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Calvin Lai - Medical Needs

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Raised by 155 people in 23 months
Created August 13, 2017
Larkies and other musical friends! As you may know, our beloved, amazing friend Calvin Lai had a bad fall during Middle Eastern Night at camp this year and injured his foot terribly (as in, broke it, dislocated it, pulled ligaments, and also broke part of his leg). Many dear hearts worked together to get him safely to the hospital and then home to SF again - the beauty of love in action. 

But many more friends will be needed to get him all the way back to health. 

As you also may know, Calvin is a fine art painter - a true artist. Without the ability to paint, or do the hustling to sell his paintings, Calvin has severely limited resources to meet the rapidly accumulating medical bills that are piling up, above and beyond what Medi-cal covers. It's inconceivable that someone who has brought us so much joy should be facing such hardship. Even as he was laying on the ground outside of the Camp 3 hall, one of the first things I heard him say, as he shivered under blankets piled on to fend off shock was - "How am I going to pay for this?" 

Now, after many trips to several different hospitals and specialists, Calvin's waiting to hear whether or not he'll need surgery, to put a metal pin in his foot, stabilizing it. More medical bills. More time unable to work. It's a tremendously scary time. [UPDATE: The surgery on Monday, Aug. 14 went well. He's now on the mend - keep him in your thoughts!]

So please - for all the times when Calvin's soaring clarinet playing has made your feet and your booty refuse to stop dancing, show your support now. For all the times when his cackling laugh and cockeyed sense of humor has brightened your day, please help him out now. Think of it as a way to "buy a drink" for him, for all those times you wanted to, but couldn't - coz he doesn't drink. What's the going rate for a nice cocktail in your town? Give that amount - buy him a drink, or two! - and it will all add up to help him weather this difficult time. 

And if you've never seen his incredible artwork, take a look, and please consider buying one of his pieces. They are absolutely magical. If you want to truly help a real artist continue to make beautiful art, and are looking to add a little beauty to your life as well, this is the perfect win-win action. 

Please show your support as soon as you can. We'll keep this GoFundMe open until November 1 if needed - that's right, All Hallows' Day - and will update you as more information becomes available. But time is of the essence.

Thank you, loved ones, so very much.
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Hello, friends!! Calvin wanted me to send out this update - it's straight from him, as he recovers. Thank you for everything!!

Laura B.

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From Calvin:

Dear friends and family,

I wanted to say thank you to all of you that contributed, spread the word, and helped me out during this challenging time. I am touched by the amount of support I’ve received and the Gofundme campaign has been more than successful. Your quick responses and generosity have been uplifting. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I am up and down in my recovery, in all honesty. The surgery happened, and I assume it was successful. I am unable to put weight on my leg yet so the true test will come then. I have my good days and bad days. So I can’t paint a purely happy picture. I am on the road to recovery, and I feel improvement, but it has not been a straight line and it has been slow. Right now I’m in a boot, trying to be as productive as I can be, staying at home, and waiting out this time till I am fully recovered.

In any case, I once again thank you all for everything. Your help is greatly appreciated. I hope to see you all soon.
Keeping Calvin's mobility boot warm!
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Update! Calvin's surgery yesterday went really well. His girlfriend Jasmine says that he was really groggy the first day, but is in good spirits today. Hurrah!
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Oh my gosh - THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to help Calvin get through this tough time! I will update folks with post-surgery news as soon as I get it. Your support for Calvin means SO MUCH!
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Update! Calvin is going into the hospital tomorrow for surgery to put pins in his foot to stabilize the bones. He's nervous but positive - and YOUR love and support means the world to him. THANK YOU!
Calvin will be rockin' out again soon!
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Raised by 155 people in 23 months
Created August 13, 2017
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