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Raised by 92 people in 28 days
Created February 25, 2019
Sixteen years ago, Gerry Stickells was known as one of the best production mangers in the music world.  He worked with Elton John , Paul McCartney, Queen, Steve Miller and many more.  The only thing that could overshadow his professional capabilities was his personal compassion and generosity to others.  

Years ago, after a show with Paul McCartney in Russia, Gerry suffered a seizure.  He was flown back to the U.S. where he was seen by a neurologist and diagnosed with a benign meningioma (tumor) in his brain,  lodged between his brain stem and the carotid artery.  It was predicted that without removing the tumor, Gerry would die merely from the placement of the meningioma.

Gerry was told that he would be in the hospital for a week to ten days and the prognosis appeared to be hopeful.  Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse.  Once inside, the surgeon discovered that the tumor was not as they had initially thought  The doctors realized that the tumor had been there for a long time and proved impossible to remove.  Gerry's surgery was not successful.  After many months in the hospital, he was discharged and unable to  work again.

Since that fateful day, Gerry has had multiple health issues.  He suffered a stroke in his spinal chord, has a shunt in his brain, is unable to speak clearly or walk.  For the last two months, Gerry has been in ICU with breathing issues.  He currently has a feeding tube and doctors have wanted to permanently intubate him.  Hospice is now his only option.

Gerry was expected to live only 5 years.  He has lived 15.  Everything that Gerry has worked for has dwindled in round-the-clock care, medical supplies, therapists, and hospital costs and doctor services.  Now with his current diagnosis, there will be no funds left to cover his hospice care.  

Gerry has always wanted nothing more than to be sure that his wife, Sylvia, would be financially stable when he passed.  As each day passes, this becomes less and less likely.  Sylvia is Gerry's best friend.  She has been there through it all, and those that know Gerry best, want to help him keep his commitment to her.  The picture is of Gerry and Sylvia. Her unyielding love and devotion to him is inspiring.  

Thankfully, there have been some people in the Music Industry that have come forward over the past 15 years to help.  Those funds helped to get Gerry through numerous medical "humps" and have brought him to today.  With the staggering costs up ahead, Gerry and Sylvia  do not have the resources to sustain him, let alone have something left over for Sylvia.  This is why we created this Go Fund Me page.  

Gerry would never ask for money, so those that love him are asking. We feel that  Gerry deserves to have quality of life for the remainder of his time here.  We don't believe that a nursing home is the answer. 

The funds raised would pay for his medical care and medical supplies for one year.  Medical insurance does not cover long-term care.  Medicare pays little to nothing.

Today, we are reaching out to anyone that knew him, whose lives he touched and to those who have a generous heart.  We believe in humanity and the good in all of us.  Gerry Stickells gave his all to everyone and now we want to give back to him.   Please help us in this urgent need.
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Sylvia wanted me to let you know that she plans to respond to each of you as soon as she is able.
Oh and I have a correction. Gerry is going to be laid to rest (not laid) at Hollywood Forever. For his friends, I am sure you got a chuckle. Sorry about that!
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To Everyone,

Sadly, Gerry passed away at 5:45AM today. We are going to use the funds raised to pay for his wonderful caregivers and to help with funeral costs. He will be laid at Hollywood Forever.
I will update as I know more. Sylvia is thinking about a celebration of life in the early summer. Right now that is all I know.
We thank everyone who has contributed. Those who knew and loved him and those who opened their hearts to this campaign. He will be sorely missed.
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Raised by 92 people in 28 days
Created February 25, 2019
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