Libertarian Party: One of Our Activists Could Use Your Help

Michael McDermott

Found on the LNC Discuss List


On June 29, 2015 Michael McDermott woke up to find a foot swollen to three times normal and colored, black, blue, purple and red. The swelling was eerily creeping up his leg almost to the knee.

Obviously something was desperately wrong and he was rushed directly to the emergency room at Huntington Hospital where the doctors determined he had gangrene and went into immediate surgery where his leg was amputated approximately 8″ below the knee. The infection from gangrene extended up to his knee so his knee was in jeopardy! After six weeks of extreme antibiotics the infection was gone and a second surgery was performed. Doctors were able to save his knee!

From June 29 until today Michael has been a pillar of strength and positive attitudes, still doing all he can to help other people every way possible, he encourages openness regarding what is left of his leg and although his ordeal is far from over, he has shown such courage as to show others that no matter what happens in life, you can do extraordinary things and move on with a good life. NOTHING has to slow you down for long, as long as you keep that positive attitude. Michael is an inspiration to me and others and now he needs our help.

After months of helping me and others in every way he could completely unselfishly, he needs our help, which is why you are reading this on a site.

Medical bills not covered by insurance and regular bills are piling up, a new prosthetic leg is needed and his car needs to be modified to allow him to drive without the use of his right leg. Although his attitude and humor is truly inspirational, the financial assistance he needs is very difficult.

PLEASE pay it forward by helping my dear friend, Michael McDermott, recapture a normal life with his darling 10 year old daughter, Gracie by donating whatever you can. $5, $10, $20, $100 or more will go a long long way to help this wonderful man recover from this tragedy!

Donate here


IPR has several articles which mention Mr. McDermott. Here are a couple:

Michael McDermott Endorsed by Goetz, McMillan, and Johnson”

Libertarian Party: McDermott for Governor Could Win Ballot Access

8 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: One of Our Activists Could Use Your Help

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    It looks like he’s received additional contributions in the past day. Thanks to everyone!

  2. Mark Axinn

    Also, LPNY did our own private fundraising and will mail a check for full amout collected directly to Mike rather than through the website.

    Thank you to all contributors. I spent quite a bit of time with Mike when he ran for Governor last year, and he is a good, decent man who has been hit with a terrible tragedy.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Have you been in contact with Mr. McDermott since this happened, Mark? I’m glad to see he has family to help him through this.

    Please send him my best wishes.

  4. Mark Axinn

    Thanks Jill.

    Yes I did contact Mike directly, although only on email as I do not want to impose on him at a difficult time.

    Gracie (in the photo) is his youngest daughter from a second marriage; he has adult children who live nearby from an earlier marriage whom I believe they are helping him now.

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