To keep up with Billy's progress, go to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billymallon. It is frequently updated by his partner, Jan.
There's a world of us who have learned from and laughed with Billy Mallon, one of the most generous human beings I've ever had the privilege of knowing.
While here in New York, Billy sustained a hemorrhagic stroke, paralyzing his right side. After a prolonged period in intensive care, he is now in acute rehab in New York. The extent to which he will be able to recover is unknown at this time, but we want to have this guy back:
Billy Mallon comments on a loving relationship:
After discussions with his partner, Jan Shoenberger, Rick Bukata, and Mel Herbert, we decided to create this GoFundMe page. Billy will need a medical air transport back to his home in LA, where he will continue rehab as all of us hope for a substantial recovery. Such flights cost about $35,000. His home will have to be substantially modified to accommodate his needs, and there will be an ongoing need for aides.
He is not the sort to ask for help, but there are so many of us who want to help him anyway. He has enough to deal with without being faced with a mounting financial burden. I am asking all of his friends and supporters to donate to this cause. I am asking for donations no more than $100 per person.
For any funds NOT going directly to Billy, his wish is that funds be donated to the nonprofit fund dedicated to enhancing global emergency care. He is currently EM:RAP GO Director of Medical Education. This is their mission statement and information:
EM:RAP GO Mission Statement
"While access to expert emergency medicine has developed rapidly across high resource nations, in many lower resource communities it is still in its infancy. The knowledge and tools needed to save lives exist, but are not making their way to the places that desperately need them. EM:RAP GO plans to change that. Our mission is to bring emergency medical education to the world. We invest in the future of emergency medicine by supporting organizations and individuals who are committed to growing the specialty.
In 2019 and into early 2020, we advanced our mission through the three-fold initiative of SCHOLARSHIP, OUTREACH and EDUCATION. We sent more than 50 international clinicians to learn and grow with the larger emergency medicine (EM) community at some of the best conferences on the planet, as well as sending out many seasoned faculty to educate in all different parts of the world.
As part of our SCHOLARSHIP initiative, we granted scholarships to clinicians from Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Rwanda, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Poland and Mexico, sending them to EM conferences in San Diego, Costa Rica, Chile, New York City, New Orleans, Colombia & Denver.
As part of our OUTREACH initiative, we sent faculty to partner, teach and mentor in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia & Costa Rica.
As part of our EDUCATION initiative we provided free EM:RAP subscriptions to more than 1,300 clinicians from around the globe in low resource, and often off-the-grid locations."
Thanks to all of you for showing your love and care for a very special friend, physician, educator, and mentor, someone who throughout his career has given so much of himself to others to make them better health care providers, and better people.
- Ana Paula Freitas
- TIffany Hackett
- Ricardo Martinez
- Dave Roberts
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