A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported Peter and Marge over the last 14 months. They are extremely grateful for your generous donations and messages of love and encouragement. Your gifts have made it possible for Peter to access vital care and rehabilitation services. Your love and support have given Peter and Marge real hope in the aftermath of Peter’s serious stroke in January 2018.
We recently raised our fundraising goal to $175,000 – a reflection of the continuing challenges Peter faces, and the very real financial costs for his ongoing care and physical therapy.
Peter has been working hard with his therapists and can now walk short distances (slowly and carefully, with a cane). He has again started cooking, one of his great loves – borscht, tortilla soup, jambalaya and other favorites. And he never misses watching the Minnesota Twins who are at this writing, amazingly, in first place.
Although Peter has lost his ability to play music and generate income as a performer and musician, he has been focusing on some music projects, including compiling some CDs of past performances. And he still teaches mandolin to a few aspiring students!
As Peter and Marge face a major loss of income, they also face substantial ongoing costs for Peter’s medical care and rehabilitation services not covered by insurance. His left arm and hand are still weak and inactive.
Peter has inspired many people, for many years. All of us who have been touched by Peter and Marge over the decades are indeed a community, and we welcome you as a community member. Please do whatever you can to help.
Updated June 25, 2018
Peter and Marge Ostroushko are facing major challenges and need our help. As 2017 drew to a close, Peter suffered a heart attack that necessitated quadruple bypass surgery. Recovery seemed to be going well until three weeks later, when Peter had a devastating stroke while in his doctor’s office. The stroke trauma team worked quickly, but Peter is still facing a long road to recovery.
Peter has significant weakness on his left side, which affects his arm and leg, limiting his mobility. Insurance paid for 100 days in a good rehab center with occupational, physical, and speech therapy daily. He had hoped to go home, but that was not in the cards. He’s now in assisted living, with its nursing and aid support, which he needs and which insurance doesn’t pay for.
So, from here on out, those costs fall to Peter and Marge. He’ll continue to seek out additional rehabilitation services for PT and OT. He is doing some walking, about 75 steps per session, with the help of a walker and a physical therapist. Slow but steady. Though his body has taken some hard blows, Peter's determination, wit, and humor remain in good form.
While Peter and Marge focus their energies on the demands of recovery, many friends and fans of this gifted music-maker are pulling for them wholeheartedly and want to help. A GoFundMe site set up on their behalf is one way we can all help. The medical and rehabilitation costs not covered by insurance are steadily accruing.
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement, and for any financial assistance you are able to provide through this GoFundMe site. Peter and Marge are tremendously grateful for your support and friendship.