By Jill Fox
A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School history teacher is asking the community for help after recuperating from a liver transplant.
Best known for playing jazz on his guitar during class, William Payne is struggling financially after becoming ill in mid-April.
“Things have taken a turn for the worse in my life, and that is why I am reaching out right now,” he wrote on social media.
In addition to teaching tenth-grade World History, and an African-American History class for tenth through twelfth graders, Payne also works in the after-school program. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it had an immediate financial impact as the program was shut down, and he was no longer able to earn his extra income.
Soon after being diagnosed with liver failure, he had surgery on April 25. After he was released in early May, he returned to the hospital for scheduled blood work, when doctors discovered a hernia in need of immediate repair.
Rereleased on May 15, Payne’s 25-year-old daughter, Summer, volunteered to care for him during his recovery.
Payne explained the medical bills associated with the liver transplant, medications, and related post-surgical care have been staggering, not to mention general household bills and expenses.
He is asking for help to fund items partially covered by insurance or not covered at all. Payne wrote, “No contribution is too small to make a big difference in my life.”
Donate to William Payne’s GoFundMe page here.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Advertising from the University of Miami. During college, Fox enjoyed working at Walt Disney World. She loves living in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 10 and Randi, 7.