Larry Hildes Medical Fund

$16,050 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 30 months
Scott L. Slaba
on behalf of Larry Hildes
 BELLINGHAM, WA
In February 2017, Local civil rights attorney, Larry Hildes, was  admitted to St. Joseph hospital in his home of Bellingham, Washington, where he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, an extremely serious condition that, if not properly treated and monitored, can and will result in death.  More than one year after his disgnosis, Larry is up and about, but he remains on oxygen 24/7 and his overall health is extremely fragile.

With his wife, Karen Weil, who is also his legal assistant, Larry has been working an exhausting and stress-filled schedule for years now, often in a pro bono capacity or for little pay, representing the disadvantaged and downtrodden -  from those illegally arrested, to those suffering from police harassment and brutality, to those incarcerated for committing acts of civil disobedience, to those suffering from the crimes of coal companies - the list goes on and on.

Larry and Karen have been helping others for a long time, and now they are in need of help from their friends during this time of great financial need. It will be some time before Larry can resume a normal work schedule.  This of course means that a life which has often been tight financially now has gotten even tighter - and this on top of massive health bills.

Please contribute what you can to help out in this time of need.  The funds will all go toward paying immediate medical needs for Larry, and will also go to keeping the lights on and the mortgage paid as needed.

The need here is big - as big as the hearts of these two marvelous people who have given so much back to their community. 

Please give what you can - now!  Thank you.

Friends of Larry Hildes and Karen Weil
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Thank you all for your support of the Larry Hildes Medical Fund. We are now closing down this part of the campaign which, thanks to you all, has been so incredibly successful. The original GoFundMe campaign raised approximately $12,800, and the latest fundraiser last week raised another $3,500.

Any further donations can be made directly to Karen and Larry at PO Box 5405, Bellingham, WA 98227.

Again, thank you all on behalf of Karen and Larry for the generosity you have shown!

Scott Slaba
on Behalf of the Larry Hildes Medical Fund

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Thanks to all of you who have continued to support Larry and Karen with your generous donations. You are amazing!

This is just a reminder again of the benefit concert that will be held in their behalf tonight at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship located at 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham. The concert will start at 7:00 PM and will feature Dana Lyons, Gary Kanter, and Linda Allen. There will be a suggested donation of $10.

Thank you all so much!

Scott Slaba
on behalf of the Larry Hildes Medical Fund
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Hi Everyone,

Many thanks to those of you who have contributed so generously to Larry and Karen and Larry's survival fund.

As you know, in February 2016, Larry was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Then, as if that wasn't enough burden for anyone to bear, last Fall their house burned down, leaving them currently living in a motel while arrangements are made for new living quarters.

Although insurance is covering many of the housing expenses, the two compounded disasters have left both Karen and Larry exhausted and occasionally overwhelmed as they continue to work hard to rebuild and to maintain their legal business. And all of this is happening in an uncertain political climate where the fate of medical care still lies in the balance.

On Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM, there will be a benefit concert for Larry and Karen. The concert, which will will feature Dana Lyons, Gary Kanter, and Linda Allen, will be held at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Funds raised beyond any direct costs will be used exclusively for Larry's ongoing medical expenses.

If you can't make this concert, please consider donating directly to this GoFundMe account.

Thank you, and thanks again for your generous hearts and spirit.

Scott Slaba
on behalf of Karen and Larry
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Dear, dear friends:

Larry had his first post-hospital follow up on Thursday, and the news was very good. His heart rate is down, his oxygen levels are up in the normal range (higher than in years) and his blood pressure was 110/60, a rate that a 30-year-old would envy! In addition, as of Thursday he had lost 46 pounds (in 3 weeks). He still tires easily and is on oxygen 24/7. So, we're not out of the woods yet. But the trend is up, and it was a great first visit with the follow up care. Next week is cardiologist, we'll report back then.

We are trying to ignore the bad news from He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but taking great heart in the resistance. You know you're in trouble when John Dean compares you unfavorably to Nixon. Larry is feeling better enough to look forward to getting back in the fray -- although not for awhile.

We have always known we had a community, but the angels that have come out of the woodwork in the last 3 weeks have astounded and inspired us. When Linda came to the hospital and sang of angels, I could see them wrapping their wings around us. And every day, I saw evidence of angels, from the little cash donations people handed us to the food to the help with bills (not just Scott, a friend took out her verbal sword and did battle with Sprint for us), to running into a woman while I was doing errands who told me about her battle with congestive heart failure and how she had won! I thought about it today, the many, many angels, and I could hear the choir of them, and they had your voices. So, thank you, my dear ones, our lovely angels.

With immense, overflowing gratitude,
Karen and Larry


Larry with wife Karen and Scott Slaba
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Jesse Larsen
28 months ago

You probably know this, but just in case, Hill Burton funding should take care of the hospital bills... I send healing thoughts...

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$16,050 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 30 months
Created February 17, 2017
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RB
$100
Russell Bates
17 months ago
$50
Jonathan Betz-Zall
17 months ago
$2,000
Anonymous
17 months ago
JS
$50
Jeremiah Schwartz
17 months ago

Thank you for all that you have given back to our community. Wishing you continued healing and strength. Sorry that I am not able to make the benefit tonight.

LS
$75
Laura Smith-Clawson
17 months ago

Sorry I can't make it to the concert. Hang in there - there are a lot of people who care about you!

KP
$10
Karen Price
17 months ago
DK
$100
D'vorah Kost
17 months ago

Blessings for healing, strength, patience, joy, song

$100
Anonymous
17 months ago
$25
Tim Norgrent
18 months ago

Thanks for going through all that law school and still giving more! Love and Respect to you brother!

Jesse Larsen
28 months ago

You probably know this, but just in case, Hill Burton funding should take care of the hospital bills... I send healing thoughts...

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