Kathleen Quinn, owner of San Marcos Yoga, and Colleen Moss, retired lecturer at California State University, are requesting your help for our friend, Tom Payne.
Tom has been a friend of Kathleen’s for ~40 years, and a friend of Colleen’s for ~8 years. In May, 2015, at the age of 58, Tom experienced a severe stroke that resulted in the loss of the use of his left side. As a result of this, he is unable to live independently, and is unable to work. He currently resides in a nursing care facility in Vista.
Prior to his stroke, Tom made a living working with his hands by installing flooring, and doing carpentry, and woodworking. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His skills were mostly self-taught, and he has worked for himself most of his life.
His stepdad was a master carpenter, and although Tom did not exactly study at his Dad’s knee, he did emulate his ideals -- enjoying the challenge of puzzling things out and finding creative ways to solve a problem. As his skill set grew, he was able to do just about everything, but in particular, he became a master carpenter and woodworker.
Tom has done a great variety of work for Kathleen, from flooring, to wood replacement, to remodeling walls. He also did all of the beautiful finish carpentry on her yoga center. For Colleen, he has also done a great deal of high quality work, including designing, building, and even hand carving a beautiful wood screen. This is just a tiny example of all the projects that he has taken from design to finish, for his friends and customers. As his customers realized his exceptional talents, his jobs always tended to get bigger, more creative and even more beautiful.
Tom has always relied on his physical ability to work, so as you can imagine, the fact that he has lost the ability to use his left side has been utterly devastating emotionally and economically. Because of his age (60 yrs.), and his work history, there is no social security. What little savings he had was used up immediately, leaving him at the mercy of the state medical and disability programs.
At this point, Tom’s best hope for improvement and recovery is hyperbaric treatment. Despite significant research showing that that this treatment may have substantial benefit for stroke patients, it is not covered by insurance. For Tom, this may be the only promising treatment option in an otherwise grim future.
We are therefore asking for your help to raise the funds needed so that Tom can get this hyperbaric treatment. Funds are being raised through this website, HelpHOPELive, which disburses the funds directly to the health care provider/vendor. All donations are tax deductible.
On behalf of all of Tom’s friends, we hope that you will help by donating what you can.