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We are raising funds for our friend Sean Gaertner’s medical bills and daily living expenses following his stroke in Oct 2010.

Dear Family and Friends of Sean Gaertner,

Hope this letter finds everyone well and in good health. As you may know, our friend Sean unfortunately suffered a stroke at the end of October, 2010. Thankfully, Sean was able to receive medical attention immediately and minimized the seriousness of the stroke. He spent minimal time in the hospital and has recovered enough to be home. Currently, he is attending physical therapy on an outpatient basis, he is in good spirits and we are thankful his doctors are predicting a full recovery in time.

We are writing to all of you to ask for your assistance in raising funds for Sean’s medical bills and expenses. Prior to the stroke, Sean was unemployed for six months and was in the process of finding a new job. For those who did not know, in March, 2010, Sean lost his job because the company he worked for suddenly went out of business. This event left him without income and even more importantly without medical insurance at the time of the stroke. The stroke has set back Sean in many ways, not only physically and emotionally, but financially as well. As you can imagine he has incurred sizeable medical bills, in excess of $300,000 to date, and he has to continue with therapy for at least a year so that he can fully recover.

Sean has quickly used his own savings to pay his medical bills and living expenses, including his car payments, household bills, and daily living expenses. Presently, we are negotiating with the hospital, public aid, state and federal programs to reduce the medical costs to date, and Sean is working with his bank to reduce his mortgage to a more manageable amount. His unemployment benefits are insufficient to cover all of the expenses. While he is now considered handicapped, and is unable to drive, he has not been declared permanently disabled and therefore not able to collect Social Security benefits. Because of his physical therapy and disability he will not be able to work for at least twelve months, as of now.

As you can imagine, Sean definitely needs assistance. He still needs a significant amount of financial help so he can cover his expenses month to month. We are trying to get together with all of his many friends and family members to raise money to help Sean during this low point in his life. We feel that with assistance from all his friends and family we can hopefully raise the necessary funds needed to help him get through the next year. Relieving him of this continuous worry would greatly help in his recovery.

Our goal is to raise enough funds to cover Sean’s medical bills and living expenses. We are seeking donations of any amount because any amount will help Sean with his daily expenses. We will be raising funds for him on an ongoing basis, at least for a year, until Sean can recover fully enough to find work. To donate funds, please use the links on this GiveForward webpage.

Thanks for your help and consideration. please forward this message to anyone you know. Sean has been there for all of us – he is a good friend and has a good family. We will do our best to be there for Sean.


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