Team George Cables

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As many of you know George Cables had organ transplants ten years ago and had been doing very well, teaching and touring.  But for the last couple years, George has been struggling with ulcers on his legs that have not healed.

He has been under the care of the top doctors in New York City but the severity of the ulcers has caused him to be hospitalized on several occasions.  The last time he was admitted to the hospital, his condition was considered critical.

After consultation with vascular surgeons, they have recommended amputation of his left leg.

The surgery will take place at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City on March 1, 2018.  After recovery, he will go to rehab for a minimum of four weeks.

What we need now is to help defray the enormous financial stress this will cause.  In addition to the medical costs after Medicare, modifications to his home need to be made to make it wheelchair accessible (front and back door ramps, bathroom and shower modifications, etc.).  Since George lives alone, he will need home care including cleaning service and meal delivery during his recovery.  There is no way to know when he might be able to return to teaching and will be able to travel to perform.  Of course he is anxious to get back to the music that has been his life’s work and that has brought us all so much joy and beauty.

We have, therefore, set up this Go Fund Me account to help in this worthy cause.  Please open your hearts and donate whatever you can—we want George Cables to know how much he is loved and respected.
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Update 7/3/18
Well hello everyone. As I write this I am truly excited about a new development.

On Friday, June 29th I went with Maxine Gordon to the prosthetist to try my new leg with a microprocessor knee! It charges over night and allows me more mobility (you’d think that being attached to "Cables" all day would be enough). The part that goes over my stump was very tight because I have gained some weight since I was measured. The weight gain is definitely a good thing although it was causing a bit of a problem with the fit. However after some fiddling and adjusting they were able to fit it properly. I was able to begin taking steps and was also able to wear my new leg home!!!

It will take some time with rehab and constant work to get accustomed to the prosthesis but I feel like I’m starting to climb out of this hole, and hopefully be able to wear some fun shoes .

I don’t know about playing the soft pedal on the piano yet, but I’ll just be thrilled to be on two feet again.

Thank you again. I could not have done it without your help.

George Cables
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6/11/18 - The Healdsburg Jazz Festival was a tremendous success. Special thanks to Jessica Felix for her hard work and the VIP attention given to George and the whole Team. He played in 2 sets, spent time signing CDs and still had energy to attend the after glow at his hotel. He's back folks!
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Wed, Jun 7 – 2:59 pm
Following is a personal message sent from George’s iphone today...

Well, I’m on highway 101 on my way to the Healdsburg Festival. This will be the first gig I’ve played for some time and I have to say I’m very excited and a little nervous. Oh yes, and very happy to playing. I don’t have my prosthesis yet but I’m so eager to play I’d hop over to the piano.

I have to say thank you again for all your support and well wishes. They’ve been so important in my healing and overall well-being. But I think the best way to say thank you is to play the best I can and hopefully better. I’ve been working hard to get back to playing shape. Hopefully this will be the first of many performances.”

Thank you again.

George Cables
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Update 6/4/18 – Some really good news – George will be traveling to California this week to perform at the 20th Anniversary of the Healdburg Jazz Festival. This will be his first public performance since his surgery on March 1. It’s a big step since he does not yet have his prosthetic so will be making do with a walker & wheel chair. He will be traveling with a friend who will ensure no hitches enroute.

George has had his mind set on this gig since returning home from rehab and has used it as a goal to complete his rehabilitation and prove to himself that he has had a setback, however, that will not put him down. He looks forward to reuniting with many of his supporters and sees this as a beginning of a further reaching “Thank You Tour”. We’ll post pictures afterwards.
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