Help Jesse Petersen and His Family by Donating to His Medical Leave Fund

Jesse Petersen, a longtime member of the WordPress community and founder of Genesis The.me, needs our help. Petersen is battling Cystic Fibrosis and earlier this year after visiting a clinic, discovered that his lung function was at 22%.

Due to decrease lung function, Petersen missed five weeks of work, required home IVs, and visited many doctors. He is currently on a double-lung transplant list with a lung allocation score of 38.859.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the LAS is a score used to prioritize waiting list candidates based on a combination of wait list urgency and post-transplant survival.

In order to maintain his health for a transplant, doctors have recommended that he work a maximum of two hours per day with quality rest.

His family has a small emergency fund available that they thought would allow Petersen to work up until his transplant surgery. However, there’s no estimated time frame for when a transplant will be available.

Outside of his product based business, Petersen is a work-from-home freelancer with contract work that needs to be completed. He and his wife have two adopted children. His wife volunteered to get another job to supplement their income but relatives rejected the idea as she is his primary support person.

Petersen has two products for sale on GenesisThe.me with two more ready for launch by the end of March.

His family is asking for $20K to help pay for expenses and allow Petersen to take an extended medical leave to focus on his health. So far, the campaign has raised $5,075 or about a quarter of the amount needed.

You can donate as much as you’re able to or choose from one of five predetermined amounts ranging from $25 to $1K. You can also choose to donate monthly in six month increments.

Petersen is no stranger to the WordPress community’s generosity. In 2016, it helped him raise nearly $20K to help pay for costs associated with adopting his second son. If you are able, please consider donating to Petersen’s medical leave fund.

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6 Comments


  1. Maybe make the donation link more obvious – I know you’ve included it twice but a DONATE TO JESSE’S FUND link would be good.

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  2. As a minority, I’m absolutely appalled at the fact that you would want to help a person who has shown himself to be a racist person. Racism should have no place anywhere.

    While I feel for his situation, I would much rather money go directly to foundations who help solve the disease, so other people can benefit, and not just to someone who happens to be in the WordPress community who shares ideals and philosophies with those who are completely against what the community stands for.

    This is a person who’s said the N-Word openly on social media and then defended it’s use.

    Please, before posting something like this about anyone, do your research on the kind of person they are.

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    1. When someone’s life is in jeopardy, it doesn’t matter what that person think about certain topics, is he a racist or no etc.. No one deserves to die! Either help em out or mind your own business! You should be ashamed of yourself. I’ll link the article to a few more sites.

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    2. As a witness to this entire controversy, I can say that it’s completely unfounded to label Jesse as a “racist”. Not sure what your vendetta is with him, but leave it alone when it comes to something as serious as this.

      By the way, even if it were true that he had some sort of supremacist mindset, your apparent lack of compassion makes you no better than the next “racist” down the street.

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