SAD NEWS. Jay is back in the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT (Room 606) hospital again and his need for your help is more acute. PLEASE. The diabetes has struck again and he has had additional surgery. It is serious and it will make life much more difficult. It will make his need for a bigger bathroom with a shower essential. He had been working toward getting his second artificial leg fitted and ready but they are working to subdue an infection in his leg as well and so he cannot do the therapy necessary for him to walk on both feet. I cannot tell you how this affects those who love this dear, kind, hard working man who has helped so many people himself. I can’t tell you how hard this is but most especially for him. He wants to be able to walk again and to continue to provide for his family. He needs this bathroom.
An additional problem has surfaced this very snowy, difficult winter. As we said his home is approximately 90 years old. We had a very heavy snowfall that melted very slowly and began to leak into the home. We were hoping to have a metal roof installed and we need help with that.
Mold will become the next issue and they have enough problems. We appreciate so much the help already received but we are begging you to consider the latest developments. PLEASE dear friends, help this deserving man and his family.
I am Sandra Spang and this is my adopted son, Jay D. Old Mouse, the maker and player of the Northern Cheyenne Courting Flute. In order to receive this honor you need to set an example for the youth of our Tribe and honor our Elders by considering their requests for his playing at whatever occasion they ask him for. He is also our modern equivalent of the Camp Crier and he is the emcee for powwows and other community events. For many years he has shared his craft and delighted people from all over the world as a member of the Cheyenne Trailriders who enter their 26th year of business. He has carried out his responsibilities with joy and has been honored by the State of Montana as a member of the Montana Circle of American Masters.
Jay has grown children but supports a family of two and has always been a hard worker, In addition to the aforementioned activities he works for the Colstrip School System which requires hours of travel per day.
He has served many people in his life and is glad to do it but now he needs our help. He has diabetes and has had to endure an amputation which he handled the artificial leg well and last summer, after finishing the last major powwow he had to go in to the hospital and he had the other one amputated. He is a brave man and working through it but his major problem is that he needs an adequate bathroom. The house he lives in is around 90 years old and the bathroom is quite small and difficult for him to maneuver in, plus it does not have a shower. Just a bathtub.
He will need to add a room to his home to have an adequate bathroom and that will serve his needs. He will be using prosthesis on both legs if all goes well but there will be times when he will have to take a wheelchair in and the door will have to be wide enough and he will need a shower that slopes so he can take the chair to get into it, if necessary at times.
He would never ask this of anyone and I feel he is such a wonderful person who has done so much for so many I am privileged to help him.
PLEASE consider this kind man and we will make sure you hear his beautiful music.
We have had a difficult winter with heavy snow and his roof is now leaking so they have been working to deal with this as well. Because his front door was old and the wind and snow blew through it he managed somehow to find the money to get a door and he and his family fixed it before the worst of the weather. A much needed ramp was constructed by friends from lumber we built for my husband’s brother (Leo who left us a year ago) and was donated by the family for Jay. We are all doing all we can to help this dear man – including Jay himself – but what we are asking is what we absolutely need your help for. Please know we ask only for what we cannot handle. For all of those who have heard him play, who have listened him tell the history of this special flute and have mentioned it in this request – THANK YOU. You heard him in the way he intended to reach you – in your heart.