The Big Fight Continues . . .

No, not the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight,

but David Saffir’s fight to recover fully from a major stroke.

By Cynthia Saffir

David Saffir

As many of David’s friends, colleagues and readers know, David has been fighting the biggest challenge of his life the past 5 months.  David suffered a major stroke at the beginning of last November.  After 3+ months in the hospital and residential rehab, David was able to undertake outpatient rehab. He does 6 hours of therapy 5 days a week — an often grueling, but always exhausting process.  David’s resolve remains strong though.  He is determined to resume a full life — getting back to photography, teaching, consulting, writing and enjoying family, friends and colleagues.

Stroke recovery is a long, difficult road as the brain has to re-learn how to listen and fulfill commands for the proper use of the affected parts of the body.  (Oh what I have learned about the brain, and strokes, and creating new neural pathways . . ..)  Stroke recovery takes a long time.  The best estimate is that the majority of one’s recovery from a stroke takes place in the year following the stroke, but fine-tuning can continue for a long time after that.

We don’t know when David will be able to return to work as a photographer, writer, printer and teacher — for now his only job is to work on his recovery.  Unfortunately, this “job” doesn’t pay.  Instead,  David has to pay to do it.  Many of you, at the beginning of this year,  showed incredible kindness and support for David and his recovery by generously  contributing to a fund to help pay some of David’s and his wife, Susan’s, medical and living expenses.

It is with hat in hand that I find myself writing to you again, seeking help for David and Sue once more.  Sadly, due to their lack of income, but certainly no lack of incoming and ever mounting bills, they have run out of funds.  I hope you will take the time to read David and Sue’s story once again at the link below.   Professional Photographers of California and David’s friends and family have started a new crowd funding campaign to help David keep up the good fight and keep moving toward a full recovery.

Please take a minute to look at the crowd funding link below to read more about David and, if you find yourself in a position to offer some support, we would be so very, very appreciative.

Please click here to go to the crowd funding website

Thank you!

David is planning a jail break . . .

David is planning a jail break . . .

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As many of you know, David suffered a major stroke in early November, which left his left side paralyzed. Since spending a month in the hospital, David has been in a residential rehabilitation home where he has been working hard toward recovery. I am thrilled to be able to report that he is regaining more and more movement in his left leg and as of the beginning of the year, has started to regain movement in his left arm.

We expect David to stay in the residential rehab another 1-3 weeks, at which point he will go to inpatient acute (more intensive) rehab for 1-2 weeks. We expect him to orchestrate his jail break by mid-February. He is looking to going home where he will continue physical therapy as an outpatient.

David thoroughly enjoys visits from friends and fellow photographers, all of which help keep him in good spirits. I cannot adequately tell you how much your donations and messages of support have meant to him and his wife, Sue – your donations are helping lessen the burden of David and Sue’s overwhelming medical expenses, as well as pay for a leg brace, a specialized wheelchair and other necessities of life.

Please keep your good thoughts and visits coming. David’s recovery is a long process, made so much easier by your support. If you are able and inclined to make a donation to help with David’s medical bills, you can do so through PayPal to the account or by check made payable to David Saffir and sent to me, his sister, at C. Saffir, 2266 Pelham Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Thank you for your support.

David, Sue and all of Team Saffir wish you a wonderful, and healthy 2015.


Cynthia Saffir

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C. David Tobie’s November 18th post told about the stroke my brother and well-known photographer, David Saffir, suffered in early November, and the fundraising drive David Tobie, Ken Sklute and Michael Ritzer started to help David and his wife Sue cover their extraordinary medical and related expenses (his related to the stroke and hers related to brain surgery about 6 weeks earlier.)

The good news is that David and Sue obtained health insurance through Obamacare. The bad news is that between deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance payments, their out of pocket medical expenses for 2014 will total around $20,000 or more.  With 2015 just around the corner, their responsibility for deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance amounts will start anew  and are likely to run into the thousands as well.

We are so very thankful for the donations received so far (totaling around $4,000).  The generosity of David’s friends’ and colleagues’ has helped us bring David’s sons travel here to visit him following the stroke, and are helping David and Sue stay afloat during this turbulent time in their lives.

If you are able to help out David and Sue, donations can be made via PayPal to the account, or by check made payable to David and mailed to David, ℅ Cynthia Saffir, 2266 Pelham Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064.

As a token of our appreciation for any contributions received by December 30th in the amount of $125 or more, we will send you a Team Saffir t-shirt!  Just let us know your address and whether you would like a men’s or women’s shirt (the women’s shirts are fitted) and the size shirt and we will forward it to you mid-January.  We also ask that anyone who receives aTeam Saffir t-shirt take a selfie in it and post the photo on David’s Facebook wall with a message of encouragement we can share with David.

David, Sue and all of Team Saffir appreciate your support and we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.

Go David!!

Cynthia Saffir