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Friends Of Bill Campbell

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Raised by 202 people in 11 months
Created November 28, 2017
Bellamy John
on behalf of Angela Edwards-Campbell
Our friend Bill Campbell has had a massive stroke! Much of his care isn’t covered by insurance, so Friends of Bill Campbell  have set up this GoFundMe page to be sure Bill can get all the care and support he needs to fully recover from his brain injury and be there for his wife and young child.


The Good News is that Bill’s prognosis is good "IF" he has continual intensive rehabilitation therapy and round-the-clock medical supervision.  With the right care, right away, this could be a temporary illness.

The Bad News is that although Bill had insurance, much of the cost of Bill’s care isn’t covered by his insurance, because his stroke was atypical, symptoms that don’t exactly fit certain narrow rules and technicalities that insurance has set.  This is despite orders and urgent recommendations from Bill’s neurologists and neurosurgeons.  Even with the best of insurance, needed critically important care is denied coverage.  This type of care is literally unaffordable without insurance coverage or some type of outside help. Please see Update #2 for more details.


We want to make sure Bill’s is a “temporary” brain impairment.  So, Friends of Bill Campbell are asking those who care to do what the insurance companies won’t do.  We’re asking you to contribute to Bill’s Go Fund Me so he can be 100% Bill again, and fully return to his family and to all of us.  

Bill has a big heart, and has never hesitated to do what he could for others.  Now it’s his turn to receive.  Please contribute today!  No amount is too large or too small. 

Bill is not only a beloved friend, but he is one of Chicago’s great hearts and minds, whose service has changed millions of lives in a positive way.  Through his heartfelt work in broadcast and community service at ABC7, he has been the catalyst for positive advancement and change in business, education, healthcare, government, and other sectors throughout our society.  For example, he brought about recognition and support for charitable causes such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which now feeds millions.  Also, his avid support for mandatory child safety seats contributed to those seats becoming law, saving thousands of small children’s lives each year for the last two decades.  Join us in showing our appreciation and support during this critical period, and contribute now.

Bill’s family allowed the Friends of Bill Campbell to generate this Go Fund Me on the condition that we respect Bill’s privacy and that of his family – so along with the request for contributions, we’re asking that you also respect their privacy during this very difficult illness.  

Thank you in advance for your care, and for your generosity!

Sincerely, Friends of Bill Campbell
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Friends of Bill Campbell would like to thank all of you for your generous contributions. Thanks to those who have given, and those who plan to give. Due to your generosity, so far, Bill has been able to receive some of the medical therapies and care that were highly recommended by his doctors, but were being denied by his insurance. It’s an important start.

This Christmas season will be especially difficult. Bill’s wife and young son face the idea of their husband and father not being with them totally – in mind, body and spirit. They must hold tight to the hope that he will continue to receive vital medical therapies so that next Christmas will be better than what they are experiencing this Christmas.

Thankfully, Bill has friends and fans who are willing to dig deep to make the difference, even if insurance won’t.

Bill has given much over the years. He is one of Chicago’s great hearts and minds, whose service has changed millions of lives in a positive way. Through his heartfelt work in broadcast and community service at ABC7, he has been the catalyst for positive advancement for organizations and people of all ages and walks of life throughout Chicagoland.

Your support is a confirmation “when you give, you shall receive”. May God Bless each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity.

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“Denied Again!” Bill is being discharged from the hospital today after a setback, including a fall in which he suffered a blow to his head so hard that he required stitches. This is following his stroke and just weeks ago, brain surgery.

Insurance once again denied him coverage to be at a rehab center for therapy and care. His doctors are appealing this unbelievable decision from the insurance company.

Just another example of why, more than ever, our support is important to let Bill know friends are behind him!
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Q&A

Q: What Happened?
A: Bill Campbell suffered a massive stroke in Mid-August.

Q: What can we do to help?
A: First and foremost you can donate to Bill’s Go Fund Me and encourage others to do the same. If everyone who reads this post would share it with their friends on Facebook, and copy the link and send it to friends via Email, Twitter and Linkedin, we could surpass our goal. Posting stories about Bill and the impact he and/or “Chicagoing” has had on your life can keep the conversation going. Everyone has been great so far. We’ve received over $11,000 in just fourteen days. You’re showing the world the real meaning of friendship. Thank you and please continue to help us reach our goal.

Q: What is a stroke?
A: A stroke is a “brain-attack” that happens when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off.
Q: How serious is a stroke?

A: A stroke is a very serious brain injury. A stroke can cause you to permanently lose speech, movement and memory and according to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death.

Q: Was he able to get treatment immediately?
A: Yes, he was with his wife, Angela and 12-year-old son, Will, and they recognized the signs of a possible stroke and were able to take him to the Emergency Room.

Q: Doesn’t immediate treatment stop a stroke?
A: The sooner a stroke sufferer receives medical attention, the better chance he has to survive. However, once the blood flow is cut off severe damage to the brain has already begun to occur.

Q: Is Bill paralyzed?
A: Fortunately Bill is not paralyzed. Although Bill was affected physically, the stroke had a greater impact on his cognitive functions than it had on his ability to walk, talk or move his limbs.

Q: Since Bill is a public figure, why is the public just now hearing about his stroke?
A: Bill is retired, and the family wanted very much to respect his privacy, and at the same time have been inundated with seeing to his medical needs. Between August and November (when Friends of Bill Campbell was formed) Bill has had additional complications, brain surgery, lengthy hospital stays and has begun intensive rehabilitation therapy.

Q: At what point was it decided to reach out to the public?
A: Once cognitive rehabilitation therapy had begun, the prognosis was very good for his full recovery. The family was very disappointed and alarmed when they learned the insurance company would not cover the degree of therapy Bill needs for a full recovery. Hearing of the situation, and knowing the immense issues surrounding insurance in the U.S. today, Friends of Bill Campbell wanted to show support and rally people to ensure that Bill is not the next casualty of insurance injustice or controversy.

Q: Don’t all health insurance policies cover stroke?
A: Just as a homeowners insurance policies cover damage to the home, but only certain types of damage; health insurance policies only cover certain aspects of a stroke victim’s recovery. Although Bill was affected physically, the stroke had a greater impact on his cognitive functions than it had on his ability to walk, talk or move his limbs. Tragically, this is the type of stroke situation not extensively covered by his insurance.

Q: Is that because the doctors don’t think it’s important?
A: The doctors and therapists think it is critically important that he receives this therapy. It goes without saying that the very aspect of the brain that allows a patient to conduct their life and remain safe – thinking and remembering is just as important and perhaps even more important than learning to walk again. And they have assured us that with continued cognitive therapy, his chances for full recovery are excellent. However, the decisions of insurance executives often do not support the attending physician recommendations.

Q: What is Bill’s particular situation that causes the insurance not to cover all of his treatment and care?
A: Bill’s brain injury is mostly cognitive. His stroke is atypical and the symptoms of his stroke do not fit the profile of most stroke patients. The typical stroke patient has trouble moving around, speaking, eating or conducting certain other physical activities. Bill’s injury affects the cognitive functions that allow him to remember and process information effectively, so he does not fit the insurer’s narrow rules that focus mainly on physical capabilities. Therefore opportunities for covered care are limited.

Q: If stroke patients need 24 hour supervision, why not just get home care or have them stay at a nursing facility?
A: Neither a regular nursing home nor a home care worker is equipped nor trained to give him the daily cognitive therapy needed for full recovery. Secondly, neither an all-day home care person, nor a lengthy stay at a nursing home is usually covered by typical medical insurance. So, unless the individual qualifies for public aid, it becomes an out-of-pocket expense. In other words the family would be paying massive costs and still not receive the therapy needed for recovery.

Q: Approximately how much does rehabilitative cognitive therapy cost?
A: The cost of the therapy alone, for up to one year, is estimated to exceed $200,000. This estimate does not include the cost of 24/7 care at the facility. Bill’s doctors estimate that Bill will need at least one entire year of therapy, and possibly more.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017 08:27PM
CHICAGO (WLS) --

Bill Campbell, our beloved former colleague at ABC7, recently suffered a stroke and is now recovering.

Bill was a member of the ABC7 team for 32 years before retiring in 2010. He was director of editorials and hosted a number of long-running public affairs shows including "Chicago-ing."

Although Bill is recovering, he still needs vital rehab and care, much of which is not covered by his insurance.

"Friends of Bill Campbell" have generated a GoFundMe page if you'd like to contribute to his care. We wish Bill a speedy and full recovery.
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Raised by 202 people in 11 months
Created November 28, 2017
Bellamy John
on behalf of Angela Edwards-Campbell
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