In recent years, Jeff has been experiencing difficulty getting around due to some lower back issues and hip discomfort. These health issues have affected his daily quality of life, as it is very hard for him to walk at times. Additionally, his ongoing pain has forced him to take a step back from both softball and bowling, two sports that he loves.
After many tests and procedures, Jeff's doctors determined much of his pain is most likely related to severe arthritis in his right hip. In fact, they've said he has the hip of an eighty year old man...and he's only 53!
The good news is that Jeff's health issues can most likely be corrected! In fact, Jeff underwent surgery to replace his right hip on August 25th, and everything went very smoothly. Within 5 hours of surgery, they had him up on his feet and sitting in a chair for a few minutes! He is now recovering at his Dad's house before returning to his own house in a week or so. Jeff has also begun to receive in home physical therapy, which will continue for the next several weeks.
As this is quite a major surgery, the recovery time is expected to take up to 8 weeks. Additionally, doctors say he will not be able to drive for the first 3 weeks.
Given the expenses involved with the surgery, and the unpaid time off of work during his recovery, we are looking for your support to help Jeff over the next few months. While the full cost of surgery is undoubtedly astronomical, Jeff is personally responsible for paying approximately $4,500 out of pocket in medical expenses before his insurance covers the remaining amount.
Jeff is also expected to be out of work for up to 8 weeks. While he does have about 2 weeks of paid time off that he has saved up, this will leave up to 6 weeks of unpaid time. Therefore, we are hoping to raise additional money to cover his lost wages of approximately $5,500, which will help Jeff continue paying his monthly living expenses (mortgage, utilities, etc) while he is out of work.
At this point, the bills will begin rolling in, so our goal is to raise $10,000 over the next 4-6 weeks to help Jeff through this tough time, and allow him to focus on his recovery without worrying about the medical expenses ($4,500) and lost wages ($5,500).
Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is a very generous man. He is the type who would do anything he could for someone who is in need, and would be there to help in any way he can, no matter how big or small the gesture. On the other hand, Jeff is an extremely proud man who would never ask for anything from others. In fact, when asked if it was ok to create this Go Fund Me campaign, he nodded his appreciation but emphatically said "I'm not going to ask anyone for money".
Please consider contributing whatever amount you can.
Feel free to reach out to Jeff directly during his recovery too. He would love to hear from friends and family as he slowly gets back on his feet.
If you have any questions about this campaign, please don't hesitate to reach out to me through the Go Fund Me link provided or via Facebook.
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
- Barry Brizes
- Scott Patterson
- Rudy Stralka
- David DiGiacomo
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