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Funds to support Martin Conboy

$111,974 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 640 people in 3 months
Created March 7, 2019
Dear friends and colleagues of Martin Conboy,

We are writing to let you know that on February 19th Martin suffered two back to back cardiac arrests in Paris, France.

After two weeks of  being close to death Martin is slowly recovering in a University hospital ICU in central Paris. It is hoped that with ongoing intensive care, Martin will pull through and once again be his usual candid self.

The financial burden to Martin, his family and loved ones is mounting daily. The bills are massive. 

Our first priority is to get Martin home to Ottawa. His doctors indicate that without any set-backs he may be cleared for air ambulance return to an ICU in Ottawa late next week. This is better news than any of us expected, but comes at a staggering cost. 

How long it will take Martin to recover completely is uncertain. We know that the treatments Martin is receiving in France are not covered by any insurance and that, as a freelance theatre and architectural lighting designer, there will be no income as he convalesces. 

Many of you have seen Martin's lighting designs on stages across Canada - from Neptune Theatre in Halifax to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, and many, many places in between. Others will have seen his work but not clocked his name.

Some of you will walk by the National War Memorial across from Parliament Hill in Ottawa and enjoy its evening beauty but not know the design is Martin's. The same goes for the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. We could go on and on. Martin has had a vaunted career, and it is a career we want to continue.

The money you are donating will offset the bills that have accumulated, and establish a fund to care for Martin as he finds the strength to once again inspire  us with the beauty of his work.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for any money you can provide.

Please share this with your community of friends and on social media. 

Sincerely, 

Arthur Milner
Jennifer Brewin
Patrick McDonald

With gratitude from Martin's family.
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Dear Friends of Martin Conboy,

Martin has been in hospital in Ottawa for two weeks. He’s moved from ICU to neurology. In a week or so, he will be moved again, to a rehabilitation department.

For those of us who have been near to Martin through all this, it's been an incredible recovery. One could call it miraculous. For two weeks he lay silent in hospital in France, unable to breathe on his own, unable to speak. Now he has long conversations (he just spoke to Arthur for half an hour), his memory and his sense of humour have returned.

There’s much rehabilitation to be done. He remains unable to walk: a series of strokes left him paralyzed on his right side, but some movement is returning. There is, here too, reason for optimism.

Martin now knows his own story. He knows about his cardiac arrests and that medical care in Paris saved his life.

He knows that his care in Paris and his air ambulance to Ottawa cost $220,000. He learned yesterday about this GoFundMe campaign. To say he is moved by your stunning generosity is an understatement.

We’ll keep you informed. Please continue to be generous and help us spread the word.

Arthur
Jennifer
Patrick
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Dear friends, colleagues, and family,

Martin’s air ambulance touched down in Ottawa at 3:48 pm on Thursday, March 21st, en route from Paris with fuel stops in Iceland and Newfoundland.

Martin is safe in hospital now, tired from a long journey, and resting comfortably. It’s a great relief to see him home.

He’s made miraculous strides, but a stroke has left him with speech difficulties and partially paralyzed on his right side. Further recovery will take extensive rehabilitation, but Martin is a hard worker and disciplined. When he puts his mind to it, everything is possible.

Your contributions through GoFundMe have now covered the costs of emergency travel, and his basic health care costs will now be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. Thank you for helping us get Martin home.

Your generosity means everything. In addition to the air ambulance, there have been many other expenses so far, and there will be many more along the way. Please continue to spread the word and contribute.

With admiration and respect,
Arthur Milner
Jennifer Brewin
Patrick McDonald

With appreciation from Martin's family
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Dear friends, colleagues and family of Martin Conboy,

We wanted to update you, who have reached out and sent support for Martin.

Now, more than three weeks into his recuperation, Martin seems to have turned a corner. He’s breathing easier, is more alert and communicative. He understands, he talks very quietly, and he actually smiles. We — and his doctors — are very excited. If things continue like this another few days, he’ll be flown by air ambulance to Ottawa.

Since Martin went into hospital, he’s had friends and family by his side, from Canada at first, and more recently from Ireland.

We want to take this moment to thank you, the extremely generous people who have donated to “Funds to support Martin Conboy.” Your contributions have buoyed everyone's spirits beyond belief, during an incredibly difficult time.

Now, for Martin and those who love him, begins the marathon of recovery. His ongoing health challenges will hopefully be resolved with rehabilitation. The costs for his care in Paris and for his transfer to Ottawa approach $200,000. Future costs are unknown, but he will be unable to work for some time.

We encourage you to contribute and to share this fundraiser among your friends. We promise to provide more updates about Martin as we are able.

Sincerely,

Arthur Milner
Jennifer Brewin
Patrick McDonald

With gratitude from Martin's family
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Raised by 640 people in 3 months
Created March 7, 2019
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