Caleb Medley might not be a household name to many but he’s a member of the comedy community and is in need of assistance. Medley was one of the victims in the really senseless shooting in Aurora, CO last Friday. The comedian was having a terrific week professionally by advancing in a comedy contest in Denver and personally with the imminent birth of his first child, a boy named Hugo, due on July 22nd with is wife Katie. Update: baby Hugo was born today.
Before “officially” becoming parent’s the couple decided to do one last thing before their baby boy’s birth and that was to go see the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. We all know the events that transcribed in the Aurora, CO movie theater. Luckily Katie and Hugo made it out uninjured, but Caleb took gunfire to the face and is currently in the hospital in a medically-induced coma with brain damage and the loss of his right eye.
Caleb’s friends, family, and the rest of the Colorado comedy community is rallying for financial assistance to help Caleb with his mounting medical bills. They’ve set up a site where donations can be made to help with Caleb’s bills. If you visit, this link you can read more about his story and give money. If you can’t give, you can send good vibes and messages. Many people in Colorado need them right now.
Caleb’s friend Mike West gives this update on his website.
Caleb is now in the ICU, on the ventilator. The surgeon told us he will be in the ICU for one to two weeks if not longer, and is fighting for his life. He has been to surgery twice already, has received over 4 liters of blood, and must go back to get his right eye removed and the pellets from the shot gun removed. Caleb is a friend, a husband, a son, and about to be a father. Caleb and his family have no insurance, and these hospital bills are going to be well into the hundreds of thousands if not millions. Caleb and Katie will be struggling with these hospital bills for the rest of their lives. So I ask anyone who can donate anything, to please do so for these marvelous people that do not deserve any of this that happened to them. If you cannot donate, please spread the word for Caleb, his family, and all the other victims from this horrible tragedy. If you would like to talk to me, and ask any questions, please feel free to do so. My number is 719-369-7208.
Over the weekend a friend shared a quote from Mister Rogers about situations such as these. We can still learn a lot from him.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers