My dear friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues,
I have lived a life dedicated to giving to others--be it my professional life, my political life, my life with family, friends, and neighbors, and with the many people I have encountered through the years.
In my professional life, I worked to provide health care to those most in need. As Committeeman, I helped elect some of our nation's most qualified public officials, always willing to give them my share of the spotlight and do the behind-the-scenes unglamorous work that delivers election victories for the candidates who share our values. And I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the community, working to make Rogers Park a better place for everyone.
For the past year I have not been able to be that person because I have been sick. Many of you know my transplanted kidney failed last April. Since then, I have faced enormous challenges, working to regain my health while trying to avoid financial ruin.
The good news is that over the past year, my health has improved. I look better, feel better, and have increased my strength and stamina while managing to avoid hospitalization for the past few months. I am continuing to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation which is helping to improve my ability to get around and moving me closer to a normal life.
Unfortunately, I have experienced a new problem related to my kidney failure, which has cast doubt on whether I will be able to receive the new kidney I so desperately need. I am working with my doctors to identify and resolve this problem, but it has delayed my recovery. I never imagined I would be off work without an income for nearly a year, but that is the circumstance I find myself in.
I am really struggling.
The cost of medical care, even with insurance, is enormous. Living without a paycheck for a year has wiped out my meager savings. To make ends meet, I listed my condo for sale and pray that I can sell it so that I can reduce my monthly expenses.
Over the next few months I should be able to resolve the question about a transplant, build up my strength and stamina and hopefully return to work in some capacity. Though the challenges I face are daunting, I remain positive that better days are ahead, and I will be able to return to a normal and productive life.
I find it difficult to be in a position where I have to ask for your help not only once, but for a second and final time. Shortly, you will receive an email from Alderman Joe Moore and County Commissioner Larry Suffredin inviting you to a benefit in Rogers Park on Monday evening, April 15th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan Rd. to help defray some of my personal living expenses. If you could possibly help with a donation, I would appreciate it beyond anything mere words can express. This is NOT a political fundraiser.
If you wish to donate now, Joe and Larry have set up a web site where you can make an online donation:http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/w042/davidfagusbenefitfund
I believe I will have the strength and stamina to attend the event and be able to thank you personally. I have not had a chance to see you in such a long time and would very much enjoy having the opportunity to visit. The email from Joe and Larry will let you know the details. I hope you will stop by and say hello.
Thanks again for your friendship and support.