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GoFundMe Campaign Launched for Tour Manager Gerry Lee After Stroke

A crowdfunding campaign via GoFundMe has been set up to help much-loved Canadian music industry veteran Gerry Lee following a massive stroke.

Lee, the long-time tour manager for Tom Cochrane, suffered a very significant stroke on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018. According to his friend Bill Bell, who launched the campaign, Lee was "rushed to the hospital in Toronto where the doctors worked on him to the best of their ability but he suffered brain damage and lost the function of the right side of his body. As of today he’s slowly recovering in a rehabilitation center. He still doesn’t have function in his right arm and leg but can now slowly speak and has just been able to eat solid food."

Lee's recovery is uncertain and expected to take a long time. "If you’ve ever met him then you know what a big heart he has," writes Bell on the GoFundMe page. "He hasn’t complained once and continues to be upbeat but I can only imagine the stress he feels as he may not be able to work for the next few years and as we know in the music community, that means zero financial income."

The organizers of the crowdfunding campaign are hoping to raise $60,000 to help with medical care at home, as well as food and rent for the next two years. Lee will also need a wheel chair and customizations to the home he'll be staying at while recovering.

For more information and to donate, go HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.