NEWS: Urgent message about Dr. Charles Ray Jones
The costly burden placed on the Lyme pediatrician by the state of Connecticut expires March 16. Yet, financial struggles threaten to close his practice before then.
A letter from Dr. Sheila Statlender:
Dr. Jones’ financial situation is very critical. More donations are needed right away. Cancellations due to bad weather have added to an already dire shortfall.
Donations in response to the last alert helped to stave off the immediate crisis, but fell far short of the estimated $20,000 Dr. Jones still needs in order to keep the office running. If you have been thinking of donating, this is the time. If you have already donated, Dr. Jones is very grateful, but please consider supporting him again, in any amount that is possible for you.
To donate, please make checks payable to:
Charles Ray Jones, MD
(Write “gift” in the memo field)
111 Park Street – 1st Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
Paypal option: Donations may be made online through a link which is available on the Facebook page for the Children’s Lyme Disease Network, which goes directly to Dr. Jones’ Paypal account. You must have access to Facebook in order to utilize this link:
Thank you from Dr. Jones!
P.S. As you consider this request, please remember that the heavy burden of the four-year monitoring requirement, imposed by the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, is due to end very shortly on March 16. It would be awful to have come this far, only to have Dr. Jones’ office close now due to financial struggles! The demands of the monitoring
have created tremendous stress for Dr. Jones and his staff, both financial and otherwise. Dr. Jones has done so much to support Lyme literacy and our children, and to prevail against those who have targeted him. Our support is vital to his spirit and to the reality of
what he is dealing with.
Some of us are working with Dr. Jones, hoping to develop a long-term plan for dealing with his remaining challenges. He has needed to take time off to take care of some non-life-threatening medical issues, and still faces cataract surgery. Nearly 85, he remains vital and committed to his practice, working 6 days a week, presenting at conferences, etc. He deserves to cut back, but it has not been possible to meet the expenses of running his office on a part-time schedule. The targeting by the CMEB has made it impossible to bring in a colleague to ease some of the burden. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email me at SStatlende@aol.com. In the meantime, please continue to support Dr. Jones in every way that you can. Thank so much!
Questions? Contact the office at 203-772-1123 or email@example.com
On behalf of Dr. Jones, thank you!
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- February 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm
thank you for this most important update on dr. jones financial situation.
things have been so silent since the deadline came and went; now we know much more.
will continue sending/posting the latest news on our precious dr. jones. thank you.
bettyg, iowa lyme activist
44 yrs. chronic lyme
35 yrs. misdiagnosed by 40-50 drs.
- February 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Dear Sheila & Dr. Jones,
I will scrape together what I can, and I hope my brothers and sisters in the Lyme community will as well. This CMEB situation is an absolute atrocity in this day and age. God bless you for your dedication and determination to continue your work in medicine to help our children get well so they can have a future free from pain and illness.
My children are well, thanks to you. Always remember the love and respect they have for you, their hero. You have an enormous heart matched with a highly intelligent mind, and a great sense of humor to ease their fears and sadness. I know these sentiments are resounded worldwide.
So everyone – let’s dig a little deeper in our pockets to help Dr. Jones get over this hurdle!!!
- February 13, 2014 at 1:03 am
What a huge shame and devastation if Dr. Jones would have to close his practice because of financial burden. He has a Godsend to so many pediactric Lyme patients he has treated. At his age he is so dedicated and caring and one of the most selfless persons and drs. I know.
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