Last week, our buddy Jason wasn’t feeling well, and went to Cheticamp hospital where he had a heart attack. He was rushed to the CBRH ICU in Sydney where he stayed for two nights until stable enough to be brought to Halifax by Medevac. Open heart surgery was performed within 24 hours of his arrival. He’s not out of the woods yet, but he’s since been gradually taking steps in the right direction. He has been looked after by the very best, and the family wants to extend enormous thanks to all the nurses, paramedics, and doctors that have been providing top-notch care and updates.
This has been a shock and a very difficult time for his family, his partner in love and music Gillian, and his friends. We all know Jason for his big heart and bear hugs; we just didn’t know his heart came with a leaky valve. All the positive vibes have kept us going, and for these, we can’t thank you enough. At this difficult time, we appreciate the messages of support and appreciate you leaving them here on the site or by email at [email redacted].
Jason has never been one to ask for help, but the offers for fundraising concerts, food, drives/pick-ups, and monetary contributions have been so appreciated in many ways. With current safety protocols, it feels that this GoFundMe page (which is directed to a new account created at the Cheticamp Credit Union for Jason and Gillian) is the safest and most effective way to offer support for now. Funds raised will go directly towards medication and living expenses for Jason and Gillian, and we may look at doing further musical fundraising initiatives in the near future. Thank you in advance for your contributions and shares, and we'll provide updates through this page.
For those of you that don’t know Jason - besides being one of the most talented and sweet fellas on the go - he has a wide range of interests from folk art, rocks, life hacks, and anything otherworldly. If you want to send support in another form that he'd approve of, feel free to share some off-the-wall folk art, an article about petrology, a lifehack, a good ghost story, a UFO sighting or any otherworldly occurrence meaningful to you, and hashtag it #forjay #unidentifiedfriendlyoffering and your pick from these: #folkart #rocksrock #reallifelifehack #talesfromtheotherside .
That’s Jay, and it would mean a lot to him and us. Thank you for your support.
- Carol J Martell
- James Mombourquette
- Colleen & Raymond MacLellan
- Lorraine and leonel Camus
- Cynthia Baughman
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