Jake Needs Dental Surgery

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Raised by 180 people in 27 days
A message from our friend Jake:

I've lost my smile. I want it back. You can help.

Hi. My name is Jake McCluskey.

I’m a licensed run coach, bartender and known round Silicon Valley as a huge beer enthusiast. My running coach business is called Run With Jake and is focused on helping people achieve their running goals, no matter if they’re a first time runner or someone who wants to take their running to the next level. You can read more about me and Run With Jake on my website.

I love doing what I do, even though it doesn't make a lot of money. I love watching people achieve their goals because they believe in themselves and have pushed themselves to do things they never thought they could. Running has an awesome effect on everyone.

One of my job skill is running. Luckily, I'm good at it and really love it. I’ve particularly loved running for good causes and more recently seeing almost every public street in the great City of San Jose. I'm really good at building run plans and I'm really good at preparing people for marathons and races.

So, if I can't be a run coach, it's devastating both personally and financially. And that's what's I’d like to prevent from happening. I literally need all new teeth.

Life has kicked me in the teeth a few times before and I’m not interested in allowing my teeth to kick me back.

These past few months, I got more serious about my dental health and visited several dentists to see what my options were. Because of my financial situation, it was my first real dentist's visit ever. I've spent the past several years in constant mouth pain either from overall gum disease or the actual searing pain of infected teeth and gums. Needless to say, I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Right away, with some help from a few friends, I was able to have some teeth extracted that were becoming very very bad and as the dentist put it was ‘oozing poison into my body.’ - Yeah, not good.

Bottom line is that I have advanced gum disease and severe tooth decay. All of my teeth and gums are in very bad shape and I need to have them all removed to stay alive. Yes, it’s that serious.

Unfortunately, pulling out ALL my teeth and getting dentures will be a minimum of $15,000, while getting dental implants would be over $40,000.

Like most of you, I don't have that kind of money just lying around. I'm also unlikely to ever be able to afford the dental implant procedure. So my teeth will just continue to get worse and worse and eventually the inevitable happens.

But, before that, I’ll have many days like today - infected teeth and gums causing so much pain I can’t eat, let alone want to smile….

As you can understand, this is also psychologically devastating. I've been struggling with this news for the past few weeks. I often struggle with anxiety in various ways and sleepless nights. Just the thought losing my life over poor dental health had me on the verge of tears.

It's also completely my own fault for not taking care of myself. Even though I've started brushing regularly, a twice daily regime is not enough, especially for people like me who are in the "risk group" and are more likely than others to contract these diseases.

I looked at all options - dentures, implants, trips out of country to other dentists, local dental colleges where the work can be done cheaper, etc. But regardless of the decision made and the procedure done, it all costs money. Money I simply don't have.

Several friends have suggested I start this campaign. Those of you who know me know how hard this is. Many of you have (rightfully) pointed out I need to "swallow your pride and set up that website to get funds".

And they are right. So here I am.

I’m nervous and don't know if this campaign will work and I honestly don't know what to expect but every little bit can and will help.

While I can’t promise to pay you back I will promise to pay it forward. I'm so grateful that many local businesses have donated some cool Rewards to share at a big 'Make Jake Smile Thank You Party' on Feb 15th at Uproar Brewing Company in Downtown San Jose's SoFA District. I'll also provide my Run Coach services as Rewards. If you are reading this and it offends you then I apologize in advance. I really hope we can still be friends.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this. Thank you for your consideration.

Reward Levels:
1 - Get your name into a drawing for rewards at the Make Jake Smile Party  at Uproar Brewing Company on Feb 15th: $50+

2 - Limited Edition 'Run With Jake' t-shirt (first 25 donors): $125

3 - Run With Jake plan - Create a plan and set a goal w/ 4 sessions :$250 ($375 value)

4 - Get Race Ready w/ Jake, create plan, custom prep, and work one on one for up to 12 weeks x1.5 per week and virtual coaching: $1200 ($1625 value)

5 - Jakes Accountability Program - 1-year of weekly training of 1.5 hour per week w/ unlimited virtual coaching: $5000 ($8250 value)

Drawing Reward Items so far
-> 5 Lunches at City Fish in DTSJ
-> 5 Haircuts by Lars in LocalColor in DTSJ
-> Santa Clara Valley Brewing Growler Club w/ 48 Fills
-> Strike mug Club 1-year
-> Original Gravity Hoodie
-> OFlat’s Beer Club 1-Year
-> Original Artwork by Linda McCluskey
-> 15-Yoga Class Pass from Studio 10
-> Personal Chef Dinner Session” with Chef Nas of Capella Kitchen. Includes optional menu choices and dinner for 2.
-> One (1) night San Francisco Bed & Breakfast overnight stay.The gift certificate will also include free breakfast and a evening wine reception with hors d’oeuvres compliments of Team Too Legit To Quit Fitness
-> Beastmode Bobble head courtesy of Raider J Salas and Josephine Salas
-> Sonoma Springs has donated a case of their Woman are Smarter Saison. Thats a truth in advertising beer name
-> Forager Tasting Room & Eatery has donated (3) $50 gift cards.
-> Dee from ISO Beers will be going into his cellar to grab 5 bottles. 
-> Chromatic Coffee has donated 2 Chromatic Coffee goodie bags with freshly roasted coffee beans, Chromatic t-shirts, coffee mugs, coffee blossom honey and more. Plus first 20 on gofundme site get a free bag of freshly roasted Chromatic Coffee.
-> Brian Moore has donated a "50-piece Bucket of BMo Bacon" trust me his bacon is 
-> Marcoantonio Flores has donated 2 sharks tix for the game on Feb 27th vs. Edmonton
-> Roy's Station Coffee & Teas has donated (2) $25 gift cards with mugs
-> Kevin Worley has gone to his cellar and has donated the following bruery anniversary beers: Cuir - 3rd Anniversary (retired). Cuivre - 7th anniversary (retired). Poterie - 8th anniversary. Saule - 9th anniversary
-> Peter Cogan has put together the following sour beers:
(Hermitage - 375ml
6 bottles Blood Orange Sour
Hermitage - 750ml
Sour Cherry Sour
Boysenberry Sour
Almanac - 375ml
Hoppy Sour Citra
Farmer's Reserve Raspberry
Farmer's Reserve Blackberry
Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch
White Label Sour
Nectarine Cobbler
Tropical Galaxy
Tropical Platypus
Splendid Population
Passion Project
Peach de Brettaville
Lavender Honey de Brettaville
Tangerine de Bretaville
Almanac - 750ml
Grand Cru Ed2 2016 Imperial Sour aged in White Wine Barrels)
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OMGoodness everyone! Jake will indeed have a marvelous smile in no time. The amount of energy coming out of this is awesome and Jake is floored by the response.

At this time, we're still adding items to the rewards list to giveaway at the Make Jake Smile Thank You Party at Uproar Brewing Co Feb 15th 4p-7p.

We've also hit 25 donors that will receive a very limited edition 'Run With Jake' t-shirt. With that said, we have a few people that we need shirt sizes from.
Aaron Dalton -
Tammy Tran -
Therese Kerbey -
Andrew Krend -
If you're name is listed, please email sajosecarl@gmail.com with your TShirt size.

We're all looking forward to seeing Jake's new smile very soon and the Thank You Party will be an amazing celebration of community and love.

Thank you!
Carl Foisy
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