CMAIN organized a donation event from 2010-02-10 to 2010-02-25, raised over $50,000 donation from about 900 donors. We will transfer all these donations to Yichao family. The donation event deadline is 2010-02-25 11:59PM PST.
Meanwhile, Yichao's family and CMAIN established a new fund called "Yichao Fund" using the fund from Chase Community Giving Top 100 award. We will use this fund to improve local campus biking safety environment, with the goal of preventing biking tragedy. We will distribute helmets, safety lights, brochure etc on campus using this fund. More information will be updated later on http://www.cmain.org .
If you'd like to donate to this fund, help our community, please visit http://www.paypal.com send your donation to: email@example.com . You can visit our web site: http://www.cmain.org click the [DONATE] button in the middle.
If you'd like to donate by check, please mail your check to:
1172 Murphy Avenue, Suite 237
San Jose, CA 95131, USA
Check pay to: C.M.A.I.N.
Please write your name, email address on the check, and make a note: "for Yichao Fund", so we can issue you a tax deductible receipt later via email.
This morning, a group of close to ten volunteers gathered and discussed Yichao's memorial service planning and other needs. Three volunteer groups have been formed: PR/Media, Administration and Operations. The PR/Media group is headed by Dan, who will be the main contact for media, web and external information release. The administration group is headed by the President of Stanford CLIPSS, who will be responsible for keeping the Wang family company, providing transportation and daily translation. The Operations groups is headed by Nikeman, who will be responsible for all other tasks, mainly locating a funeral home and finalizing the details for the memorial service and cremation.
The planned cremation time has been changed due to Yichao's autopsy. Since his body will not be released until next Monday, at the earliest, his family decided to postpone the cremation till next Saturday morning (2/27 AM). We will do our best to finalize the memory home by Tuesday night (2/23 PM).
Yichao passed away peacefully at 4:30PM on Feb 19th, 2010.
The Memory Service is TBD. Please visit us later for the Memory Service update. Thank you.
I was on duty on Wednesday Feb 17. It was a quite peaceful day
most of the time except the power outage. Late in the afternoon,
Yichao had a sudden drop on blood pressure but was back to normal soon
1. Yichao was moved to another room due to the power outage.
2. Yichao's physiological index looks better and has fallen into the
3. Yichao's father wrote an article. It will be published on Nikeman's
blog. (English version translated by Google Translate automatically) Very touching and everyone should read it.
4. The hotel offered an extended lease to Yichao family and they won't
move out until next week.
5. Many thanks to Jade Palace. To prepare the lunch for Yichao family,
they were working in the dark (again, power outage).
Thank all the known and unknown volunteers for your contribution.
Yichao's condition is stable today with normal body temperature in the morning and slightly higher temperature in the afternoon. Doctors were worried his lung infection might be due to a flu, so he was transferred to an isolation room to avoid passing the flu to other patients. Family members can still visit Yichao like before. He will be transferred back to a regular bed after doctors rule out the possibility of infection. His
family members looked emotionally stable, but very tired, especially
Yichao's wife. Yichao's wife is the only person in the family who
could speak English, so she has a lot more to do.
At 1:45 tomorrow, doctors will meet with the family members to discuss Yichao's condition. They also need to fill out some forms to reduce medical fees (Medical? Not sure). They have to move out from the hotel on Thursday. Accommodation options are still being arranged.
In the afternoon, Yichao's wife and father met with Stanford's general lawyer to seek legal advice.
daily coordinator should confirm with Jade Palace at around 11am
everyday to confirm the lunch pick up time. I have add this note in google doc. (Today, the lunch pick up volunteer had to wait for nearly an hour)
Added by Dan
Today, Dan, and SJ Q accepted a telephone interview from San Jose Mercury
News on behalf of the Wang family. Tomorrow at 10:30 they will accept
another interview from Palo Alto Weekly. The housing problem can be
finalized tomorrow. There are three options for housing. We urgently
need of furniture volunteers to help with the move on Thursday and
two days the patient has a little bit of fever, lung infection,
probably caused by the breathing machines. In the morning the
temperature came down, but went back up in the afternoon.
A Chinese doctor, Dr. Chan came to visit today, and gave a few examples of recovery, which gave the family some confidence. There were a number of other doctors who came to visit today.
thanks to extremebudda and Epoxy, who each sent an ATT prepaid cell
phone. Also would like to thank Jade Palace Restaurant in Palo Alto,
who offered to provide lunch to Yichao's family for one month. Today, family members had their first lunch from Jade Palace, say it was very good, but portion was very large.
By the way, thanks to nikeman, who's been the main coordinator for the last two days, I can catch up on my sleep.
many donations and help from enthusiastic people, Yichao's family was
recognized and greeted by many people when they went grocery shopping.
Today the most helpful visitor was Dr. Zhao, who was a resident doctor
at the department of Neurology at Stanford Hospital and currently at
UCSF. Dr. Zhao paid a special visit to Yichao, reviewed charts,
checked on things, discussed with other attending doctors, and
explained everything to their parents very very well. After listening
to his family more minds are at ease.
A special new years present from Yichao to everyone: today he is breathing on his own without the help of a respirator!
Yichao's wife and parents accepted an interview from KTSF (Channel 26) http://www.ktsf.com/cn/news/bios.html today. CMAIN presented the first $ 2000 donation check to Yichao's family today.
around 10 Stanford students from CLIPSS and NIKEMAN visited Yichao and
family at the hospital, and talked to them about their specific needs.
Some preliminary arrangements were made. Please feel free to add to the list:
In the following days, set up a schedule for people to visit and help
the family with their needs, offer consolation, translate and help with
communication. Monday to Friday Stanford students will be arranged to visit. On weekends, volunteers near by can come help and take the family grocery shopping or run errands. Schedule will be centrally arranged to avoid overcrowding or many groups visiting and creating more burden to the families. Please sign up by sending your email and phone number. http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tgmXbEATSxmQeu0H73v0Dqg&hl=en
This Saturday and Sunday is Chinese New Year's eve and New Year's day.
I will arrange the schedule for Saturday and Nikeman will arrange the
schedule for Sunday. Please sign up for these two days separately so
we can accompany Wang's family for New Years.
Chinese-language media, radio and television stations have already
contacted. Some of them have already provided coverage, with ktsf26
scheduled to interview tomorrow. English media is being contacted by the Stanford CLIPSS.
4. In the next two days I will take them to open bank accounts. Our current thinking is for them to open a joint account, and then disburse the funds. Contribution will be mainly used for living expenses, and have them do some bookkeeping.
5. Yichao's department at Stanford might help resolve the accommodation issue. If
not, we want them to live in Yichao's rented studio first, and move to
a motel nearby to look for other housing upon termination of his lease.
The challenging part is not knowing how long the stay will be, and month by month arrangements are hard to find. The
best option might be finding some in-law units or one bedroom close to
school or in mountain view san antonio shopping center area, where more
students can offer them a ride to Stanford
6. They are now using a prepaid cell phone, and a international roaming cell phone. We want to see if anyone can add an additional line to their family plan? Plans with no fixed contract would be best. We can pay with donated money.
7. Wang's wife's J2 visa expires in April, ppppmm asking the question on the visa extension.
8. Do Wang family members need health insurance? Which one to buy? Are they eligible for mediCAL?
9. Yichao's father would like to write something everyday. I will try to get him a blog.
That's all for now. Here are some snapshots:
prominent ID brought a red envelope with $666 and early Happy New Year
greeting to Wang's family today. Kind-hearted students from Stanford
brought a pretty notebook with Stanford logo to Wang's family for note
taking and diary. After the meeting five people had a meal at Jade
Palace and had a good chat. Glad to make some new friends.
February 12, 2010 Wang Chao's parents interviewed at the hospital entrance by KTSF26
【February 11, 2010 Thursday】 by Dan Quick update at Noon. Still not awake.
with Yichao's father and he will seek a second opinion from other
doctors, because doctors here think Yichao will stay in a coma. His
father plans to bring Yichao back to China when he can be transported,
and care for him at home. The living expenses for the next few
months, transportation expense back to China, expenses to seek other
medical opinions, and expense to care for Yichao at home are all
unknown. Yichao's parents only receive 4,000 RMB per month in pension,
and live in a 45 square meter home with bad insulation/heating. They
have not opened a bank account yet. There is one credit card/bank card
from Yichao that couldn't be activated due to lack of pin number.
Could B1, B2 visa open bank accounts here? Yichao's wife's J2 visa
will expire in April. Their temporary housing is good till next
Tuesday, then they need to find other accommodation close to the
hospital. We will then need help with moving, furniture and grocer
shopping help. Luggage is still not delivered.
4pm, I will go with people from student association to discuss
arrangements. If anyone has time and energy to help please contact me
at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't have a lot of ideas so I
would really appreciate more people chipping in. I am very touched
when I see poor students donating $200 and offer rides and translation.
There are many enthusiastic and warm-hearted people! I want to thank you on behalf of Wang's family!