Community Supports Young Actor Who Collapsed On Stage In Chesterfield

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The community is coming together for a young actor who suffered a stroke while performing in a stage play in Chesterfield.

34-year old Jason Campbell was in otherwise perfect health until he collapsed on stage Wednesday afternoon at Swift Creek Mill Theater.

He was performing in a play called “Life Could Be A Dream.” For friends who witnessed it, like Tom Width, that afternoon felt just like a dream.

“He was slurring his speech. Skipping lines. Then he dropped out of a dance number and sat on the stage. Then we realized something very terrible was going on,” Width said.

Width is also the theater’s art director and he’s known Campbell for years. He’s been visiting him in the hospital ever since Wednesday.

“Your heart breaks for the man. He’s doing what he loves. He’s a great man, a great teacher,” Width said.

That support then spread online, where a “Go Fund Me” account was started for Campbell. In just two days, nearly 10 grand has already been raised, which will certainly help with mounting medical bills.

“I can only imagine that it gives a tremendous piece of mind to know that you’re not going to have that kind of worry during recovery,” Width said.

More good news: doctors are very optimistic. Campbell originally lost all movement on the left side of his body but that is all slowly returning to him, as well as speech.

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Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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