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CASE 1 - CLARK TERRY
Beloved trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator Clark Terry is a living legend. Now 91 years old, he was a featured trumpeter with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, a mentor to Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, and is an NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Clark has had many serious health challenges in recent years, including the amputation of both of his legs and a surgery to remove his stomach during the past nine months. He is undergoing intensive physical therapy and needs 24-hour healthcare. His amazing wife Gwen has never left his side, and the JFA has been helping now for years by providing home health aides and paying for his oxygen which has kept him from having to go to a nursing home. Just as Clark has made the world richer and touched our lives, here is our chance to share our love with him. His insurance does not cover the cost of his home health aides, which totals $1,000 every week. We seek to raise $25,000 to defray his medical expenses. His loving Gwen shares: "Clark's spirit is strong and his mind is sharp. He wants to continue sharing his knowledge with his students, and contributing to the perpetuation of jazz. God always makes a way out of no way, and we are grateful for all blessings.
CASE 2 - TERENCE CONLEY:
Terence is a 54 year old pianist who played for many years with The Count Basie Orchestra. To make ends meet and supplement his musical income, Terence took a job with Fed Ex driving a delivery trucks. In October, 2008 he was in a terrible accident while driving his truck and he suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma and underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain and the result is that Terence has been suffering from seizures since the accident. He has been undergoing physical therapy and he practices
piano every day but he has not been able to return to work. A worker's compensation case is pending and in the interim there is no income coming in for the family except for what the Jazz Foundation provides to support them each month.
73 year sax player who has been struggling with Parkinson's Disease for the past eight years. In spite of this debilitating illness, Arthur had continued to play even though the disease was progressing. In May 2013 Arthur was diagnosed with a tumor in his kidney and it was discovered that he also had gallstones. Surgery to remove the tumor and gallstones was scheduled for June 3. The surgery was very delicate because Arthur also had a pacemaker. Upon getting to the tumor, Arthur's doctors discovered that it was cancerous but had not gone past the kidney wall. Arthur was in ICU for three weeks and while there he lost most of his muscle control. Arthur's kidney was saved and because the cancer was caught early enough, he was also saved the horror of having to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. He will now be watched and tested every six months. Recovery from the surgery has been extremely difficult because of the complications associated with his Parkinson's Disease. Arthur spent four months in the hospital and rehab and had to go home with a feeding tube because of his inability to swallow. Arthur is currently unable to walk or play his saxophone and is in need of financial assistance to help him and his wife cover their bills for the next several months.
CASE 4 - JEFF UBAN
Jeff Uban is a 31 year old jazz trumpet player whose professional career has included touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Broadway shows, along with playing hundreds of local and worldwide gigs with reputable jazz and pop musicians that have spanned over 49 states and 16 countries. As an educator, he has taught at the collegiate level, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, clinics, and is currently the Chair of the Jazz Division Competition for the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Currently, he is finishing his dissertation on Woody Shaw for his Doctoral Degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois, so that he is able to continue his passion for performing and to acquire a teaching position at the collegiate level.
In July 2013, Uban was diagnosed with Stage 2 Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma after receiving medical treatment in May for a lump on his jaw. Currently he is receiving RCHOP chemo treatments and later may have to receive radiation if chemo does not work alone on this disease. He has had 2 jobs for the last few years to be able to afford living expenses, school tuition, etc and is currently without medical and dental insurance. Throughout this process, he has fought to work as much his health could allow, but due to treatments, he has been unable to work as much to support himself sufficiently. Any financial and moral support you can provide during this time would be invaluable to this cause.
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