Help Matt Day and Family

$46,035 of $50,500 goal

Raised by 1,338 people in 11 days
Created July 7, 2018
If you’re part of the online photographic community at all, you probably know the name Matt Day. Whether it be his podcast The Shoot, his YouTube channel, or his Instagram, Matt has been promoting, educating, and sharing his love of photography for years. He’s given so much to the photographic community at large, and now it’s time we showed our appreciation and gave back to him.

I could try and explain what’s going on, but I think it’s best if it came from Matt’s wife Molly herself:

“As many of you know, Matt has had a rough few weeks. I just wanted to get the full story out there to fill in the gaps:


Last Friday (6/29/18), he told me he had a migraine. When I got home from work Sunday morning, he apparently had been vomiting all night and couldn't tolerate loud sounds or any light, so I took him to the ER for some fluids and a migraine cocktail. This helped for a while, but that night he started to have fevers. By Tuesday, the headache was worse and he had been consistently vomiting and not voiding, so he went back to the ER where he was treated for dehydration and they considered a lumbar puncture, but decided against it at that time and sent him home. He continued to have high fevers at home, and on Wednesday afternoon, he came out of our room and was covered in a rash and confused. I took him back to the ER and he ended up being admitted. All night his vitals were off. He received lots of fluids to bring his blood pressure up and his heart rate down. He had to be placed on a cooling blanket to bring down his fever. He was eventually moved to the ICU stepdown unit where he has been ever since to closely monitor him. Infectious disease is confident that this is a result from either a tick-borne illness or West Nile virus. He has received doxycycline for the tick illnesses. He is experiencing quite a few complications. He now has pneumonia, a UTI, and inflammation in his brain. His vitals are better now, but today he is experiencing some neurological symptoms that are concerning, so he will be transferred to Riverside. He is stable and talking, he just needs a higher level of care at this point. Thank you so much to all of my wonderful coworkers who have given him THE BEST care. Thank you to all of our friends and family for your help with kids and animals. Thank you for all of your prayers and good vibes sent. He certainly needs them right now. ❤️”


Thoughts and prayers are certainly appreciated, but I know we can do more for the Day family right now. The medical expenses for Matt’s treatment and hospital visits are tough on any family, so let’s rise up together and show some monetary support! I reached out to Molly to make sure she was okay with launching this and she has given her blessing. So donate knowing that all money will go right to the Day family.

Any size donation/contribution will be appreciated. And if you can’t donate, please spread the word! Matt has been so selfless and opened himself up to to the photographic world time and time again. It’s the least we can do to help him in this tough time.
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Over $45k! And a brief update from Matt

We've passed $45,000! Incredible. Every single one of you is amazing and generous and kind.

I talked to Matt and Molly a little yesterday. Matt is doing okay. Molly is making him get out of the house each day to strengthen him and he starts therapy next week. Each day presents its own struggles but he has said that the community's outpouring of support has definitely bolstered his spirits. Let's keep that going!

Remember, you can mail get-well cards to Matt's P.O. Box (listed at the bottom of this update) and continual shares of the campaign are definitely appreciated. There's still a long road ahead for Matt, Molly, and fam, so let's do what we can to set them up in the best possible position for Matt's full recovery!

-Chris

Matt's P.O. box:
P.O. Box 2006
Chillicothe, OH 45601
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Over $40k! Plus promotion from The Northern Co!

We're over $40,000! So you know I'm gonna up the goal again!

Also, The Northern Co is doing something super cool. For awhile, they've had a board with one of Matt's photos on it. Now, 1/2 of all proceeds from the board will go towards the GoFundMe funds. How awesome is that! Pick one up at the link below. You can either skate and look super cool with it or hang it as a piece of art (it really is one). Either way, it's cool, you'll be cool, and you'll be helping Matt!

https://thenortherncompany.bigcartel.com/product/botelho-highway
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We know what happened to Matt!

Just got a text from Molly! Some answers to what happened to Matt below!

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WE FINALLY HAVE AN ANSWER! We just got a call (at 12:30am) from one of his Doctors at Riverside, who had just been notified that Matt has finally tested positive for one of the tick-borne diseases called Ehrlichiosis! Which is why he improved so much after he was given doxycycline which he is continuing to take at home. We are so relieved to finally know what caused this but also terrified that a tiny little bug could cause so much damage. DEET is going to be our BFF from now on
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Ticks, man. The worst.

Glad to finally have some answers to what happened. Now we gotta keep hitting the proverbial pavement to keep helping the Day family: keep donating, keep sharing the campaign, keep posting on social media. It all helps. We've raised over $36,000 in 3 days, which is just amazing. But we can still do more!

-Chris
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Matt's home! Plus, where to send cards and raising the goal!

Matt and Molly are home! Matt passed right out and is starting the recovery process peacefully so far.

We've passed $35k and I've upped our goal to 40! Let's keep pushing!

Lastly, for those wondering where to send get well cards, you can send them to Matt's PO Box!

P.O. Box 2006
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Keep sharing, keep praying, keep donating, keep being amazing.

-Chris
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