From the Friends Of Sifu Moonfist, organising this fundraising appeal on behalf of Margaret Jackson-Hughes.
Sifu Moonfist, the man behind the broom, is now facing a serious health challenge with the same gentle determination that describes his everyday life.
For the past 14 years, Moonfist has been quietly cleaning up Sooke: picking up litter, sweeping roadsides, removing graffiti, and greeting pedestrians as his voluntary contribution to make Sooke a safe and beautiful community.
Many people have been asking, where is Moonfist? “We haven’t seen him for months!”
We, the Friends of Moonfist, wish to answer your questions and ask for your assistance.
Moonfist has severe epilepsy. In Nov. 2005, he endured 14 days of deep cranial probes at the Montreal Neurological Institute to determine the source of the seizures. On Feb. 16 2006 (Moonfist’s 43rd birthday) he underwent surgery to remove the left side amygdala and a portion of the hippocampus (selective amygdalohippocampectomy) which relieved several types of seizure events. Sudden onset of adult epilepsy is usually caused by brain injury but in Moonfist’s case, it was due to malformed brain tissues. Unfortunately, over the past 18 months, the seizures have increased in frequency and have become debilitating. After a thorough evaluation at Vancouver General, it was determined he will need to have the remaining portion of the left hippocampus removed.
While the costs for hospitalization are covered by Moonfist’s medical plan, it will likely be a long recovery in Vancouver before he can come home. During this time his wife, Maggie, needs to constantly be close by, which means paying for accommodation, transportation and everyday living expenses while they are in Vancouver. Future costs are unknown at this time but not surprisingly Moonfist has requested that any unused funds be donated to the Sooke Food Bank.
Moonfist has been a constant blessing to Sooke. Please help us thank and recognize Moonfist’s dedication to Sooke by contributing to his GoFundMe campaign.
With sincere thanks from the Friends of Moonfist.