Spinal Surgery and Rehab

The night of 10/20/19, I suffered a sudden loss of use of my legs and body below the chest. I underwent emergency surgery to remove a tumor from my spine. I am partially paralyzed from the chest down. I have been in the hospital and/or rehab since surgery. I am currently in Cambridge Post Acute Care in Snellville GA. The tumor was cancer, and I will undergo cancer treatments after rehab.

Due to complications following my spinal surgery and rehab, I will not be able to return to work as early as expected. Combined with upcoming cancer treatments, this will result in a shortfall for rent and utilities for the next couple of months. Disability will not be enough alone (why I have continued to work in the first place). I have been informed I am $175 short of income (in the previous 12 months) to qualify for FMLA, so I will receive no income until I return to work. (even a 50% income from from FMLA could have prevented this). My rent is due the 5th of the month.

I am not on social media platforms, so please pass this on to anyone who might be able to help. I just need to get by, to keep my apartment until I can return home and work again. Many in the Science Fiction fandom community know me, and my involvement in the past 30 years. Please spread the word.

Thank you so much for any assistance.

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 5 mos
  • Larry Davis 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $255 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 6 mos
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Organizer

Lewis Murphy 
Organizer
Duluth, GA
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