We are writing with a special request regarding our longtime friend, Waldo the Juggler. The Waldo Woodhead Show toured the world for years with a zany character-driven show. The duo combined physical comedy, masterful juggling and eccentric music.
Waldo has been a part of the Juggling Community for most of all our careers. He is legend. For those of you not familiar with Waldo, we’ve included a very abbreviated listing of Waldo’s performances and a brief video clip of one of their shows on television in France.
Click below to view the brief you tube: Waldo Woodhead comedy sketch on a live show from Paris.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBPFwFWfpWo
. Waldo has been on the cover of Juggler's World and mentioned in many stories.
Waldo was in a major motorcycle accident last year on July 15, 2018 in upstate New York. He was hit broadside by a truck that ran a stop sign on a roundabout. Waldo flew off the bike, helmet flew off his head. He hit the pavement and slid on bare skin on the 95 degree heat and pavement. The truck continued forward and ran over Waldo, ending up on top of him and severing the majority of his foot, as well as other major injuries.
Initially, he was told they wanted to amputate above the knee and that he would never be able to walk again without a prosthetic.
It took two weeks to drain fluid from his lungs and he spent two months at Albany Medical Center Trauma Unit. Waldo had eight major operations to repair two cracked ribs, and rebuild bone fractures of the tibia, the fibula and ankle. He has had numerous skin grafts and reconstructions. Miraculously… he kept his mangled foot. Both of his specialist surgeons said "he was the luckiest person they'd ever seen, to just be alive, but he should face the reality that he would never get to the point when he could walk again, without a cane.
In the past 6 months, Waldo has spent over 45 (two hour) sessions of physical therapy and countless hours working on his own to regain the use of his leg. He has continued physical therapy on his own and as of April 11, 2019 (nine months later) he is walking (very carefully, very slowly, and for short distances… without crutches or a cane. A lucky man indeed!
Or is he?
The accident was the other drivers fault. In New York State “No fault” insurance limits liability at $300,000. Waldo’s has already had eight surgeries and one more surgery is on the horizon. Lawyer fees and medical bills (doctors, surgeries, physical therapy, etc.) will consume most of insurance money. He can no longer work to make an income. Fortunately for Waldo a friend of his, Sandy Johnson, opened her home to him to assist in his recuperation and rehabilitation.
Today we are creating a GoFundMe page for Waldo. We are doing this, so that he can continue with physical therapy, pay his ongoing medical bills and return to his home in the Belly Acres Juggling community in Hawaii. We’d also like to see funds help with repairs to his cabin in the woods. He is part owner of one of the small cottages there and it needs to be repaired. He will also need to ship his car from LA to Hawaii.
In September 2019, just a few months from now, Waldo looks forward to one of the last reconstructive surgeries on his leg and foot.
As a member of the juggling community, please help fund Waldo’s efforts to get back home. If you can DONATE….by all means DONATE. If you are not in a position to send funds, donate airline miles, offer carpentry work in Hawaii, help drive his car to LA or somehow... help him to get back to Hawaii. In other words, please make it possible for Waldo to make his way back home. I know he’d also appreciate cards, letters, … encouragement. Life is difficult for him right now. If nothing else, I hope you will reach out to him to and encourage him to keep moving forward.
I know he will appreciate any kindnesses.
Ed Allen & Mimi Schultz, Fantasy Theatre Factory