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HELP COZ GET A NEW HEART

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Raised by 8 people in 28 days
Created March 22, 2019
(Written by friends of Coz)

Coz Baldwin is an all-around great guy; and an artist, designer, actor and musician/songwriter.  He also is a man whose heart is failing him. A heart transplant is his only recourse now.

Born 38 years ago in Lansdowne, PA, Coz showed artistic ability at a young age.  He drew, painted, and sculpted incessantly. Got into photography and was drawn to singing and songwriting. He formed a band  while still in high school, put out an album by age 20, and joined a rock band   some years later. In addition, the acting bug bit him and he acted in live theater productions.

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(High school artwork by Coz)


Coz was born with a genetic heart disease called Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM).  He discovered that he had inherited it when he was 14, but he was determined to fight this illness and not let it take over his life – especially after seeing his father's health fade from the same disease and eventually take him in 2004. HOCM is a degenerative disease in which flexible heart muscle stiffens and ultimately atrophies and dies. By the time he was 29, he needed open-heart surgery to remove diseased tissue, however, that muscle tissue helped carry electrical impulses which regulate and maintain a healthy heartbeat. 

Within the year, Coz’s heart wasn’t beating well, and he needed to have a pacemaker inserted at the young age of 30, in 2010.

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(Coz at age 14)


To keep working, Coz became self-employed, successfully incorporating his artistic sensibility into web design and development, while working around his cardiac issues.

But that damned heart wouldn’t cut him a break.  It continued to atrophy, hospital visits increased and physical activity became impossibly difficult. He gained weight, which only stressed his heart further. He developed congestive heart failure — which meant his heart had to work harder than it was able. His heart muscle continued to harden. His ability to work lessened. His doctors all agree - Coz needs a heart transplant.  To prepare for the transplant surgery and get him to an optimum weight for the operation, the doctors will first place a Left Ventricle Assist Device on his failing heart. This is a major surgery with a long recovery. 

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(Self-portrait, 2017)


Because he was self-employed, he is not eligible for unemployment compensation. He is applying for Social Security Disability, which will give him funds to keep on living and keep his insurance.  However, he needs money now to pay his mortgage, buy food for himself and his two cats, and survive until he gets disability funds and a new heart. 

Between medical costs and living expenses, Coz figures he needs $70,000 for the projected year he will be waiting.  That won’t cover everything, but it will enable him to live and continue to receive treatment.

Thank you for anything you can give.



Listen to Coz's cover of Mazzy Star's 1994 hit "Fade Into You" ⇣

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Originally posted March 23rd, 2019:

Thank you!!!!

Before I give you this update, which many of you will not care about, I just wanted to make sure I said THANK YOU once again. This campaign has truly been a humbling and surprisingly successful one so far.

TRANSFERRED CAMPAIGN:

My health is, frankly, unpredictable. It makes more sense that a 3rd party (my mother) have access to the donations that come in, instead of it going straight to me. This technical change, unfortunately, means that -- with the help of GoFundMe's awesome support team -- I have to essentially copy & paste this campaign and start a new one from the point I'm at now. This current version of the campaign, the one you donated to, will hopefully redirect you to the new one once it's set up. But if not, the new URL will be: https://www.gofundme.com/xzxx9-help-coz-get-a-new-heart

BEEF & BEER:

For people in the Philadelphia area, I would also like to invite you to a BEEF & BEER event that's happening in Delaware County, PA. My friend Stacey is organizing this and here's what you need to know: For $35 you can get a ticket to a buffet of delicious food, drinks, prizes, and karaoke (because you know I love my karaoke)!

If you get your ticket in advance, you are eligible for a secret, special door prize! I don't even know what it is! You have to contact Stacey to get your ticket in advance. She can be reached at: 267-271-6217 (Text Preferred) - or email: staceywalthes@gmail.com.
If you don't care about the special prize, you can still show up and buy your ticket at the door. But she needs 50 people to show up or else we don't even break even on the event. So please, come on by and say hello! Sing a song! Or just enjoy all the food and drink. I will be happy to see you.

When:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Location:
Casey's Restaurant and Saloon
812 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/598625947232084/

That's all! Thank you once again! You all have made me feel a lot more special than I probably deserve to feel.
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Originally posted December 2018:

Today, as you may have heard, is Giving Tuesday; a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. As it happens, my GoFundMe campaign has hit its first plateau… so I wanted to take this time to once again thank you for your donation.

I would like to ask, albeit shamefully, that you take a moment to share what I’m affectionately calling my “life fund” with your friends or on your social media accounts. Thank you.

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and your holiday season continues to bring you joy.

- Coz Baldwin
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