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Music Community Rallies Around Pehrspace Founder Who Suffered A Major Stroke

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Friends and family have been rallying together to help Adam Hervey, the founder of the music venue Pehrspace, who suffered from a major stroke earlier this month.Up until the morning of January 16, the 36-year-old Hervey had been in excellent health, and he had recently completed a half-marathon. He suddenly lost his hearing and became too dizzy to walk. When he got to the ER, they ran tests on him but he got even worse. He started to go numb, he lost his ability to talk and he couldn't smile on one side of his face. Doctors said he had a blood clot and needed surgery immediately. They said it was serious enough that he might not make it through.

Hervey did make it through, but now he faces a long road to recovery. He's currently working with therapists to relearn how to talk, walk and eat, according to an update from Caring Bridge. Fortunately, Hervey had insurance from his day job but the out-of-pocket bills for his surgery and his eventual rehabilitation are still massive, according to LA Weekly. Friends and family are raising money to help Hervey pay the bills, which they estimate could add up to $30,000 at the very minimum.

A page has been set up for Hervey and so far more than $17,000 have been raised from the music community, family and friends.

A close friend of Hervey Valentina Silva wrote in an e-mail to The Eastsider, “Its really a big shock to everyone. Adam is a strapping guy who runs marathons. I met him at The Jabberjaw, a 90′s all ages indie rock venue on a really bad part of Pico Boulevard. We spent our weekends there, and it was part of Adam’s inspiration for starting Pehrspace. He’s a huge advocate for independent music."

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His friends are hopeful about Hervey's recovery. Another close friend Adam Garcia told the LA Weekly, "At this point it seems like he's cognitively all there. We're all breathing a huge sigh of relief. He's not dying on us, and we can move forward from here."

Pehrspace is hosting a benefit for Hervey on March 18 with a line-up featuring Snakkes, Dolphins 'n Shit, Sashcloth & Axes, according to KCRW.

To keep up to date with Hervey, you can visit his Caring Bridge page and to give money, you can visit the page set up by his friends.