Help Kate Bornstein Stay Alive

$113,845 of $100k goal

Raised by 2,995 people in 45 months
Laura Vogel  NEW YORK, NY

Kate Bornstein has cancer.  The good news, direct from the team of skilled doctors on her case, is that the cancer is curable.  However, the treatment plan that gives Kate the best chance of beating cancer is incredibly expensive.  Kate has spent the past thirty years helping the rest of us Stay Alive"”now it's our turn to give back.  Let's HELP KATE BORNSTEIN BEAT CANCER AND STAY ALIVE!

 

This August, Kate was diagnosed with lung cancer.  She underwent surgery, after which extensive testing led her doctors to believe that the cancer was gone.  However, in February, Kate's doctors discovered that this was not, in fact, the case.  The cancer was back.  Since receiving this news, Kate has seen numerous talented physicians and other medical professionals.  The consensus is that Kate's cancer IS CURABLE.  However, Kate's treatment plan is more complicated than most because she has suffered from another kind of cancer--CLL, or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia--for over fifteen years.  Kate will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  She will eat according to strict nutritional diet plan and she will take a large number of supplements that will strengthen her body's ability to handle the chemo and radiation.

 

This is the treatment plan is Kate's best"”and only"”chance at survival.  However, it is also exceptionally expensive.  While Kate does have health insurance, she must pay the very high deductable, make high monthly insurance payments, and make co-payments for doctor visits and prescriptions.  Also, Kate has to travel to the hospitals that are best suited to administer her unique treatment plan.  Right now, this means going to Chicago five times over the next two months for chemotherapy.  In the coming months, she may also have to travel to San Diego and Texas for additional treatment.  Luckily, Kate will undergo radiation therapy in New York City, where she lives, but because of her weak immune system, she will have to take cabs to and from the hospital five days per week for at least two month s .  Additionally, insurance does not cover the high cost of the supplements that her doctor insists are an integral part of her treatment plan.

 

During the course of her treatment, Kate's immune system will be seriously compromised, she will be exhausted, and she will experience periods of extreme nausea.  As a result, her doctors have insisted that Kate take a hiatus from work-related travel, speaking engagements, performances, and even writing.  For the next eight to ten months, Kate will be undergoing treatment and recovering from cancer, so she will not be able to work.  This means that Kate will have no way to pay for rent, utilities, food, pet care, or any other normal expense.  So, not only does Kate have to worry about paying her medical bills, she also has to worry about paying her basic living expenses.

 

This is where we come in.  Kate's work"”her books, lectures, performances, apps, and online presence"”has helped countless people choose life instead of suicide.  Kate's efforts have literally saved thousands of lives.  Now, it's time for all of us to save the life of just one person: Kate Bornstein.  Through our donations, each of us has the power to give Kate our thanks, to be there for her in this difficult time, and to help her save her life.

 

Please join me in donating whatever you can to help Kate beat cancer and STAY ALIVE.

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Update 5
Posted by Laura Vogel
30 months ago
Hello, wonderful backers!

As you may already know, Kate's cancer has recurred in another location. This means that she's been using the remaining funds from this campaign to undergo continuing treatment. However, it just hasn't been enough to cover everything that she needs.

Therefore, we're having a BENEFIT SHOW called WE LOVE KATE this Sunday in NYC! Kate will be there so she can soak up the good vibes and have a great night with the people who love her: US!

It's going to be a fabulous evening including Justin Vivian Bond, Mike Daisey, Carla Rhodes, Glitta Supernova, Jinkx Monsoon & the Major Scales, Amber Martin, the cast of Gertrude Stein Saints, MC Murray Hill, and DJ Sveta!

PLEASE purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/Love4Kate

If you can't make it, please consider buying a ticket as a donation - and don't forget to tell your friends in NYC!

Again, the buy ticket link is: http://bit.ly/Love4Kate

Thank you!
xox,
Laura and Team Kate
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Update 4
Posted by Laura Vogel
39 months ago
Hello to all of Kate's fantastic supporters!

I have some exciting news for you, direct from Kate: KATE IS OFFICIALLY LUNG CANCER-FREE!!! Yesterday, Kate had a PET scan, which showed that there is NO LUNG CANCER in her body.

As a result of this exciting news, we have decided to close this fundraiser. THANK YOU for your donations. Your support, financial and emotional, has meant the world to Kate. You have literally saved her life.

On a personal note, I would like to thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping my Auntie Kate stay alive. Seeing that she means as much to all of you as she does to me has been incredibly powerful. You've shown me that we, as a community, have an immense power to change--and even to SAVE--lives. You've renewed my faith in the power of giving and in the power of asking for help. It's been an absolute honor to facilitate this fundraiser.

Thank you.
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Update 3
Posted by Laura Vogel
42 months ago
Hi, all! I have VERY encouraging news directly from Auntie Kate, herself! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN! Much love and thanks, Laura

FROM KATE:

Here's the bullet: The docs have scanned me, and the scan came back and it says two wonderful things: 1) There are no new cancer cells in my body and 2) The places where there was cancer have shrunk a LOT already. So the chemo and the radiation, and the supplements and change of diet are WORKING. Holy crap and yippee! It's the best possible post-chemo scan a person can get. AND I'm still not out of the woods. Here's what it means. It means I've got a good hope.

I've never been a big one for hope, but I always fall into it. There are dumb hopes, and greedy hopes, and impossible hopes, and tragic hopes. But every now and then, you get a good hope, and with this scan, I just got one.

The purpose of this scan is to determine a baseline picture of cancer in my body, to match up against a more accurate PET scan that I'll get in 2 to 3 months. Why wait 2-3 months? I'm done with chemotherapy and radiation, but they're not done with me. The radiation and chemo are going to keep working in my body for at least that long. And THAT means I'm going to be chemo-brained, exhausted, and weak for that time. BUT NOW I HAVE A GOOD HOPE!

I have such a good hope that I'm booking gigs. The earliest I've got right now is a week in USA's heartland in mid-September. And you made it possible. Yep, you did. I got great nutritional supplements thanks to you. I got all my transportation to and from the Block Center in Chicago for chemo thanks to you. I was able to change my diet to one that discourages cancer, thanks to you. In a nutshell, I'm alive right this minute because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

OK"”living with hope is new for me, so here I go. I promise I'll keep eating well, taking my supplements, and exercising as I can. It took an awfully long time for me to write this, but when I get more of a brain I'll write some more, I promise that too. So, have good hope. I love you.
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Update 2
Posted by Laura Vogel
45 months ago
6 days. $100,000. 2,604 people.

THANK YOU. Thank each of you so very much.

Thank you for spreading the word, thank you for your kind thoughts and words, and thank you so very much for your donations. We set out to help Kate beat cancer by covering the costs of her treatment plan, and we have.

BECAUSE OF YOU, Kate will be cancer free. I am personally blown away by the power of our community, the power of asking for help, and the power of giving. Each of you has become a part of Kate's cure and we thank you so much for standing by her side.

Our journey is not over. Again, because of you, Kate's body will soon be tumor free, but her cancer story doesn't end there. Kate's life will never look the way it did before she had cancer. This disease is tricky"”just because it's gone, doesn't mean it won't come back. While the doctors believe that Kate has a good chance of avoiding a reoccurrence, .to do so, she must continue following the recommended treatment plan.

To keep Kate healthy, she will need to remain on the doctor-prescribed diet and some of the nutritional supplements for the rest of her life. Also, Kate will have follow-up visits with her doctors all over the country to ensure that the treatment plan has worked and that Kate continues to be healthy.

We have come a long way, but we have further to go to ensure that Kate remains healthy and cancer free. Please continue to share Kate's story, keep donating, and help us KEEP KATE CANCER FREE!

Thank you so much for your support; you have blown us away with your kindness and it has, very literally, changed Kate's life for the better in so many ways.

Thank you.

And please, keep sharing the link to this project: http://bit.ly/10j1cPm
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Barbara Hernandez
5 months ago

We love you sweet Kate. I hope you're doing better. I pray for you, we need you. Thank you for lending your voice and giving your heart.

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Garrett Brown
39 months ago

I hope you are doing better

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Phoenix Be
42 months ago

Good to hear you got to use your "get out of hell" card. Still have a bunch of healing to do but it sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keep it up grrlfriend!

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Jay Blow
42 months ago

Kate, thank you so much for the good hope update! Someone very close to me is getting ready to start chemo & radiation, so I'm thankful to hear your hopeful story. Also, wondering if you happened to find any awesome queer-oriented cancer organizations or support groups along your journey? We sure could use something like that right about now.

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Ron Sheets
44 months ago

An author and an actress? I know it sounds harsh and I really do feel for them but I thought this site was for people with nowhere else to turn. Not for people that already have the financial means but choose to solicite.

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Ethan Matthew
45 months ago

Way to go community members! Keep donating and keep helping Kate. If anyone feels inclined to help an autistic FTM with his surgery, check out this fundme: gofundme.com/2fidyk

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Wesley Michael
45 months ago

Ecstatic For KatE and SOOOOOO proud of our community!!

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Julia Kaplan
45 months ago

So amazing! So much love for you, Kate! It's like $20,000 a day! xoxo

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Evan Lopez
45 months ago

Stay strong and Im on your team.!!Donated!! Help my boyfriend if you can also he needs surgery and hes all i have!! www.gofundme/Evans-Dream

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Zoe Vette
45 months ago

I'm donating a portion of my music sales to this fund starting today and will continue to as long as I can keep it up!

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Bet Power
45 months ago

Almost there -- in the home stretch! Forward a link to this page to all of your friends. We can do this.

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Mis Haven
45 months ago

Ok folks, If everyone who has already donated gave just $5 more we would surpass the goal RIGHT NOW! Just sayin'.....

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Joseph Kotarski
45 months ago

Stay Courageous!

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Donna Lcsw
45 months ago

Such a powerful force in our community....it's time the community give back... Sending positive energy to your healing. We love you Kate!

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Richard Move
45 months ago

Dearest Kate. We are with you-all love & healing thoughts. Thank you for all you do! xoRM

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Katherine Mancuso
45 months ago

I wanted to share this list that includes a lot of info about free/cheap air transportation for folks who need cancer treatment: I have a friend who took advantage of one of these programs and they were very helpful. http://www2.nycbar.org/Publications/pdf/engl_for_website.pdf

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Tey Meadow
45 months ago

How often do we get to give back to someone who changes the world, who gives each os us a little more space to be ourselves. See, Katie- look how much we all love you!

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Yalith Fonfa
45 months ago

I hope this might be helpful: American Cancer Society has a program that provides free transportation to and from treatment. In 2010 and 2011 they gave me rides by pre-paying my fare with a local cab company. I don't know if that's still how they do it, the web site is a little vague: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/florida/programsandservices/lifeline-provides-transportation-to-cancer-patients

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Katy Koonce
45 months ago

GO fund me is really awesome and many people owe Kate Bornstein a debt of gratitude and more. Love her.

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Lorelei Erisis
45 months ago

Kate has done so much for so many of us. Her value as a leader, trailblazer, hellraiser, wordsmith, thinker and community elder (sorry Kate) can not be underestimated or understated. As for myself, I literally would not be the woman I am today if it weren't for Kate's influence. When I was still casting around in the dark, her words were the first light to peek through the curtain. She was for me inspiration and example. Not simply as a trans woman, but as an artist!! She opened up a whole world of gender and artistic possibilities I had no idea where even options! I may have had fire burning in me from the beginning, but Kate fanned the flames into a raging inferno. I am able to fight for others, because she fought for me! Kate is my inspiration, my light, my Sister and one of the finest people I have ever met. So now she needs our help. And by Gods she must have it!

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Raised by 2,995 people in 45 months
Created March 20, 2013
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Barbara Hernandez
5 months ago

We love you sweet Kate. I hope you're doing better. I pray for you, we need you. Thank you for lending your voice and giving your heart.

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Garrett Brown
39 months ago

I hope you are doing better

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Phoenix Be
42 months ago

Good to hear you got to use your "get out of hell" card. Still have a bunch of healing to do but it sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keep it up grrlfriend!

+ Read More
Jay Blow
42 months ago

Kate, thank you so much for the good hope update! Someone very close to me is getting ready to start chemo & radiation, so I'm thankful to hear your hopeful story. Also, wondering if you happened to find any awesome queer-oriented cancer organizations or support groups along your journey? We sure could use something like that right about now.

+ Read More
Ron Sheets
44 months ago

An author and an actress? I know it sounds harsh and I really do feel for them but I thought this site was for people with nowhere else to turn. Not for people that already have the financial means but choose to solicite.

+ Read More
Ethan Matthew
45 months ago

Way to go community members! Keep donating and keep helping Kate. If anyone feels inclined to help an autistic FTM with his surgery, check out this fundme: gofundme.com/2fidyk

+ Read More
Wesley Michael
45 months ago

Ecstatic For KatE and SOOOOOO proud of our community!!

+ Read More
Julia Kaplan
45 months ago

So amazing! So much love for you, Kate! It's like $20,000 a day! xoxo

+ Read More
Evan Lopez
45 months ago

Stay strong and Im on your team.!!Donated!! Help my boyfriend if you can also he needs surgery and hes all i have!! www.gofundme/Evans-Dream

+ Read More
Zoe Vette
45 months ago

I'm donating a portion of my music sales to this fund starting today and will continue to as long as I can keep it up!

+ Read More
Bet Power
45 months ago

Almost there -- in the home stretch! Forward a link to this page to all of your friends. We can do this.

+ Read More
Mis Haven
45 months ago

Ok folks, If everyone who has already donated gave just $5 more we would surpass the goal RIGHT NOW! Just sayin'.....

+ Read More
Joseph Kotarski
45 months ago

Stay Courageous!

+ Read More
Donna Lcsw
45 months ago

Such a powerful force in our community....it's time the community give back... Sending positive energy to your healing. We love you Kate!

+ Read More
Richard Move
45 months ago

Dearest Kate. We are with you-all love & healing thoughts. Thank you for all you do! xoRM

+ Read More
Katherine Mancuso
45 months ago

I wanted to share this list that includes a lot of info about free/cheap air transportation for folks who need cancer treatment: I have a friend who took advantage of one of these programs and they were very helpful. http://www2.nycbar.org/Publications/pdf/engl_for_website.pdf

+ Read More
Tey Meadow
45 months ago

How often do we get to give back to someone who changes the world, who gives each os us a little more space to be ourselves. See, Katie- look how much we all love you!

+ Read More
Yalith Fonfa
45 months ago

I hope this might be helpful: American Cancer Society has a program that provides free transportation to and from treatment. In 2010 and 2011 they gave me rides by pre-paying my fare with a local cab company. I don't know if that's still how they do it, the web site is a little vague: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/florida/programsandservices/lifeline-provides-transportation-to-cancer-patients

+ Read More
Katy Koonce
45 months ago

GO fund me is really awesome and many people owe Kate Bornstein a debt of gratitude and more. Love her.

+ Read More
Lorelei Erisis
45 months ago

Kate has done so much for so many of us. Her value as a leader, trailblazer, hellraiser, wordsmith, thinker and community elder (sorry Kate) can not be underestimated or understated. As for myself, I literally would not be the woman I am today if it weren't for Kate's influence. When I was still casting around in the dark, her words were the first light to peek through the curtain. She was for me inspiration and example. Not simply as a trans woman, but as an artist!! She opened up a whole world of gender and artistic possibilities I had no idea where even options! I may have had fire burning in me from the beginning, but Kate fanned the flames into a raging inferno. I am able to fight for others, because she fought for me! Kate is my inspiration, my light, my Sister and one of the finest people I have ever met. So now she needs our help. And by Gods she must have it!

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