Eric's Emergency Relief Fund

$5,790 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 40 months
Dear friends, 

My name is Frank He and I am the director and owner of HeCares Integrative Medicine Center located in Sunnyvale ( www.HeCares.net). As a licensed acupuncturist and professor of acupuncture and sports medicine, I am also a faculty member for the DAOM program of Five Branches University-a graduate school of traditional  Chinese medicine ( www.FiveBranches.edu).

This campaign is NOT for me, but for Eric Wei Wang, a friend and international doctoral student at Five Branches University currently training at my clinic. He could have been comfortably working as a doctor in a large hospital in China. However, Eric is a person of great integrity and chose not to earn his main income in China by over-prescribing drugs and lab/imaging tests, a cultural phenomenon little known to most Westerners. Therefore, he found his way to come to America to study sports medicine under my mentorship. Eric has proved to be an excellent clinician in sports medicine and pain management, and is well received by my staff and patients.

 Life has been great until a recent auto accident. On 9/13/2015, Eric was involved in a head-on collision caused by a distracted driver who swerved into his lane. Not only was his car totally wrecked, but his wife also suffered injuries. She was hurried to SF general hospital due to a complicated hip- joint fracture. Surgery was necessary and took place the next morning. She is now confined to a wheelchair for the next three months. Eric was able to get back to work. Between clinical teachings and caring for his patients, Eric has been busy taking his wife to follow up appointments and physical therapy.

To add to the suffering, Eric is facing discrimination and harassment from his auto insurance company. Farmers insurance has offered very little compensation for his car and medical expenses. Eric has been under tremendous stress since he received his wife's medical bill of roughly $120,000. Needless to say... he is broke! 

When it rains, it pours! In the early morning of 11/16/15, at about 5 am, I was awakened by Eric's phone call saying that he was in severe pain for about 6 hours and did not get any relief from self-treating. Based upon the nature of his complaints, I suspected he had an intestinal obstruction and advised he call 911. I rushed to his house and when I arrived, saw that he was in an ambulance being examined. A moment later, he walked away from the ambulance, got into my car and asked me to drive him to the ER so he would not have to foot the $1600 bill for the ambulance ride.  No kidding! It was barely a five minute drive away!

We rushed to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's Emergency Room. Fortunately, it did not take long for the medical team to offer medication to relieve the pain.  When asked to quantify his pain, Eric said it was about 6-7 out of 10. Bro??!! I saw many patients in my office who rated their pain as 7-8 out of 10. Eric is a modest tough guy! Later that morning Eric was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and needed surgery imminently. I could tell that he was hesitant because of the potential financial burden. I advised him to do the surgery, and we would find a solution later. 

Surgery went really well and Eric was discharged yesterday 11/17/2015. However, he is very tired and stressed after all the recent turmoils in his life. Now, we are trying to figure out a way to help him get through the next few weeks. He cannot drive or lift  for at least two weeks. His wife can only move around in wheelchair. As the breadwinner, Eric is facing some unprecedented challenges-
-huge amount of medical expenses ($120,000 for wife and $20,000 at least estimated for Eric)
-property loss ($6000 for his car)
-living expenses ($2500 for housing and food for the four of them) 

I'm NOT asking friends to help with his medical bills. However, Eric could use some help in just basic living needs and the immediate physical therapy which he has to pay out of pocket.  As a friend, here is what I have done for Eric:

• $5,000 emergency relief scholarship
• Helping him sign a lease for a new car
• Fundraising among Facebook friends
• Fundraising in my office from patients
• Smoked turkey for Thanksgiving dinner
• Searching for necessary legal assistance
• Free medical care for Eric and his family
• Transportation service for Eric and his family

I have been blessed to be able to support people in need and other great causes in the past: a child fighting for cancer, a stranger loosing a house to fire, friends run/walk to stop cancer, a patient joining a meaningful bike ride to stop AIDS, relief for Tsunami in Japan or earthquake in Haiti, etc. Giving is a blessing!

With the holiday season around the corner, let’s bring light to their very first Christmas in America. I’m sure Eric and his family will understand and appreciate the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

• Send love and wishes 
• Give a holiday gift to his family 
• Make a donation of any amount 
• Purchase gift cards for Eric’s great treatments 
• or your unique way to express that you DO care

The SECRET friends may prefer to write checks. You can write them to me or Eric Wei Wang and kindly mail the checks to my clinic address:

Frank He
500 E. Remington Drive, Suite 25,
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

We also have a donation box in my clinic. My office manager and the rest of staff are keeping a record for all donations.

On behalf of Eric and his family, I thank everyone who takes the time to read and share this call for help. 

In love, 

Frank He, L. Ac., QME, DAOM
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Hello everyone,

My name is Eric Wei Wang, a doctoral fellow at Five Branches University. Thanks to everyone for your kind supports, our family has gone through the shadow seeing the sunshine again.

The last three months ,we walked through the valley of shadow of death. Wander the edge of breakdown. Like the saying goes a friend in need is a friend indeed. We are so thankful for all the blessing during this period of our life.

Thanks for the warm blanket given right after the accident by a kind person we didn’t even know; Thanks for encouragement and visiting from Bella.Thanks for help from Dr. Wu; Thanks for zongzi from Peggy; Thanks for helping us apply for Medi-Cal; Thanks for taking care of us just like his family from Frank.

Frank took a further step to help by raising money on www.gofundme.com We got more help in here, the love given by fellows of Shandong helped us stand on our feet so soon, the presents and Christmas tree from teachers and students made our daughter smile again. The friends and colleagues of HeCares have tried their best to help us raise money and sent gift cards, and help me gain health and strength for study and work.

Moreover, we are thanks for those friends we have never met. What I want to say is thank you everyone, thanks for carrying us through the difficult time.
We understand in this culture we pay it forward. However I also want to return the favor if there are something I can help with just let know specially in orthopedics and sport injured field. I will do my best to help you and your family.

My family and I wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!
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Just before I was about to close this campaign yesterday, friends have informed me that many of them just heard about this. I'm very impressed by the recent activities on this campaign. We could not have gone this far without the support from Five Branches University community!

But I believe WE can do better than this!

Many Thanks!
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Me: Good morning Angel!

Angel: Good morning Frank! Here is a check for you...

Me: How did you know it's my birthday today?

Angel: Oh, happy Birthday! But this is for Eric!

Me: ...
Mission accomplished!
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A few years ago, my email box was hacked and a lot of friends received emails saying I was mugged and needed emergency relief. That was spam!

No wonder a few friends asked me if this is REAL. Unfortunately, this is real! But fortunately, he got a friend in me and many friends like you:)

Thanks for asking!

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$5,790 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 40 months
Created November 18, 2015
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SZ
$200
Steven Hua Zhang
39 months ago

早日康复

GX
$100
guangchao xu
39 months ago

best wishes for wei wang

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Anonymous
39 months ago
ML
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Meng Li
39 months ago

Best Wishes!!!

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Anonymous
40 months ago
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alexi botkin
40 months ago

Hope you're healing well Erik! Much love Alexi & Bridget

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