MaryLee Sunseri - Heal the Broken Leg!
Organized by: Wendy Askew
Wendy Askew via Crowdrise
August 22, 2015
Our favorite children's musician MaryLee Sunseri took a bad fall early in July and underwent major surgery to fix a broken leg. She has always been there to lift our spirits and show us how beautiful our community is. Its our turn to lift HER spirits and show her how supportive our community is. She won't be able to work for at least 2 months, and needs to focus her energy on healing. We are raising funds to help pay her bills and extra medical expenses (including a $10,000 ambulance bill- yikes) so that she has one less thing to worry about while she recovers.
EXCITING FUNDRAISER NEWS (8/21/15)
There will be a special, magic and music fundraiser to help MaryLee with her medical and living expenses on Sunday, September 6, from 9-12 at MY Museum, with snacks, many wonderful musicians and a magician performing. It will be lots of fun! We hope you can attend! Admission is $10, children under 12 are admitted for free.
EXCITING FUNDRAISER NEWS (8/15/15)
John Sherry is inviting you all to his upcoming CD release party on Wednesday August 19 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey, C- Side Terrace. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted at the door, with 100% of these donations going to support MaryLee in her recovery.
Guitarist John Sherry is a highly acclaimed Breedlove recording artist whose mastery of the live recording technique called "looping" allows him to create an organic acoustic guitar orchestra that spellbinds his growing legion of fans.http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnsherry16
For more information and updates about this event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660169870863398
UPDATE FROM MARYLEE 7/26/2015
It turns out MaryLee had so much more than a broken leg! Her tibial plateau was completely shattered, her right arm was broken, and by the time she was transported to Stanford (5 days after the injury) she had developed two life threatening blood clots, one in each leg. Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bishop and his team decided to treat the blood clots with blood thinner protocols using Coumadin and Lovenox shots. The tibial plateau needed to be sculptured from cadaver bone, metal, glue and anything that could be salvaged from MaryLee's tibial plateau. Essentially a big empty space needed to be filled and shaped, the knee cap needed to be set back in place.
The complications of this major surgery for MaryLee are:
- 12 weeks of non-weight bearing healing time for the left leg
- 8 weeks of non use for her right arm
- An unknown amount of time to begin the process of weight bearing activity
- Many weeks of occupational and physical therapy
Being an independent, self-employed musician means that all income has stopped, until she is well enough to perform again. Although she hopes to sing from her wheel chair as soon as she can, she will still miss three or more months of work.