The fundraising campaign to assist Jackie Jones, our Bernal Heights neighbor and Alemany Farmer’s Market musical celebrity, was a massive success, raising $10,820 — twice the target amount — to help defray the cost of Jackie’s medical expenses and rehabilitation.
Neighbor Hannah Levinson, who spearheaded the fundraising drive, shares this update on Neighbor Jackie’s progress:
I went to Jackie’s house in Bernal this weekend; my second visit since the campaign ended.
I was hoping, of course, that she would be feeling better, recovering steadily. But I tend to forget that people in their 80’s don’t heal as quickly as people in their 20’s, and unexpected complications can arise from surgery. Jackie desperately wants to return to the market, but it seems like it may take some time for her to accept that she can’t return to the market alone, and that she will need someone to drive her and help her set up her instruments. She does plan to use some of the money from the campaign to hire someone to drive her to and from the market when she does go back. She mentioned that if anyone knows someone interested in driving her, she’d love to know!
I’d like to say that Jackie will be back at the market in one or two months, but the truth is that I really don’t know how long it will be. But I do know that she’s attending physical therapy multiple times per week, and she is doing everything in her power to gain her balance by practicing at home, with the help of home care (which she can now pay for in the long term, thanks to everyone’s generous support).
I also know that this campaign – and the support from her neighbors in Bernal, especially – meant the world to her. Some of her neighbors have offered to help — I’m visiting her next weekend and I will find out if she’d like any additional help or company.
Stay tuned for additional details. Meanwhile, along with all the Citizens of Bernalwood, we continue to keep Neighbor Jackie in our thoughts, with best wishes for a successful recovery. Likewise, we extend heavy-duty gratitude to all the donors who contributed to the fund drive, and to Neighbor Hannah for leading the charge on the fundraising campaign and outreach to Jackie. Her efforts represent Bernal at its very best.
PHOTO: Jackie Jones in 2006, by Telstar Logistics