Financial-aid recipient: Littleton actor, dancer and choreographer Asad Clinton was an ensemble member in Breckenridge Backstage Theatre‘s recent production of “Chicago.” He was called “commanding” by The Denver Post when he played a tagger named Graffiti Pete in Vintage Theatre Productions’ “In the Heights.” He appeared in both “Aida” and “The Wild Party” for Ignite Theatre at the Aurora Fox. Before that, he spent a year working as a choreographer for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. Asad has degrees in Biology from Colorado State University and in Engineering from the University of Colorado-Denver.
His medical story: During a performance of “Chicago” in Breckenridge this past summer, Asad had to be rushed to St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco to be treated for High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. He spent the the next three days in St. Anthony’s North Campus Hospital, where he was tested and treated for numerous heart and lung problems. He had to miss the final week of shows because the doctors were nervous about Asad returning to high-altitude performing before all of their test results came back. (Side note: Backstage Artistic Director Christopher Willard and Director Nick Sugar honorably paid Asad his stipend for the final week of performances anyway.) That first ordeal was essentially covered by insurance. But just a few weeks later, Asad was seen by a heart specialist, and the visit was not covered by insurance, leaving him $735 in the hole.
How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has made $735 available for Asad Clinton to pay for the uncovered portion of his E.R. visit and EKG exam.
How you can help us help Asad Clinton more: There is financial uncertainty in Asad’s immediate future. If you would like to target a specific donation to help give him some breathing room in the coming weeks and months, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Asad Clinton’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation to Asad Clinton. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the DAF’s general fund.
A message from Asad Clinton: “The grant from the Denver Actors Fund has provided me with not only the means to deal with the hospital and medical bills, but also it has helped to ease the stress of the situation and has allowed me the time to focus, heal and move forward.”
(Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told.)
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