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James Donaldson Support Campaign

$9,470 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 5 months
Created May 29, 2018
Hey everybody,

School is about to start again and let's be sure to keep an eye on our young people as they prepare for another school year. It can be a stressful time for them as well.

I’d also like to ask all of you to remember and honor those who are suffering mental health challenges and issues that have led to far too many lives ending way too early. Let’s keep those families that are left behind, in our remembrances.

I wanted to take another moment, to continue to express my thanks and gratitude for the wonderful show of support, uplifting and encouraging words, and all of the thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate it, more than you’ll ever know. If you haven’t read my article that was published in The Athletic last week, here is a link to it. http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle 


It’s almost “therapeutic” for me, to communicate to you all how I am doing every few days. Of course, I’m continuing to see my doctors for all of my medical/mental concerns. I’m still having health issues in regards to my open heart surgery I had over three years ago. I was hospitalized for four days a couple of weeks ago for an “irregular heartbeat” which is now being controlled and managed with medication. We are planning for another surgical procedure to do a “bypass surgery” for a “subclavian steal syndrome” condition that I have developed since my open heart surgery. As you can imagine, all of these things continue to weigh heavy on me as well. I’m just glad to be here!

I had a wonderful meeting with Kym Hiliniski (the mother of our young WSU quarterback who committed suicide in January) and her son, Kelly, this past Thursday, and it was great for us to get together in support and also looking for ways to work together with the Hilinski Hope Foundation, that has been set up in Tyler Hilinski’s honor. 30226256_15276475790_r.jpeg  

I am looking to start a similar foundation as well, in regards to working with young student-athletes, and our young students in general, to continue to bring awareness to mental health challenges that so many of us go through.

Anyway, that’s about my update for this weekend. I appreciate so many friends throughout the country, commenting on my social media pages and not only offering support, but many times sharing experiences they’ve gone through personally or people close to them have gone through.

Financially, I am struggling to keep things going, since the closing of my business, I have no income coming in, and the monthly NBA pension I received, is not quite enough to cover my monthly mortgage on my home. So, therefore, I’m scrambling about to stay current with utilities, cell phone bill, monthly auto insurance, and auto payments, medical bills, etc. So, as I’ve done most recently for my friend and former NBA player, Joe Pace, I’m working with some supportive friends, to put together a GoFundMe page for myself, which I hope people will contribute to and go towards my ongoing financial obligations. Please keep an eye open for it to be up and operating this week.

Thank you so much again, everyone, for the tremendous amount of love and support that you are shown. I remember back during my “darkest days” when my doctor was trying to tell me that “people would miss me, many people love me and that I should not take my life”, and I was sitting 2 feet away from him, and I looked right back at him and said “nobody’s going to miss me, nobody cares, nobody loves me”. That was a very dark place to be, where I had nothing but “hopelessness” and “darkness”. I’ve come a long, long way since then and am almost back to my old self.

Now that I am “back in my right mind” I realize now, how many lives I have touched in a positive way over the years, and how much I would’ve missed you.

Thank you so much…

James Donaldson
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Hello everyone,

I've been hanging in there through a trying week, but I made it through.

On Tuesday, I had another CAT scan done on my neck and chest area to see why this infection is lingering on for so long (4 months and I'm still on antibiotics). The doctors, as well as myself, are getting concerned.

Last weekend, I had another lightheadedness, dizziness spell, that came out of nowhere and lasted for about 45 minutes.

So, I'm still hanging in there.

I'm still not able to get back to work, although I'm looking at becoming an emergency substitute teacher in the Seattle School District. I should be able to handle something like that.

I appreciate all of the support that you have provided over these past few months. I'm still not "out of the woods" yet, matter of fact, today I filled out a mortgage modification package to hopefully save my home from going into foreclosure.

So, a lot going on, but still quite a ways to go.

If you can see it within yourself to help me out (financially) just a little bit longer, I would greatly appreciate that.

I'm almost there and getting there step by step.

Thanks every one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

James
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Greetings everyone,

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I went by to visit one of my dear old friend, my first athletic trainer I had in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics, Frank Furtado. Frank is living in a assisted living home now, and at 87 years young, still as sharp as can be, great sense of humor, and we had a wonderful conversation.

I also mentioned, that yesterday was one of those “down and depressing days”, I don’t know, maybe it was the gray and gloomy skies over Seattle, the cold weather that is starting to roll in, the fog that has blanketed Seattle all week and the fact that I feel all alone. Anyway, going by to see Frank was a real “uplift” for me (and him too!).

I’m still struggling quite a bit financially. I haven’t been able to find any type of employment that I can handle with my medical challenges going on right now. I still have an infection in the incision in my neck/shoulder area, that has been going on for about 12 weeks now. I called my doctor this past weekend to see what more we can do to get this finally healed up. He ordered a CAT scan for me to do next week and see what’s going on.

My car got repossessed last week, I was served with a summons for a lawsuit, and I am two months behind on my mortgage. I’m trying my best to at least make one mortgage payment before the end of the month, but I don’t have the money to do so. So any help that any of you all can do for me, would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, I wanted to give everyone an update on what’s going on with me. I’m good at putting a smile on for the camera, but inside and behind that smile is a very troubled person trying to get back on my feet again.

I hope and pray that everyone can see within themselves, to help and contribute whatever it is you can. No amount is too small, and every bit of it is greatly appreciated, and I will make sure to say thank you to you.

Blessings to all of you,
With love, James Donaldson
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I’ve been out of the hospital a couple of weeks now, and have a day of doctor appointments and follow ups today.

The doctors are happy with the way things are progressing along and I am feeling much better. I still get fatigued very quickly, and tired from being on my feet too much, but I’m feeling better.

I still need some support and assistance from anyone who can help me. I have ongoing monthly obligations of (Auto insurance, utilities, basic expenses, etc.) that I need to stay on top of.

I appreciate each and everyone of you out there!

Thank you so much and have a blessed day.

With love, James
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Hey there friends, I just wanted to let you know that I’m still hanging in there. I managed to get out for just a little bit this weekend, to attend the Lenny Wilkens foundation charitable event that he has every year in Bellevue. It was great to be there and great to see him.

I’ve got a birthday coming up this week on 16 August, and I would like to put out there “to the universe“ that besides your well meaning thoughts and wishes, some type of financial contribution or support to my go fund me page would be very welcomed.

I am able to stay “somewhat current” with my mortgage due to my monthly NBA pension that comes in. But that’s about all I can handle and the rest of the time is spent scrambling around in “scraping the very bottom of the barrel“. I have not worked since February, and I don’t anticipate getting back to work until October most likely.

So, any assistance would be very welcomed.

Take care of yourselves, be blessed and “count your blessings”!

With love, James
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