Rick Davis Hip Replacement
Organized by: Rick Davis
On September 28, Rick Davis was walking down a country road on a beautiful day – when the next thing he knew he was lying in a ditch looking up at an EMT who was asking, “Are these your shoes?”
The police officer on the scene later told Rick that a vehicle had struck him from behind with such force that it literally knocked him out of his shoes. The driver drove off and left Rick about 12 feet off the road. Some time later, a resident drove by and noticed Rick lying in the ditch, his shoes and hat in the road, and called 911. The story was published in the news: http://www.ledgertranscript.com/news/townbytown/temple/13783579-95/circus-teacher-hurt-in-hit-and-run.
Amazingly, Rick did not suffer any injury to his head, brain, spine, or internal organs. But his right hip was broken. A couple of days later Rick received a total hip replacement and the prospect of 6-8 weeks of physical therapy to regain his ability to walk, drive, and have his life back. That's the good news.
But on October 30, Rick received another shock, a big double whammy, He sufferred a brain seizure due to a cancerrous tumor that had lodged itself into hi front brain lobe. He had to go into emergency surgery on October 30 during which they removed the tumor. He is now facing a long treatment program of oral chemo and radiation in order to irradicate what is left of the tumor, to eliminate the possibility of a reoccurrence. It will be an uphill fight. But there is reason for optimism. Rick was in very good health and fitness prior to this, and this will aid in his fight. He also has a crack team of healers on his side, starting with Jackie, his amazing wife. and the best oncology team in the region at Mass General Hospital in Boston. .
If you want to receive updates on Rick's condition, please go to register on a blog called CaringBridge. Please share this link with anyone who wants to receive news about Rick: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rickdavis2 this will be the channel that Jackie will convey information to Rick's friends and family. Be advised, however, that caring bridge solicits donations, but any donations that are given go to caring bridge, and not to me and Jackie, If you are motivated to help Rick and jackie directly by donating to our cause (see below), That can be done right where you are now at https://www.crowdrise.com/RickDavisHipReplacement/fundraiser/rickdavis
The impact of this accident reaches far beyond Rick’s personal health. Rick has always earned his living through his physical abilities – since the 1970s Rick has been a circus man who has appeared in thousands of shows as a clown on Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. He later clowned around the world with organizations such as the Peace Corps, bringing laughter to children in orphanages, refugee camps, and schools in South and Central America, West Africa, the Dominican Republic, and China. His wife Jackie was a professional mime artist, and together they have performed throughout New England and beyond. In 1998 the two of them helped found the American Youth Circus Organization which has contributed to making community circus programs more available to children around the country.
Currently, Rick is a circus arts teacher who delivers school residency programs throughout New England. He teaches hundreds of children a week how to juggle, do human pyramids, and bring each child’s individual gifts together in a unified effort to create a show. But teaching circus is not only about making a living for Rick – it’s his passion. Circus arts can help children become more coordinated, more self-confident, more socially connected, and more focused, assets that are important in school and in life. Until the accident Rick had school residencies (serving hundreds of students) lined up until Christmas, but now the timeline for getting back into the gym at his full capacity is unknown. Residency work not only involves teaching circus skills but driving long distances and hauling equipment. This accident has had a huge impact on his income, on the school children who lost their circus weeks, and on the youth circus organization Rick works for, Circus Smirkus.
Through his circus teaching, Rick has met the family’s mortgage payments, car insurance, and other domestic expenses while also supporting his youngest daughter and his wife in college. His wife Jackie, a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, had to fly home on a day’s notice to be with Rick for the surgery and will remain to support him until he’s up on his own again. Her semester at the university – including work on her comprehensive exam – has been put on hold, and she has lost time participating in two important research assistantships. This delay may impact Jackie’s research schedule, program completion, and ultimately her timeline for generating income again.
Thankfully Rick has insurance, but out-of-pocket costs are estimated to be around $18,000 including coinsurance payments, deductibles, Rick’s loss of income, Jackie's travel and moving expenses, and a 10% contingency.
Rick and Jackie seek financial support to meet these unexpected expenses. Your individual gifts can come together in a unified effort (like a circus!) to collectively meet the goal of getting Rick back on his feet and back in the gym to teach kids circus. Please, help Rick do what he loves to do.
All donors will receive regular progress updates. Your gifts will be received with immense gratitude.