UPDATE: Unfortunately, George died last night (2018-10-17)
Hey, everyone, I'm sending out a plea for some help for a friend. My friend, George Climer, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma earlier this year. Many people that are starting their career in "The Arts" (and by that, I mean artists, musicians, actors, directors, editors, etc) can only do part-time work to get a few bucks in to help pay the bills and keep their schedules flexible enough to be able to go do their artistic work when available. This tends to put these people in a very awkward situation where part-time work does not allow them to get insurance from that employer, and the small amount of income they do get may be higher than what is allowed to get Medicaid. And of course the small amount of income that puts them in a category where they don't qualify for for Medicaid, it's also usually not enough to pay for even quasi-decent insurance.
Last year, I was in the hospital for two months with necrotizing fasciitis again. Of course, my employer laid me off almost as soon as I got back to work. I was fortunate then that I had insurance because the hospitals and doctors billed over $300,000. For me, it was a few debridement surgeries and a skin graft, plus some home health care. For George, it's a shitload of chemo therapy and an upcoming bone marrow transplant... plus the hospital stays he had out in San Diego and here in Denver. Yeah, it'll be more than the $300,000 I had to deal with. Oh, and did y'all know that most ambulance rides are not covered by insurance?
If you can, please help him out with a few bucks. Every little bit helps. If you can't afford it, please help spread the word. You can donate money at his GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/george-needs-some-help