Help Keep Pat DiNizio Jamming – Update

Update on Pat DiNizio’s GoFundMe effort. Thanks to the generous donations of Smithereens fans, the goal of $20,000 has been exceeded. Thank you everyone for your support and generosity to help keep Pat DiNizio jamming! Watch Pat DiNizio’s special Thank You message.

Dec. 6, 2015
Thank You message from Pat DiNizio

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your help, love, and support in my Go Fund Me Campaign, I am truly overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. Here’s a live acoustic version of The Kinks’ song “Days”, with apologies to Ray Davies for the revisions I made in some of the lyrics to reflect my feelings. We filmed this earlier today on a bench in Tompkins Square Park in NYC with my friend John Rokosny on guitar and Andriette Redman behind the camera.” – Pat DiNizio

Nov. 11, 2015

Update on Pat DiNizio’s GoFundMe effort. Thanks to the generous donations of Smithereens fans, the goal of $20,000 has been exceeded. Thank you everyone for your support and generosity to help keep Pat DiNizio jamming!

“I will be shutting down this page this weekend, since the goal has not only been met, but surpassed!! I honestly don’t have words to describe my gratitude & appreciation to each & everyone of you. I love all of you for being so compassionate. I hope to meet all of you someday soon, so I can personally thank you. Love & Thanks…..Victor”

Nov. 2, 2015
Here’s an update on Pat DiNizio’s GoFundMe effort from fundraiser Victor Erlanger. “As of Nov. 2, almost $17,000 of the $20,000 goal has been reached thanks to the generosity of Smithereens fans that have donated so far. If you have not donated already, please help reach the goal by donating or sharing the link to the Go Fund Me page. Thank you to all of you for your kindness & generosity so far. Forever Grateful, Victor”

October 5, 2015

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help defray the costs of Pat DiNizio’s recent surgery and physicial therapy for his right arm and hand. Smithereens fans, band together and show your support by helping Pat DiNizio with his recovery. Here’s the story from Pat about his injury and how the Go Fund Me effort came about.

From Pat DiNizio:

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Pat DiNizio

I want to clarify and answer questions raised by some of you regarding the Go Fund Me page created by my big-hearted friend and major Smithereens fan Victor Erlanger. Victor called me many, many times before he finally persuaded me to let him move forward in putting up a Go Fund Me page to help defray the cost of my surgeries as well as the cost of the subsequent months and months of physical therapy needed to repair my damaged arm and hand. I resisted the Go Fund Me idea because I am wildly uncomfortable with the idea of asking anyone for help, adverse to making my personal physical and financial issues and problems public, and even more uncomfortable with the notion of being perceived as a charity case. I had a long conversation with Jimmy from the Smithereens and he assured me that there was no shame in any of this, so with much reservation, I gave Victor the green light. It is legitimate, the photo of Victor and I is not Photoshopped, and this fundraising effort is genuine, and approved by me. That being said, it is not my style to ask for help. I created our October 10th fundraising concert in order to pay for my surgeries. But your donation gets you dinner, beer, wine, soda, the Smithereens, Southside Johnny, Marshall Crenshaw, Suzanne Vega, members of the Hooters, Garland Jeffreys, and one of the best nights ever.

Here’s the Go Fund Me story: I injured my right arm and hand severely in a slip on ice on our back porch here in Scotch Plains during the huge blizzard we had here two winters ago. I flew about six feet through the air and landed violently face first on my right arm on an ice bank. A few weeks later I slipped in the bathtub and my right elbow crashed into the side of the tub. The nerve damage took months to show up, but I am finally at the point where my right hand and arm have no strength whatsoever and are just about useless. Can’t write my name, can’t hold a pick or play guitar, can’t open bottles or cans, cannot eat properly, shave, drive a car safely, just about everything and anything requiring the use of my right hand and arm is affected. I need to play guitar in order to write songs, do shows, and earn a living. I mention these facts not for sympathy, but to explain to you clearly and honestly why Victor felt compelled to try to help me with the Go Fund Me page once he found out what was happening to me. I applied for affordable health care but missed the cut-off date and have to wait until next year to get coverage. My doctor told me that I had to have the surgeries immediately, and that if I waited too long the nerve damage would continue to spread, and that I might lose the use of my hand and arm. I’m not complaining and it is what it is, things happen. But that’s the story, I felt the need to explain and clarify my situation, and that’s where it’s at.

Thanks everyone for all of your kindness. See you soon!

Pat DiNizio