Patrick & Elena Franklin

First post: Aug 7, 2019 Latest post: Apr 28, 2020
Welcome. Here you’ll find background on Patrick’s condition, updates on his progress, and ways to support Elena and the family – Josiah, 13, Samuel, 11, and Eliana, 7. Many people have expressed a desire to support the family in practical ways or financially. Please see the update, below, with news about a fundraising goal to support the family. For other opportunities to support, or to email with enquiries, see "Ways to Help" (on the menu above).

Please note: "Tributes" and other donations given through Caring Bridge are not given to the Franklins; rather, they go to fund the Caring Bridge site.


Many people are wondering how they can help the Franklin family financially.

Over the weeks since Patrick's heart attack, a group of five mutual friends of Patrick and Elena have met, with Elena’s blessing, to talk about the practical concerns the Franklins are facing, to provide counsel to Elena when needed, and to discern how the broader community can best support them. 

Do the Franklins need financial support? The short answer is yes. Patrick and Elena have followed their vocations into ministry work, and throughout the years of their working life, have lived modestly on limited incomes. Patrick will be on short-term disability for a few months, followed by a period of time (still to be determined) on long-term disability, which covers a smaller portion of his salary. We currently do not have a clear sense from his medical team how long the recovery will be, or whether Patrick will be able to return to full-time work.

Patrick will not be in a position to work for quite some time, and the sense of urgency he feels to rush back to work in future months would not be in his best interest. Financial support at the front end will provide a cushion and sense of rest for Patrick as he recovers, as well as an essential decrease in stress during rehabilitation for him and for the family.

We are inviting friends and supporters of the Franklins to support a financial goal of $50,000. This is to reduce financial pressure on the family by covering one year’s worth of key living expenses (mortgage, insurance, property tax, etc.), and to prepare for recovery and rehabilitation costs.

Ways to donate:

·         Through GoFundMe (  

·         Through e-transfer or PayPal to 
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Gifts through either of these approaches can be made at any time. Please note that funds donated are not tax-receiptable.

Thank you for your ongoing care for Franklins and for considering a financial gift.

 With gratitude,

 Doreen Harvey, Marla Konrad, Ruth Malinowski, David Peck, Jonathan Wilson



On Sunday evening, July 28, Patrick suffered a massive coronary event and cardiac arrest. 

He had begun to feel unwell while playing baseball and, as a result, was already en route to the hospital where the heart attack and cardiac arrest occurred. Nurses and doctors were able to act quickly to shock his heart and save his life. His LAD artery was 100% blocked. Two stents were put in. 

Since July 28, Patrick has experienced infections and complications too numerous to mention. For weeks, he was kept in a chemically induced coma as doctors fought to save his life, repeatedly. He is now conscious, able to speak briefly with family and friends, and is in critical condition.

Please continue to pray for Patrick’s complete recovery in mind and body, and for strength for Elena as she navigates this difficult time, all the while parenting and caring for their children. Pray for peace and support for the children as they process their dad’s illness and the trauma of these past weeks.

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