Professional photographer, colleague and friend, David Saffir, suffered a major stroke in early November, 2014. His stroke occurred approximately a month after his wife, Susan, had major surgery. David was in the hospital and then in residential rehab. for three months, and he and his wife are now living with David's sister while he continues an intensive out-patient rehab program. David is making great progress, but stroke recovery is a long, arduous and expensive process.
Like many professional photographers, David is an independent contractor. This means he has to pay for his own health insurance, most recently through the Affordable Care Act. Between Sue's surgery and David's medical and rehab bills, combined with David's current inability to work and earn a living, David and Sue find themselves largely unable to pay their ever-rising medical bills and to keep up with their day-to-day living expenses.
Between insurance premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and out of pocket expenses incurred for non-covered services, like caregiving help and certain types of medical equipment to make David's life a littler easier, etc., as well as the cost of housing, food, and transportation, it has become impossible for them to pay many of their bills. Frustratingly, like most of us, David's insurance company calls the shots about how much rehabilitative therapy he can and will receive, and the insurance company could could cut off his benefits at any time. Once that happens, David and Sue will have to find some way to finance on-going physical therapy.
Some of David's friends and family members started a fundraising effort at the end of last year, but those generous donations are gone -- having been put to very good use. David and Sue's outstanding and unreimbursable medical bills already exceed at least $15,000, and they will continue to grow, especially as insurance benefits are exhausted. David's recovery is expected to take at least a full year, but his need for therapy and care will exceed his insurance benefits before then.
Any funds contributed to this fundraiser will be used solely to help pay David and Sue's medical bills and living expenses pending David's recovery and ability to return to work. Donations can be made here -- through www.youcaring.com, or, if you already have a PayPal account and find that more convenient, you can donate directly through PayPal to the account: [email protected]
David is highly motivated to return to the life he had prior to November and to the work he loves -- photography, teaching, consulting and writing about photography and printing. Your good wishes help keep him going. He loves to hear from friends and colleagues. His email is: [email protected]
Even better, he really enjoys getting out and meeting up with friends for outings, breakfast or lunch dates, etc. Don't hesitate to contact David if you are so inclined to set something up. You can also send cards to David via his sister at: David Saffir, c/o Cynthia Saffir, 2266 Pelham Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064Help us get the word out!
We encourage you to post a link to this fundraiser on your blogs, Facebook pages, and to other social media outlets.Thank you so much for your caring and support, whether through cards, calls, visits or much needed donations.