On September 1st, 2021, the world lost a precious soul as Scott Isenhart transitioned into the next phase of his spiritual existence, leaving his mortal body behind at the end of a fast and brave battle with Covid-19. Scott suffered from PMR, a form of Rheumatoid Arthritis that effected him dramatically over the past several years, making it difficult for him to maintain consistent work. He had been denied SSDI multiple times, despite his doctor's assertions of how his disability restricted him from numerous major life activities. He was starting his third appeal in an effort to help support his family. In addition to the PMR, Scott had several medical challenges that impacted his immune system, including a recent surgical procedure that he was only five weeks out from recovery. Though he was among the first to get in line for his Covid vaccination as soon as he was eligible, his body was not able to generate enough antibodies as a result of his additional complications, medicines, etc.
His loss is a tragic shock to his family, friends, and community. He shared a deep and special love with his wife, Sonja Pheonix Isenhart. They were together for 29 years, married for 27. Two souls with their own traumatic histories who found each other in the dark, nurtured each other in physical and spiritual health & growth, and built a family filled with light, love, and magic that has stood strong together through their own unique challenges. Their children, three amazing young adults, still live with their parents, providing a wonderful example of how family bonds can support each other as their youth find their way in the world...especially a world that has been so stressed by a global pandemic.
Despite his disability, Scott was working when he could, and as hard as he could to bring in what income he could. Sonja works full time, but her income alone is not enough to support her family financially through this loss. Scott didn't have any life insurance and is not eligible for Medicaid or any other programs that offer posthumous supports in regards to funeral and cremation expenses, let alone covering their ongoing household expenses without him...at least for the time being as they figure out how to adjust. This happened so fast, we enjoyed the Dave Matthews Band...a concert that Scott enjoyed so much that he declared that it was the best concert he'd ever attended...two days before he woke up struggling to breathe. Barely two weeks later I am struggling to write this without crying over the sudden absence of my friend.
Scott was an amazing friend, loyal to a fault, who fought many battles throughout his life; a warrior who fought for his family, friends, and anyone who needed help. A pipe carrier in the Lakota All Nations tradition...he led us through many a "peace pipe" ceremony..., a man who truly believed in Spirit who, though he had his own demons, challenges, obstacles, and tests, he was constantly striving for the spiritual and emotional growth that comes through accountability and intentional exploration. He was a member of the Man Kind Project, but more than that, he was a charitable soul who cared about his community and tried to help others heal through process and support. He was also 29 years clean...and a dedicated supporter of others along that path. His voice can still be heard educating children and families about dinosaurs as the voice of the Dinosphere at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. Scott impacted so many lives simply by being who he was and existing in our world and sharing of himself.
Scott should be honored for the life he led and, as he begins the next phase of his own existence, I want my friend to know that his family is able to grieve, adapt, and move forward without worry about financial issues for a while. So, I'm asking our community for help, to donate to his memorial and to support his family with these unforeseen immediate expenses as well as the unexpected expenses that will come up in the near future. Please consider making a donation, and if you cannot, please share this with others in the hopes that they will.
Lastly, I'm setting a high goal, and I want to see that goal get blown out of the water. I want Sonja to be able to buy a home for her family. I don't want Sonja to give another dime of their money to a landlord, so I'm setting a goal high enough to cover their rent for the next year, as well as expenses appropriate to honor Scott. Thank you for your help.
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