Fundraiser for Marvin Franzen

$20,000 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 486 people in 9 days
Raising money to help pay for Marvin’s tractor and medical expenses. https://qconline.com/news/local/longtime-worker-at-codfish-hollow-seriously-injured-after-tractor-rollover/article_0e899506-6120-5846-892e-472847a0ed7d.html
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We're SO FREAKING excited to interrupt your evening with a Marv-Update! A Marv-date, if you will...

Today was a big day for our man, Marvin! Scheduled for an 8-hour surgery, it was a short day this time of year by farmer standards. But not such a short day for his loved ones who are acutely aware of the discomfort of hospital waiting room furniture. Marv's medical personnel did an amazing job, addressing the 3 breaks in his pelvis and his broken right arm. They cleaned out and bandaged his left arm with a plan for additional surgery on that arm this Friday.

This is great news and we are so happy to share this with our Codfish family! Tiff and Shawn are in Iowa City with the rest of Marv's family. They all want to express their unending gratitude for the generosity shown with the GoFundMe drive. We cannot believe how everyone has stepped up and helped show Marv, Barb and crew that you all have their backs. We have no idea what their expenses will look like and we don't want that to be a worry for any of them. Please continue to share the GFM link and Marv's story far and wide! We have a few news stations and papers running stories soon so watch for those, as well.

Again - words don't express just how much we appreciate the way you all stepped up for Marv! We know our family is so special but you have exceeded our expectations. Thank you, thank you. We <3 you so much! <3 <3 <3

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We want to fill in our Codfish Family on some news now that we have everyone's blessing...

On Saturday evening, in the middle of The Artisanals set, Marvin was involved in a tractor accident. As you know, he is the bib-wearing smile tucked under a feed store cap, ushering concert-goers up and down Codfish Hollow Road. Marv drives the stretch from the parking pasture to the venue all night long at each and every show. His contribution to the Hollow is larger than life and he is an integral part of our family, both to the Costellos/Biehls on a personal level and to our extended Codfish Family - bands, volunteers and patrons.

This accident was eerily similar to the drill held just one week prior, with the tractor going over the embankment, causing significant injury to Marvin. While it provided valuable insight for our county's Emergency Services personnel, nothing could have prepared us for this.

Among Marv's injuries, he has broken both arms and has suffered a broken pelvis. He is going to be SO PISSED when he hears that they are expecting an extensive stay at UIHC but we are sure he'll keep the nurses and staff on their toes, regaling them with stories and tall tales! (We cannot stress enough how mad he's going to be when he hears their estimated stay... Mercy.) Marv is stable and has already had one surgery however he is expected to have several more. It is going to take some time to put our Marvin back together again.

All jokes aside - we are worried sick and absolutely heartbroken that this has happened. Our feels nearly paralyzed us but we know you care and the family has given us permission to share information. Know that we have been in touch with the family daily and they know you are all sending your prayers and well-wishes. Please keep them coming. Tiff was able to speak directly with Marv earlier today and will keep us updated as she is able.

We will be planning a larger event down the road to show our support for Marv and his family but in the meantime, we have established a GoFundMe (link below) for his medical expenses and tractor repair. If you would like to send cards or limericks to help him pass the time, please send them on to:
Marvin C/O Tiffany Biehl
3437 288th Avenue
Maquoketa, IA 52060

We hope you know how much you all mean to this volunteer-driven community. Without you, we wouldn't do what we do. No matter the amount, or if all you can offer are good vibes, we appreciate it all. We love you. And we all love Marv. Let's show him the love. xo
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