Don Manley, a devoted writer, volunteer, and lover of our beautiful community, was recently diagnosed with COPD. On the heels of that came the diagnosis of cancer in his right vocal cord. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment, five days a week, for seven weeks. On the 24th of July, Don was hospitalized, and received another diagnosis. He had come down with a pneumonia, and was to stay in the hospital for a week. Unfortunately, even with insurance, this recent hospital stay, the radiation treatments and other out-of-pocket costs associated with this (tests, prescriptions, and the like) are outpacing his small income from freelancing and the small amount he gets from SSI.
Don is so beloved for all the effort and passion he puts into his work, and our community. He frequently is championing for causes important to this community; For veterans events, and our local farmers market. He has been a part of Marco Island for about 10 years, and loves every part of it.
In his own words, “I do my level best to present readers with everything that’s happening in the community, whether it be hard news or features that highlight residents and businesses. I believe it’s important to recognize that there is good news everywhere and that it deserves to be highlighted, along with the hot-button issues. I’ve also told anyone and everyone what a great place Marco is because I’ve encountered so many truly wonderful people on this island. I feel lucky to live here for that very reason.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Don to help with medical expenses, and other various bills. The treatment he is undergoing has made it extremely hard for Don to work.
Please visit www.gofundme.com/please-help-don-in-his-time-of-need and consider making a donation. Any size donation will help make a difference.
Please keep Don and his loved ones in your prayers.