Jon Piercey is a devoted father and a hard-working member of his community. He has served as a volunteer firefighter for 23 years, 14 of which he served as fire chief, and recently, he was appointed the Tipton County Fire Chief. This was a tremendous opportunity for him, and his family was ecstatic to learn of his achievement. But on September 25, less than a month in his new position, Jon’s life was drastically changed.
That Monday morning, Jon was found unconscious and rushed to Baptist-Tipton Hospital in Covington, Tennessee. There it was discovered he suffered an aortic dissection, or a tear in the aorta’s inner layer. Jon also learned that the tear was in all three layers. Upon diagnosis, Jon was flown to a specialist at Baptist Desoto in Southaven, Mississippi. The surgery to rebuild his aorta and repair the blocked carotid artery lasted seven hours. Now recovering, Jon is still battling complications of kidney failure, respiratory problems, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“It is hard to say how this will affect our life going forward,” said Traci Piercey, Jon’s wife. “I am by his side 24 hours a day, and therefore no income is coming into the household. We also have kids to help support, one with special needs.” Despite the adversity, the Piercey family remains connected and strong for Jon. His friends and community have also rallied behind him to show their support.
Through their RedBasket.org campaign, Jon and his family hope to raise $20,000 to help offset the costs of his recovery. This money would be used to cover medical and travel expenses and would reduce the family’s general financial burden, as neither Traci nor Jon are able to work.
“If our goal is fulfilled, it will certainly lift a burden off of our shoulders,” said Traci. “We are thankful for this opportunity to collect donations without fees.” Each contribution will help the Piercey family in this time of need. Consider joining Jon’s relief effort through a tax-deductible donation. Share his story today!