ROGERS PARK — David Fagus, the 49th Ward's Democratic committeeman, suffers from end-stage kidney disease, and the cost of his medical care has become too much to bear, said his friend and alderman, Joe Moore (49th).
Moore said he plans to host a fundraiser Monday, similar to one held in September, to help pay for living and medical costs of the "very ill" Fagus, who lost his job after his 10-year-old kidney transplant failed last year.
"I never imagined I would be off work without an income for nearly a year, but that is the circumstance I find myself in," said Fagus in a statement sent to friends, family and neighbors. "I am really struggling."
In the statement, Fagus asked for help to pay his medical costs, that "even with insurance, is enormous."
"To make ends meet," he said, "I listed my condo for sale and pray that I can sell it so that I can reduce my monthly expenses."
Moore said that he and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin would host the fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan Rd.
Fagus said he plans to make an appearance at the fundraiser.
Complimentary food, including wings, beef sandwiches and vegetarian pizza will be served courtesy of J.B. Alberto's, Moore said. And The Oasis will provide complimentary beer and soft drinks.
"In return," Moore said, "we ask you to make as large a donation as you can to help David pay his medical bills and cover his living expenses."
Moore also set up a fundraising campaign online, which had raised nearly $10,000 by Friday afternoon.
Fagus said he expected to receive a new kidney sooner, but other medical complications delayed the procedure.
"I find it difficult to be in a position where I have to ask for your help not only once, but for a second and final time," he said.