Monday, June 08, 2015

Please Share, Please Donate

You may have read the bad news concerning my friend and teammate, Big Jay Atton.

The short version: Jay had a heart attack and is in ICU in Houston, Texas. His kidneys have failed and he will likely need a transplant.

As you might expect, this sort of medical catastrophe has affected many people. For one thing, his medical bills will be enormous (and likely ongoing for some time, as he will need thrice-weekly dialysis tretments until he gets the kidney transplant.)

Jay's very good friend, Tasha Isabelle, has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise funds to help with Big Jay's expenses. I very rarely ask you for help, or ask for donations of any sort, but in this case I will outright plead with you for one, the other, or both.

Please go to the Go Fund Me page and read what Tasha has written.

If you have the wherewithal, I ask you to please make a donation.

Whether you are financially able to make a donation or not, I ask you to please share Jason's fundraising page on Facebook. It costs nothing to do so, but you may reach someone who is able to donate.

Jay is laying in a hospital bed and his future prospects are nothing any of us would like to be facing. I care deeply enough for this man that I've offered one of my kidneys for transplant. It may end up being a more symbolic than practical offer, considering my age and own bad habits past and present, but the offer is on the table. I don't say this to be self-serving ("Oh, look what a swell guy Jim is!") but to let you know the depth of my feeling on this.

Please do what you can. Thank you, and God bless you.


joeh said...

Tried but did not work, unless Tashia will contact me via email.

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

I tried, too.

messymimi said...

Yes, i'm praying, and i was able to donate. It's not much, but it's what i can do.

Mich said...

Am sharing this with friends, and will hopefully get an office donation in tomorrow. Prayers are with him and his family. <3

Jackie said...

I shared; I'm praying for him, and I hope to be able to donate.
Continued prayers for Jason.

Suldog said...

Joe, Skip - Were you unable to reach the page, or unable to contribute once there, or...? If you give me some details (feel free to e-mail me at, if you'd rather it not be public) then perhaps I can help. Thanks!

joeh said...

I got to the site, but it did not go to the card information page. I just went back and it took the donation. So it is good now.

Tasha said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to write this and help get the word out. I know that Jason means so much to you and he is going to be so touched to see how much support he has. To everyone who has shared the link, commented their support, or donated; please know that it is not unnoticed and is completely and totally appreciated by Jason's family and close friends. Please continue to get the word out there! If anyone has any problems with the link please do not hesitate to contact me at

Again, thank you! It means the world that we are able to help in some way!!

Saz said...

saz x

Daryl said...

and here is where/when i won't go on about healthcare and/or the state of texas .. off to your FB page to share

Suldog said...

Just a quick "Thank You!" to you all for donating and sharing. It means the world to me. Even more so, it means the world to his family and loved ones. "Thank You" doesn't come close to telling you how your generosity of money and time lifts my spirits, but it's the best I have at the moment.