Neighbors helping neighbors

The Bishop family

Most of you will recall that Chris Bishop, a longtime chemistry teacher at Nevada Union High School, is a regular commentator on this blog. I enjoy Chris’ candor and wisdom. He is a great dad and husband.

Chris, his wife Jodanna and sons Max and Beau are one of Nevada City’s finest families — and exemplify the kind of people that we hope to attract and retain in our community.

Last week, Chris dropped me an email slugged “road trip,” saying he was going back East last Saturday to pick up a car that the family bought from Jodanna’s brother and drive it back home.

“Do you have any experience with this part of the country?,” he asked, recalling my graduate studies in the Midwest and East. ” I was thinking about hitting Gettysburg.  Have you been there?  Unfortunately, it looks like every MLB team (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cubs) are out-of-town.  Any thoughts would be welcome.”

As I was composing some suggestions (including Gettysburg), I received a text message from my neighbor — who also knows the Bishops — that Jodanna had suffered a stroke while she was with her friends and work colleagues at Bullard’s Bar on Thursday afternoon. She had been airlifted in a helicopter to Sutter in Roseville, underwent surgery and is facing some more complications.

It was an unimaginable situation. Chris and I exchanged some emails, and his family has been weighing heavily on my mind for the past few days.

Today a webpage, created by local designer Carol White, began circulating around the community. It includes a guest book and lists some ideas for helping the family. A fundraiser is planned soon.

The guest book is filling up quickly. “I have never met anyone so vibrant with a larger than life personality,” one family wrote to Jo. “Your smile is always so infectious, you are the life of every party.”

Here’s another opportunity for our community do what we do best: Help each other in time of need.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

11 thoughts on “Neighbors helping neighbors”

  1. Some hospitals, like Washo Medical in Reno, have lodging on site.
    When My dad had his bypass surgery there I was able to stay in a nice motel-type room for 10 free nights, giving our family 24 hour access to him just down a corridor.
    Perhaps the Bishops can look into something like that.
    Aside from being terrifying on a minute to minute basis, these things can be exhausting for families of stricken loved ones.
    Wishing these folks the best possible outcome.

  2. We are with you, Bishop family!
    The website noted above is good. Lots of ideas on how to help. I am sure Chris cannot respond to the many heartfelt requests for information he must be receiving, so using this site helps friends as well as the Bishops. Thanks for helping publicise it!

  3. Our thoughts will be with you Chris and the entire Bishop clan for a quick and full recovery for Jodanna. So shocked after reading Chris’ work email today.

  4. You’re a beautiful family. We wish you the best. And a speedy recovery for Jodanna. It sounds like the surgery should prevent a recurrence, a very hopeful aspect of the situation.

  5. thank you guys. We have for all the details. Please check it out and I thank everyone for their support.

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for all you and Jodanna do for our community. We’re proud of your boys too — for their academic and athletic achievements.

  6. Jodanna had open heart surgery today to remove the myxoma in her left atrium that caused her stroke. The surgery went well and we are now in recovery/rehab mode. This has been a life changing event for me and my boys. I cannot express or articulate the level of gratitude I have for what our community has given us. It is trite to say that it’s “overwhelming” but it is. Thank you everyone!!

    1. Chris,
      Thanks for all you have done in our community: as a teacher, husband, dad and friend to many. We are thinking about you daily.

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