Our names are Alford Lew and Richard Lew. We are fundraising for our father Jin Yut Lew, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a violent carjacking.
On the morning of April 7th, 2022, our father was carjacked, robbed, brutally beaten and left for dead near Chinatown. He was attacked repeatedly with a blunt object to the head and face and was left lying on the ground. He was found by street cleaners who reported the incident to the police and an ambulance brought him to the hospital. He required immediate brain surgery and was diagnosed with severe brain trauma which led to swelling and internal bleeding. He currently remains in a coma and doctors say the damage he sustained may result in permanent brain damage.
Jin Yut Lew immigrated to the US in the early 80s and has worked tirelessly since to support his family here and in China. As a father, he provided all he could to ensure my brother and I got a good education. In the Chinese restaurant community, he was a well respected head chef who over 40 years gave many new immigrants their first starts and trained them in his kitchen. Many of these colleagues went on to be restaurant leaders across Chicago.
With this injury, his work in the kitchen will likely be over. The road to recovery will be long and we are asking for help to assist with the medical bills, physical therapy, and home care that this tragic incident will incur. Thank you for your time and generosity.