A Bench for Alan Fund

For: Family of Alan Silver
New York, NY
Organizer: Rue Silver
$3,476
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 38 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

Dr. Alan Silver made great contributions to the health of New York City's most at-risk populations over his 40 years of medical practice. After founding a high volume primary care clinic at a major hospital geared toward the needs of low income NYC residents, he became a pioneer in introducing health information technology to the world of primary care as well as other important projects through New York's Health Care Quality Improvement Organization. He was still doing this work until a late-stage diagnosis of pancreatic cancer took him away from his passion. 

One of his favorite places has always been Carl Schurz Park, and we as his family would like to honor his name and memory by 'adopting' a bench.

While a very humble and dignified man who would never dream of asking anyone else for a cent, his less-dignified daughter is not afraid of turning to loved ones and online communities and offering them a chance to make this possible. While he is in his final days with us, we're asking for a hand in making a spot where he loved to sit and think "his" spot forever.

All funds go directly toward the bench adoption fees. Any extra funds will be donated to NYC Parks in Alan's memory.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 16, 2016

Posted on August 16, 2016

Thank you again to everyone who has sent us donations and those of you who have sent along addresses as well as notes for Dad. I'll be compiling them all into one document and printing them out for him to read. (He can read just fine, but his interest in looking at the computer is essentially nonexistent; paper is a different story!) 

I just got a deposit from the payment processor, so the amount of money currently in the account is $1,910.24. This doesn't take into account donations made in the last few days. Either way, it's looking like we're definitely going to have absolutely no problem making this bench happen. I've let him know who has donated, even if I haven't read him the messages yet (except for Mr. Lemme's, which I had to share as interocitors had come up before - he appreciated the sentiment!). He says he is honored, and believe me, so are we all. ?

Posted on August 15, 2016

Posted on August 15, 2016

A request from Mom: she would appreciate getting the mailing addresses of any donor that feels comfortable giving them to us. The 'Contact Organizer' button down there at the bottom of this page is the best way to make sure we get them and store them in an organized fashion. Thank you! :)

The hospital's monthly birthday celebration was today, and Alan/Dad enjoyed his cake and flowers.

Posted on August 9, 2016

Posted on August 9, 2016

Wow, hello IPRO! It means so much to us to see all of your names and donations popping up; I mean it, we're really, really moved. I had to step aside from seeing a patient for a minute because I had tears in my eyes from my inbox. 

Minus the payment processor's fees (which are about $4 per donation, so they're entirely reasonable, instead of a percentage unlike some other processors I won't name!) we're still over 30% which is more than we thought possible. I'm sure the boring financial details are boring, though, so onto what everyone cares about: 

While we initially thought our remaining time with Alan would be very short after his admission to the inpatient facility, he has actually improved since receiving round-the-clock care. His pain is much better controlled and people are able to help comfortably reposition him. He's sleeping better and the bizarre non-stop hiccups are being managed. While this is not "getting better," it is most certainly "feeling better" and his day-to-day condition is better than it was those first two or three days. No one can say how long we have, but it's grown longer than the initial (very short) estimate. 

His birthday is in 19 days, and we're making loose plans to fill the room with balloons. The care team loves the idea and certainly doesn't think they're going to be in the way. 

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