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Bob Otis Medical Expense & Recovery

$21,688 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 478 people in 2 months
Bob Otis is family to me, I've known him for 29 years. He is always the first person to offer help to any person in need, be it friend or stranger. He has sacrificed a lot of his own time, energy and what money he has, to save a bunch of animals in need time and again. He loves his job at RHD-RI working with adults that have developmental and physical disabilities.

He is absolutely the last person that would ask his friends, never mind people in general, for financial help of any kind.

Wednesday July 18th, Bob crashed riding his motorcycle with Kaleigh in Providence. While driving by the Olneyville car wash he attempted braking to slow down, not realizing the street in front of the car wash was coated with not just oil drips from cars, but a sheen of detergent from the cars leaving the car wash. He wiped out and rolled 25 feet down the road.

He was admitted to RI Hospital Trauma ICU with 6 broken ribs, along with multiple lacerations, bruises and road rash in a bunch of places. Fortunately he was wearing his helmet.

If you know what has been going on with Bob in the last year, this was like being kicked down in life while you're trying to get back on your feet.

In the early 2000's Bob was driving a car that was rear ended and totaled by a drunk driver. That accident pushed his knees into the dashboard and blew out his lower back. In March 2017 his back was further injured at work while assisting a client. He was unable to work from that point. In September 2017 a spot opened up for him to have a major spinal surgery to try to alleviate some of the damage and remove some of the scar tissue. From September through April of 2018 Bob spent time recovering and rehabbing from this. He was finally able to return to light duty at work in late April after 13 months out of work. Needless to say, he and Kaleigh have been living on a shoestring, and his medical bills from the spinal surgery have piled up. His bills from just having a place to live have piled up.

At this point he has at least $30,000 in bills not covered by his basic health insurance.

This doesn't include what just happened to him.

Now he will be unable to work again for an unknown amount of time, and the bills will keep coming. We're not even sure yet if the accident did any damage to his not 100% healed back surgery. That we won't know for another couple weeks.

When I went to see Bob Friday in the hospital, this friend of mine that has never asked for help like this, told me that he and Kaleigh need some help.

I'm setting the goal at $15,000 currently as I believe that there are a ton of people out there that care for him. All the people that love Bob in Providence, all the people we have met across the world with Dropdead over the years, all the people Bob has touched through acts of kindness... I know we have some friends out there.

Bob and Kaleigh could really use any support to help get them out of this overwhelming financial hole that they have been holding at bay for the last year. Their ability to get by has now been pushed further beyond what they can handle.

If you can help out, know that Bob and Kay won't forget.

Any questions, feel free to contact me via this campaign, or email/phone if you have it.

Working on a local benefit show in August for immediate needs. Contact me for info or if you want to be a part somehow.

Thanks everyone who've been helping out so far! You are all appreciated and loved!

Ben Barnett
Dropdead / Armageddon Shop
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Here's a quick update from Bob below.

Benefit show #2 is this coming Friday Sept 21st at AS220 featuring Whore Paint, Beta Motel, Hammer Party, Ancient Filth and Escuela. All ages welcome $10
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1104098003079615/

And now a quick word from Bob:

"Hi everybody, here's an update on what's been going on with my continuing health situation.

I am still dealing with chronic pain in both my lower back and where I broke my ribs. I recently underwent spinal injections for pain treatment in my lower spine at Blackstone Orthopedics, but they had little effect in relief. I am currently waiting on a go ahead authorization for a trial spinal cord stimulator to be put in. This will be an outpatient surgery that I will be able to go home from the same day. If the test stimulator provides me with relief then an operation will be scheduled to put in a permanent one.

I am also still dealing with the 7 broken ribs and possible blood build up in my right lung. I am going for more x-rays and bloodwork this coming week. If I'm lucky the blood in my lung will dissipate, but if not it may require another hospitalization and surgery to correct it. My new Primary care doctor is concerned about it, but has also taken the steps to see if there is real need for immediate remedy. I will know more as soon as I run the gauntlet of tests coming up.

I want to thank everybody for continuing to support us through this trying time. The bills are piling up, but both the GoFundMe and benefits have helped relieve our burden and anxiety immensely. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the bands and people involved in helping out with the benefit shows and raffle donations. Also our amazing immediate circle of friends who have walked the miles with us through this. Dan St Jacques and Ashley Joslin, Vanessa June, Kerry Tuttlebee, Cynthia Dube and Brian Mastrobouno, Jim and Charlene Otis, Ben Barnett, Ashley Anderson, and the Armageddon crew, the fine people of DUSK, AS220 and MACHINES WITH MAGNETS and of course, all of my friends who have continued to check in, message us and give support. This has been an extremely difficult time but with friends and family like this in our corner, we know we will get through it.

THANK YOU ALL! "

Bob Otis
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Hello everyone! Since the last update, Bob and Kay had to move out of the apartment they lived in for over a decade, the building is scheduled to be torn down in coming months. Josh Kemp got them a new spot on the 3rd floor of his building, and got it all ready for them to move in to. We got them a professional mover as there was no way they could swing a 3rd floor to 3rd floor move without a ton of help. Kerry Tuttlebee and I have been coordinating all Bob and Kay's needs as they come up, and are working to get a plan together for the ongoing expenses. We have 3 benefit shows upcoming as well in Providence, trying my best to fit in everyone who asked to play. The three shows are listed in the links at the bottom of the update, with more info to follow. We put out a call for raffle items, stuff has been slowly coming in. I can't begin to convey how absolutely thankful I am that people are coming together to help my friends out so much. You all are truly the best! Much love to you from all of us.
Ben B.


I asked Bob to write a bit about what's been going on, this is directly from Bob:

"Hey everyone, first off thank you to all for your nonstop outpouring of love and support. I've been blown away beyond words, I am a person who has always tried to give and not take. To be given so much love and support from around the world has shaken my heart to it's core. I am in an incredible amount of pain but getting through it inch by inch each day. I suffered 7 fractured ribs, some heavy contusions and abrasions, and my back has been pounding ever since. If I hadn't been wearing my helmet, I don't know what would have happened, but it would have been considerably worse. I have people like Ben Barnett and Kaleigh Melise for constantly harassing me through pure caring that finally made me cover my dome. There's a chance I might not be here had I not - even at that low speed crash. My helmet was trashed. I am heading back to the ICU at Rhode Island Hospital Thursday morning for more tests and x-rays and also hopefully to see my back surgeon a week or two after that. I am still facing another back surgery to put in a spinal cord stimulation (SCS) implant because of my previous operation. We are crossing our fingers nothing else has been aggravated because of this incident. My bills have piling up and the insurance that I have through my job is basic at best. Your donations are helping me get through this and helping me with day to day expenses as I am out of work until further notice. I cannot thank you all enough for your heartfelt support. I cannot thank my friends for constantly being by my side. I cannot thank this city and everyone across the miles that I love so much for returning their love to me. It is not something I take for granted nor something I will ever forget. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your friend and fellow citizen of this Earth and wonderful city of Providence.
I love you all,
Bob Otis"

Bob Otis Benefit Vol 1 August 24th at Dusk in Providence, RI
https://www.facebook.com/events/274575036459599/

Bob Otis Benefit Vol 2 September 21st at AS220 in Providence, RI
https://www.facebook.com/events/1104098003079615/

Bob Otis Benefit Vol 3 October 13th at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI
https://www.facebook.com/events/246106409555690/

If you want to donate anything to the raffle, Vanessa Martin will be coordinating all raffle related stuff. Contact her directly please!
vjmartin331 [at] gmail [dot] com

Vanessa can pick stuff up locally and answer any questions as need be, leaving me more time to focus on booking and promoting the events. (Thanks Vanessa!!!!)

Raffle stuff can be also dropped off or mailed to Armageddon Shop, in-person drop off's are fine, shop is open 12-8pm Mon-Sat and 12-6 Sundays.

If mailing, mail to:
Bob Otis Recovery
c/o Armageddon Shop
436 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
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After a second round of visits to two hospitals this past Tuesday July 27th, Bob is now back home and getting a little more mobile every day. Still in a lot of pain, but he has had a rotating cast of friends coming by to assist and keep him focused on the healing process.

Right now, the GoFundMe has been a huge help. So many friends everywhere have been sending donations along with notes of encouragement and love Bob's way. Makes me feel like there's a big family out there caring for each other. It's been overwhelming, the response has just been so positive. Bob is blown away.

Other than that, There are a few benefit shows in Providence in the works. We should have details soon. We are looking for raffle prize donations for the shows. If any people, labels, bands or businesses have anything they want to donate for that, they can mail raffle packages to:
Bob Otis Recovery Fund
c/o Armageddon Shop
436 Broadway
Providence RI 02909

There will be one event at Dusk on 8/24/2018 and one event at AS220 on 9/21/2018, a third in the works for October at Machines With Magnets. Details on all shows forthcoming. Got a few things to wrap up this week, then will have those booked and promoted properly pretty quickly.

Our long time friend Kerry Tuttlebee is going to help me administrate the funds from this campaign so that they will most benefit Bob over the next few months. She is what I call a Level 10 adult, she will be a big help navigating all the specifics of the bills and planning. We are hoping the funds will wipe put some of the current expenses and follow up visits, as well as carry them through financially until Bob can get back to work.

Bob and Kaleigh have expressed nothing but heartfelt thanks and love for everyone who has reached out, written, donated, and stopped in to help them in the last week and a half.

More news as we have it.
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Bob is heading back to the hospital today. He is having difficulty breathing and is in great pain. Wanted to thank everyone for coming together in Bob and Kaleigh's time of need. I’m absolutely floored by the response of our friends everywhere, and people we don’t know personally but have been touched or influenced by Bob personally, one of his bands or his words. Truly humbled and appreciative of all the help. Will keep everyone posted on his situation as we have more information. Thanks so much!

A quick message from Bob he posted yesterday via Facebook:

Guys...i can't even keep up with the amount of beautiful messages and letters I have been recieving. I love you all SO much...i'll try to write each and every one of you back as I never take such kindness and decency for granted ...but I am so hurt it may take awhile. I have over 1300 letters to go through at last count. Please do not think it isn't absolutely appreciated from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU...you have me crying with appreciation for your friendship and loyalty. All my love to all of you...Bob Otis..
Ps: know that my home crew has been watching over me day and night...I couldn't ask for more amazing friends. I love them SO much.
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