Most people know Jonathan Dick as a music writer, author, and teacher—as a talented, big-hearted person with a tireless work ethic, a way with words, and a soft spot for Rush. He goes above and beyond to support the music he loves, sharing their stories everywhere from Stereogum, Noisey, NPR, and Pitchfork to his own much-loved site, Steel for Brains. He's a stand-up guy, a gentle soul, and a lovable nerd, but to three special people in this world, he is more than that—he's their Daddy. Jonathan's children are his world, his end-all and be-all, and he is a joyously loving, accepting, goofy, and devoted father to Solomon, Elijah, and his youngest, his little warrior princess, Hannah.
Recently Hannah has been dealing with severe medical problems, leading to an extended hospital stay and uncertain future. She has been disgnosed with ciliary dyskinesia, an incurable genetic lung disorder that means that she will have to undergo daily breathing treatments for the rest of her life.
It's also left Jonathan with a mountain of hospital bills. His insurance won't cover all of it, and an Alabama teacher's salary ain't what it used to be. Hannah has further tests to undergo, as well, so the family still has a long road ahead.
With that in mind, I decided to set up this fundraiser for him and his children because, honestly, they deserve it. Hannah deserves to live a long, happy, healthy life, and to take that trip to Disney World that Jonathan's been saving up for. If you've ever read and enjoyed one of Jonathan's articles, bantered with him on Twitter, shared a drink with him in real life, or just want to help this beautiful little girl smile wider, please consider donating a few dollars to this effort. Not every little girl is lucky enough to have a father like Jonathan, and those of us who can count him as a friend are awfully lucky, too.
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