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Title: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: steve5B on December 04, 2006, 08:16:30 PM
Fox news here in Indianapolis this evening showed a bus that hit the back of a tractor-trailor in the state of GA.
Mentioned that it was a passenger. From above it looked like a conversion, the driver was taken to the local hospital, condition unknown at this time.  Hope it wasn't a busnut. Pray everyone will be alright.


Steve5B


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: gumpy on December 05, 2006, 05:34:07 AM
That's definitely a conversion. Appears to be an Eagle. Photo don't look good.
Says the guy is Daniel McMurphy of Union, Mississippi, age 52.

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=88579


Removing the photos due to copyright concerns. Will repost if I can obtain proper permission....  


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: gumpy on December 05, 2006, 05:46:00 AM
And another link.  These are more graphic...

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/10459572/detail.html

Removing the photos due to copyright concerns. Will repost if I can obtain proper permission....  


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Moof on December 05, 2006, 08:03:08 AM
These pictures illustrated the similarity between buses and aircraft.  The bus driver and pilot are always first ones at the scene of the crash.  :(   Slow seems to be the key.  There is a lot of metal behind you pushing, and not much between you and whats up ahead.  Safer and better mileage.   

Thanks for the pictures Gumpy. 


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: kyle4501 on December 05, 2006, 08:39:20 AM
Slow seems to be the key. There is a lot of metal behind you pushing, and not much between you and whats up ahead. Safer and better mileage.

The truck was obviously slower than the bus & it didn't keep him out of a wreck.

It occurs to me that keeping pace with traffic & a safe following distance is the best way to avoid collisions.
People going too slow cause problems by bunching up traffic which allows the idiots & steering wheel huggers ample opportunity to stir up trouble. This is when an otherwise good driver gets into real trouble from one brain fart.

Amazing he survived, I hope he pulls thru.


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Dreamscape on December 05, 2006, 05:15:49 PM
Does anybody know the gentleman involved and has anyone heard how he is doing?

This is a tragic accident.

I see bad things happen everyday on the I-5 going through Los Angeles to Orange County.

If people would just slooooooow down and pay attention when they drive!

Both hands on the wheel at all times here.

Paul

Dreamscape


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Foolsgold on December 05, 2006, 05:28:48 PM
Hey I DO know this guy! He's the guy that re-wired my eagle and then moved to Ms after he got married. That's his eagle that he converted here in Bushnell Florida.

Going to try and find out more!

Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Devin & Amy on December 05, 2006, 05:38:14 PM
more info....
Bus, Semi-Truck Crash On I-20

POSTED: 2:05 pm EST December 4, 2006
UPDATED: 5:10 pm EST December 4, 2006

ATLANTA -- A bus and tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta this afternoon, trapping the bus driver.

Officer Joe Cobb, spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, said the driver was the sole occupant of the bus. The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

The driver was freed by rescue workers and sent to Grady Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.

Officials identified the driver as 51-year-old Daniel McMurphy of Mississippi. It took at least 30 rescue workers over an hour to free McMurphy from the wreckage. Officials say McMurphy may have lost a leg in the accident.

News Chopper 2 showed the front of the bus crunched into the rear of the tractor-trailer. The bus bore Mississippi license tags.

Cobb says he has no details on how it happened.

Hope he's ok.
Devin


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Foolsgold on December 05, 2006, 06:05:30 PM
Just talked to a real close friend of his and he said that he thinks he lost both legs. When i talked to the hospital staff they told m eis is in ICU and stable. Nothing else I can add other than they were moving from MS to someplace else. He was driving the bus alone and his wife was behind him in their car. She passed by in the other lane as traffic was slowing in his lane. When she got to the next exit to wait for him, he never showed up and she tried to go back to see what the problem was and couldn't because of the traffic back-up due to the accident!

If I hear any more I will let you know!

Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: NJT5047 on December 05, 2006, 08:05:29 PM
The fact that he's alive is a testament to the strength of his bus.  The bus was stuffed in soft places.   Missed the bumper and RH door post....so it would appear.    Had he been driving an S&S, they'ed still be removing parts of him. 
Do hope he survives...leg injury can be dealt with.   One must wonder what other insults he suffered...steering wheel must have broken something.   A  good thing  (you must look for the good) is that the accident happened in Atlanta..a location that is equipped to handle major medical entrapments efficiently.   And several top tier trauma hospitals available.
Do something like this in a small town and you'll die from lack of suitable care.   
Do most buses have shoulder restraints?  Mine doesn't.  The pix below make one think of these things.   
Thank God that his wife was not in the bus with him.   She will be a prized caregiver once he's stablized.   He will need complete care for a bit of time.   
Anyone in Atlanta that could help his wife get around, maybe help get some of their stuff from the bus?
Their things may be cannabalized once the bus hits the storage lot.   Only his wife would have access to the coach. 
The bus needs a cover over the front end to try to save the contents from water damage...if this would be allowed. 
Please post an update on his condition when known.   At the risk of being redundant, I'll say again, Daniel's wife may welcome some local Assistance.    
My thoughts are with Daniel and his wife...JR



Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Foolsgold on December 05, 2006, 08:17:31 PM
Good points JR.

It would be nice if anyone in the Atlanta area that could or would offer to help his wife.

I know the bus had a full size upright piano in it and it was near the passenger side front. dan was/is  a very good bus mechanic and i would trust him with any part of it. the only part that isn't inviting is that Dan never liked to say NO to anyone for anything and that almost always kept him behind schedule which made him very slow to get the jobs done and out of the shop! He specialized in electrical wiring and wired many tour coaches during their conversion process for a local converter.

It's really hard to believe this has happened to a guy that is so talented and happy about being recently married to a girl he met in church. Don't know exactly where they were moving to but this has to hurt and set them back pretty bad!

If there is anyone in the Atlanta area that would be willing ot help out, let me know and I can get all the information I can!

His pastor has been in contact with people down here on a regular basis so info will be posted as it comes in.

Thanks again...
Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: JerryH on December 06, 2006, 04:29:30 AM
All good points, suggestions and comments.

When I was training for driving school bus, my instructor taught to watch vehicle in front and essentially time the distance between them and me using a point of reference as they pass it.  Then count 1/1000, 1/2000, and so on up to 6/1000 and see if I got there first.  If I did, was to back off and give at least a 6000 count between them and me.  This has stuck with me and has been a decent suggestion.

I do hope (is it?) Daniel will be ok.  It would be nice if someone local to whereever the coach is stored to empty and retrieve the contents for the McMurphy's and cover the front with a tarp.

Jerry H.


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: ChuckMC8 on December 06, 2006, 04:31:51 AM
Ace, I'll be glad to help any way that I can. Please email me at 14bama@bellsouth.net. I am 30 miles west of Atlanta. Chuck


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: gumpy on December 06, 2006, 04:42:30 AM
Chuck,

Thanks for stepping up to offer to help Daniel and his wife. I'm sure they will appreciate some help getting the coach and contents squared away.

I know there are other busnuts in the atlanta area. It would be great if you all could organize and help them out. Most likely, they'll need a place to store their stuff for awhile as he recovers. She'll probably need a place to stay, also, as she'll no doubt want to be near her husband.

I don't know these people, but they are part of our family. I'm willing to help if I can, but we need someone local to coordinate with them.

craig



Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Foolsgold on December 06, 2006, 09:06:13 AM
Ok latest news I got after talking directly to Dennis, Dan's brother, is he is in ICU and stable. All vital signs are very good and he was just about to go into final surgery as of 10am to close up everything they opened yesterday. They did a scan and found no other problems anywhere. The biggest thing is he did lose both legs right above the knees.

He also said his wife WAS behind him in their car but a little ways back and saw a lot of debri and knew from the look of it that it was Dan that was involved. The bystanders would not let her get close enough and sent her directly to the hospital. Dennis said that he is still very sedated and they expect him to start communicating sometime this evening or tomorrow, though he has responded briefly to conversation from family members.

Dennis also said that they were moving from Ms to, I think he said Blairsville Ga, and this was their final trip, because of lack of work and income in Ms.. and they have NO Insurance of any kind! A fund will be started at Wachovia bank but has not been done yet so he thought!

His mother who lives here in Bushnell Fl. will be going to Atlanta Ga next Wednesday to be with him!

As for his eagle Bus and their personal belongings, a friend in Ga. and his trucking company have made arrangements to tow the bus to a safe and secure storage yard nearby and his wife and brother have already received help with their personal belongings, again, so he said!

Seeing as how the couple were a little strapped financially, and had no insurance, is this something the busnut community would want to get involved in with a $$$ fund of some sort, or maybe we can put something together at the bus rally in Arcadia? I've never done anything like this so i'm open for suggestions!

Thanks again and if anything else transpires, I'll let you know!

Ace



Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 06, 2006, 10:43:49 AM
I'm with you on the fundraiser ACE....

Lets start working it out  ??  ??

Who is good at this? we need details.

Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: gumpy on December 06, 2006, 11:45:52 AM
Well, I know someone who has a web page already set up to collect funds via paypal for a little calculator project that happened here this summer.  ;)   Wouldn't be much effort to modify it to another cause and paypal account.

What say, Brian? We're done with the calculator project.

Count me in.

craig





Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 06, 2006, 12:05:58 PM
Thanks Craig..   Daniel McMurphy Fundraiser

Lets see what ACE finds out about the family fund at whycovia bank...[don't know how to spell it]

Lets get more folks to chime in here so we don't hear "told you so's" afterwards....

But Craig, I think you have a great idea with your paypal account allready setup.

Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: eglluvr on December 06, 2006, 12:07:08 PM
I'm in...   Get it now before the Box stores get it for Christmas
Jim


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: chargePlus on December 06, 2006, 12:44:49 PM
Seeing as how the couple were a little strapped financially, and had no insurance, is this something the busnut community would want to get involved in with a $$$ fund of some sort, or maybe we can put something together at the bus rally in Arcadia? I've never done anything like this so i'm open for suggestions!

How about a postal address at the Hospital? We don't need a room number since that will change as his condition changes. He's going to be there for a while recovering from surgery, and I KNOW he would love receiving cards, especially from "friends" he doesn't know he has, wishing him a Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery.

Count my wife and I in on the fundraiser. I'll just have to let her know we're going to do this.  :)

If I've learned anything from this community of busnuts, it's that we all pull/pray for each other in times of need.

Cheers,

- John
  PD4103


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Foolsgold on December 06, 2006, 01:12:20 PM
This is just great to see you guys come forward zand take the reins!

I just got off the phone with Dennis, dan's brother and he said Dan just got out of surgery and is resting! The medical staff has not told them anything more than what they told them before other than his vital signs are stable.

I also talked to his sister Dee, who is transporting Dan's wife to and from the hospital and having her to stay with her at her house. She said that an account was planning onbeing set up in Wachovia but has not been done yet! I told her about what we (the busnut community) were talking about doing and she thought that was just GREAT. So great se started to cry on the phone! I told her that if we pulled together with our plans that it would probably be a seperate thing than what they are doing and would probably be sent along as one lump sum! Again she was in total agreement!

As for the Hospital address? She didn't know it right off but said that it is the Grady memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. and dan would be in the ICU section 7-L and thast he would get anything that was sent there! I'm sure the actuall address could be found and posted!

If anyone wantsd to call to verify any of this inof the numbers I have are:

Dennis  cell   321/863-4683
Dee  cell     706/994-0464
Dee home  706/745-3952

They live in a rural area and she said sometimes the cell signal does not work at home! (must be nextel)

Anyway, this is all I know and if i said or did anything wrong with our plans, I appoligize! Like I said, I never did anything like this before!

Ace  cell 863/559-9067


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: Happycampersrus on December 06, 2006, 01:37:52 PM
I'm in guy's

They need our help, financial and spirtual. It could have just as easily been me or anyone here, so we need to help these folks. Life ain't fair sometimes, but maybe we can make a difference in this situation.


Dale


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: niles500 on December 06, 2006, 02:21:55 PM
This appears to be the location - HTH

www.gradyhealthsystem.org

Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-4307


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: JackConrad on December 06, 2006, 03:28:49 PM
Ace,
    This sounds like a good place to put a large part of the money left after expenses from Bussin' 2007  Jack


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: plyonsMC9 on December 06, 2006, 03:35:55 PM
That's a good idea. Maybe you can make this thread sticky. It seems to be the most logical for now since it gives the full history of the thread.



Done.  Hope this helps - Phil


Title: Re: Bus accident
Post by: kyle4501 on December 06, 2006, 03:52:03 PM
Count us in too!


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: ryoo on December 06, 2006, 05:00:24 PM
  I'm in even though I don't have much but maybe if I were to do it maybe more would help.  So count me in!


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Dreamscape on December 06, 2006, 05:16:03 PM
Count us in also.

Paul and Becky Lawry


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: FloridaCliff on December 06, 2006, 05:29:43 PM
Count us in also.

Ace,   

Get me the bank info and I will build a page for our Central Florida community channel.

Cliff


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: novice on December 06, 2006, 05:38:42 PM
Count us in.  Sounds like you are doing a great thing, and if anything was wrong, then forgive us all because we are all behind you.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 06, 2006, 05:54:37 PM
Personally and again without having any experience with this sort of thing, I think we should do something like Craig did with the calculators and put it into an account of our own and then when we feel it's all said and done, make the contribution from all of us in all of our behalf's. If we all just make a personal deposit on our own to thier own fund, I don't think it would mean as much coming from someONE he doesn't know, but coming from a group (all of us) it would mean much more!  Am I making any sense? Probably not!

Again, I may be all wet here but i guess anyway you guys decide is ok with me. I'm for sure in!

I'm just devestated at the thought of a really talented bus mechanic is down on his luck like this and at this time of the year!

I remember when he first came to my house to check my Eagle out for the first time. I was kind of worried he would laugh me out of the state since he did his own conversion and me never being in it and only seeing the outside, it looked really sharp, but when he first saw mine he was in aww! Come to find out, it was better than his and mine was nothing to really look at because it was just store bought stuff screwed in place! From that point on, he wanted me to work on his and re-do some of the stuff he had previously done but he moved away before I could do anything!

Only thing I really remember about his bus was it was very brightly lit with hidden lighting in the sides of the ceiling and it had that piano which i still wonder about how he got it in! LOL

Thanks again for all your help!

Ace



Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 06, 2006, 06:12:53 PM
Ok,

I say it's a go.... One account and we will use Craigs Paypal yhe same way as for Kale..

Craig and Brian or Cliff  ??  I forgot who all set it up, Sorry.

When it's ready we will put a thread together and sticky it...

This is a very justified cause and I hope we raise a good amount for their Family.  This really hit home! because it could have been any one of us.

This news has humbeled me greatly. It really makes you think about how different we need to drive our pride and joy's Especially after seeing

the front end of Daniels' Eagle.

Fire away
Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: trailblazer2 on December 06, 2006, 06:54:44 PM
 O.k;
 Count me in too.I will certainly keep him in my prayers as well. I'm sure that this will touch many more!
Bill


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: H3Jim on December 06, 2006, 07:00:29 PM
Yes, very sobering - there but for the grace of God go I.

Count me in too.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Kwajdiver on December 06, 2006, 07:20:11 PM
You guys are great!

Count me in, when and where do I send money.

Bill


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: NJT5047 on December 06, 2006, 07:21:39 PM
Count us in too.    
May I suggest that whoever collects the donations, have a clearcut method of ID'ing donated funds and their disposition....lest all that cash moving thru your account attract the attention of the IRS.   This account could attract a tidy sum...I hope so.  
May be a good idea to discuss Dan's needs with him or his wife before sending any funds directly to him or into his accounts...lest we interfere with his qualifying for Medicaid or other assistance by jacking up, however minimally, his assets.  
If Dan has no medical insurance, having no assets is beneficial...to a point.
Dan may find it benificial for us to donate towards a prothesis or DMEs.   I don't know.   If he's a veteran, he may find some reliief thru the VA.   That will take some time to sort out...
I strongly recommend moving on with the fund for Dan,  and then giving him or his wife choices on what their needs may be.  Lump sum may be best.   If so, cool.    Their finances could (will) become complicated.   One thing's for certain, a judgement won't take a wheelchair, or inexpensive car, or prosthesis.  
If Dan has not suffered injuries beyond his lower extremeties, and is otherwise in good health, he'll be out of the hospital rather quickly.   That's when his and his wife's needs will take on a new focus.  
Arcadia may be a good time to make a decision based on Dan's outcome and needs.  
You know, from Dan's perspective, life may seem just too damn complicated about now.  I cannot imagine what he's going thru.    God forbid I never find out.    
JR
    
  
  

    


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: ArtGill on December 06, 2006, 07:22:37 PM
I'm in.  Provide the Paypal address as soon as it is available.

Art


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: captain ron on December 06, 2006, 07:23:34 PM
For every CD or Shirt I sell from my web site that goes through my PAYPAL account I will donate $5.00, for every thong I will donate $1.00 and every bumper sticker .50 cents to the fund and will transfer it through PayPal to whatever you set up. It might not be much but all I can do. I will do this through the end of the year and if succesful further if needed
Captain Ron

http://www.captainronshow.com

Capt. Ron,
Normally we don't allow advertisments but, because of this good cause and your donations we will leave it.
I have to say this because there is always someone that complains...
Thanks,
Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: NewbeeMC9 on December 06, 2006, 07:38:48 PM
I'm in!




Could use a t-shirt,
and we all need thongs!

Keep us posted,  he is lucky in this tragedy well should all pray our way


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 06, 2006, 07:39:09 PM
Sorry, I've been busy working on my other home today and away from the Internet. I just emailed Craig that I'll be happy to set up another page and Paypal donate button for donations to Mr. McMurphy.

Is it my understanding that Craig wants the same account used as before??

I'll work on it tonight and post a link.

Thanks,
Brian


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Busnut83 on December 06, 2006, 07:47:00 PM
Great idea''''

Count us in ...

Michael & Doris


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: 82 MCI-9 on December 06, 2006, 07:53:38 PM
count us into

Robert and Rachelle


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 06, 2006, 08:28:41 PM
I made up a quick page and button. Be forewarned, until I know which Paypal account the $ goes to, the button is inactive. Craig's email address is in the page for info on snail mail donations. But if I need to change this to someone else's, that's easy.

http://www.thefamilybus.net/accident/

I gleaned some of the pertinent details from the news story and Ace's ongoing contributions, so hopefully they are all accurate.

In the meantime, any suggestions to page content would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone could find a photo of Daniel, it might help "put a face" on this donation drive.

I'm reluctant to insert any images taken of the crash into the page, due to copyright issues.

I'll post back when the button is active.
Brian B.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 05:34:56 AM
Brian,

Looks great!

ACE, I cleaned up this thread...

Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 07, 2006, 05:38:54 AM
Thank you very much!

I just couldn't see why we would have a link to this thread regarding information about this tragic incident and to have to read about personal JUNK if you know what I mean!

The pay-pal page looks great by the way!

Thanks
Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: chargePlus on December 07, 2006, 06:17:47 AM
For every CD or Shirt I sell from my web site that goes through my PAYPAL account I will donate $5.00, for every thong I will donate $1.00 and every bumper sticker .50 cents to the fund and will transfer it through PayPal to whatever you set up. It might not be much but all I can do. I will do this through the end of the year and if succesful further if needed
Captain Ron


Along the same lines, for anything I sell from my Zazzle store: www.zazzle.com/chargeplus* (http://www.zazzle.com/chargeplus*) from now until we close the paypal account for Dan, I'll donate 100% of the money earned. I can't guarantee that it will be much, but every little bit helps. Tell anyone and everyone you know about the site.

Cheers,

- John
  PD4103

John, I fixed your link....and placed an order.
Nick-

Nick, fixed it again. By putting the * at the end of the URL it changes the payout from Zazzle, but it doesn't affect the price you pay.
- John
  PD4103


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 07, 2006, 06:29:24 AM
Ok folks. Now that everyone's up and awake, we need to decide on the keeper of the funds so Brian can activate the button.
What's your preference? 
Ace, do you want to receive the funds directly?
Is there someone else who's close to the family?
Would you prefer I handle it and then transfer it all to Jack to be included in the funds collected in the rally? I can do that if that's what you guys prefer. I'm not at all concerned about the IRS.  :D



Also, I removed the photos on the original posts, since they are copyrighted. I'm trying to get permission to repost them and use them in the donation page. The links to the two stories are still on the thread.

Brian, there's one more story link with more photos of the accident at the start of this thread which you might want to include on the donation page.

craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 07, 2006, 06:33:12 AM
Uh hmm I really don't want to handle the funds if that's ok! I can give it to the family when the time comes but really don't want to be responsible for it while it grows!

Whatever you guys think is best i'm all for it!

Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: brojcol on December 07, 2006, 06:46:34 AM
Jennifer and I will donate.  You know, I've read a lot of posts saying that we should all be more careful, etc.  Sometimes, it doesn't matter how careful you are.  Accidents can happen (for whatever reason) at anytime to anyone. 

Be safe everybody. 

Jimmy


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 06:56:00 AM
Craig,

If you are up to the paypal keeper job then, Your the one that I would trust!

Thanks
Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 07, 2006, 07:12:00 AM
Ok. I'll do it. My paypal account doesn't get used much anyway, and is currently empty, so it's real simple to keep track of it.  :D

When we get all the donations in, maybe I can just transfer it to Jack or someone else down there to put with the rally contributions and Ace can present it to the family.

I'll have Brian activate the button. Anyone who wishes to make a donation by other than paypal can send me an email for a snail mail address. Any donations by check will be deposited to my personal bank account and the money will then be transferred to the paypal account and mingled with the rest. Also note that paypal payments will incur a fee of about 3.5%. Money transferred from a paypal account balance or from a bank account also gets hit with a fee because I had to upgrade my account since they only allow you to do something like 5 transactions a year on a private account. I thought they were free, but turns out they're not on the upgraded account.

craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 07, 2006, 07:35:57 AM
The button is live folks!

If you can give anything, please give.

Thanks to Craig for handling the donations.

Go ahead and email the link to family or friends that may not frequent this board, or might not share the same obsession we have with busses.

http://www.thefamilybus.net/accident/

Brian B.


Title: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 07:57:48 AM
The button is live folks!

If you can give anything, please give.

Thanks to Craig for handling the donations.

Go ahead and email the link to family or friends that may not frequent this board, or might not share the same obsession we have with busses.

www.thefamilybus.net/accident/   

http://thefamilybus.net/accident/

Brian B.



 Daniel McMurphy of Union, Mississippi, age 52.

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=88579

I'm going to try something with this PayPal butto .....Ahhh, Just use the link above,It don't work on this page


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: kyle4501 on December 07, 2006, 08:09:50 AM
I think it worked for me, PayPal said it took my money.

THANKS GUYS!!!!!


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 07, 2006, 08:18:29 AM
Ace,

Next time you talk to the family, can you ask them if thy have a recent photo of Dan and his wife that they can send to post on the donation page?  Would be nice if there were a face to go with the story.

craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 07, 2006, 08:20:52 AM
Sometimes the best way to get an altered link to work is to just refresh your browser. I do this so often that I forget to tell folks about it. There's probably a way to tell IE to do this every time you click on a link... but it's probably buried someplace in the Prefs.

I tested the button in both Firefox and IE and it links to Craig's Paypal. Let me know if any other browser if giving problems.

HTH,
Brian B.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: H3Jim on December 07, 2006, 08:32:34 AM
Thanks to Ace and Craig for setting this up. That link sure made it easy!


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Gary LaBombard on December 07, 2006, 08:52:16 AM
pay pal link worked for me fine.
Gary


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 07, 2006, 10:16:55 AM
It worked ok for me too!

I will see if I can get a picture from the family for the linked story!

Ace

Craig, thanks for doing this. Is there any way you can keep us updated as to the progress and amount generated like you did with the calculators? Maybe if more people saw how much it was growing, it work perk them to get it JUST a little bit higher!

Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: ChuckMC9 on December 07, 2006, 10:36:52 AM
Since I can't reply to the Donation topic, I'll say it here.

For those who sign in occassionally and can't wade through 70 posts to see what you're talking about, can you give a brief paragraph on the donation topic post (NOT HERE) describing what you're talking about? Just a brief description of the situation & call for donations. I vaguely know but can't read through five pages of stuff to figure out what you're doing or what your plan is.

I'll be happy to donate, but please tell me what I'm donating to!

Don't mean to sound crabby, just want to help you be more effective!


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 07, 2006, 11:10:59 AM
I can also update the donations amount right on the button page every day (or more). It would be cool if we could get some sort of "instant" account amount from Craig's account, but I'm not a very sophisticated Web/ script dude.

As to Chuck's question (I'll PM him), Craig is collecting our donations to send to Daniel's family to help with his medical bills. Details about the accident and surgery are on the "button" page: http://www.thefamilybus.net/accident/

Brian "adding to the 70+ posts"  ;) Brown


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 11:21:21 AM
Chuck,

I'll thin out some posts on this thread so more folks can follow it.

Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: chargePlus on December 07, 2006, 11:27:47 AM
Hey Friends!

http://www.zazzle.com/chargeplus* (http://www.zazzle.com/chargeplus*)
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Thanks to everyone who has visited my Zazzle store so far. I have just added the following items to the "Bussin'" section.

  o Refrigerator Magnets
  o Key Chain
  o Trucker's Hat
  o Coffee Mug, Travel Mug, and Stein
  o T-Shirts (white and black shirts)

Here is one of the things on the T-Shirts and magnets:


BUSNUT
Entry: bus * nut
Pronunciation: 'b&s - 'n&t
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle American, shortened form of omnibus, French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis; from the Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu.
1: one who is ardently attached to the pursuit of buying, restoring, refitting, and living in a large motor vehicle originally designed to carry passengers usually along a fixed route according to a schedule
2: an individual with a strong liking or desire for or devotion to any activity, object, or concept involving a bus
3: a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person especially when buses are concerned
4: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another


As a reminder I have promised to donate all profits earned from the sale of items from now until the PayPal account for Daniel is closed. It doesn't matter if the items are bus related or not. This is in addition to the personal donation that my wife and I will be making, and the card (with an enclosed Bus picture) that we will be sending.

Merry Christmas everyone!

- John Uftring & Natasha Euliss-Uftring
  '51 GMC PD4103



Hi John,

Normally, We don't allow advertisements. Since you are Not listing prices and you are donateing proceeds to this cause, I'll will leave it..
Thanks
Nick-




Title: Re: Donations for Daniel McMurphy Now Live...
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 11:38:35 AM
Here is the news on this accident:

A bus and tractor trailer collided on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta Monday afternoon, trapping the bus driver.

Officer Joe Cobb, spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, says Daniel McMurphy, 52, of Union, Mississippi, was the sole occupant of the bus. Cobb says the tractor trailer in front of McMurphy slowed for traffic, and he plowed into the back of the truck.

The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

Cobb says rescue workers spent at least an hour freeing McMurphy, and he was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. He said the driver of the truck was not injured.

The accident happened about 1:30 p.m., and the wreckage was cleared from the interstate about two and a half hours later.



Ok latest news I got after talking directly to Dennis, Dan's brother, is he is in ICU and stable. All vital signs are very good and he was just about to go into final surgery as of 10am to close up everything they opened yesterday. They did a scan and found no other problems anywhere. The biggest thing is he did lose both legs right above the knees.

He also said his wife WAS behind him in their car but a little ways back and saw a lot of debri and knew from the look of it that it was Dan that was involved. The bystanders would not let her get close enough and sent her directly to the hospital. Dennis said that he is still very sedated and they expect him to start communicating sometime this evening or tomorrow, though he has responded briefly to conversation from family members.

Dennis also said that they were moving from Ms to, I think he said Blairsville Ga, and this was their final trip, because of lack of work and income in Ms.. and they have NO Insurance of any kind! A fund will be started at Wachovia bank but has not been done yet so he thought!

His mother who lives here in Bushnell Fl. will be going to Atlanta Ga next Wednesday to be with him!

As for his eagle Bus and their personal belongings, a friend in Ga. and his trucking company have made arrangements to tow the bus to a safe and secure storage yard nearby and his wife and brother have already received help with their personal belongings, again, so he said!

Seeing as how the couple were a little strapped financially, and had no insurance, is this something the busnut community would want to get involved in with a $$$ fund of some sort, or maybe we can put something together at the bus rally in Arcadia? I've never done anything like this so i'm open for suggestions!

Thanks again and if anything else transpires, I'll let you know!

Ace



This is just great to see you guys come forward zand take the reins!

I just got off the phone with Dennis, dan's brother and he said Dan just got out of surgery and is resting! The medical staff has not told them anything more than what they told them before other than his vital signs are stable.

I also talked to his sister Dee, who is transporting Dan's wife to and from the hospital and having her to stay with her at her house. She said that an account was planning onbeing set up in Wachovia but has not been done yet! I told her about what we (the busnut community) were talking about doing and she thought that was just GREAT. So great se started to cry on the phone! I told her that if we pulled together with our plans that it would probably be a seperate thing than what they are doing and would probably be sent along as one lump sum! Again she was in total agreement!

As for the Hospital address? She didn't know it right off but said that it is the Grady memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. and dan would be in the ICU section 7-L and thast he would get anything that was sent there! I'm sure the actuall address could be found and posted!

If anyone wantsd to call to verify any of this inof the numbers I have are:

Dennis  cell   321/863-4683
Dee  cell     706/994-0464
Dee home  706/745-3952

They live in a rural area and she said sometimes the cell signal does not work at home! (must be nextel)

Anyway, this is all I know and if i said or did anything wrong with our plans, I appoligize! Like I said, I never did anything like this before!

Ace  cell 863/559-9067



This appears to be the location - HTH

www.gradyhealthsystem.org

Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-4307




Title: Re: Donations for Daniel McMurphy Now Live...
Post by: plyonsMC9 on December 07, 2006, 12:53:22 PM
Greetings folks - the PayPal stuff works flawlessly.  I just ran through it all myself.  Thanks Craig, Ace, Nick, Brian,  et al who have been working on this.   

Hopefully we as busnuts will be able in some small way to bless this family through our efforts.

Kind Regards to all,  Phil

 



Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Happycampersrus on December 07, 2006, 01:15:26 PM
Anyone know Ian well enough to ask him to post this on the Busnut board also?? Just in case someone my not be a member of both boards.

Dale


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 07, 2006, 02:52:57 PM
Anyone know Ian well enough to ask him to post this on the Busnut board also?? Just in case someone my not be a member of both boards.

Dale


OK, I sent an e-mail to him
Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: THAIGHT on December 07, 2006, 04:32:23 PM
My first post. I would like to have the snailmail address as there is no immediate hurry and by sending a check the whole donation goes directly to the fund for distribution. This really brings home the generosity and caring of this family of busnuts.
Tim


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: eglluvr on December 07, 2006, 06:26:31 PM
I am in the process of putting together another page that I will host off site for anyone who would like to list their business as a supporter of this initiative.  In addition to a link to the PayPal donations, ( if thats okay?!?) It will have the information regarding various businesses that are willing to contribute a portion of their proceeds to the fund.  I am providing this page so as not to infringe on MAKs advertising revenues, but allow the business people to take part too...


Folks, Were not asking you to buy anything,  but if we have a service or item you are currently looking for, Consider the fact that the business listed will contribute part or all of their proceeds to Daniel McMurphy.

If you are a business owner or other entrepreneur  send a button, banner or url to my profiles email and any additional information (Percentage, terms etc.) and I will send you the Link for approval prior to publishing

Cap'n Ron...
    Might have to have a thong section for you    ;D

Nick-  There is one in every Crowd!!    ;D ;D ;D


Jim


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: RMC on December 07, 2006, 06:29:22 PM
We sent ours also hope it helps! Ron and Linda Crabtree :'(


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Skykingrob on December 07, 2006, 07:11:24 PM
Hi Guys
I have been out of town for a week. Just got a chance to look at the thread. Very tragic situation. I made a contribution and like all others have said, prayers go out to the family and Daniel.
Ace-great to think of helping
Craig and Brian-great job on the site

Rob
91 LeMirage XL
Missouri


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JerryH on December 08, 2006, 04:30:40 AM
Glad "button" is up and running -- count us in as well. 

FWIW:  Seems this topic has reached another BBS ==> http://forum.bustalk.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=e42907c04bf828afe02a9123b0c8391e&topic=3435.from1165422142;topicseen

Jerry H.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 08, 2006, 08:50:14 AM
Craig and everyone else, that is GREAT but we as a whole can do much better I'm sure!

I know most of you didn't know this guy or his family but if you think about what one poster said, it could have been any one of us at any time! Would that have made a difference? Most of us only know each other thru sites like this and eventually meet one aother at a rally for a short period of time. Yes some relationships turn into long lasting friendships  from there but and some just continue on being just a name on a BB! It really not different. Dan was a Bus Mechanic, loved busses and took the time to convert Eagle  his own coach his way just like you and me! Just because he didn't get on te internet or go to any rallies, doesn't mean he isn't one of us! He's just like most of us if not more!

Come on and give what you can! It will definitely go for a good cause especially at a time of need!

Now with that said...

I talked to Dennis this morning who is now back in Florida. The last update was that he thought Dan was finished with all the surgeries. He is not! In fact he has one more minor surgery onhis legs that will take place early next week. Only thing the doctors have told them is EVERYTHING else is in good condition and Dan is in good health otherwise! Dan has opened his eyes wide and has responded with head nods more with conversation from family members.

Dennis said he would send me a picture of Dan, his wife, and his daughter!  Didn't know about the daughter. Could be from an existing marriage of his wife's but I didn't think Dan had a daughter unless she was born since he left Fl. which would make her very young!

Dennis also said that if he wasn't in Ga at the time of the Arcadia Rally that he might make the trip down there  to see everyone that has been involved in what we are doing!

I will be sending Dennis the link to this site and the pay-pal site for him and his family to see as well!

Jack I received your email this morning, and thanks for your offering!

Ace


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Happycampersrus on December 08, 2006, 09:41:54 AM
I have to agree with Ace! We have 1118 members here. If everyone would give just $20 that would be an easy $22K. I know most of you will waste more than $20 on a tool or something else you can put off buying this month. Just try to imagine yourself in Dan's position. Dan needs our help folks.

I personally don't know this guy, but I believe we need to try to help one of our own. 

Dale


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 08, 2006, 12:22:21 PM
Count me in as well! Craig I'll send mine snail mail again!

Ok now I know this is sort of a shot in the dark this early in the game but. Being in the towing and recovery business for years, I know first hand how very large bills grow on a unit such as this first the recovery from the scene is costly, then there is the storage that grows DAILY for every day it sits in a secured yard it can go anywhere from $25.00 (very cheap) to $200.00 a day on a vehicle this size! ($75.00-100.00 probably avg. not sure in Atlanta as I don't have any personal connections there!)

My thought is can we do serveral things to help Dan and family out by someone first finding out if they are even interested in trying to salvage this bus? Then how about someone from the area knowledgable in buses go to where it's stored and see if it's worth salvaging or not and see about working on a plan to pay the bill and get the storage fee waved for a period until a suitable location is found to move it too. Then once a place is secured to take it to, have it moved for them either by hiring the company where it is now, someone else, or if it's to be a long distance (like maybe one of our owns place, to maybe start a new chartity of offering our skills and time to start rebuilding it to where it is useable for them again) I could aquire a unit to tow it with and donate my time  and fuel $ to do so.

Just some thoughts from a wandering mind! BK  ;D


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Rich (Prevost) on December 08, 2006, 01:14:53 PM
Dan McMurphy is a great guy. Hard working, looking for a break. Had a following of "Bus Nuts" in Alabama, Mississippi. I have talked to him in the past & Steve at IBP really had a close relationship with him. God Bless all that are giving to his family. I hope our donations can make a difference.

Rich


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Runcutter on December 08, 2006, 01:49:41 PM
My contribution is ready for the mail - US mail preferred for the same reasons stated by others.  Craig, thanks for handling this.  Let's keep it up. 

My thought is "there, but for the Grace of God, go I.  I remember seeing the results of a head-on between a drunk and a 4905 back when I was driving bus.  If the bus driver hadn't lifted his left foot up when the car hit the corner of the bus, he'd have been severely injured.  It only takes a few seconds.  To quote the sergeant on Hill Street Blues, "Let's all be careful out there."

Arthur Gaudet   Carrollton, TX.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Kwajdiver on December 08, 2006, 05:48:02 PM
Craig,

Did my donation come through.  Seems like the connection may have timed out.  If you don't have it I will try Pay Pal again.

Bill Williamson
Blue MCI-9


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 08, 2006, 06:47:51 PM
Ace,

 

Thank you very much for your phone calls and support during this time.   We are very grateful for what you and many others are doing during this time to help Danny and Heather. 

 

Today the doctor removed his breathing tube at 11:30 am.    He was able to talk a very little bit.    He has one more surgery to do final close and cleanup on Monday or Tuesday.   Thursday mom and dad are traveling with my sister Debbie to se Danny.

 

We are blessed to know that people all over are praying and giving of themselves to Danny, Heather and Hannah.

 

To receive a blessing, you must first give.   Danny must have given a lot.

 

Thank You

 

Dennis McMurphy


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Foolsgold on December 08, 2006, 07:00:47 PM
Dan and his Family...


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Buffalo SpaceShip on December 08, 2006, 07:18:23 PM
Thanks for Dan's brother's update and the picture. I've updated the button page (http://www.thefamilybus.net/accident/) with the pic.

Brian B.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: FloridaCliff on December 08, 2006, 07:42:12 PM
Ace,

Thanks for getting the picture posted and all your efforts on this.

They look like anyone of our families or friends, and in an instant there in this ordeal.

To All,

If you can help with a donation of ANY amount, I guarantee it will be appreciated.

Cliff


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 08, 2006, 09:16:13 PM
Craig,

Did my donation come through.  Seems like the connection may have timed out.  If you don't have it I will try Pay Pal again.

Bill Williamson
Blue MCI-9

Yes, Bill.  I just sent a reply. 

Thank you for your contribution. Much appreciated.

craig





Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Dreamscape on December 08, 2006, 10:17:06 PM
To All Who Worked on this,

A sincere THANKS.

We made the contribution and wish it could have been more.

It is a great feeling to know so many folks on this board have caring and giving spirits.

Our prayers are with Dan and his family.

Paul & Becky Lawry


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 09, 2006, 07:18:18 AM
ACE, Craig, Brian,



BRAVO.....APPLAUSE....

You Guy's are Heros    This is a BIG, BIG, help to this family.     I'm glad so many members are jumping in on this help.

Thanks to all for getting involved, It's a worthy cause..

Nick-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JerryH on December 10, 2006, 07:16:22 PM
I second the Kudos to those who made the PayPal and donation site work and to those who have made a donation.

Now ... it looks like the $$$$$ stalled a bit.

Donate the equivilant of 100-miles of Diesel ... that's a little bit shy of $45.00.

Donate the equivilant of 50-miles of Diesel ... that's about a few bucks over $20.00.

So give up a the scratch $$$ of a few miles of diesel today and you'll be helping out a fellow BusNut.

Jerry H.




Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Gary LaBombard on December 11, 2006, 05:20:02 AM
I would really like to have posted this on the main page of MAK but I know it would have been moved to this location to comply with this thread concerning Daniel McMurphy and his awful accident that has been weighing on me since it happened. 

I was happy to see a fund was started to help this poor man and his family cope with this situation that there is no way I personally think I could have had the will to live through it. We all get strengths we did not know we had at times we never expected and Daniel has received this gift and using this strength he will continue to do his job as it is not done here on earth as yet.  I believe Daniel still has a job to do and has been spared to bind us all together at this time of Christ's Birth and now we should appreciate all we have by reaching out for our friend (Daniel and his Family) that not many of us have had the privilege to hear of or know before this accident.

On just this board alone there is 1128 of us that probably read these threads every singe day but so not make any comments, suggestions or supply any information to.  That is all our privileges’ but now I am personally asking you to help one of our own by giving a very modest Christ giving gift.  This next suggestion is only intended to those that can probably afford to do this, and if you cannot please consider what you possibly can without putting a strain on your finances.  Hopefuly we will all have the spirit of giving no matter what the amount you contriubte is to our busnut friend in need. It has been suggested previously by ACE that if all of us on this board would contribute a modest $20, just a $20 bill through Pay Pal or snail mail check to this family at this very important time we should realize how much we are doing for this family and for ourselves as I am sure when you listen to Christmas Music or have a holiday get together that (Daniel and his family) will enter your mind but you will have a smile of contentment and happiness from giving.  The $20 suggestion is just that, This is only a goal for those that can spare this amount but my no means intended to be a suggested amount that has to be contributed.  There is No amount too small or too large.  The amount given should be decided from your heart and only decided by that way.

Knowing we all have done our very best to make this family keep faith and that nothing but good can come out of all the pain Daniel is suffering right this moment and that we will have reached out to him and made this mental & physical pain leave him for good is more of an emotional reward to us individually as a Busnut than what you realize.  This pain of Daniels can be overcome not just with drugs etc. but with love from us all and concern that we do not want Daniel to even think of giving up and for him to plan on continuing the  job he is here to do until time to go home like we all will.  Our contributions to his survival fund will go further than any medications can and our faith & prayers will make his life so worth living as a testament of love to us all to live by.

This modest Christ giving / surviving gift of $20 or what ever is affordable to you as givers will surely continue to build the fund For Daniel that I am so gratefull to Gumpy for offering to maintain this fund for us to Daniel.   The rewards you will receive as the totals add up during every day that Gumpy keeps us informed about will make you see how good you would feel had this situation happened to you and all 1128 of your Busnuts friends helped you reach peace of mind financially and spiritually no matter what the amount given by you is, and don't forget the special prayers needed for Daniel & his family.

If any of you can find it possible to contribute more the rewards of giving will not get bigger but the reward of helping a friend in his worst time of need will be absolutely priceless and I assure you your Holiday will be more meaningful when you think of the good you have done for the Daniel McMurphy Family.

Please make this Christmas Holiday Season one you will never forget for someone you will probably never get to meet but then again miracles do happen and I am sure Daniel will be reaching out to us all in the future though his faith in us being there for him.

Watch the MAK post from Gumpy grow and let your heart feel the warmth as the totals raise and you know you have done your part to make this all happen and you know that this same support could be what you would hope for should anything this tragic happen to you.

Please do all you can for this family.
God Bless you all and travel safe in your bus with your families.
Have a very Merry Christmas,
Gary


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: captain ron on December 11, 2006, 10:56:41 AM
I have been involved in some ways in several fund raisers for fellow bikers and families or friends. with the exception of one in Murfreesboro,Tn that the HOG chapter and Busters place put on with a poker run and auction of donated products that raised over$30,000 dollars in one day for a girl with cystic fibroses, most even with lots of time to promote and organize have only raised this amount (the amount we have now)of money or less. I think this is very good for our small community of bus nuts. Some people including my self may not really be able to spare $20.00 at this time. I have promised to give a portion of my web sale to this cause, although I made only one sale I donates all of that money and the $5.00 I promised. Prodding people or beating them up because the didn't ar haven't yet donated is not nesessary . If the fund has stalled we need to come up with more creative ways to raise more money. We all have a bunch of junk around the houe we don't need, bus parts, tools, craft stuff we make and a big portion of us deal on Ebay. So why don't we sell some of these treasures on Ebay and donate some or all of the proceeds to this cause (as we see fit less ebay fees) I have a couple Items on now that I will donate some or possibly all of proceeds to this cause. I also have a Mini Chopper that I was using for a promo on my web site. I drew the winner last night who chose a cash offer instead of the bike because of shipping costs. I plan to put it on Ebay tuesday to recoup some of my money. I have $500.00 in it and will give anything over that to this fund. It's original cost was $900.00. any of you interested in it make a reasonable offer over my cost in it and you can have first dibbs. the shipping can probably channel through some bus nuts going to Arcadia and payment through pay pal.
Be creative in your efforts to help others and you can have a win/win situation


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: DaveMC7 on December 11, 2006, 11:54:00 AM
I'm ordinarily a "lurker" but I had to comment on the outpouring of pledges and prayers for this family.  Although I've only really just started converting my MC-7, I have learned so much from this board.  I've learned that the hobby is loaded with very kind and generous people from all walks of life!  The cost to convert a bus is worth the price, just for admission to such a great group.  Diane and I look forward to meeting some of you when the bus is road worthy.

Dave Jensen
Monroe, NC


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 11, 2006, 12:38:13 PM
Hi Dave and Diane,

Welcome to the group!  I'm glad you posted and with such nice remarks, Thanks!

Our bus group is kinda like the Free Masons on a smaller scale...lol [we enjoy looking out for one another]

It's nice to know that others see that in us too!

Would love to have a pic. of your MCI in our bus pics section.

Nick Badame-


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 11, 2006, 01:08:08 PM
I also have a Mini Chopper that I was using for a promo on my web site. I drew the winner last night who chose a cash offer instead of the bike because of shipping costs. I plan to put it on Ebay tuesday to recoup some of my money. I have $500.00 in it and will give anything over that to this fund. It's original cost was $900.00. any of you interested in it make a reasonable offer over my cost in it and you can have first dibbs. the shipping can probably channel through some bus nuts going to Arcadia and payment through pay pal.
Be creative in your efforts to help others and you can have a win/win situation

I'd like to explore this a little more before you dump that chopper off on Ebay.....

Seems to me there's a big bike rally down in FL in the spring?  Is that right?  I'm not a biker, so don't know much about the stuff. But, is there some way that that little mini bike could be auctioned off at the bike rally in FL with the proceeds above your cost being designated for the benefit of Dan?  I have a feeling if it were advertised and happened on the last day of the bike rally that the turnout would be very good. That would make a fine promotional tool for some custom shop, and you might spark a bidding war between a few of them.

Just a passing thought to stir the creative juices in the crowd....

Comments? 


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: DrivingMissLazy on December 11, 2006, 04:51:20 PM
I also have a Mini Chopper that I was using for a promo on my web site. I drew the winner last night who chose a cash offer instead of the bike because of shipping costs. I plan to put it on Ebay tuesday to recoup some of my money. I have $500.00 in it and will give anything over that to this fund. It's original cost was $900.00. any of you interested in it make a reasonable offer over my cost in it and you can have first dibbs. the shipping can probably channel through some bus nuts going to Arcadia and payment through pay pal.
Be creative in your efforts to help others and you can have a win/win situation


I'd like to explore this a little more before you dump that chopper off on Ebay.....

Seems to me there's a big bike rally down in FL in the spring?  Is that right?  I'm not a biker, so don't know much about the stuff. But, is there some way that that little mini bike could be auctioned off at the bike rally in FL with the proceeds above your cost being designated for the benefit of Dan?  I have a feeling if it were advertised and happened on the last day of the bike rally that the turnout would be very good. That would make a fine promotional tool for some custom shop, and you might spark a bidding war between a few of them.

Just a passing thought to stir the creative juices in the crowd....

Comments? 


This may be the bikers rally you are talking about in Key West. I would love to go this one somtime.
http://www.650motorcycles.com/
Richard


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JerryH on December 11, 2006, 04:55:17 PM
Craig & Others...
You're thinking about the chopper thing ... I began thinking about auction (eBay) and stuff.

For example.  I have a bunch of stuff here left over from kitchen and bath jobs.
I am sure we all have stuff from our conversions and so on.

Could we do something collectively through eBay.  Establish an account specifically for the Daniel McMurphy Fund.
Maybe talk with eBay ... I know they've done charity stuff before ... worth a looksie?

Collectively put our (decent) stuff (which is likely gatherin dust) on the table for auction.
All proceeds to go directly into the PayPal account.

Your thoughts.
I have stuff like sink(s), faucet(s), microwave(s), etc.

Also ... I think they do a swap meet down there.  Maybe something can be tied there as well????

Jerry H.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: NJT5047 on December 11, 2006, 07:40:51 PM
I'm ordinarily a "lurker" but I had to comment on the outpouring of pledges and prayers for this family. Although I've only really just started converting my MC-7, I have learned so much from this board. I've learned that the hobby is loaded with very kind and generous people from all walks of life! The cost to convert a bus is worth the price, just for admission to such a great group. Diane and I look forward to meeting some of you when the bus is road worthy.
Dave Jensen Monroe, NC

Hi Dave,  thanks for very kind words!   One of these days I'm gonna drive over there and see what you're doing!  You are only about 15 minutes from me...if I'm correct in my assumption.  Is your bus inside a fence in your backyard?   
Feel free to drop by over here too.   I can show you what you don't want to do.   Your idea of "lurking" and learning is a better approach than the convert-it-and-pray-method method that I used.   
Good to see that you are still moving forward.  Hope to meet you soon!  JR




Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 11, 2006, 09:54:40 PM
Hey Gumpy please IM your address to me again. I seem to have lost it! U have a $ 100.00 check in the desk drawer I need to mail! Thanks. BK   ;D


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JackConrad on December 12, 2006, 04:54:52 AM
Also ... I think they do a swap meet down there.  Maybe something can be tied there as well?

Yes, we do have a Swap Meet that goes on all week.  Anyone who wants to donate all or part of their sales to the fund can do so.  We plan to have a "Donation Box" also with photos of Daniel and the wreck attached to it. Bussin' 2007 will also make a donation of rally money left over after all rally expenses are paid.  Jack


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 12, 2006, 04:59:25 AM
Ok, this reminded me of something...

I have about 600 PEX fittings in my garage. I've previously advertised them on the swap portion of this board @ $2.00 each.

If anyone wants some of these, I'll donate $1 for every one sold to the fund.

If I can make it to the rally, I'll bring them along for the swap table.

craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Glenn MC9 on December 12, 2006, 05:40:55 AM
Hey Fellas,

I just got off the phone (8 AM) with Dan's sister Dee. Dan is in surgery this morning, hopefully for the final time. She said his spirits have been good considering what he's gone through.

I plan to get down there in the next few days to see him. Also, I told Dee that if there was anything that our singing group could do (benefit singing), please contact me.

Dan is still at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He is in room 635, section 6-B. The number for patient information is (404) 616-1000.

Glenn
Tallulah Falls, Ga. 


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 12, 2006, 05:50:42 AM
Glenn,

That's good news.

I received a letter from his sister Debbie yesterday. She said they will be taking his parents up to see him on Thursday.

Please give Dan and his family our regards when you see him.

Craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 12, 2006, 10:58:55 AM
Tracy,

Thank you for posting.

As I told Debbie yesterday in my email to her, what we are doing here is not much, in the whole scheme of things, and considering the challenges Danny faces ahead, but if it will help him and his family in some small way to get through this, it's all well worth the effort.

Please return from time to time to post updates of Danny's condition.

Craig



Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: grow0441 on December 12, 2006, 11:28:48 AM
Also ... I think they do a swap meet down there.  Maybe something can be tied there as well?

Yes, we do have a Swap Meet that goes on all week.  Anyone who wants to donate all or part of their sales to the fund can do so.  We plan to have a "Donation Box" also with photos of Daniel and the wreck attached to it. Bussin' 2007 will also make a donation of rally money left over after all rally expenses are paid.  Jack

I have never tried a post to this board.  Hope this works.

Jack, I was sitting here trying to think of something I could do to help with the fund when I realized I have more 24 VDC bulbs (markers, tail, turn signal, etc.) than I am going to need for my conversion.  They are left from when I owned and operated 3 MCI's.  I will be happy to bring them with me to Arcadia for sale and all the proceeds can go to the fund.  I have long ago amortised them out.  Maybe this need is why I kept them for so long!  I have no idea what the current cost for a 24 VDC bulb is these days.  I would like to price them reasonably close to market today so the fund gets the benefit, but also a "deal" for the buyer as well. 

Geary Rowell
Venice, Fl
grow0441


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Glenn MC9 on December 12, 2006, 01:53:42 PM
Hey Fellas,

As things worked out, I was able to go and see Dan today instead of later like I thought. After I posted my other note this morning, I found out I had to go to the Atlanta area today for some company business. 

As I said previously, Dan was taken back into surgery early this morning. When I got there about lunch time he was back in his room. He was still drowsy but was able to talk some. He said he was in some pain but was OK. I didn't ask him any questions but I did let him know what everyone was doing for him on the board, and that everyone was wishing him a speedy recovery. He said he appreciated everyone and to tell everyone "thanks".

Dee (his sister) told me this morning that Dan preferred to listen to CD's rather than watching television. So I left him a couple of our groups CD's to listen to. I also told her if our singing group could be of any service in the future with "benefit singings" to please let me know. I think we all realize that his medical expenses have just begun.

I didn't stay to long, as the nurses were pretty busy trying to get him comfortable. They did give us time together to pray before I left. That in itself was worth the trip.

Along with the CD's that I left, I left my card so anyone in the family can reach me if need be. I live about 1 1/2 hours northeast of Atlanta.

Hopefully in the next week or so, I'll be able to see him again. If I hear anything new, I'll let you know.

Glenn
1984 MC-9
Tallulah Falls, Ga

 


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 12, 2006, 03:35:36 PM

Thank you for the update Glenn.

As of right now, the paypal donations total $2,840.58 USD and I received 3 checks today totaling $300, for a grand total of $3140.58.

I think the response has been really great. I'd love to double or tripple that amount, but, please be responsible in your donations. I understand that not everyone can afford to donate money, but your thoughts and prayers are still appreciated.

craig


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on December 12, 2006, 04:32:24 PM
Hello Tracy and Dean,

We are glad that you wrote in. I hope you will stay as a member in our group and intice Dean someday to

convert his own bus...?? ??   We are just happy to hear that Dan is still with us and we are able to help him.

Hopefully in the comming months we can increase the size of the funds and contribute more.

Please keep us informed of Dan's progress.

Nick Badame
Moderator


Hello,

I am Tracy McMurphy, Danny's sister-in-law.

Actually, there are quite a few of us in the McMurphy clan. 12 siblings, and all are married and a bunch of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am married to Dean, the youngest sibling.

We are a VERY large group, to say the least. You ought to see the family Christmas parties every couple of years.

My husband helped Danny raise the roof and weld on that bus many years ago at their uncle's house in Merritt Island FL. Dean is very proud of that, and is very close to his brother. I also feel Danny is the big brother I never had, being the oldest of 3 myself. I have been on that bus many times, and our oldest son, age 9, also named Daniel, loves that bus. He saw the accident photos and says, "Uncle Danny can fix that." Although we don't own a bus, Dean is also sort of a "bus nut". He has driven church buses and worked on them for years, and would just love to have his own bus someday.

I am just horrified by this accident and it has had a profound effect on all of us, that is for sure. We live in Florida too and it is a very helpless feeling when you know you cannot do anything for your brother, except wait and pray. We had just seen Danny and Heather and Hannah on Thanksgiving.

I will say I am impressed by you Busnuts. I have never seen such an outpouring of love and caring from a group before.

I want to say thank you. Thank you for being there for Danny and offering help to the family. It isn't just the money. It is the idea that total strangers (and a few friends) would be so generous, that just impresses me and Dean to no end.

What a blessing! Thank you all, so very much.

Tracy (and Dean) McMurphy


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JerryH on December 12, 2006, 05:36:20 PM
Jack, Craig & Others ...

More thinking here.

We often have fund raisers at school which incorporate (I think they call it) "Silent Auctions".

Tables are set out and merchandise, services, etc. are placed on the table with a starting bid.  People then make a bid offer (with name, etc.) and place in container in front of that item.  High bid wins, ALL proceeds benefit Daniel.

In addition to BusNuts bringing "stuff", could larger companies be sought out to help?  For example (hey Luke ... if you're reading) ... a company like Luke's could (possibly) offer some sort of service or dollar amount towards a service at his place.

Maybe MCI Parts could offer up something ... or a Gift Certificate to their parts store.  The list goes on as to their possibilities.  This could be a Win-Win for everyone.  Larger companies can get involved for a very good cause, smaller organizations could help, BusNuts can do their thing -- both on the bidding and donating end.  Often times bidders exceed the actual value of the item being auctioned.  They feel good ... they get something for their efforts ... and the fund for Daniel (in theory) could do well.

Welcome your thoughts.

Jerry H.


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JackConrad on December 13, 2006, 04:07:43 AM
Jack, I was sitting here trying to think of something I could do to help with the fund when I realized I have more 24 VDC bulbs (markers, tail, turn signal, etc.) than I am going to need for my conversion.  They are left from when I owned and operated 3 MCI's.  I will be happy to bring them with me to Arcadia for sale and all the proceeds can go to the fund.  I have long ago amortised them out.  Maybe this need is why I kept them for so long!  I have no idea what the current cost for a 24 VDC bulb is these days.  I would like to price them reasonably close to market today so the fund gets the benefit, but also a "deal" for the buyer as well. 

Geary Rowell
Venice, Fl
grow0441


Geary,
   I have no idea what the going price is for 24 volt bulbs.  Since you are not bringing your bus, get with me when you arrive and I will make room at our bus for you to display (and hopefully sell) the bulbs.  Jack


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: grow0441 on December 13, 2006, 06:12:18 AM
Jack, I was sitting here trying to think of something I could do to help with the fund when I realized I have more 24 VDC bulbs (markers, tail, turn signal, etc.) than I am going to need for my conversion.  They are left from when I owned and operated 3 MCI's.  I will be happy to bring them with me to Arcadia for sale and all the proceeds can go to the fund.  I have long ago amortised them out.  Maybe this need is why I kept them for so long!  I have no idea what the current cost for a 24 VDC bulb is these days.  I would like to price them reasonably close to market today so the fund gets the benefit, but also a "deal" for the buyer as well. 

Geary Rowell
Venice, Fl
grow0441


Geary,
   I have no idea what the going price is for 24 volt bulbs.  Since you are not bringing your bus, get with me when you arrive and I will make room at our bus for you to display (and hopefully sell) the bulbs.  Jack

Thanks.  I will get with you.  I will make a call or two and find out what the market price is before I get there.

Geary


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: TracyDeanMc on December 13, 2006, 09:01:20 AM
I deleted this post by mistake. Sorry and Thank you.

Hello,

I am Tracy McMurphy, Danny's sister-in-law.

Actually, there are quite a few of us in the McMurphy clan. 12 siblings, and all are married and a bunch of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am married to Dean, the youngest sibling.

We are a VERY large group, to say the least. You ought to see the family Christmas parties every couple of years.

My husband helped Danny raise the roof and weld on that bus many years ago at their uncle's house in Merritt Island FL. Dean is very proud of that, and is very close to his brother. I also feel Danny is the big brother I never had, being the oldest of 3 myself. I have been on that bus many times, and our oldest son, age 9, also named Daniel, loves that bus. He saw the accident photos and says, "Uncle Danny can fix that." Although we don't own a bus, Dean is also sort of a "bus nut". He has driven church buses and worked on them for years, and would just love to have his own bus someday.

I am just horrified by this accident and it has had a profound effect on all of us, that is for sure. We live in Florida too and it is a very helpless feeling when you know you cannot do anything for your brother, except wait and pray. We had just seen Danny and Heather and Hannah on Thanksgiving.

I will say I am impressed by you Busnuts. I have never seen such an outpouring of love and caring from a group before.

I want to say thank you. Thank you for being there for Danny and offering help to the family. It isn't just the money. It is the idea that total strangers (and a few friends) would be so generous, that just impresses me and Dean to no end.

What a blessing! Thank you all, so very much.

Tracy (and Dean) McMurphy


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 13, 2006, 09:12:34 AM
Checks in the mail! I just got back from dropping it off at the post office! BK  ;D


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: captain ron on December 13, 2006, 09:53:46 AM
been hearing that for years ;D


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 13, 2006, 10:11:38 AM
been hearing that for years ;D

I know, I know but I just can't resist saying it! Especially when it's for such a good cause! (and true too! LOL!)  ;D BK ;D


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: GM0406 on December 13, 2006, 06:03:40 PM
There is noting like this accident to give us all a good lesson in safety.  Don't know about the rest, but this bus driver will definitely be reminded to slow down.  Bill Thomas


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: Dreamscape on December 13, 2006, 06:31:20 PM
There is noting like this accident to give us all a good lesson in safety. Don't know about the rest, but this bus driver will definitely be reminded to slow down. Bill Thomas

I will think of this accident driving to Texas next week, and probably for the rest of my life.

I PRAY FOR DAN'S SPEEDY RECOVERY!

These things just don't stop on a dime.

Mash your brakes and see how far you go before you stop. It's scary on the busiest roads with crazy switch lane drivers.

Paul

Dreamscape


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 14, 2006, 04:43:36 AM
Paypal - $2,912.80 USD
Checks -    300.00

Total      $3212.80



Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: JerryH on December 14, 2006, 09:35:29 AM
There is noting like this accident to give us all a good lesson in safety.  Don't know about the rest, but this bus driver will definitely be reminded to slow down.  Bill Thomas

Bill & others:

Being mindful of road conditions, speed, ability to stop and understanding that other factors/ drivers not in your control can quickly change the overall formula.

Specific to this accident, I am not sure if a final determination has been reached as to how and why it happened.  But like you said, it should give us all reason to be mindful, think and be proactive.

Craig, thanks for the update!

Jerry H.





Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: FloridaCliff on December 14, 2006, 03:18:25 PM
Craig,

Could you forward the snail mail address to the email in my profile.

I have a friend who wants to contribute, but needs the USPO to do it.

Thanks

Cliff



Title: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Beatenbo on December 14, 2006, 08:46:18 PM
Anybody know?


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 14, 2006, 09:15:26 PM
I was given Dan's personal room phone number yesterday and will be calling him tomorrow (Friday).

This will be the first time I have talked to him since he left Florida.

I will do my best to cheer him up and I will also mention all of you from this board for all the help that you have done! I'm sure he already has an idea, thanks to his family now coming here as regular members and relaying messages!

All in all knowing Dan like I do, he won't stay down long, and thanks to all of our help, his friends and family, and his faith in God, he'll probably find a way to rebuild a DD or raise a roof on another Eagle before you know it!

I will keep you up to date from our conversation!

Ace


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Beatenbo on December 15, 2006, 11:18:39 AM
Thanks Ace, I live in NW GA and I watched the accident coverage on local TV the day it happened. I've got over a million miles holding a bus steering wheel and those kind of things are always a concern. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Charlie B.


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 15, 2006, 12:32:59 PM
UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!
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I called Dan earlier today to be told by his wife that I would have to call back because Dan was in the bathroom shaving! LOL I said I would but got side tracked working on my bus. I suddenly remembered to call back and did and my surprise, Dan himself answered the phone. I could tell from the sound of his voice that he was glad I called. We chatted for a short while and to be honest, he sounds like the same ole' Dan I knew when he was working on my Eagle. His spirits were very high and his outlook for the future appeared to be great! From the sounds of it, I think there even may be some plans on rebuilding the crashed Eagle in the future with is brothers help of course! Speaking of his bus and personal belongings, he assured me that it was in a safe place and all of his stuff was safe and sound! I offered to do anything I could to help since I'm not really working full time and could come there almost anytime.
 I didn't have to mention to Dan about everything YOU and I have done from this board because he has been kept up to date with everything from his family and his words were "THAT in itself has helped to make me look forward and move forward! I hoped and prayed that I would come out of this ok and so far so good!" I can tell from his voice that he is very appreciative in what all has been done by all of us and he thanked me I can't tell you how many times. I say ME because I was the one that he was talking to but he meant ALL OF US in his thanks! I played a very small part in all of this and it was YOU that he is REALLY thanking!
With all of that out of the way, he closed out our chat with "Ace, call me anytime" and  I promised to do just that!


In anything further comes up I will post it here for all of you!

Ace


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Brian Diehl on December 15, 2006, 12:35:37 PM
Wow,
I'm so thankful for everyone on this board and for the support shown to Dan's family by this community.  I'm also thankful to hear he is going to be okay and is looking towards the miracle of his future.


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 15, 2006, 02:19:18 PM
Thanks for the update Ace.

Moderator, can we append this thread to the other on, so there's only one to update?


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 15, 2006, 02:21:01 PM
As of this afternoon...

Paypal fund -    $2,912.80 USD
Checks received - $400.00
Total -              $3312.80



Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: gumpy on December 15, 2006, 02:29:21 PM
Now,  since I'm not sure if I will make it to FL for New Years, and will be out of internet contact over Christmas, I think I will close out the Paypal fund next Thursday, so I can send a check for the funds to Jack Conrad. Jack has agreed to add it to the funds generated by the rally and deliver it to Ace to present to Dan and his family. If you haven'tmade a contribution to the fund, and wish to, please try to do so ASAP.

I know it's a long way to Atlanta, but wouldn't it be cool if all the rally participants could take a road trip up to see Dan and make the presentation?  Anyone bringing their seated coach?  :)



Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: DrivingMissLazy on December 15, 2006, 04:03:17 PM
Thanks for the update Ace.

Moderator, can we append this thread to the other on, so there's only one to update?

All three have now been merged. 9 pages now I believe. Also some interesting stasticis. Richard.

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Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: bubbaqgal on December 15, 2006, 06:05:00 PM
Is there any way you can keep the account open a while longer? Dallas and I want to contribute but will not be able to until after the first of the year.  There might be others that are in the same situation and won't have the money to give until the beginning of January.  Cat


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 15, 2006, 06:24:06 PM
Sure, we can make that work.

Since the paypal account is my personal account, and the checks are being deposited into my own bank account, I guess I have some control over it.  ;)

So, how's this sound?  Next week, I'll send Jack a check for whatever has been donated up to that point. I'll post it here. We'll keep the donate button up, and anyone else who wishes to donate later can still do so. We'll continue to collect the funds, and will send the follow-on donations down to Jack or Ace at a later time to present to Dan and his family.

This will allow more time for donations, but will get the majority of the collections to Dan in the near term.

Will that work?

craig


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Dreamscape on December 15, 2006, 09:09:05 PM
I'm glad you are leaving the account open, as Daniels expenses will go on for a long time into the future.

At least we all can help him some with the ongoing expeses, I'm sure it will be huge.

Maybe some of the new members will jump in to. As fast as this group is growing it will all help.

Paul

Dreamscape


Title: Re: Bus accident/ Daniel McMurphy..Fund Ideas
Post by: DrivingMissLazy on December 15, 2006, 09:15:10 PM
from: gumpy on December 13, 2006, 07:26:46 AM
And for those of you coming late to the party, here's a link to the donation page, fresh at the top of the thread... for now..
www.thefamilybus.net/accident/ 


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: bubbaqgal on December 16, 2006, 04:59:24 AM
That is wonderful! Thank you very much for doing that.  I would hate to miss the opportunity to give to help Daniel.  Cat


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 16, 2006, 08:02:20 PM
As of this evening...

Paypal fund -    $3,009.60 USD
Checks received - $525.00
Total -              $3534.60



Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 17, 2006, 06:49:10 PM
UPDATE!!!
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Received this email today and wanted to pass this along for everyone to share...


Hi Ace,
 
We had a very good visit with Danny.  He was so glad to hear from you.  What the Busnuts are doing has been the biggest boost for him.  He is blessed with his life, family and the wonderful people in the Busnut family.

 
Attached is a picture of Danny back in bed after sitting in a wheel chair (for an hour) for the first time.  He said it felt soooogood to sit in that wheel chair. He feels very blessed to have his life.   He will be having a skin graft on Tuesday on his right leg. He is working hard to get out by Christmas, since this is his baby’s first Christmas.

 
One request he has, is if anyone knows how he can find out about getting hand controls put in his Yukon.  I can tell he doesn’t want to slow down any more than he has to.

 
I know he will have ups and downs, but with all the support and encouragement he has been getting, he is having ups when most of us would be having downs.

.Just wanted to say thanks again from the McMurphy Family.

 P.S.  Danny said you can post the picture on the site and say a big THANK YOU! , to everyone.

Debbie McMurphy Greek
Attachment: Copy of P1010835.JPG (840K)




Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 17, 2006, 07:15:25 PM
Dan, his wife and his beautiful little baby girl!




Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: RJ on December 18, 2006, 08:02:34 AM
Ace -

Pass this link onto Dan & his family.  There's lots of stuff available nowdays, primarily due to the ADA legislation of 1990.

http://usatechguide.org/techguide.php?vmode=1&catid=34

 ;)


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: oRV on December 18, 2006, 04:30:13 PM
       Friends of Daniel:  I am Orv and an above the knee amputee as of three months tomorrow!  As a retired bus driver (Trailways) and avid RVer, I would love to get to know someone such as Daniel and to be of peer counsel/assistanace to him.  I may be reached via orvhazelton@escapees.com.  Daniel, each of our roads to recovery is challenging, but the only difficult days are yesterday and the present and future hold the promises of hope!  I will pray that you and your family do well, and please don't hesitate to contact me should you like to just talk or if I may be of help. . . oRV


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 18, 2006, 05:42:28 PM
Orv, thank you for posting, and welcome.

Ace, maybe you could get Dan's contact information to Orv.

craig


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Hartley on December 19, 2006, 03:48:45 AM
FYI,

This is what Hand controls look like in a Bus... Yes A Bus ! ( 102" X 40 foot Flyer )

http://www.rvbus.net/buswhacko/slides/Sep15^44.html

Did this back in 2000 for a Paraplegic Bus owner. ( almost no budget and no time to get it all working. )

Also Installed a Rostra Cruise Control and 18" VIP wheel, Overhead and Side Grab Bars for owner to pull himself
out of wheelchair and into drivers seat.

Converted front door factory chair lift to separate hydraulic pump and remote controls.

The owner loved his bus and drove it all over the U.S. and back from Florida to Idaho with no problems.


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: RJ on December 19, 2006, 06:55:37 AM
Dr Dave -

The link you posted didn't work, but I found the pic.  Here's the corrected link:

http://www.rvbus.net/buswhacko/slides/Sep15%5E44.html

Nice adaptation!

 ;)


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Foolsgold on December 19, 2006, 07:11:06 AM
Craig yes I can do just that!

Orv it will take me a little bit to find what would be the best way for you to contact Dan or his family but I will send it to you asap!

Thanks also for coming forward everyone!

Ace


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 20, 2006, 07:22:28 AM
As if today...

Paypal fund -    $3,106.40 USD
Checks received - $525.00
Total -              $3631.40


I haven't received any new contributions in the past couple days, so I'm going to cut a check and send to Jack so he can get it to Ace during the rally, in case I don't make it there. The donation page and paypal button will be left up for continued donations. I'll figure out how to get future contributions to Dan and his family.

Thank you to all who have or are planning to contribute to this cause. I know Dan and his family will be very much appreciative of this gift.  By the way, if you have donated, or are planning on donating, keep in mind that Dan's medical expenses do not stop when he is finally released from the hospital. Please consider making future donations as fits your own situation. I'll see to it that Dan and his family receive all donations.

Craig



Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 20, 2006, 11:25:12 AM
Craig,
Thank you! To you and those who took the time to set this up! I'm glad I was able to do my part as small as it was, I know that it will be greatly needed and appreciated by Dan and his family! BK  ;D

I know it's a long way to Atlanta, but wouldn't it be cool if all the rally participants could take a road trip up to see Dan and make the presentation?  Anyone bringing their seated coach?  :)

As I was rereading this whole thread I noticed this little comment above I'd missed! I'm try'n to find/figure out a way to make it to Bussin' 2007 and would love to provide this service. But at the pesent time I'm so broke I can't afford to pay attention. The charter season here is dead for everyone in our area, we've only had 1 charter so far this month with one more scheduled the 28th thru 30th going to New Orleans, LA. So even if I could afford to come down I'll probably not be able to time wise! I'll be think'n 'bout ya'll !  And if by some screwy way I do end up making it, I'll just have to take a 45'er for a test drive and ya'll will have to HI-JACK it (and me) to willingly drive to wherever we need to to deliver the $! Ok so it probably won't work out, but Hey ya never know around here! I get into some pretty crazy things sometimes! BK  ;D


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: oRV on December 20, 2006, 01:40:24 PM
     ACE:   I'm a patient soul. . . I'll look forward to hooking up with Daniel when convenient.  oRV


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 21, 2006, 04:32:14 PM
Poppin corn and on my blackberry but just got a call from dennis that said dan got to go home today. I will update later.
Ace


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: gumpy on December 21, 2006, 04:37:54 PM
Wow, cool!  That's great!



Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: JackConrad on December 21, 2006, 06:27:32 PM
Great!  Now THAT is a Christmas present.  Jack


Title: Re: What's The Latest Update On Daniel McMurphy?
Post by: Ace on December 21, 2006, 09:46:29 PM
According to Dennis, he said that they did a skin graft Tuesday  and told Dan that he couldn't move for five days and that kind of bummed him out because he has worked really hard while in the hospital to be home for Christmas but low and behold, he did so good that they allowed him to go home today. That sort of brought him and his spirits back up.

I couldn't talk to Dennis long because I was working a show but he did say that he would call Dan Saturday and relay all information back to me as to where and how and best time to contact him if anyone wanted to.

I'm sure being home for Christmas with his little girl means a lot to Dan seeing how it's her first Christmas and all and I'm glad that he pulled it off!

This truly IS a story of how miracles CAN happen right before your eyes and with that said, Susan & I want to send a VERY Merry Christmas to each and every one of you on this board. Too dang many members to personalize wishes to,  but if your here, it goes out to you and yours!

And one more thing,

Thanks...

for pulling together for my friend Dan and his family! It really does mean a lot!

Merry Christmas to those that can't make the trip to Arcadia and to those that can, well.... Merry Christmas and we'll just see you there!  ::)

Ace, Susan & "Bud"


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: Dallas on December 31, 2006, 04:30:16 AM
What News of Daniel, anything new??

He is still in our prayers!

Dallas & Cat


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: Murph on December 31, 2006, 01:30:26 PM
Hello,  This is Cindy,Donald McMurphy's wife,#11 child.  We went for a visit with Dan for Christmas and he is doing well.  He has a few stomach problems from the medicine which is normal.  His legs are healing nicely and they are gonna start fitting him for his prosthetics on Friday. They told him that he would be in the hospital 9-12 weeks and it would be about 3 months before they started on prosthetics.  With alot of prayer he was out 2 1/2 weeks after his accident. He had a blessed Christmas, but still a long road to recovery.  Please keep him and Heather and the baby in your prayers.  If you would like to call for anything you can reach my husband at 321-480-2394.  God bless and Happy New Year!!!!!


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: Dallas on January 01, 2007, 05:15:54 AM
Thanks Cindy!

We think about Daniel and the rest of the family a lot.

If The Docs can't fit him up right for mobility, There is a whole world of bus nuts here that will be glad to cobble something together!  ;)

Here's to a happy new year for you and yours!

Dallas


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: mccarlk on January 01, 2007, 03:36:04 PM
let me say that all you people that have helped an prayed make me very proud of being a bus nut, you have taught me how to convert my bus and be a better person, cant wait to put a face to the names, thanks to all, and a very spedy recovery, ken and kerry ( cambridge ontario,canada)


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: gumpy on January 01, 2007, 10:18:16 PM
It seems the short thread with the link to the paypal account was removed and I heard about it down here in Arcadia.

Here's the link for those that are looking for it on slow speed connections:

http://www.thefamilybus.net/accident/


BTW, we had a donation box here at the rally this week, and the preliminary count was something like $494 if I'm not mistaken.  I think Jack indicated there may be some more to be added to that after all the rally bills have been paid, but no idea how much at this time.

Also, a check was sent to Jack before Christmas for the money that had been collected through the paypal account. It was for $3731.40 and there's currently $192.60 in the account at this time.

Craig


 


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: MedicNovo on January 02, 2007, 01:12:31 PM
I hope everything is going well.  I just sent my contribution in.  Thanks gumpy for dooing this.
John


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: lblampman on January 02, 2007, 04:53:38 PM
I hope everything is going well.  I just sent my contribution in.  Thanks grumpy for dooing this.
John

Psssttt...there's no "r" in gumpy ;D



Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: MedicNovo on January 02, 2007, 06:04:51 PM
Maybe thats how I was feeling (just put my bus in storage for the winter).  Sorry gumpy.


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: gumpy on January 02, 2007, 07:02:42 PM
Maybe thats how I was feeling (just put my bus in storage for the winter).  Sorry gumpy.

Not a problem. After some of the things I've been called, your's seems quite tame.

Thanks for the contribution.

craig


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: captain ron on January 02, 2007, 08:36:33 PM
I bet there was an "R" in Gumpy when he had all those problems on his first leg of the trip ;D


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: Busted Knuckle on January 02, 2007, 10:22:10 PM
I bet there was an "R" in Gumpy when he had all those problems on his first leg of the trip ;D

You know thats right! An ya know it was also better than the words he was saying Yelling!   LOL! BK  ;D


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: Ace on March 23, 2007, 05:34:34 AM
I received a long letter from Dan and his wife yesterday and everything seems to be going good. I want to share it with you all but they typed it in cursef and it won't scan good so I will have to re-type it word for word! I will do it later today as I have to get my S&#$% together for another day in battle!

For the most part he is doing good and looking forward to his prostetics which are going to be very costly but they are praying and hoping medicade and/or medicare will chip in and help!

Ace


Title: Re: Daniel McMurphy's Bus Accident.. [2 more weeks sticky]
Post by: JackConrad on March 23, 2007, 05:39:05 AM
Ace,
   Glad to hear Dan & his family are doing well. Since you are more likely to keep in contact with him, If he is in Florida during Bussin' 2008, we would like to arrange for him to at least come by at least for a day if not the entire rally. Jackl