Sailor Attacked - Jim Van Cleve

$4,462 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 28 days
Meri Virtanen Faulkner
on behalf of Jim Van Cleve
 LAS VEGAS, NV
Sailing and cruising friend Jim Van Cleve was attacked at anchor on board his boat Kalokalo in Suva, Fiji January 25, 2017 at 11pm. Two people with a cane knife boarded his vessel and there was a confrontation in the cockpit. Jim's been hospitalized in Suva with severe lacerations to his hands. Doctors think they can save his hand, but he may lose his thumb and needs at least one more surgery. The authorities in Suva have caught one of the perpetrators and it is believed it is just a matter of time before catching the other. Jim will need help with his hospital bills and physical therapy.
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Update 5
Posted by Meri Virtanen Faulkner
23 days ago
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Jim will be moving into a marina slip today. I have sent email to him transferring all ownership of this GoFundMe account to him directly. Best regards and thank you to everyone. Speedy Recovery, Jim!
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Update 4
Posted by Meri Virtanen Faulkner
24 days ago
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Jim was released from the hospital today. Cruising friends, Lynne and Eric, got Jim back on board his boat. He's not had much sleep since his ordeal. Eric and Lynne are waiting to hear back from the marina if there's a slip available for Jim's boat. He has an appointment for another surgery in in a week or so. I know family members are eagerly waiting to hear from him. He has no communication other than through a third party right now. I'm not 100% on this but I think his iPad was stolen among other valuables.

Jim confirmed that when he's ready to discuss how to forward his funds he'll let me know. He just needs a little time.
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Update 3
Posted by Meri Virtanen Faulkner
25 days ago
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Here is a report from cruisers Lynne and Eric on s/v Amarula, anchored next to Jim's boat. Eric (a brother Vietnam Vet) has visited Jim daily in the hospital. Lynne says, "Thumbs up for Jim and friends here at the hospital in Suva. He is in good spirits, despite the horrors of his attack. He hopes to be out tomorrow and asked us to thank all of you for your support and very generous donations via Meri Virtanen Faulkner's campaign https://www.gofundme.com/jim-van-cleve-sailor-attacked
He has no communications at the moment, but we will be helping him get around and get re-established so please bear with him and thanks once again to all who have supported him."
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Update 2
Posted by Meri Virtanen Faulkner
27 days ago
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Here is an update on Jim from Lynne and Eric anchored right next to Jim's boat:
"Eric says the surgeon set the bones in the thumb with a plate and screws. In 10 days - 2 weeks (Jim will) require further surgery to rejoin the severed tendons. We're hoping to see him later today, as the police are supposed to be bringing him out to the boat to get his full statement, so they can throw the book at the 2 guys in custody ASAP. "

A big thank you to everyone for contributions and well wishes. Jim will read your comments today and no doubt he will be bowled over. This should boost his morale . Faith in humanity restored!!
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Michael Cramb
28 days ago
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I just called Vuda Marina to check & this is true Jim needs help so please give a donation. We all know Jim would be there for us if we ever needed a hand. Mike & Carolyn

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Will Bingham
27 days ago
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Please pass onto Jim our best wishes From Will and Phech NZ

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Maria Walczak
25 days ago
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sending healing energy and much love to you Captain .....

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Steve Price
26 days ago
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Sorry to hear about your problem. When I was about 14 years old in shop class I was cutting some plastic on a bandsaw. A friend came by and tapped me on the shoulder. I accidentally almost sawed off my thumb. I didn't find out till I was in the hospital that my tendon had been cut. This was 1968. I was living in Colorado Springs and we had the only plastic surgeon west of the Mississippi. It took awhile before I could use it. But after about a year. It didn't hurt much. For 40 some years it hurts every once in awhile when it gets cold. Good luck my friend with getting better.

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Brian Metcalfe
26 days ago
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Thanks for the heads-up Carolyn & Mike.

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$4,462 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 28 days
Created January 26, 2017
Meri Virtanen Faulkner  
on behalf of Jim Van Cleve
$25
Kevin Baerg
23 days ago

Thoughts and prayers for your strong recovery! Heard about you from Del Viento and Totem.

JM
$100
James Murie
23 days ago

That hand will be hoisting the main in no time, just do what the therapist says! Sorry this happened.

$100
Mary Murie
23 days ago

Dearest Jim, we cannot rest until we know that you will be okay.

$25
Carol Fleetwood
24 days ago

I don't think we've met. Don't let this ruin your love for fiji! I Iam praying for you to have a speedy recovery !

$20
Jane MacElhenney
24 days ago
CY
$10
Christopher Young
25 days ago

Knew Jim ages ago in New Orleans. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

AF
$20
April Foster
25 days ago
JP
$10
J. J. Parkyn
25 days ago

May the good energies of the Creation be with you and provide a speedy & complete healing - a want to be again sailor

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Anonymous
25 days ago
$20
Annie Kalish
25 days ago

Sending golden healing energy your way and hopeful for a full recovery my friend. You look good and stay strong!

Michael Cramb
28 days ago
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I just called Vuda Marina to check & this is true Jim needs help so please give a donation. We all know Jim would be there for us if we ever needed a hand. Mike & Carolyn

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Will Bingham
27 days ago
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Please pass onto Jim our best wishes From Will and Phech NZ

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Maria Walczak
25 days ago
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sending healing energy and much love to you Captain .....

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Steve Price
26 days ago
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Sorry to hear about your problem. When I was about 14 years old in shop class I was cutting some plastic on a bandsaw. A friend came by and tapped me on the shoulder. I accidentally almost sawed off my thumb. I didn't find out till I was in the hospital that my tendon had been cut. This was 1968. I was living in Colorado Springs and we had the only plastic surgeon west of the Mississippi. It took awhile before I could use it. But after about a year. It didn't hurt much. For 40 some years it hurts every once in awhile when it gets cold. Good luck my friend with getting better.

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Brian Metcalfe
26 days ago
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Thanks for the heads-up Carolyn & Mike.

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