HELP! Michael's Prosthetic Leg Fund

$9,640 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 37 months
On June 29, 2015 Michael McDermott woke up to find a foot swollen to three times normal and colored, black, blue, purple and red. The swelling was eerily creeping up his leg almost to the knee.

Obviously something was desperately wrong and he was rushed directly to the emergency room at Huntington Hospital where the doctors determined he had gangrene and went into immediate surgery where his leg was amputated approximately 8" below the knee. The infection from gangrene extended up to his knee so his knee was in jeopardy! After six weeks of extreme antibiotics the infection was gone and a second surgery was performed. Doctors were able to save his knee!

From June 29 until today Michael has been a pillar of strength and positive attitudes, still doing all he can to help other people every way possible, he encourages openness regarding what is left of his leg and although his ordeal is far from over, he has shown such courage as to show others that no matter what happens in life, you can do extraordinary things and move on with a good life. NOTHING has to slow you down for long, as long as you keep that positive attitude. Michael is an inspiration to me and others and now he needs our help.

After months of helping me and others in every way he could completely unselfishly, he needs our help, which is why you are reading this on a site.

Medical bills not covered by insurance and regular bills are piling up, a new prosthetic leg is needed and his car needs to be modified to allow him to drive without the use of his right leg. Although his attitude and humor is truly inspirational, the financial assistance he needs is very difficult.

PLEASE pay it forward by helping my dear friend, Michael McDermott, recapture a normal life with his darling 10 year old daughter, Gracie by donating whatever you can. $5, $10, $20, $100 or more will go a long long way to help this wonderful man recover from this tragedy!
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Update: Life is almost back to "normal," now we are trying to secure donations to help our dad keep up with the medical bills left over. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DONATE EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND APPRECIATED. The new insurance is finally secured, but it takes weeks and possibly months for them to approve coverage. If you could get a prosthetic from the emergency room it would take this long. PLEASE donate $5, $20, $50, $100 or more to help dad get on his "feet." Checks made out to Michael McDermott can be mailed to his daughter's at 418 Lenox Road, Huntington Station, New York 11746. Thank you very much for all your help. We couldn't have come this far without you.
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Update: Dad's new insurance is supposed to begin April 1 with Healthfirst (Fidelis would not cover the final prosthetic or physical therapy). Of course it was supposed to begin March 1 but they screwed up. Hopefully it will become effective this Friday and the prosthetic manufacturer can submit the final prosthetic for approval. We need to either have the insurance company's approval or raise more money so they will release it to our dad. Thanks to donations, the prosthetic is made! The insurance industry needs to be completely overhauled. Their "rules" are a prosthetic can be replaced only every three years because it is not considered a necessity. How absurd! Arms and Legs are NOT a luxury! Please donate whatever you can to help us get through this ordeal. Thank you - The McDermott Family
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Update: Dad met with the prosthetic manufacturer yesterday. The change of the insurance company that was to take affect March 1 is now supposed to take affect April 1. Our dad has been very tough and determined and realize we need to take on the insurance industry. No wonder we have such a high suicide rate of returning veterans. It is very discouraging. Arms and Legs are NOT a luxury and we need to help all amputees to improve the quality of their lives. PLEASE DONATE what you can whether it's $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more to help our dad win this battle! Thank you.
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Please donate if you can. The fight continues against the insurance company so dad can get the prosthetic that has already been made thanks to your donations. This whole battle seems never-ending. We need to overhaul the whole system.
Dad's come a long way since rehab!
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Larry Sharpe
31 months ago

I meant Alan, not Adam. Whoops!

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$9,640 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 37 months
Created August 23, 2015
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Debra and Gary Mazzarelli
17 months ago

Please donate! I have never met a more compassionate and unselfish person in my life. He spins all the negatives into positives. Help a man who won't ask for help, cause he only needs a donation. Please.

steven becker
30 months ago

good luck, and have a blessed Easter.

Barry Loberfeld
31 months ago (Offline Donation)
Alan Bombria
31 months ago

Larry, this $40 puts me at the promised $320 ($100+$180+$40). Thanks for participating in helping our friend!

Larry Sharpe
31 months ago

Alright, Adam, I'll take up your challenge, pony up another $250. :) Good luck, Mike. I hope you are up and back in action soon.

Larry Sharpe
31 months ago

I meant Alan, not Adam. Whoops!

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