Supporting the Argent Family

$31,925 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 342 people in 24 days
Created January 27, 2018
This GoFundMe Campaign will help support Chas and Michelle Argent as they oversee the recovery of their 12-year-old son, Nicolas, who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on January 13, 2018. The stroke was caused by a medical condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which was previously undiagnosed and that presented no symptoms whatsoever until the stroke. Nicolas survived this life-threatening event and after spending two weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was thrilled to come home on January 27th to be with his family – including his 9-year-old sister, Bryn; his dog, Willow; and his cat, Poe. Nicolas continues to amaze and inspire those around him with his fighting spirit, his astounding recovery, and his ever-present smile.

However, his journey is just beginning. On January 29th, Nicolas began a comprehensive rehabilitation program at Kennedy Krieger Institute where he is receiving care from doctors, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, nurses, and neuropsychologists as he works towards transitioning back to middle school. It is currently anticipated that he will be receiving these intensive therapies for at least a few months. In the next 6 months or so, the Argents have been told that Nicolas will need to have surgery to correct the AVM condition in his brain that caused the stroke in the first place. Otherwise, it could happen again. It is not safe to do this procedure on Nicolas at this time. Further tests, treatments, and therapies will most likely follow.

To care for Nicolas, Michelle has had to take an indefinite leave of absence without pay from her new career as a special educator. She just graduated with her M.Ed. in August and as a new employee, she does not qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act. For now, the family can keep health insurance under the school’s plan, but they have to pay the full, unsubsidized premium. The vast majority of Nicolas’ medical expenses are covered, but innumerable subsidiary expenses remain in the face of the significant loss of Michelle’s salary.

The Argents are great people, and this campaign is intended to provide the many friends of the Argents with an easy way to help them out during this time of need.

Donated funds will go to help defray Argent family expenses while Nicolas recovers. There is no doubt that they will be very grateful for any help.
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Over two-thirds of the way to goal in ten days! That’s pretty great. Again, this is a testament to the high regard in which Nico and the Argents are held. I know how grateful the entire family is for each and donation and for all your love. Luckily, Nico continues to improve under his course of intensive therapy.

The majority of donations are $100 or less, and those have quickly added up to get the campaign as far as it has. I know that some people have donated more than once. (I encourage it!) Others have helped immensely by “sharing” the campaign among their friends, and spreading the word is very important.
There is no question, however, that some especially generous donators have also made a big impact, and I am taking a moment to single out some, although others have requested to remain anonymous.

This isn’t some race, and everyone has their own circumstances to consider, but the top public donations so far are:

• Tom Argent
• Monica Owen

• Nadir Elfarra
• Darrell Wright
• J.R. Tracy
• Joe Jackson
• Jeremy Spahr
• Susan Breaugh
• John Breaugh

• Chris Hagerbaumer

As always in these campaigns, the last $$ are toughest, as people most interested in the campaign have mostly already donated. I am going to wait till later to encourage people to donate a second time, but in the meantime, please be sure that you have shared this campaign with everyone you think may be interested.

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Yowza! Half-way there in less than four days.

Big round of applause for the Argent Family Supporters.

I know how much this means to the family and how grateful (and how very busy) they are.

That was the "easy" half, however, and this second half will be tougher. Please share this campaign with your friends, especially if you think they have a connection with the family.
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It is no surprise to me that in the 36 hours since I first posted this "Supporting the Argent Family" GoFundMe campaign, the friends of the Argents have pushed this already to one-third of its goal. This is merely a pale reflection of the love and respect that Chas, Michelle, Nicholas, and Bryn garner throughout their various communities.

I know how much this means personally to them.

We still have 66.7 of the way to go, however, and I promise to be on the case all the way.

Here is my my guess about what Nico might say if he could.
Thanks, Friends.
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$31,925 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 342 people in 24 days
Created January 27, 2018
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