Getting Back on Track

$2,440 of $13k goal

Raised by 23 people in 48 months
Luke Manley   ACTON, MA

Hello Everyone!

 

I have never written an appeal such as this before, but I was hoping that whoever reads this would be willing to try and help or at least pass on the story to someone who could.


My best friend Tony damaged the cartilage and tore the meniscus in his knee while on a trail ride several years ago and has been having debilitating knee problems ever since.  In 2010, his knee weakened to the point where he had to undergo months of physical therapy followed by the only surgery he could afford; a re-positioning of the knee, held in place with screws.  He was told this would last for 10-15 years, at which point they would hope that some new affordable procedure would be developed. Alas, it did not fix the problem and after three surgeries in the past 18 months, he now has to have a fourth.   However, because this one will basically give him a brand new knee it is far more expensive and the hospital won't perform the procedure until he can pay a significant portion up-front.  As you can imagine, this is not really an option. Between the initial deterioration in his knee and the subsequent surgeries, he has been unable to work for almost two years now.  This has left him in the horrible position of being unable to afford to fix his knee, but unable to get a decent paying job because of his immobility and inconsistent schedule related to the surgeries.  Compounding the problem is the fact that the State has rejected his request for disability assistance now for the second time. Further, his family is very much struggling themselves, so understandably they cannot offer him much in the way of financial assistance.


I make this plea because Tony is far and away my best friend and it kills me to see him in such dire straits.  He is easily one of the most intelligent, funny, clever, and resourceful people I know, but string after string of bad luck has taken away a lot of the zest for life that was always his trademark.  I know in my heart that if he can get himself healed physically then he can get back on- track with school (he was moving toward his RN), return to the workforce with a rewarding job, and take charge of his life.  Having worked as a firefighter and in hospital security, Tony has always been the type of person that would give his life for someone in need.  Now that he is the one in need, please join me in giving him his own life back.  


I would be so incredibly appreciative for any help that you can offer; whether it's a donation of any amount, sharing this link, or forwarding on the information to someone you know who might be willing.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like some more information. 


Thank you!


Luke

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Update 15
43 months ago
Hello Everyone! After a brief hiatus we are back on track with getting Tony back on track. Why is today a particularly good day to consider donating? Well because it's his birthday today! Please help us to make 29 the best year possible by giving whatever you can spare. If you haven't shared Tony's story in a while, this is a great time to mention it again. Life gets busy, but it's always important to take the time to let the people in our lives know how much we care. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY!!
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Update 14
47 months ago
Hello All! Tony's neighbor Louise is sponsoring a virtual run to raise funds for his surgery and you can visit her page here:

http://www.runnersramblings.com/p/maine-lobstah-virtual-run-2012_3.html

This is yet another wonderful example of all of us coming together to help get Tony back on track. Please please share these links with friends and family and urge them to do the same with the people in their circles. I know it is a busy time for everyone and we thank you for all that you've done and continue to do!
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Update 13
47 months ago
Hello Everyone! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you again who are sharing the link as there has been a wonderful surge in visits to the page recently. Now we just need to encourage these folks to donate! Imagine how quickly we could reach our goal if everyone in our circles donated just 5 or 10 dollars. Also, I wanted to share a photo of the wonderful card that someone sent to Tony the other day. Thank you again for your support!
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Update 12
47 months ago
Inching closer to our 20% mark! Just today, Tony received a gift of brownies and a card wishing him well. If someone can take that much time and effort for someone they don't even know, I have faith that all of you out there will continue to offer your support. We are coming up on the season of giving after all! Please do whatever you can to demonstrate to people what a wonderful thing they will be doing by donating. Share the link, share your Tony stories, share these updates. Thank you!
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$2,440 of $13k goal

Raised by 23 people in 48 months
Created September 2, 2012
CF
$25
Chris Floro
46 months ago
$25
Anonymous
47 months ago
$20
Anonymous
47 months ago
$50
Anonymous
47 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
47 months ago
KG
$25
Kevin Grivois
48 months ago

Get well buddy!

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AK
$100
Abraham Kanter
48 months ago

From one person with a torn ACL to another.....good luck!

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VD
$20
Valerie Dahlgren
48 months ago
CP
$100
Crystal Pelletier
48 months ago

Tony you are in my prayers! Love and miss you.. May God bless you in this trying time xoxo

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$50
Anonymous
48 months ago
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