll get my computer and do it from there. In the meantime, you know who you are and I am so thankful for your generosity.

Again I can’t begin to describe how wonderful everyone has been. Many humble tears of disbelief and gratitude have streamed from these eyes because of all...most of you.
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I apologize in advance for the lengthy nature of this message but I felt it was important for everyone to hear.

It’s a strange thing to be in the most dire situation of your life while also genuinely feeling like the luckiest and most blessed person alive. I can’t begin to articulate the overwhelming gratitude I feel for everyone who has reached out. The kindness & generosity has me rendered speechless.

Shannon Christenot has been one of many knights in shining armor to put her own life issues at bay and come to my aide. She started this go fund me page on my behalf. Shannon, I love you!

I’m not very good at asking for help. I’m ashamed and embarrassed by my own desperate state of affairs. I look at all of the generosity shown for me on this site and it becomes emotionally overwhelming. I know a lot of you who donated are not financially in a position to be giving away that money. I get conflicted emotions. On one hand I’m astonished and filled with love by how selfless your act of giving what you can’t afford to give is. On the other hand I feel shame and embarrassed for needing your donations and taking money that you need for your life circumstances. I do know that you made sacrifices just so you could support me and my go fund me campaign. I don’t know how to properly express my true gratitude for you. I fully plan on getting through this and repaying everyone’s kindness.

I’m in a unfamiliar position in life. I’ve had my back against the wall with an uphill battle in front of me many times in my life; that has never scared me. The hard work and uphill battle has never deterred me. This time is different. Due to my physical injuries and the circumstances surrounding my business right now, this is a battle I can’t do without help. My pride is having a real issue with this realization.

I am self employed. I own a small solar business called Polar Solar. I don’t want this next part to come off like I’m complaining. I think it’s important for you to understand how and why your donations matter. I am not looking for handouts. I want to figure out how to earn what is given or repay those who’ve donated. The disadvantages of small business ownership is I don’t have access to group medical insurance. Paychecks don’t come if the company isn’t profitable. I don’t get sick leave etc. Like any business it requires hard work and resources to sustain. With me being the person responsible for earning all of the money for Polar Solar and I’m physically out of commission therefore I’m unable to work generating revenue to maintain Polar Solar’s viability. I have Zero revenue coming in to support Stella and myself. I have laid off all of my employees and put the company on minimal life support. I’ve worked to reduce my monthly fixed business operating costs to a minimum in the hopes I will be able to rebuild my business once I recover.

It’s all very overwhelming, but I have business help on the way. A dear friend whom I trust implicitly can come and assume my roll until I’m physically capable to return. Unfortunately this all requires financial resources that without your help are not available.

I believe in transparency and you deserve to know what your donations will be spent on. My primary concern is providing for my daughter during this time of recovery and uncertainty. I need to cover our general living expenses, food, rent, utilities etc.. My next priority is to get the medical care I continue to need, because I don’t have proper insurance most of those expenses will have to be paid at time of service. As unbelievable as it seems to me I am incurring a tremendous amount of legal expenses while this whole thing is getting sorted out so your donations will go toward that. Finally your donations will go toward maintaining my company, so that I can get the revenue needed to get back on my feet again.

I know I’m asking a lot and it’s hard for me to ask, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m not looking for handouts. If you know anyone, anywhere in California that wants solar, I will earn my money. I am willing to provide them with a world class solar system using the most advanced solar technology available, all at my deeply discounted employee/family pricing.

I appreciate everything that everyone has done and continues to do. At the risk of sounding obnoxious, please share this campaign as much and as often as possible.

Cheers,
Vern.
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Raised by 133 people in 11 months
Created April 22, 2018
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