We are setting up this fundraiser to help our friends Boyd and Linda Phelps get back on their feet, medically and financially, after a recent fall suffered by Boyd caused serious spinal cord injuries.
Boyd Phelps is a beloved jazz musician now living in Seattle who played sax with Stan Kenton, Oliver Nelson, Earl 'Fatha" Hines, Jose Feliciano, Richie Cole, Lou Rawls, and Ernestine Anderson and many others. His wife Linda, also a musician, has a sliding-scale community acupuncture clinic.
In February, Boyd seriously injured his spinal cord and cracked vertebrae in his neck when he fell while stepping off a bus in Seattle where he lives. A few days later, he underwent major spinal cord surgery. He is now in intensive inpatient rehabilitation therapy to recover from paralysis of his arms and legs.
Boyd is determined to relearn to play the saxophone — again. This will be the second time Boyd lost the ability to play saxophone. The first was in 2010 due to strokes that damaged the music pathways in his brain. More info here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dX2yv6EbTU
He had the physical ability to play his horn after the strokes but the brain couldn’t “get the music out” to his hands. He practiced for a year to forge new neurological pathways for music. Since then, he moved his practice “room” outdoors to entertain passersby as he sought to relearn the hundreds of jazz tunes that had been part of his repertoire for decades. He became a fixture at Trader Joe’s in the Ballard neighborhood and the Lenin statue in Fremont http://www.seattletimes.com/photo-video/photography/lenin-the-saxophone-all-over-again/
Now the paralysis from the spinal cord injury has taken away the physical ability to play saxophone. He hopes physical therapy and daily practice will enable him to play his horn again.
He will remain in the rehab facility until he has regained sufficient physical mobility to live safely at home. Once home, he will require round the clock care beyond what Linda can provide him as Linda has to return to work and she, herself has disabilities due to extensive back and neck injuries incurred from a car accident several years ago.
Boyd and Linda were already struggling financially because of medical expenses and loss of income due to strokes Boyd suffered before his fall, and Linda’s automobile accident. Medicare/Medicaid/ DSHS will not completely cover their needs. Because global aphasia (language disorder) from Boyd’s strokes worsened with the spinal cord injury, Linda has lost weeks of income since Boyd’s accident in order to assist with communication between Boyd and his medical team.
We are establishing this fund to help Linda and Boyd overcome both their medical and financial challenges. 100% of your funds will go into their Paypal account to help cover their expenses. You don't need a Paypal account to donate. You can use your credit card if you prefer.
(There may be a small fee for paypal, credit and debit transactions, charged by the credit card companies that will come out of the donation amount, when encountered. The YouCaring donation fee is optional, and can be adjusted. )