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» Joseph Firecrow Facing Major Surgery

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Hi, folks.

Perhaps it is common knowledge at this point ... perhaps not.

As a flute enthusiast, I occasionally panic when considering the possibility of loosing use of my fingers. What a terrible thing it would be, to not be able to play my beloved flutes. As such, I am pretty careful with my digits. And yet, I am just a hobbyist. If I were making my living with the flute, I'd be even more paranoid about it.

Joseph FireCrow has a lung disease and will require a bilateral lung transplant - such awful news.
I've worried about my fingers, but, gosh, who ever thinks about their lungs failing? (as a non-smokers, I never have ... or had, until now.) I can't imagine the emotional weight such a diagnosis brings. I was on the heart transplant list for a year and a half before I recovered well enough to be able to keep my native heart, and I was mentally OK with needing a new heart. And yet, I don't know why, but had it been new lungs I needed, I think I would have had a harder time with it. And so, I just wanted to let y'all know about Joseph, in case you didn't. I know the power of prayer, and I know the folks here will send some good ones his way.

Dana Ross has some info. about it on his FaceBook page ... below is a cut-n-paste from that:

Dana Ross
April 3
PLEASE HELP US ASSIST JOSEPH FIRECROW WITH HIS MEDICAL & TRANSPORTATION COSTS
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Multiple Award winner, and Grammy nominee for his recording "Cheyenne Nation", Joseph FireCrow is in need of your assistance. He is on the waiting list for a bilateral lung transplant. He has a disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which his Mother passed from in 2011, and is hereditary. Doctors indicate that surgery should be within the next few months. Joseph and his wife Joann will face numerous costs for the upcoming surgery, and required travel and accommodations. We are asking for your prayers and any donation you can make to help.

You can also purchase Joseph's award-winning music at CDBaby.com or at www.josephfirecrow.com
https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/music-association


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Joseph lost his battle yesterday - in the end, he was also needing a heart transplant.
Not all angels play harps - some play flutes!

R.I.P., Joseph - I'll always see your smile when I hear your songs.

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A great loss. I heard him play once in the twilight at Zion as the hawk soared overhead.


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Sorry to hear this.


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The prognosis was not good, which I was already aware of. Sadly this news was not unexpected.



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QUOTE(MonoLoco @ Jul 12 2017, 07:33 AM) *
Joseph lost his battle yesterday - in the end, he was also needing a heart transplant.
Not all angels splay harps - some play flutes!

R.I.P., Joseph - I'll always see your smile when I hear songs.

That leaves a hole in the NAF world. I enjoyed the times I got to visit with Joseph. He was a kind and talented person; very approachable and and friendly.


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