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‘Bring Back Jack’ aims to help Little Ferry man stricken with stroke in Mexico

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUT: Jack Garland and his wife, Sharon, only wanted to share a special milestone with their daughter, who was born with a heart defect, when the Little Ferry couple agreed to accompany her on a celebratory vacation to Cancun. Then disaster struck.

On Thursday, three days after several family members arrived, Jack suffered a severe stroke and ended up in a Mexican hospital.

He survived, but only after relatives and friends pooled their money and secured a $40,000 line of credit through the local consulate (Mexico doesn’t honor American health insurance).

However, they need a minimum of $160,000 to keep Jack in the hospital there and fly him home once he is healthy enough.
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Loved ones have established a GoFundMe site through which you can help BRING JACK BACK . CLICK HERE :

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Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy flooded the Little Ferry home where John “Jack” Garland was raised — and where the Vietnam war veteran and his wife raised a family with deep and lasting ties to law enforcement and public service.

The storm destroyed Jack’s basement office and the van that held his work equipment. Using his retirement nest egg and some disaster aid, he rebuilt.

The Garlands were already caring for their daughter, Tara, who was born with transposition of the heart. She wasn’t supposed to reach 20 — but tireless efforts from loved ones and the best medical care available doubled that.

To celebratem she asked her parents and loved ones to take the Cancun trip with her. They couldn’t refuse.

After commuting an hour and a half to and from the hospital, Sharon and Jack Jr. this weekend found a place closer to Jack.

That eases some of the stress but is far from relieving all of it.

Please help BRING BACK JACK in any way that you can. All proceeds will go to paying for his medical treatment and traveling expenses for him and his family.

Thank you.

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