David Bickel Emergency Medical Fund

UPDATE 3 (Friday, Sept 14th @ 5:00pm).  Recovery is a process. Triple bypass surgery is tough.  Dave is coming through and is now communicating with friends.   He is now talking and is coherent and thinking about getting back to work.   He was tremendously touched by the outpouring of support.   He will be in touch with all of your friends. He expects to be back at work building his company as soon as he can do it.   

UPDATE 2 (Sunday, Sept 9 @ 8:40pm)   We called the hospital and spoke directly to the nurse in charge on Dave's floor.   She was matter of fact in saying that he is stable.   He should be in recovery for a couple more days.   Bill Warner ('87) is planning an on-site visit tomorrow, so we can provide more definitive info.   



UPDATE 1 (Friday, Sept 7 @ 10:00pm)!   Dave is out of surgery and is doing well in his recovery room.    Doctors said the surgery was fine and everything looks good.   At this hour (10pm Friday), he is up and talking.  His sons are with him and were blown away by the generosity of the fund-raising effort.      More updates to follow but thank you all for your support.   It really means alot to Dave and his family.    


Hi! We are a group of friends of David "Dave" M. Bickel.

Dave recently found he had blockage in his arteries.   Initial surgery today was to implant stents, however doctors found more blockage and have decided to proceed with open heart bypass surgery tomorrow morning (Sept 7th) at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Dave's current situation is that he is working with fellow Citadel alumni and Veterans to start a business.  As such, he currently has no income.  Since Dave is a Veteran, the VA will cover 90% of the cost of surgery and hospital stay, however he lacks the money to pay his portion of the medical bill and has no insurance to cover this expense.   He expects his portion of the surgery and post-op care to be approximately $5,000. 

We need  your help and donation to help Dave.   If you can donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated.    If not, please share this with friends or family members who know Dave and who might be able to help.

Dave is the father of two kids, is an Air Force Veteran and a 1986 graduate of The Citadel (Lima Company), The Military College of South Carolina.   He is very well liked by his friends, family and fellow alumni.     

We hope those of you who can will help Dave in this situation.

If there are funds left over from the GoFundMe Account after the medical expenses are paid, Dave will donate the remainder to a charitable cause to help others in a similar circumstance.

Thank you so much for helping our friend.
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Dave Bickel 
Cumming, GA

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