“Project Runway” Star Chris March: “I Have Considered Suicide Many Times”

The designer has run into several expensive setbacks since his near-fatal fall almost two years ago.

One of Project Runway’s most beloved designers has gotten personal in an update on his road to recovery, revealing that he’s considered suicide “many times” while battling serious health issues stemming from an incident that happened almost two years ago.

A year ago, NewNowNext reported that the near-fatal accident occurred in March’s home in June 2017 when the out designer designer fell, hit his head, and laid unconscious for four days. When he awoke, he was taken to a local hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

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A crowdfunding campaign was launched to help cover the costs of March’s ongoing medical care and assisted living facility, and March has now opened up about how he needs to raise more funds to cover the escalating costs of his physical therapy.

“I have recently run into several setbacks in my recovery, the biggest one being that my medical insurance went up over 500% at the beginning of 2019,” March wrote on his GoFundMe page. “I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement.”

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“Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides,” he shared. “In December I was awarded disability, but California gives 95% of it to this facility, which leaves me with $52 per month. In the face of all my setbacks, I try to remain positive—the leg braces are an exciting new tool on my road to recovery. I am trying to get my tracheotomy removed, and I try my best to effect positive change in this facility for myself and all the residents here.”

So far, the crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $54,000 of its $100,000 goal.

Andy Cohen, who tweeted about March’s GoFundMe last year, took to Twitter again, telling his followers that he would be donating to the campaign again because this is “a sad story that deserves a happy ending…”

March competed on the fourth seasons of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars. His own Bravo series, Mad Fashion, aired in 2011. His celebrity clients have included Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Meryl Streep, and he memorably collaborated with Target in 2013 on a Halloween wig line.

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