jim mcdonald's recovery

$123,432 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 2,572 people in 2 months
Created May 29, 2018
UPDATE MAY 31ST

We made our initial goal within 24 hours! From all of us working on jim's recovery support team thank you so much for all of your generosity, shares and prayers.

We knew we could raise this money but we are all awed that we were able to raise it this quickly.

We thoughtfully came up with our goal amount by discussing future anticipated costs with Stephanie. We did our best to come up with an accurate monetary reflection of what recover would look like for jim and his family.

However the reality is we don't exactly know what is in store. We know medical costs will be high and we know there will be an extensive recovery time when jim won't be working.

Now that we have raised our goal, let's continue to show the McDonald family our love and support with our continued donations, shares, and prayers.

Thank you! Thank you!

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Friends, family and wider community, we reach out today with an urgent call for help. Our dear friend, jim mcdonald had a massive heart attack on May 25th while he was traveling in Scotland. A well-hidden flaw in a heart we all know to be a source of joy, love and compassion finally made itself known.


In addition to the heart attack he developed a serious complication that resulted in emergency surgery. He is currently in critical but stable condition, is under sedation, and while he is expected to make a full recovery, the journey there will be long. Stephanie and the kids are on their way to Scotland to be with jim now, and are expecting to be there for up to 6 weeks, until jim is allowed to travel home.


A heart attack is always a serious and life-threatening emergency, when it happens thousands of miles away, in a foreign country, the difficulties and costs faced by the family multiply infinitely.


jim is a husband, and father of three, who supports his family through teaching.


We’re asking today for your help in supporting jim, and his family, through this enormously hard moment in time.


We need help paying for travel for his wife, Stephanie and their three children.


We need your help paying for their time in Scotland during jim’s convalescence.


We need help paying for jim’s surgery and recovery time in the hospital.


And finally, as Jim begins his recovery, we need your help filling in the gaps that the loss of several months income will mean for his family. It’s a big ask; but if not his community, and his friends, who else?


To help keep the McDonalds afloat in this storm is going to take all of us, pitching in, how and where we can.


The first, best and most direct help you can give, is through this GoFundme effort.


Literally every dollar counts. If jim’s teaching, his herbs, his goodness, his questionable wit, and undeniable enthusiasm has ever touched you, please consider taking this time to show that love back in his time of need.


Please share this GoFundMe far and wide: 5 dollars from a stranger matters. 10 bucks from one of your coworkers makes a difference.


And finally, in whatever version of prayer you practice, please hold jim and his family in your hearts. Keep the good intentions and healing love flowing so that we can have him back to talking about prog rock soon.


We are all so lucky to be a part of jim’s community, be it local or extended around the world. This is our chance to do something together, to rally and support them, so that jim and his family can heal.

With our deepest gratitude, 

jim's recovery support team

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(also, jim is a very popular man— please understand that Stephanie is overwhelmed, and is asking for privacy so that she can focus on her family. We know you’ll have questions and will also want to pass messages on to jim himself for when he’s awake. For general questions or requests, please email progrock4lyfe@gmail.com and if you’d like to send jim a ‘get well soon’ email we’ve set up his own email at getwellsoonjimmcd@gmail.com )
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My beloved Stephanie & I went out for a hike yesterday... SO good to walk on the uneven ground of my home.
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Although I don't consider myself a hack of a writer, my deep gratitude and appreciation for you all, the support (of all kinds) you've given me, and especially Stephanie and the kids is just really beyond words. We all see so much in the world around us that's distressing, and can make us feel negative and cynical with regards to how people treat each other. But on the recieving end of such immense kindness and generosity, what we can do and be for each other just shines. I wish I could convey to you all, no matter what you were able to do and offer, how touched I am to have earned your care, but again... beyond words.

From my entire family: thank you.
-jim
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The mcdonald family is safely home!!!!!

Thank you for all of your continued support, thoughts and prayers. ❤❤❤
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hi all...

so, from the get-go, I caan't thank everyone as much as you all deserve for your support, prayers and well wishes. I'm truly humbled, to the point of tears.

I'm out of that crazy hospital, which is awesome because I was serious losing my mind. It's amazing to see a place that can do miracles in crisis situations completely faii in many aspects of support during recovery (there were so many wonderful people there helping me, but like our medical establishments, things like good food and comfort were not priorities).

I know many of you are wondering how I'm doing. The honest answer is that I'm weak, crazy tired and more than a little traumatized. Pretty much all my muscular strength is shot, and I've got a terrible tremor in my hands (which means typing this post is really freaking hard to do). It's hard to believe that some of the last things I remember doing is kayaking and bike riding in Ireland. To not feel "able" is a terribly difficult head trip. My thinking is also cloudy (not my norm, which has always tended to be relentless and manic). But, considering how high the chancess were of dying (and that's not an over statement), I can't really complain a lot (though I kind of am).

I know there are some people I absolutely need to get back to (that means you, lindera students!) but it's just gonna take me a bit more time to feel able and clear headed enough to do so, and I appreciate your patience and understanding.

I am more than especially grateful for the people who have supported my family during this time, in all the different ways you've done so. They mean the world to me, and to know they've gotten the care and support they have means the world to me.

Thank you all so much.

jim
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