Jack's Family and Medical Fundraiser
Organized by: Jack Klein
In May of 2008 I was laid off from my job I held as a General Manager for a Printing and Copying Franchise. I had been in the printing field for a very long time and as General Manager I had celebrated 15 years there. The original owner decided to sell and retire then after 11 months with the new owner, at 53 years of age, this was the first time I had ever been laid off from a job. A year earlier my wife was involved in a school bus accident. She was the driver of the bus when someone missed a stop sign and hit her bus in the front with such force it ejected her out of the bus door. She ended up with injuries to her back, hands and skull. She eventual was granted Social Security Disability, only receiving $234 a month. In my search for work, i thought that I could find another position within a few weeks and everything would be fine for my family, my wife and my 4 sons. In trying every known way to advertise myself, online and business to business, I could not seem to find a job that was paying more than minimum wage. I spent 18 months on unemployment which wasn't nearly enough for me and my family. In late 2009 I finally found a position with a printing franchise and thought wow, even though I was only making 70% of what I was originally making, I was on my way back to a more secure life. Then later in 2009 I had to have hernia surgery. This was a standard procedure and I was back to work in a few weeks. A month after the surgery I was still having pain in my side. It was recommended that I see a urologist. After the visit at the urologist in 2010, I was sent for a CT scan where they found a renal carcinoma ( a cancerous tumor). I was beside myself, what will I do, what will my family do? After several doctors, we came up with cryo-surgery, this surgery involved using 3 needles that would be inserted through my back into my kidney to freeze and eradicate the tumor. In 2011 I had the cryo-surgery. The treatment was to have a CT scan every 4 months to check the progress of the surgery and to see how the area where the tumor was, reacted to the surgery. It was necessary to make sure that my tumor did not grow back. In December of 2011, the company I had been working for was purchased by an investment company. Then in January 2012 half of the company was laid off including me. I was in the middle of treatments and now had no medical insurance. It was the second layoff for me in 2 years. Also, during my treatments, I found out I had chronic fatigue syndrome, this is when every bone or muscle in my body aches in pain 24 hours a day without medication. Now, I was at wits end and decided to see if I could apply for disability. I did just that and was approved starting my Social Security in May of 2014. This was at least a little more income, but it still didn't provide Medicare health insurance because I was now only 58 years old. My wife finally received Medicare health insurance a year after she started receiving her disability benefits. As of January, 2015 I had to purchase health insurance privately to continue my CT scans. The guidelines for my Social Security Disability changed since my wife started receiving hers. Social Security has a 2 year waiting period now instead of the 1 year when my wife started hers. Through all of the years since 2008, we have used all of our savings. We had to file bankruptcy, which we filed as a chapter 11. We wanted to make sure we paid something back to our creditors even though we also lost our home. We still have medical bills that we could never afford to pay back including charges that my current health insurance does not cover. I am living day to day hoping the cancerous tumor doesn't come back and worrying how i can provide for my family. I am just looking for donations that will help us clear up our debts and begin to breathe until I can start to at least begin to receive Medicare Insurance. Thank you to everyone that is able to help. Even though I cannot work physically, I donate my time repairing computers for invalids and seniors.