Aaron “Hix” Lee Medical Fund

$77,925 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,102 people in 10 months
Created October 6, 2018
Aaron "Hix" Lee - our favorite bearded, cowboy hat wearing, key-pounding, jalopy driving, band mate was shot in the stomach on the streets of Minneapolis on October 5th. 

While he and his girlfriend were walking back to their house, a car pulled up along side them. A man with a gun jumped out and demanded their phones and wallets. After immediately complying with the demands, the attacker decided to turn and shoot, and then drove away, leaving Hix and Kate in a terrifying bloody aftermath. Luckily, Kate had managed to conceal her phone from the attacker and was able to immediately dial 911. Hix was rushed to the nearest hospital and into surgery.

The bullet entered just below his belly button, nicking his colon and severing his iliac vein, before lodging in his leg, where it will remain for the rest of his life. It took an ambulance ride and two surgeries to stabilize his condition. He will need to stay in the hospital for observation for 1-2 weeks, and there will be an additional 2 weeks of at home bed rest.

Those of us who are lucky enough to call him friend and family, know that he has the biggest heart and is the most considerate person you will likely ever meet. You also know that if you are considered his friend, you ARE his family as well. He works hard, plays hard, and gives his heart and soul to his music and the people around him.

He is also a man of many hats! A musician in several bands at night, and by day; a commercial painter, as well as learning to be an electrician on recreational boats. Unfortunately, none of these hats come with Health Insurance or short term benefit package that will pay him a salary while he is recovering.

While Hix would give the shirt off of his back to someone who needs it, he would never ask for it if he needed one. So his family is asking for him. And while saving a life is priceless, there is a cost, and with no insurance to help shoulder the burden, once recovered there will be a very large medical bill for Hix to face.

Anything you can spare will help. Thank you for your support and love. Let's get Hix back in his hat and back on stage!

If you prefer to donate by cash or check directly to Aaron, there is now an account set up to receive funds directly. Please issue the check to Aaron Hix Lee and write "GIFT" in the memo. You can mail or deliver the check to:
MidwestOne Bank
3585 124th Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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I've finally gotten some sort of answer, or at least a diagnosis, as to the reason for the pain I'm experiencing. After a number of visits with my new physical therapist and follow-ups with the podiatry team, it's been determined I have something called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Which sounded vague enough for me to have to lookup on Google. To put it simply, my Central Nervous System is perceiving sensations incorrectly, resulting in, you guessed it, pain. This pain is usually chronic or lasts for a long time. So it's always nice to hear, "yes, your foot hurts a lot and it will for AWHILE." It is still unknown exactly why or how this sort of thing happens (though it's most common after trauma or invasive surgery) but they do have some methodology for treatment.

I've been referred to the Pain Clinic to hopefully determine a way to manage and treat this pain. Medication is obviously an option, but they also do some nerve therapy and other "less doctor-y" things such as acupuncture. It's neat to have an answer and some guidelines for treatment and I mean to stay positive, but man, it just sucks sometimes!

I've retrieved all of my things from evidence which the police were holding until sentencing was finished. That's kind of a trip! I was hoping my phone would have a recording of a song I wrote that I've since forgotten, but alas, it does not. I got my old wallet back in addition to my boots and the clothes I was shot in! Remarkable, after losing 3/4 of my blood before being rushed into surgery, the only items found to have blood on them were my shirt and my underwear. My jeans, jacket, and boots are all good as new! Thanks to Katie for keeping compression on my GSW (Gun Shot Wound, yeah, I'm learning the lingo) and not getting my pants all full of blood!

So that's the jist of it for right now, hope y'all are doing fine out there.
Much Love, Be Well!
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Good afternoon to you all! I know it's been awhile since my last update, I have been waiting on the results from the MRI. In fact, I had received the results last week, but wasn't able to do any good at deciphering them without assistance!

So the good news is no infection of the bone, joint, marrow or anything else that could cause further complications. However, what the MRI did say was: your foot hurts like hell!! This is mainly due to the severe amount of edema (excess fluid) in my foot, which causes pressure and the constant pain. You know what helps this better than anything? RICE! For those who don't often hurt themselves, RICE is an acronym for Rest Ice Compression, Elevation. Lucky me, I get to lay around even more! I know there are those out there who may be jealous, but as with nearly anything, after awhile it gets old!

With that said, it sounds like I won't be returning to my two jobs any time soon, as both require considerable amounts of standing and climbing. So if there's anyone out there in internet land who has a job needs filling that allows a person to have a seat, let me know!

I hope y'all are doing well and enjoying the last half of summer. Be well!
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First things first, here's a picture of my brand new custom made cane which some friends surprised me with last night! Thanks so much to everyone down at Spring Street! That is so sweet of all of you, and you're right, if anyone steals this one, we'll be able to find them!

No on to the rest: I just received word from the County Attorneys' Office that Jonell Butler (the guy who shot me) has finally pled guilty and has been given 199 months to serve. Which comes out to be just over 16 and a half years. In Minnesota, he is require to serve two-thirds of that before he is even eligible for parole. So he will serve anminimum of just over 11 years before he is free again. What this also means is that Katie and I won't have to testify in court, which we are super happy about. It's not that we weren't willing to, but I don't think going to court is anyone's ideal way to spend a day!

Overall I'm happy that this portion of the experience is over. It's been enough of a journey for Katie and I just trying to get back to normal. Then when you throw in words like testimony, meetings with attorneys, court dates, etc. Everything seems a bit more difficult! So we're very glad to close out that portion of our lives.

It's still quite a bit of trouble and pain to walk if I don't have New Balances and brace on my feet, so I head in for an MRI tomorrow. Again, as I've said, I'm hoping for more answers, or at least a possible explanation why there's still so much pain! I'll be sure to throw an update on here when I get some more news.

Be well y'all! Much Love!
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Wish a terrific Tuesday to all of you! So far the oral antibiotic has been doing the job on bringing the swelling down and thereby the pain as well. Upon my last visit to the clinic for a Burn Surgery follow up, I was allowed a consult with the podiatry team again as well. Both sets of doctors thought everything was going well. I am still experiencing some pain in the arch on the bottom of my foot. This could be caused by an abscess or excess fluid in my foot. The idea is through walking and keeping my foot elevated when I'm resting that fluid should find someplace else to go. In the event that it does not and I'm still experiencing pain during my next appointment an MRI will be ordered to take a picture of what's going on down there. So overall things are looking pretty good!

However, we were visiting Katie's family and at one point on Sunday night, I stood up to get something and my cane slipped! It was just as I was taking a single step down to get into the sliding glass door. I lost my balance and fell, rolling my ankle in the process! Luckily, I think, it was my uninjured foot, so it won't cause the left any further trauma. Though, when you already walk with a cane to unload weight from your left foot and then you roll your right and can hardly put weight on either; it becomes very hard to walk, even with the cane! So I spent the day elevating and icing BOTH feet and ankles and the right seems to be doing better. It is still painful, but I think the worst of it is over.

So as long as I can keep myself from continuing to injure myself in other ways, I should be on the right track again. I'm very happy to see the redness from the infection clearing up, but am somewhat annoyed that the cause is as of yet unknown. I'm looking forward to a big show this Saturday night at First Avenue with a bunch of pals. I hope all of you have some great summer plans to round out the season. Much Love!
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