jim mcdonald's recovery

$124,265 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 2,582 people in 9 months
Created May 29, 2018

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!


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



(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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Yesterday I taught or the first time since The Great Calamity, about 4 months after Herbfeast in Ireland. It was a shorter class (you know, just 3 hours), and it felt SO GOOD to get back to what I do, and to share the love of plants and their habitats with people.

I often feel frustrated (understatement) by the lingering after effects of being drugged into oblivion for a month, and the accompanying trauma this whole situation has caused my family. There's always some degree of pain or discomfort somewhere, there's still a lot of simple stuff that's hard for me to do, and, well... I'm just really not super patient by nature, even if I know I need to be.

I try to think, as much as I can manage it, objectively though:

I'm here. Not that long ago, that seemed unlikely.
Two months ago I couldn't stand up, much less walk.
I'm with my family, who I love beyond words.
Every time I teach, I meet the most amazing people.
I have the very deep and heartfelt support of my community, and you all mean the world to me.

Thank you.
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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.
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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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Raised by 2,582 people in 9 months
Created May 29, 2018
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