One More Candle For Lane
$1,860 of $5,000 goal
After the repair, he had another surgery to reattach his colon. Another month after that, he re-tore his colon and had to go under the knife again!
Since then, he's been in and out of the hospital to address follow up problems. Lane now has a big one ahead of him, and he's going to need the help of all his friends to help offset the costs.
He needs major abdominal surgery to “install” more than a square foot of abdominal mesh to support the muscles. Without it, Lane will be unable to work. He's wading through the red tape of scheduling this surgery, and as you can probably imagine, money is the biggest part of this journey.
In his diminished capacity, he is not able to work enough to pay his bills. He's been selling off personal property to keep things going. He's even selling his custom-made Spector bass, and for a bassist, this is a pretty sad thing to have to do.
Friends, we must help Lane - if he doesn't get some cash flowing, he could end up homeless. We do not want this to happen.
In the past, whenever someone has called upon Lane to help out, he's always been first man at the door.
Low Notes For Nashville – we raised almost $80,000 in gear and cash
Foodstock – raised over $75,000 in cash and food for food banks, and have fed more than $20,000 free meals to those in need.
He's also participated in Feeding the Homeless projects, and performed at Benefit Concerts to help others, including children with cancer.
Let's all think about the wonderful things Lane does for others, and then ask what we can do for him.
Give what you can, but try to give something. I've had some pretty terrible times in my life, too, but never like this. My friends and family, whether immediate or extended, have always helped me. I can never pay them back in cash, but I can EARN what they have done for me by extending a hand to others in trouble.
After checking in with Lane, he has decided to bring this campaign to a close. Now that he is stronger and well on the way to a full recovery, it's important to him to resume taking charge of more aspects of his life and to get back to standing on his own two feet.
Lane's Message to all who have helped him:
"A year and a half. And then some. That’s how long I’ve been Crawling Through Fire. It’s been going on so long that I almost don’t remember what it’s like to have a normal life! Now, however, I am at the end of the trial, and like a Phoenix, I will rise from the ashes and take flight again. And it’s all because of all y’all!
"I’ll never be able to properly convey my deep thanks and sincere appreciation for every one of you. You have been my financial support, helping me keep a roof over my head and food on the table. But even more important, you have been a moral/emotional support without which I would have folded long ago.
"Those who have faced a similar situation – and I know there are many who have – know what a drain it is to wake up every day worrying about survival, and to go to bed every night wondering if it will ever end. You know how it is for an illness to go on so long that people get tired of hearing about it. You know how it is to lose friends and watch your world shrink to the size of the four walls that enclose you.
"Thanks to all of you, however, my world didn’t shrink completely, and there have been good, true friends by my side each step of the way, encouraging me, comforting me, and making sure I remembered that there was indeed an end to this. And at the end – the reward for not giving up.
"At the end of every month, I’d start worrying about finances. Then – each and every time – all y’all came through and kept me safe. I remember the extreme relief I felt when CL emailed to update me, and the appreciation I felt (and still feel!) for all of you.
"There are two people I want to mention briefly: first, Roy Vogt, who has been a friend for many, many years. He’s been a mentor and guide, and a strong support on which to lean when things were toughest. For two years, Roy’s summer benefit concert has supported my efforts to stay alive. To Roy, the musicians, and the concert-goers – thank you VERY much!
"Second, CL Seamus, who has overseen this campaign from the beginning. I can’t count the emails and messages we’ve traded as she’s taken care of all the administrative work and the unending encouragement and support. Without you, CL, this campaign would have never happened, and I’d be living in my car! So, thank you DEEPLY!!!
"I’m here to tell you: dying can drastically change how you approach life. It brings things into focus. It shows you what’s important. It challenges you to be your best at the worst of times.
"I have crawled through the fire. I did not give up; I did not give in. I fought the good fight and I kept my faith. And, now, thanks to all of you, I will stand and be true. I will do what I came here to do.
"I am a Phoenix. Watch me rise!!"
For myself, I just want to say THANKS to everybody who has helped Lane. Props to Roy Vogt from me, too.
It's been a privilege to have been part of this campaign. I worried about him every hour of the day when he went for his surgery, and didn't let out a big sigh of relief until he came through with great success.
I haven't always had good luck in my own life, either; being able to hold the reins in this campaign is one of the best gifts I've ever given myself. It's helped me to re-define the word LUCKY.
Lane's bass will thunder again. The music will continue! And even though we're closing the campaign, I promise to keep the candle burning for the Bluesman himself.
Lane's got a little thank you gift for those who donated. Some of you may have already been in contact with him about this, or may have already received his gift. Over the next little while, we'll be getting these thank you gifts together. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, Thunder On!
The other day, I asked him how he was feeling, so he told me a story.
"When my older sister was in her junior year of college, she hit a wall. She was just done, and so overwhelmed she was ready to walk away.
Dad asked her how many more weeks till the end of the year. "Six," she said, and he replied, "you can hang by your thumbs that long."
They both laughed, and it lightened the mood. She did make it to the end of the year, and also her final year, using our new "family motto" as her mantra.
"I can hang by my thumbs that long."
So... that's what I'm doing now... hanging by my thumbs. And I CAN do it for six more weeks."
Lane's spirit is getting as strong as his body, but he could still use the help of his friends for those upcoming weeks.
Can you imagine what a (ahem) Happy Boy he'll be when he can get back to being the Bassman we all know he was meant to be! If you and I are this excited to see him back on the beat, imagine how HE is feeling!
Please help out with a donation to offset his ongoing bills until he is once again able to earn his own green. A buck or two? What's that? You've got a $20.00 bill burning a hole (or DIGGING a hole) in your pocket? Drop it in the jar for Lane.
"Hey, there! Just wanted to touch base and say HI! I'm not sure if I updated you after my follow-up appointment. Doctor was very pleased with the closure, and so am I by the way. It looks a LOT cleaner than previous one. Told me to keep resting, not to overdo it, and I'm following his orders!
"I still tire easily, so I make sure to rest throughout the day. At the same time, I've begun my walk regimen, which doctor says is important. Slow, comfortable walk, and I'm up to 1/4 mile so far.
"The abdomen looks much better! No more looking like a I have a watermelon in my stomach. Overall, pretty "flat" but there's one area that's tighter than all the rest, right in the middle, going from side to side. I can feel where the stitches inside are, because those are the places I still have pain. It's a really large patch, and appears to be very stable.
"Doctor said he'd done over 200 of these procedures and I'm the second largest patch he's ever done. Lost out by just a few square inches. He poked and prodded me and said it all felt the way it should at this point.
"So... 6-8 more weeks of slowly working my way back, and I should be rarin' to go! As long as I keep doing what the doctor tells me, I should be done with all of this and can have my life back! (Yay me! My Five!)"
Nice to know all is going so well for Lane! If you haven't yet pitched some coin into the donation box, now's the time to help out. Lane still needs some bucks to help out with bills until he can get back to work. Please help the Bluesman get back to making the music we all love!!!
"Yesterday was tough. The pain meds weren’t keeping up. I called the doc this morning, and by the afternoon I got new meds. It's all under control now and I should be fine as far as all that goes. I’ll be able to sleep a LOT better, and rest more effectively during the day.
"The big duct tape thingie is gone. I got to take it off this afternoon and get a look behind it. There are NO sutures or staples at all! The whole “suction cup” concept is what held the skin together long enough for it to heal. OF course there are sutures in the muscles and the mesh, but outside, it looks pretty darn clean. And I still have my belly button!! Yay, me and give myself a My Five! LOL
"Best of all – at this point, it looks like it worked. I’m only four days out, though, so, let’s all pray it continues to look good.
"Please pass along my HUGE thanks for all the contact – FB msgs, texts, emails, calls… I **really** appreciate the love, care and prayers."