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Spoiler Alert: Elliott needs another surgery ... yes ... seriously ( August 29, 2019 )
The Summary: (Posted July 2019)
My friend, Elliott Cohn is in medical recovery after rapidly going from a medical concern to preemptive cancer surgery within 11 days. Help me to help a Good Man, a Phenomenally Talented Musician and a Generous Philanthropist. With your help we can ease his financial concerns for the next 2 months as he recovers from his procedure safely at home as medically required.
I'm putting this fundraiser together to help my longtime friend Elliott Cohn. He recently had a major cancer scare, and went through a very invasive surgery to remove a lump of precancerous cells (dysplasia). The surgery was wonderfully successful and thank God! However, as a result of such a sudden life change, he is looking at eight weeks of mandatory bed rest to properly heal. He will not be able to work in his profession as a studio musician and engineer and certainly not perform live. Elliott is a lifelong self-employed musician that has dedicated himself to bringing people together through the power of music. As a community, I feel the time is upon us to rally around him and give him some love and support in return. We need good people like Elliott Cohn on their feet moving and working in our community. With so many people using crowd-sourcing platforms for frivolous things like buying a new TV and going on pleasure trips instead I ask you to make a real difference in someone’s life.
Elliott has already overcome a severe spinal cord injury in 2007, which almost ended his career and then a major auto accident where he was the victim of a drunk driver in 2012. Those new injuries amplified and exacerbated all of his previous injuries which he still deals with to this day. Elliott didn't have any benefit concerts or fundraisers on his behalf back then because he never believed in asking for charity (any of you who know the man also know that he can be proud to a fault), besides, he was used to raising money through his musicianship to benefit others. While his exterior exudes nothing but confidence and a joy for life, I've seen his vulnerability and struggles firsthand, and amazingly, he's always found a way to get himself back to where he needs to be.
I say, enough is enough.
When setting up a GoFundMe account was suggested, Elliott refused, stating "it's not in my character to beg".
I’m here to plead on his behalf.
Let’s help this guy "get by with a little help from his friends"! He's given so much joy to this world through his music and bridged so many delicate gaps in society! He crosses racial barriers and social norms while never caring about the consequences as long as the result is bringing people together and creating unity where there would otherwise be division. He is truly one of the best people I have ever known.
I told Elliott I will just setup the GoFundMe account myself and asked how much he needed. He replied "just a few months living expenses" (rent, auto payment, groceries, health and life insurance policies, utility bills etc.). His average income is only about $3,250 a month which is enough to cover his expenses and still leave him some money to enjoy a modest meal or a movie, out with friends from time to time.
Elliott will be "down for the count" for two months while he properly recuperates. Due to how invasive his surgery was (which did include some complications) I'm asking for $6,500 on his behalf so that he can heal without the pressure of monthly revolving debt piling up.
Come on y'all let's get this guy back on the stage and back in the recording studio ASAP! These are crazy times we live in and we need all the forces of good out there making a difference, putting love in our hearts, and inspiration in our souls!
My Request for Our Humble Friend:
Please give what you can and let's start making the world a better place by keeping him healthy and in it.
Elliott has leveraged his talents to raise money in roughly 30 benefit concerts. These concerts span fund-raisers for FEMA (Relief concerts for Katrina and Gustav hurricane victims 2005-2009) to The Pink Ribbon Society, from Cultural Awareness to Urban and Race Relations, MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) events for our active military personnel and families across the country, and even fund-raising benefits for youths in extensive medical need.
See Elliott Cohn the Musician in action:
**I really wish I could find some studio footage or more recent concerts, in their absence, enjoy these:
- Elliott Cohn @ Louisiana Music Factory
- Bruce Andrews
- Bruce Andrews
- Bruce Andrews
- Rob Stoney
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