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People's advocate now needs help himself.

Coy Driscoll is a San Francisco tenants' attorney with over 25 years’ experience keeping people in their homes. Coy grew up in the hard scramble areas of Philadelphia and lost his parents at an early age. While living with his parents, he moved frequently within Philadelphia, due to the family’s inability to pay rent. Because his family lived this unstable life, Coy was not enrolled in school for seven years (second grade through eighth grade). During this time, he was informally home-schooled and learned to read from comic books.


Coy moved to California when he was 21. He attended City College of San Francisco and then obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco, while working full-time. He literally worked his way up in law offices from office boy, to paralegal, to becoming a lawyer after graduating from the prestigious University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

He is well known in the legal community, and enjoys a reputation for tenacity and dedication to his clients' interest. He knows all too well from his own experiences as a child how frightening and devastating it is to lose one’s home.  He understands that for the tenant the battle is not about money, it’s about survival.

Coy has suffered a devastating illness.  However, as the result of his long personal struggle, Coy is fiercely independent; it is difficult for him to seek assistance.  Consequently we, his friends Ken Goodreau and Dave Rossum, have established this Go Fund Me site to provide Coy some peace of mind during this struggle with financial difficulties due to his illness.

Coy's medical problems began during a power outage in San Francisco this past April.  Coy fell while coming down his apartment building stairs in the dark.  He initially thought he was unharmed except for minor soft tissue injuries.  However, the fall also caused a small cut on Coy’s leg.  That cut became infected, and the infection spread to his heart, damaging his previously replaced heart valve.  This required replacing the damaged heart valve with a new valve.  The infection still has not been eliminated, but the hope is that it will not re-infect Coy's heart.

The bottom line is that Coy has been unable to work very much since April and not at all since October.  He will be laid up for another month or more.  As a result, Coy has run through his savings and has accumulated significant debt.  He needs help to stay financially afloat until he can return to work.  Including medical costs, ongoing living expenses, and the maintenance of an office he cannot go to, combined with the inability to work for the foreseeable future, we estimate a need of $50,000 to be raised by February 1, 2018.

We have known Coy for over 15 years, and found him to be an excellent attorney as well as a good and trusted friend.  It is in this light that we are asking for financial support to assist Coy in overcoming the ever-mounting medical and day-to-day expenses that he is facing.

Please do whatever you can to support Coy in this time of need by giving generously to this Go Fund Me campaign.



Update 12/20/17:  Coy has been re-hospitalized due to a resurgence of the infection.  The dangers to Coy's heart, to say nothing of his leg, require intravenous treatments.  Currently there is no prognosis as to when the infection will be fully cured.

Update 1/3/18:  Coy was discharged from the hospital just before Christmas.  However, Coy is still not out of the woods as his infection is not under control.  If the current round of antibiotics fails to eliminate the infection, not only does Coy face another heart surgery but also the possibly of losing his leg.  Medical as well as ongoing everyday expenses continue to increase, and our need to provide him some peace of mind continues to grow.

Update 1/13/18:  We have changed the campaign goal to $50,000 at the suggestion of last night's anonymous $15,000 donor!  If you haven't noticed, we received an anonymous donation of $15,000 from a San Francisco lawyer, which put us over our original goal.  Along with that contribution, the donor recommended that we increase our goal to $50,000.00.  We agree because knowing Coy as we do, we have now realized that he understated his actual need by a large margin.  So, we have increased the campaign goal and look forward to giving Coy the peace of mind he needs to heal.  Thanks for your generosity and understanding.

Medical Update 1/14/18:  Last Friday Coy saw one of his many doctors (all with different medical specialties).  The doctor was cautiously optimistic about the healing of the wound on Coy's leg, but considering the pernicious character of this infection the doctor offered no assurances that it would not come back yet again.  Coy's strength and mobility are improving, but he still tires easily and can only walk a few yards before becoming short of breath.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Dave Rossum 
Organizer
Santa Cruz, CA
James Driscoll 
Beneficiary
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