Supporting Allison & Oliver

$23,754 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 27 months
Ellie Winters
on behalf of Allison Behrstock
 BERKELEY, CA
Many of you know my sweet sister Allison. Her partner Oliver was diagnosed with Lymphoma about a year and a half ago and has been fighting every day since then. Since being diagnosed, he has undergone many rounds of chemo, a stem cell transplant, and a full course of radiation. Despite all this, his cancer has spread. His next best hope is immunotherapy via a clinical trial, which he hopes to start soon. 

All the while, Allison has been his full-time caretaker and medical advocate, as well as the light of his life. To say that these two are courageous and resilient is utterly inadequate. To describe them as full of grace and kindness also doesn't begin to cover it. They are gentle, artistic, loving souls that have somehow managed to make the world even more beautiful even as they have suffered and struggled tremendously. 

If you’re interested in contributing, I know it would mean a lot to them. They’re also looking for a place to stay in LA to be closer to the medical care that Oliver needs. If you’re in the LA area or have connections there, please keep an eye out for clean, peaceful, short-term/flexible housing opportunities (housesitting, etc.). Thank you for reading and sending good thoughts their way. Every positive thought and kindness helps.

And finally, some words from Oliver: "Please enjoy your time, if you don't feel like going out and making the most of your day. Do it for me. Forget about whatever is bothering you, take a walk, and find joy in each breath. I promise it's there if you look."
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Oliver here, it has been about a year since Allison's amazing sister Ellie initiated this fundraising campaign. Since then, I have tried nearly every therapy available for my condition. Including multiple experimental immunotherapies, rounds of various chemotherapies, targeted radiation, and many many transfusions. Sadly, they have only slowed the cancer slightly. Allison has been by my side throughout the ups and downs. Luckily, life remains happy and hopeful - enormous gratitude for all of your support and kind words, prayers and magic spells.

Thank you all!

The picture attached is of our Second Articulation of Soul Wedding, where our closest family members witnessed our getting a sigil tattooed on our ring fingers.

Currently Allison and I are focused on enjoying life as much as possible every day, and new artwork, some of which we post at www.patreon.com/turtlebear
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Charlotte Tlachac
25 months ago

There are sites to exchange homes for specific periods of time. Perhaps some retired couple would enjoy trying out your town for a while?

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$23,754 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 27 months
Created August 30, 2016
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$100
Anonymous
13 months ago
SB
$25
Simone Bricci
14 months ago

You are missed.

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$40
Sarah Shewey
14 months ago

Miss you.

$100
Anonymous
14 months ago
RW
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Regina O'Brien Wronske
14 months ago

So sorry to hear about Oliver's passing- he was such a terrific person. My condolences.

Charlotte Tlachac
25 months ago

There are sites to exchange homes for specific periods of time. Perhaps some retired couple would enjoy trying out your town for a while?

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