Dear Friends of Ed King and Liz McMahon,
As you know, just weeks ago Liz and Ed left their lives in Portland to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to Russia, where Liz had taken a job teaching English at a school in Volgograd.
Sadly, their adventure has been suddenly cut short as Ed was admitted into the hospital on Monday, December 3rd for severe abdominal pain. Within the day was he diagnosed with a malignant tumor that is blocking his intestine. This required Ed and Liz to fly back to the US within 48 hours (which was accomplished due to the help of supporters of this fund). They were met at the airport in Portland by an ambulance that rushed Ed to the hospital. Though they are home now, the road ahead is not without significant challenges.
As many of you know, Liz and Ed closed their respective businesses (Lucid Stage and West End News), left their apartment, and sold all their belongings before leaving for Russia. Now that they are back in the US, they will need assistance to make it through the weeks and months ahead as they navigate their way through this medical crisis.
Many of you have been touched and strengthened by their gifts to the community of Portland through the West End News and Lucid Stage, as well as through their political activism -- and just good old fashioned loyal friendship. They have made you laugh and cry. They have informed you. Supported you. Rallied for your rights. Now is your chance to give back.
Today, they are in desperate need of your loving support to make it through this unexpected and unthinkable crisis.
If you are able to contribute to their emergency fund to help pay for whatever travel expenses are required for them to return as well as living expenses they may have in the upcoming weeks and months following this surgery, that would be sincerely appreciated.
Thank you for your kindness, your prayers, and your support. Whatever you are able to donate, no matter how large or small, will help . . . and what's more it will send a message of support and hope to two people we love very much!!