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Jeff "the Real Dude" Dowd medical fund

$14,745 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 295 people in 3 months
Created March 25, 2019
Fundraising Team
Most of you here know the Legendary Jeff Dowd. For those of you who don't or are friends of friends, Jeff Dowd is the Original Dude. He's a Film Rep, Producer, Writer, Performer, and Activist. He was one of the Founders of the Sundance Institute and Festival. He repped the Cohen Brothers first film Blood Simple. He was on The Blair Witch Team... Then the Cohen Brothers based The Big Lebowski, their biggest hit, on Jeff -- his participation in the Seattle 7 -- and the theory, religion, philosophy, lifestyle of Dudeism.

On Thursday, February 28th, the Dude went in for a hernia surgery. It took 5 hours (scheduled for 2) and ended up becoming a double hernia surgery. He was in and out same day.

However, there were some immediate complications. He picked up a “C. diff” infection from the hospital and was back there that next Monday, March 4th. Things slid downhill from there. His kidneys stopped working and he was unable to digest food. Jeff was in the ICU for about a week, without his wits, and had a close scrape at the door on St. Patrick’s Day. Thank Heaven his luck stayed around. On Wednesday, March 20th he moved to the Rehabilitation Center of Santa Monica for a one to four week stay to begin formal rehabilitation. By Sunday, March 24th he was back on his feet literally and was able to walk about 100 yards after being horizontal for over a week.

Jeff is now facing medical bills from co-pays/deductibles and ongoing costs such as nursing and outpatient rehab. He’s been unable to work day-to-day with his responsibilities as a film rep and his bills are now behind. A few of us have chipped in to cover a few short term obligations, however these needs are greater now that he is heading into long-term recovery.

We know that the Dude’s story is far from over and that this will be part of the great yarn that spins from his life, love and dreams. Please consider a donation which will be guided by his associates and family to facilitate him getting back on his feet. As storytellers we are bound to say — so much more to come…

The Dude abides.
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Jeff Dowd update. He's scheduled to be on LA's World Famous KROQ 106.7 tomorrow at 4pm Pacific to discuss his road to recovery. Tune in tomorrow or listen here:
https://player.radio.com/listen/station/kroq
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Dude update. His surgery was successful and today he's being transferred from the hospital back the Rehabilitation Center, where he'll spend another 1 or 2 weeks. His body's pretty weak due to laying around hospital beds for the last 6 weeks. The Rehab Center will get him walking again.
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Jeff Dowd update. He's headed to into the ER due to an infection in his groin. He will be moved to St Johns at 5pm, so he can't take visitors for a bit. Wednesday's Hernia surgery is postponed. He estimates he'll be laid up another month minimum.
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Jeff Dowd update. It's very up and down with Jeff -- and am no expert in his overall condition. It's been hard for me to wrap my head around statements like "Physically, I'm like a 2-3 year old" -- especially as I'm just trying to help but am not the Dude's spokesperson, so the rest is verbatim, shared with the Dude's permission:

"Thanks so very very much ❤️for all your GOFUNDME help, IPhone helpcleaning help (Joel’s time lapse of cleaning great) good news my spirits are great and thanks to talks g xand visitors Bad news I am totally. Helpless and not allowed to move unit Wednesday redo surgery
My condition is very very painful. Monday is seeing my doc Zafir Kahn and getting second surgeon to assist Dr Meena Said who returns from conference Tuesday night for operation Wednesday morning
Thanks so much again namaste"

"Muchas Gracias as they say here
visits and phone calls highly encouraged
Monday Tuesday 7 am till 8pm
They can text me 3107299686 to check what’s good time
In those windows
Mind over Matter"
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$14,745 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 295 people in 3 months
Created March 25, 2019
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