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Help David Talbot After A Severe Stroke

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Last Sunday, David suffered a near-fatal stroke. It happened as he and his wife, Camille, were having to move out of their family home of over 30 years, and it's left both David and Camille in a scary and precarious place, not knowing where they’ll live on top of this agonizing event.

Up until this point, David had been supporting himself and Camille through one small stream of income from his writing, which he will not be able to return to anytime soon or possibly ever, given the severity of this stroke. Suddenly without income or long-term housing, we're seeking some small relief for the Talbots as they navigate this trying time.

Any help you can provide will go towards medical expenses, the dedicated care it looks like David will require once he's able to return home from the hospital, and helping bridge the gap of income that was cut off by this unfortunate event, as David and Camille's sons, Joe and Nat, seek housing for their parents.

David is, as many of you know, a deeply beloved member of both his San Francisco community and a worldwide circle of journalists. To those familiar with his writing and activism, he's been a decades-long champion of progressive politics in San Francisco and the world at large–even after suffering a smaller but significant stroke seven years ago, his commitment and passion only seemed to increase. David is also a kind and generous friend who has helped countless people over the years –whether they needed money, a place to stay, an assignment, a fiery political argument or heartfelt romantic advice. To his immediate family, he's been a loving husband and father, supporting his wife through her own medical issues and proudly celebrating his family's creative accomplishments with the most wonderful and encouraging enthusiasm a father and husband could muster.

It's unclear if, or how much, David will recover at this time. He currently struggles to form words, which, for a writer and speaker of David's stature, has been incredibly hard for him and painful for all of us to see. But we feel confidently that, against great odds, he understands much of what we're saying and that his beautiful spirit remains astonishingly intact. After 72 years of life, David was looking forward to beginning to slow down, to write less out of necessity for once, and to begin to write simply for pleasure. This event has thrown a wrench into that plan, but we hope that through his unrelenting will, and through the generous support of you all, that he'll be able to recover to a point where he can indeed finally rest.

Thank you all so much.

PS - if you have any leads on housing in San Francisco, please contact us through this site – we greatly appreciate it.


Organizer and beneficiary

Connie Matthiessen
San Francisco, CA
Nathaniel Talbot

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