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Mark DeGroft Medical Expenses

$45,593 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 334 people in 9 months
Created September 20, 2018
Ellie Degroft & Mel Guanci
on behalf of Cindy DeGroft
Wednesday, Sept. 12, Mark DeGroft was rushed to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance with flu-like symptoms from what turned out to be a severe infection. His medical team concluded that he was experiencing Sepsis with DIC.

A note from Cindy:
This is the hardest thing I have ever had to say. Mark has been in critical care for a week, very sudden onset, he has responded to treatment, though the severity of his body's natural defenses, has left his hands, and feet in jeopardy. I know many of you love Mark, demonstrated by the incredible response of love, support, and prayers, from our circle of musicians, medical community, and friends, and family. He could use all the loving light you can shine his way right now. A few years back, when I needed help, a wise friend told me me courage was being brave in the face of danger, valour is courage in the face of the unknown. Thank you all for the many kindnesses, support, love, and prayers.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. Additionally, complications resulting from DIC has put him at risk for loss of tissue on his hands, feet, and face.

After 1 week in the ICU at Rogue, Mark was moved to Ashland Hospital where he would have access to treatment in the hyperbaric chamber for wound care in hope of expediting his recovery.

At this time the length of his recovery is unknown.

Medical hardship is a difficult burden for any family. Losing hours at work can have a detrimental impact on sustaining a household. So many of you have poured your love on the situation with hot meals, relationship, prayers, company for Cuba and well wishes. Some of you  may not know, Mark & Cindy are also the caregivers for Cindy's mom who suffers from dementia and has been living with them.

We are all forever grateful for your love and support during this time. So many of you have asked how you can help?

Right now Mark, Cindy, & Ellie need your continued prayers and well wishes.

If you feel called upon to give beyond this and have the means to contribute, I know they will be forever grateful. I also know they would never ask which is why I am writing to you here.

Mark is my beloved Uncle and I know he is a beloved someone to you! If you know him, you know all the things that are special about him. In the photo above, you may notice his stripy socks, those are socks that I gave him one year. He always wears these socks when he knows he is going to have the happiest of days - like he is in this picture. He is happiest when he is spending time with all of you, laughing, and playing music, and most of all next to Cindy, whose voice carries like the angels who fly among us.

I love this snippet I found, written by a wonderful soul at St. Claire Productions....

St. Clair Productions:
Mark & Cindy DeGroft have been playing music together for 30 plus years. An interesting journey of styles & influences has culminated in a recent recording project of original material. Their music has roots in rock, folk, eblues, classical & Americana and is uniquely their own. Mark is one of the boys to talk Guitar with if you’re shopping Cripple Creek Music in Ashland; Cindy is a volunteer host for Jefferson Public Radio’s Folk Show on Sunday nights. They are two halves of the same tune.

Because of his vulnerability Mark is not allowed to have visitors at this time. Please share well wishes or fond memories below that Cindy and Ellie can share with him. Cards, emails to Cindy, or hilarious and cute YouTube videos are also appreciated.

We humbly thank you for helping us support Mark, Cindy & Ellie through this time so they can focus on his care and please continue to hope for a full recovery.
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Friends, the support of our community continues to amaze us and fill our hearts with gratitude. Mark’s longtime employer, Cripple Creek Music, has partnered with dear friends from the musician community to put on a benefit concert at the Ashland Armory on 3/10. There will be, of course, live music with acoustic and electric sets from some of the areas finest artists, as well as a raffle for a Taylor guitar and silent auction featuring instruments and gift certificates for a variety of local businesses.

As though this were not enough, there is also a tribute album now available from our very talented circle of friends, (many of whom will be featured at the concert). The artist have donated their songs and their time to compile a thoughtful and uplifting collection of songs. Please visit Mark and Cindy’s freshly updated website, https://www.markandcindydegroft.com/releases where you can sample the songs, purchase the CD, and find the line-up for the show.

Our deepest thanks goes out to all of you who have donated your time, energy and resources to keep us afloat. To Cindy’s employer for being flexible and kind-hearted as we navigate through this. To Cripple Creek Music, Crystal Reeves, GrassRoots Sound, Hilltop Music, Hawkeye and Willette Herman, Ariella St. Clair, Dennis Freese, Tom Freeman, Crystal Castle Graphics, Daddy Ramen, Platt Anderson Cellars, In2It Social, Kale Chesney, and all of the musicians donating their talents to the album and concert. Thanks also to Team DeGroft for keeping the pets and plants safe and warm, and to those who my memory has misplaced for the moment. I continue to be overwhelmed by the number of individuals, as well as the number of ways, you have all come forward help us. It is truly and deeply appreciated.

-Ellie (Mark's daughter)
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From Cindy: Thank you all for the incredible outpouring of concern, compassion, love and support for Mark as he continues on this unfathomable ordeal.

Many of you have wondered about the full extent of Mark's injuries. In September Mark became critically ill, caused by a very rapid onset of Sepsis, followed by DIC. The interventions started in the ER saved his vital organs, but further restricted circulation to his face, and extremities, putting them in grave danger. Mark has undergone 5 surgeries as of now, on his nose and mouth, and sadly, amputation of both his hands and his feet. He will require more work to repair damage to his face.
For now he is recovering at our daughter's home in Eugene, so that we can be closer to the teams who took care of him at OHSU. It will be a few months before he is ready to be fitted for prosthetics. He is slowly recovering strength and weight, and learning to cope with these devastating injuries.
His valor, endurance, grace, and humor have been awe inspiring, and we are very grateful he is still with us.

We feel so blessed, and grateful for the many ways our community of friends, and family have shown their support. Thank you all for the many acts of kindness, generosity, and prayers that have come our way. We still have a very long road to travel before we can bring him home to Talent. We remain ever hopeful about giving Mark a good quality of life, and even to somehow helping him find his way back to making music again.

Mark and I recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, we have spent many wonderful hours playing music in our kitchen together. I hope that each time you run your hand down your guitar neck, or whatever your instrument may be, you will think of Mark, and be grateful for the gift of music. It is the voice of our souls I believe.

Our love and well wishes to you all for this holiday season and coming year.

Cindy & Mark DeGroft 12/22/2018
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From Cindy:
Dear friends, I know many are anxious to hear news of Mark's progress, and I wish with all my heart I had better news to share.
On Thursday Mark underwent surgery for the 2nd time, and while the work on his nose and mouth went better than we hoped, they had no choice but to amputate both his hands. Obviously a very devastating event as music has been the light and love in our lives.
We don't know yet how well his feet and legs will recover, still a serious concern, and longer wait. I have tried to protect Mark's need for privacy, and time to heal, with the balance of informing all of you who know and love him. We are so grateful to all of our family and friends for so many acts of kindness, love, and support. So grateful that Mark's indomitable spirit, and gentle nature keep shining bright despite this terrible adversity. So grateful to still see his sense of humor alive and well.
And so very grateful to still have him here with us, our gentle warrior.
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From Cindy: Finally after 2 crazy days of waiting, the ambulance just pulled out of Ashland, headed to Portland. I will head up in the morning, John and Ellie will be there to meet him. At 5:00 we thought he was going to Stanford. It's been up and down, both Ellie & I had small meltdowns today, but thankfully we are rallying. Mark looks better, and we are hopeful they will pull off some medical miracles at OHSU. Forever grateful to all of you, our friends and family for all the support and prayers.
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Raised by 334 people in 9 months
Created September 20, 2018
Ellie Degroft & Mel Guanci
on behalf of Cindy DeGroft
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