Garland Lee Thompson, well known for playIng Transporter Technician Ensign Wilson on "Star Trek: the Original Series", as well as for being one of the original founders of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (along with director Billie Allen, actor Morgan Freeman, and the late broadcaster Clayton Riley) who has led and shepherded this theatrical institution to support black, and other minority playwrights, and their new works for 41 years, was hospitalized recently after a serious fall at home.
He was found by his landlord who I'd asked to check on him after getting no answer when I called. Paramedics were summoned and upon arrival they immediately rushed him to the intensive care unit at Harlem Hospital, where he currently remains listed in critical condition. He's unable to really speak, and has been breathing with the aid of a ventilator as he continues to receive treatment for pneumonia and other infections, with around the clock care. There are times he seems very alert, and other times not so much. As of today it's still unknown how long he'll be in the ICU and hospital, as well as what kind of continued care, and treatment he'll need when he's released.
Garland Lee Thompson as Transporter Technician Ensign Wilson in "THE ENEMY WITHIN" - STAR TREK: TOS - Episode #5
My sister Alex, and I are Dad's nearest next of kin. Unfortunately we both live in California, 3000 miles away. After taking a look at our own situations, we realized we need some help. We need to be able to cover various items such as:
- his personal bills through this period (rent & utilities)
- his rehabilitation
- family travel, and living expenses while caring for him
- the securing of his work and archives. (secure storage space and waterproof containers).
So we've set up this campaign to raise the money needed to support him as he fights to regain his health. Any contribution will be very much appreciated. No donation is too small. Every dollar helps!
If you're someone Garland has ever helped, taught or supported, if you know someone he's helped, or if you just appreciate, and support his consistent, tireless service to the Black Theatre community, American Theatre in general, and The Arts for all these decades, this is a chance to give back to him in his hour of need.
Can't make a donation? No problem! You can still help by sharing this campaign with your friends, Facebook buddies, and family. Of course, cards or notes of support sent to Harlem Hospital will always be welcome!
With much gratitude and thanks for all your good thoughts and consideration,
Garland Lee Thompson Jr.
November 4, 2014
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