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Update on Jim Gaffney and Request for Help
$5,090 raised
85% of $6k goal
40 contributors
5 Years running
Jim had a heart attack on Aug 3rd while (Divinely) walking in front of a Manhattan hospital where he underwent immediate surgery. A second surgery is required soon. Let's help Jim keep the lights on and walk through this season free of financial worries.
On August 3rd, Jim was un-expectantly hospitalized after severe chest pain and shortness of breath while enroute to a concert in Central Park. Immediately, the doctors recognized symptoms of a heart attack and diagnosed his significant cardiac failure in two areas of his heart. He underwent emergency heart catheterization to open his main coronary artery that was blocked 99%. This procedure saved his life.

At the time, they also found another artery in the back of his heart that was occluded 95%. Instead of fixing that during his first hospital stay they wanted to be sure his heart was strong enough and required him to rest for a several weeks first. His cardiologist declared him medically unable to continue his current work as a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate / Drug and Alcohol counselor near his current home in Bethpage, a Long Island suburb of NYC.

He is currently at home resting, and considering God s wake-up call on his life while awaiting this second procedure which should be done in mid-September.

The timing of this incident left him in quite a predicament financially as his medical coverage insuring his care through his MFT Masters ended soon after graduation (May 2013) and expected coverage with current employer had not yet begun. He had also exhausted his savings after paying for two years of schooling and his recent move to his own small studio apartment. Thankfully it seems that the hospital and his former insurance are finalizing arrangements to cover most expenses of both emergency hospitalization and the medically necessary 2nd procedure.

His prognosis for cardiac health and an extended life are very good! It Jim s hope is to add considerably to his 29 years of Christ-centered dedicated ministry. Through the generous aid of family and friends Jim s financial needs have been met for the majority of his August expenses. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The short-term, temporary concern is meet the next 60 days financial needs of his studio apartment rent ($1000), utilities ($150-200), transportation ($250), Rx costs ($600), groceries and ancillary medical expenses. Jim expects to return to work late September / early October and be able to cover his personal finances fully within 30 days of getting back to full employment.

Specific ways we can help:

1) Donate quickly and securely here. Funds get deposited directly to Jim in his personal Paypal account for immediate use for his expenses.

2) Grocery or Pharmacy Gift Cards - Donate a gift cards via or

3) Encouragement and Prayer! - Referrals, ideas and prayers for where God may lead Jim s next career path as he is now very open to what doors this recent trauma may open or close in the coming months ahead.

4) Leave a comment here for Jim. He is reading all of them!

Mail notes and/or gift cards directly:
Jim Gaffney
280 Broadway, Apt 301
Bethpage, NY 11714

Special thanks to Bethany (Jim's daughter) for gathering all these needs for us during a very difficult time and working with her Dad to help him on his medical coverage and other paperwork.
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