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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Apr 2 - We have more shout outs… to the Jazz Foundation of America that has been supporting George throughout this whole life-changing process. The JFA has been providing some of the vital things that George needs at home. Special thanks go to Wendy Oxenhorn for her assistance and expertise and Melaney Mashburn for her invaluable help navigating through the health care system.

And more thanks to… MusiCares, the Actor’s Fund and Musician’s Foundation.

All of these outstanding organizations are dedicated to providing a safety net for musicians faced with difficulties in their lives. They provide the missing links when everything seems to fall apart. We offer our kudos to their professionalism, dedication and support. Visit their websites to find out more about the good things they do and help them in any way you can.




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Tues, Mar 27 - The link below is a song from the past that expresses George's feelings for you all right now.

Title: Thank You, Thank You
Joe Farrell - saxophone
Rufus Reed - bass
Eddie Gladden - drums
George Cables - piano


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March 26 - A shout out to the Steve Reid Foundation in London for their generous donation of $5000. The Steve Reid Foundation aims to help people working in music who are in crisis, especially those suffering from illness. They also seek to support emerging new talent through education and information initiatives. They want to see a world where people working in music, especially those who have devoted their lives to it, are able to get the help they need when they need it most. The Foundation provides grants to non-profit organisations that help people working in music. Charities that we are currently working closely with include the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Jazz Foundation of America. Visit their website: http://stevereidfoundation.org/
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March 24 - George was released from rehab today and is settling in at home. Hurdle #2 is now complete. Onward and upward he goes in healing and acclimating to his new methods of mobility. (BTW he headed straight for the piano to exercise his fingers!)
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