by Peter Aaron
“For the past three years, I have been struggling with pain and limited mobility in both shoulders and arms,” says Fred on his account page. “Finally, with no relief in sight, my doctor ordered an MRI, and it was determined that I need shoulder replacement surgery on my left shoulder AND shoulder reconstruction surgery on my right shoulder. This involves a six-week period after the surgery when my arm will be in a sling and unable to move AT ALL, followed by a six-month rehab period, and this is for each shoulder! The surgeries will be performed consecutively, not at the same time, so the total rehab time will be one year, during which I will have no, or very little, use of my arms! As a musician, this is devastating to me, personally, professionally, and financially!”
Here’s Fred (on drums) and friends jamming in Woodstock a few years back:
“The only protocol that shows any promise of relief without surgery,” Fred explains, “is stem cell injections, which have been shown to regrow tissue and cartilage…The only problem is the treatment is not covered by insurance, and could be as much as $6,500 per shoulder!” Currently, Fred is unable to work, having “pretty much lost the use of both arms.”
So this post is to help get the word out about Fred’s predicament and hopefully get some of his many local music scene friends to give him a hand, so to speak. To learn more, visit http://www.gofundme.com/6tznds.