Friends of Paul

$6,670 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 93 people in 39 months
Elaine Jirkans   CINCINNATI, OH
My brother, Paul, had a brain aneurysm burst on April 30, 2013. He is a single Dad who has his kids 5 nights a week. He is a server at Via Vite and a bartender at Fries, both located in Cincinnati, Ohio. If he does not work, he does not get paid. He has been out of work for one month and the doctors are not giving us any idea of when he can return. He was in ICU for 18 days and is now home, resting and rehabilitating with the help of our 73 and 75 year old parents, who moved in with him from Detroit. He had two brain surgeries at University Hospital that saved his life. Paul has a lot to live for--mainly two awesome kids--Lexy (11) and Sam (7). He needs help to pay his rent and utilities so that he can remain in his home while he gets better. He is a good man and has never had an enemy in his life.

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Update 5
37 months ago
My brother, Paul, posted this on Facebook recently. For those of you who did not see this...I'd like to share his thoughts as he slowly re-enters the work world. Our parents will be coming home soon. Thank you all so very much. With your generosity, Paul has been able to pay his rent, utilities, grocery bills, etc. He will begin to chip away at his medical bills as well. You are all so beautiful and played a big role in his miraculous recovery.

"Wow. As I get stronger and better and more like the person I was, I realize that I could not be here without the help of so many people. I hope that I will be able to thank each of you in person sometime very soon. In the meantime, please accept this post as an expression of my gratitude.
I would like to name names, but that would take forever and I would still manage to miss many of you. Even in thanking deeds, I am bound to miss way more than I should.

Almost from the minute I entered the hospital, so many people sent their love, well wishes, prayers, and positive energy. I could genuinely feel all of it and it helped more than you will ever know. People seemed to be willing me to get better from every corner of Cincinnati, from all parts of Ohio and Michigan, from both coasts and many of the states inbetween. I got love from as far away as England, Japan and Thailand. It came from family, friends, people I only kind of know, and complete strangers. Thank you!!

I would also like to thank all of you who sent a card or a postcard (or 20) to me in the hospital or here at my house. Each one brought a smile to my otherwise grumpy face. What a way to brighten my gray days. Thanks!!

I owe a special thank you to everybody who visited me in the hospital. I know that wasn't a particularly uplifting experience, and I'm sure I didn't help by sleeping through most of your visit. But I knew you were there and I won't soon forget it.

So many people have done so many things for me since I've been home recuperating that it really boggles my mind. Although they won't read this, and i said I wouldn't name names, I have to mention my parents who have been in Cincinnati for almost 11 weeks now. They have helped cook, clean, drive, and childrear to name a small smidgeon of what they have done for me. In so many ways I would not be where I am without them.

I've always known that my friends were good cooks, but geez Louise some of the meals you people brought over were amazing! I would have been happy and really grateful for sustenance, but you went all gourmet on me. Thanks!!

Although I know I have missed a lot, I'm going to end this by thanking all the people involved with the event at Fries. From the people who planned and organized everything, to the bands, to everybody who secured or gave a donation: Thanks!
I am jealous of the people who were able to go and have a drink or two. I have such a fantastic group of friends; I wish I would have been able to hang out with all of you for a night. Maybe a "Friends of Paul" reunion under better circumstances is in order.

For your love. For your friendship. Thank you!!!"


--Written by Paul Jirkans
















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Update 4
38 months ago
Hello everyone!
Thank you so much for your continued support of my brother Paul and his family!
He is getting out and about much more now, taking walks when he is able. He is still not cleared to drive or work, but that will come with time. He will have an appointment with an ophthalmologist soon.
He looks great and still has his sense of humor and sarcasm in place. The only thing that worries me is that he has not called me "E-Pain" or "Lame" since this whole horrible ordeal happened 7 weeks ago. The brain aneurysm may have made him nicer.
Through the help and generosity of so many, we have been able to raise enough money for Paul to pay for his rent, utilities and groceries for some time to come. The hospital and doctor bills are another story...it is too early to get a feel for the number there.
My parents are still living with Paul and taking care of him and the kids. We hope they are able to come home sometime this summer--because that means that Paul has been cleared to live on his own again!!
Thanks again and again and again. You are all angels.
Three generations of Jirkans
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Update 3
39 months ago
My brother's friends in Cincinnati are amazing! Look what they put together for Father's Day evening! Paul is getting better and stronger every day. Slow and steady wins the race! Thanks for all of your love and support!
Friends of Paul Fundraiser Flyer
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Update 2
39 months ago
Hello everyone!!
Paul continues to progress in the positive direction daily! He has now been home more days than he was in the hospital. The doctors say that he needs about 5 days home rehabilitating for every day he was in the ICU. He is much more active, alert, mobile and conversational than he was a week ago, way more than two weeks ago, and completely transformed from three weeks ago. I spoke with him today and he is absolutely overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. His body is fatigued, but his heart and mind are as complete and full as possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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$6,670 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 93 people in 39 months
Created May 29, 2013
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago
$25
Elaine Jirkans
37 months ago (Monthly Donation)
PA
$50
Paul & Jen Lundberg Anders
38 months ago
TD
$50
The Doherty's
38 months ago

Mo and her family are great friends of ours! She continues to fill us in on Paul's progress. We hope he makes a full recovery soon. We'll keep him in our prayers.

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$25
Elaine Jirkans
38 months ago (Monthly Donation)
GB
$100
Gail Burnett
38 months ago
MP
$135
mike peppel
38 months ago
TG
$50
Tara Glazik
38 months ago

Mo is 1 of the best people I have ever met! She has been updating me on your progress & I have been keeping you in my prayers.

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JJ
$100
Jason Jones
38 months ago

Rest up and get better Paul!

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JL
$20
Jeff & Melissa Ledford
38 months ago

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