John Ziegler's Stroke Recovery Fund

$57,520 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 453 people in 17 months
Created July 21, 2017
Jamie Kime
on behalf of Heather Ziegler Rosandich

John "Johnny Z" Ziegler is a very well-respected and adored guitarist/musician in the Los Angeles music community and beyond. A dedicated player and sought after instructor, he is known for his band Volto!, as well as the groups Pygmy Love Circus and Zime - and of course as the ringleader of the Monday Night Jamz at the legendary Baked Potato Jazz Club for the past 12+ years.

On July 16th, 2017, John suffered a devastating stroke while alone in his home. In distress for an indeterminate amount of time, he was eventually able to reach his phone and signal for help. Paramedics arrived soon thereafter and transported him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

The stroke has affected John's speech, vision, and entire right side of his body. While tests are ongoing to uncover the extent of any further damage, the doctors and therapists are optimistic he can regain function. Those that know him will be happy to hear John's larger than life personality still shines bright, with his humor and signature charm very much intact. However, there is a lot of uncertainty ahead in his long road to recovery.

Due to this life-altering event, John is unable to perform and therefore support himself. He is in dire need of assistance to get him through this tough time that will undoubtedly require lengthy physical therapy to regain his playing ability.

The money raised here will go to the following:
- Medical & Therapy Expenses (including the potential purchase of a medical bed)
- Daily Care
- Transportation
- General Monthly Living Expenses

John’s immediate family lives in Texas, and are communicating with doctors to determine the best course of action. Meanwhile, the expenses are overwhelming, and will continue to mount. Any support you are able to provide will help give John the best shot at recovery and alleviate the increasing financial strain he and his family are under. Thank you for your help in getting Brother John Z back on stage where he belongs.

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Hello friends, fans, and loved ones of John Ziegler!

First of all, on behalf of John and his family, thank you to everybody for your incredibly generous contributions, as well as the outpouring of love and support from all corners of the global music community - and beyond! As of this writing, in just over two weeks, 341 people have contributed just shy of $40k! That's an incredible feat and testament to just how much appreciation you all have for John. A simple "thank you" seems grossly understated.

John has been doing well and making slow, steady progress in his recovery. He is still in the hospital, and after a discouraging 10 days of being turned down for various rehabilitation facilities his doctors recommended, it was looking as if he might be heading home to be tended to by a home care provider. After stepping up his physical/occupational therapy efforts over the past week however, yesterday - August 4th - he was reevaluated and accepted into the hospital's acute rehab program! From the beginning, this was one of the best-case scenarios as it is highly regarded, but after initially being turned down, it seemed like a long shot.

John's motivation, initiative, and hard work have been yielding some great results. Vision in his right eye has almost returned to normal, and his speech continues to improve daily. Additionally, he is now standing up and taking a few steps unassisted, and his heretofore stubborn right arm and hand have finally begun gaining some movement!

Once again, thank you to everyone for rallying around John and helping to spread the word. While he is making measurable improvements, there will still be a long recovery period and every penny of this will go towards helping him keep his head above water until he is once again able to support himself. In the meantime, let's keep this going!

Thank you!

John sez, "Thank you all!!"
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$57,520 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 453 people in 17 months
Created July 21, 2017
Jamie Kime
on behalf of Heather Ziegler Rosandich
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