Travis Bedard's Medical Bills Fund

$14,660 of $25k goal

Raised by 272 people in 4 months
Trish Zepperi Vaillancourt
on behalf of Megan Reilly
 SAINT PAUL, MN
NEW GOAL. Let's keep this fundraising going!!!

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As you may know, Travis had a heart attack on Wednesday, November 23. He remains in the cardiac ICU at the University of Minnesota and while he is expected to make a full recovery, the hospital and rehab bills will be enormous.

Any financial support you are able to give Travis and Megan will be greatly appreciated in more ways than you can possibly imagine.

Thank you so very, very much for your help. Please visit Travis's CaringBridge page for updates.
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Update 5
Posted by Trish Vaillancourt
3 months ago
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A NEW NOTE FROM MEGAN.

Hi everyone - Just a quick update on how things are going.

We paid off the first round of bills thanks to y'all - that was the Saint Paul Fire Dept, Univ. Anesthesia Providers, and the first UMP bill. None of those guys would negotiate or take payments or anything (well, some would do payments but they wanted it paid off in like 6 months which wasn't what I meant), so I just took care of them. THANK YOU.

As it stands now we are facing the hospital bill which after discounts and everything is going to be about $153,237. I don't think there's anyone on the planet who is going to write us a check large enough to make a dent in that. We are hoping to work on a payment plan with the hospital and we have a max amount that we can pay each month, and hopefully that will be enough for them. I (Megan) also have, unfortunately, a ton of credit card debt. Our plan is to continue aggressively paying off the credit cards like we were before this happened, and then after about 2 years, add the credit card monthly payments to the hospital monthly payments.

Right now we are good. There is NO dire financial need, I think we've come to a place where we're ok and we have a plan moving forward. It even involves occasionally doing fun things. I know that can change and maybe I should keep my mouth shut, but right now, things look ok.

We had ZERO expectations that anyone would do something like this for us, and never expected that this much would be raised. We certainly don't expect any more, but, we just wanted people to know how things are. We also want people to know that any help we receive moving forward will probably be put towards credit card debt so that we can get rid of that faster, barring any further surprises.

We are so unbelievably grateful to everyone for everything you've done. And at some point soon I'm going to be writing a blog post that really details what happened financially, because it was truly one of those "we are insanely privileged and lucky and we were STILL fucked, so don't think this can't happen to you" moments. But we are here, we're healthy and we aren't panicking thanks to you. I hope you're all having as great a new year as we are. Maybe I'll win Book of Phi ( https://bookofphi.com/) this year. That's going to be some serious money.

Love, Megan
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Update 4
Posted by Trish Vaillancourt
3 months ago
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A THANK YOU NOTE FROM MEGAN

To everyone who contributed so generously,

I don't really know how to thank you, but thank you. We just paid off the first round of hospital bills using the money you donated and we wouldn't have been able to do that without you. I couldn't believe how quickly this was shared and how quickly it reached its goal - it made me realize just how blessed we are to have close friends all over the country. You're all amazing and we love you. Travis is home now and back to his usual self, just in time for Christmas.

Love, Megan
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Update 3
Posted by Trish Vaillancourt
4 months ago
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Amazing news! Travis is going home tomorrow. YAY!!!!!
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Update 2
Posted by Trish Vaillancourt
4 months ago
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OVER GOAL and let's keep going!! I've reopened donations because so many of you have contacted us wanting to help!
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A CaringBridge campaign

$14,660 of $25k goal

Raised by 272 people in 4 months
Created November 28, 2016
Trish Zepperi Vaillancourt  
on behalf of Megan Reilly
KP
$300
Kate Powers
4 months ago
2
2

All the good things and all the healing to both Travis & Megan.

$25
Chris Humphrey
4 months ago
2
2

Thinking of you Travis, and sending healing thoughts for a full recovery. xoxoox

$25
Elena Weinberg
4 months ago
2
2

Love you, Travis. You got this. <3

JC
$120
James Coward
4 months ago
1
1

14k, woo hoo! Broke the piggy bank for this one. Thanks for the advice, get well soon!

CS
$50
Christopher Springmeyer
4 months ago
1
1

*FIST*

SM
$30
Steve Moore
4 months ago
1
1

Travis! Megan! I'm almost never on Facebook so I just heard about this. Hope you guys are doing great despite this terrible scare. Austin misses you! xo -Steve

JD
$50
Jennifer Davis
4 months ago
1
1

So much love to you and Megan. I'm sorry I couldn't give sooner. It's been a hard year financially. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

JC
$15
Jenn Carlin
4 months ago
1
1

Travis, you will always hold a place in my heart as one of my most treasured friends from college. Sending you big hugs and lots of love and support!!! Get well soon!

MD
$50
Matt Davies
4 months ago
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Courage, mon brave!

DY
$100
Dannagal Young
4 months ago
1
1

Love you, Travis! In this mad world we're in, news of your recovery has been a much needed bright spot. Heal up fast and quick so you can keep making art for the world. Xo

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