|With Ms. Erin Sngleton who coordinated the fund-raiser|
This past August 20-22 a benefit was held at the Margo Jones Theatre for my good friend and colleague Matt Tomlanovich. It was called Helping Hands and Hyena Haikus: A benefit for Matt Tomlanovich. I acted as emcee and we managed to raise about $6,500 over those three days.
Matt Tomlanovich has been in the hospital since April 3rd, 2014 as a result of a serious MRSA infection in his spinal cord. Since May 14 he has been in a facility receiving rehab and has been making good progress. Though (at the time that this is being written) there is hope that he will recover more use of his limbs, it is probable that he will be a quadriplegic.
Assistive technology for quadriplegia can run anywhere from $18,000 to $400,000 so the financial goal set for this group is a very rough estimate of the cost of getting Matt the machines he would need in order to once again be creating and some additional funds for the practical costs incurred to his wife and two teenage sons during this difficult time.
|Matt Tomlanovich... weird and wonderful dude.|
Matt is a wonderful, weird, creative and caring guy. This infection kinda came outta nowwhere and blind-sided him and his family, and by extension, those of us around him.
I encourage you to visit Matt's GoFundMe page and donate a few dollars. Every little bit helps.