Update: As of June 10, Thank you for your extraordinary generosity and kindness toward our Dad. Because of your support, we have raised more than $40,000 for his care, from close to 150 people.
Many of you know our dad from his work as an activist for the L.A. River and as a poet. You may have seen him striding across the bank of the river at a clean-up, his eyes on a future he helped to realize; invoking frogs and blue herons in poems that also honored the hard-edged beauty of the city he loves; or writing op-eds and fundraising letters that combined humor with a stubborn insistence that the impossible is possible.
We are writing to ask your financial support at a critical moment in Dad’s life. He is currently living in assisted living facility in Los Angeles, as a result of his Parkinson’s and a stroke he suffered in 2015. Despite these challenges, he is moving ahead with the same stubborn will that helped revitalize the River: he still welcomes regular visits with friends and colleagues and is meeting weekly with journalist Julia Ingalls, who is helping him write an autobiography, entitled Poetry and Politics.
That said, the cost of care is significant and we are seeking to raise $200,000 to support his long-term living expenses and all the medical costs related to it. These costs are not covered by Medicare and his funds are nearly depleted. The need is urgent.
We are hoping you can help Lewis in his time of need.
Here is the link to the GoFundMe site.
Thank you again for your help.
Sincerely, Natalia, Ocean, Torii, and Will MacAdams