TOP 5 Benefits of Breaking Your Neck
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But first…David needs your help now! There are 2 ways to make a contribution to help David and his wife Debra meet the extraordinary expenses of renovating their home to accommodate David’s special needs when he returns home:
Send a check! Please make your check payable to: David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust
Please send your check directly to:
David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust
c/o Chase Bank
1100 Willamette St.
Eugene OR 97401
The bank tells us it would help them if you referenced account number 3008433244 in the memo line of your check. Be sure to put your return address on your envelope. Every week, Debra picks up the deposits from the bank along with the envelopes and David’s mom tries to write a personal thank you note to each and every contributor.
Note: your contribution to the David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust, while a gift, is not tax deductible and, of course, it is not refundable.
David’s blog for March 24, 2013
David W. Oaks here, with a top five list of things I learned after breaking my neck completely on December 2, 2012, in Eugene, Oregon.
1. Crisis preparation.
We all will probably experience disaster, and hopefully, have a nice day. I used 40 years of mad movement wisdom and empowerment for my catastrophe: A small fall from a ladder to get my cat with wet shoes – I
was the one in the wet shoes.
2. Unconditional love.
Within hours of my December 2nd accident, my brother Tony flew in from Texas and has not left my side since.
My dear wife Debra is now the center of a whirlwind. She is supervising the reconstruction of our home including building out a new wheelchair accessible bathroom. Plus her research helped me find Craig Hospital near Denver Colorado. Craig is one of the best spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers in the world. Here I learn to use a wheelchair, strengthen my arms with virtual reality exercise equipment, etc.
Even my mom, who turns 96 this Friday, is helping. She makes sure our whole family (including me) thanks and acknowledges your donations.
Plus there are hundreds of people who have volunteered and/or have kept me in their thoughts. Too many to mention all here. Thank you.
3. DONATE. DONATE. DONATE.
To be crystal clear, due to stringent federal and state guidelines, there is only one way to help me financially. My family worked with a Eugene attorney (Mark Williams) to set up a special needs trust.
You can now either postal mail your gifts to my trust, or, NEW – deposit them directly and securely on line.
Make your checks or money orders payable to: David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust
The bank tells us it would help them if you referenced account number 3008433244 in the memo line of your check or money order.
Postal mail your checks or money orders directly to this address:
David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust c/o Chase Bank | 1100 Willamette St., Eugene OR 97401 USA
NOW – Via the Internet in seconds: Securely and privately on the web, via credit card or PayPal here: http://tinyurl.com/davidwoakstrust
How much to donate? Every bit helps.
* $50 to $100 buys me massages and ebooks.
* $100 to $1000 buys me durable medical and/or Internet equipment.
* $1000 to $50,000 helps Debra and me achieve our transportation dream – a wheelchair accessible (lift or ramp equipped) van.
4. Keep up your activism.
I said this is a report 4 months after my accident. In less than 4 months from now, I hope you will join me in helping celebrate: Creative Maladjustment Week – July 7 – 14, 2013.
5. I am counting on you!
What has truly helped sustain me is knowing that you are there in the world leading a non-violent revolution in mental health and all disability.
David W. Oaks
P.S.: Here are some of my weblinks you may want to have in order to stay in touch with me:
My latest accident/recovery info can be found at: http://www.friendsofdavidoaks.com
Disclaimer from MindFreedom’s attorney David Atkin:
Until his accident, David W. Oaks was the inspiring, committed and tireless Executive Director of MindFreedom for 25 years. Donations to the David W. Oaks Irrevocable Trust are not tax deductible and do not benefit MindFreedom.