Jim Bob's Healing Fund

$37,661 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 234 people in 23 months
Created September 6, 2017
Texas potter Jim Bob Salazar was recently diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, a diagnosis made more frightening because he initially did not have health insurance to cover the treatment needed.  Even though he has since obtained insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the insurance will not cover chemotherapy.

More importantly, Jim Bob will not be able to operate his pottery business during this time, losing the income which supports his family.  

His health saga began when he discovered a lump on his throat.  Soon after, his doctor performed surgery to remove one of his tonsils and to biopsy one of his lymph nodes.  It was at that point they discovered the squamous cancerous cells had begun to grow into the muscle.  The aggressive treatment will involve radiation five days a week for seven weeks, combined with seven weeks of chemotherapy.  

While many people know Jim Bob and his wife Candice Granger as the couple who live in a big yellow school bus with their two young children, not everyone knows the story of how that came about.  Jim Bob and Candice have spent the past five years getting to the place where his pottery could support the family.  To do so, they sold their house in Alpine, Texas and quit the jobs that were leaving them both exhausted and unavailable to one another and their young children.  They then renovated the bus and moved it to 16 acres they purchased in Gonzales, Texas.  Since that time, the couple and their two children Lena Marie (8) and Zeb (6) have lived in the 247 square foot bus.  In doing so, they have learned to live without many things most of us take for granted, such as an indoor toilet and privacy.  However, this  courageous lifestyle change has enabled them to create a close knit family, with Candice home schooling the children and Jim Bob working in his studio on their land.  The children have learned to live closely with nature, caring for a variety of animals, gardening and other sustainable lifestyle skills.

The family continues to hope that this health crisis is just a bump in the road.  Added financial assistance will make a huge difference in their ability to maintain that optimism by helping them through this scary time.
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Hello friends and supporters of the Salazar family,
Here is an update about Jim Bob,
The healing process is well on it’s way, yet their financial needs are still very real. If we can “kick start” this financial aid another round that would be terrific.
Let’s keep the flow of love and concern going strong.

Here’s the update from the Salazar’s:

So long 2017! Jim Bob and I are very excited to see that year gone and we are welcoming 2018 with open arms! I’ll be honest, the road to recovery has been harder than we thought, more brutal than we could have imagined and way more complicated than we expected. Jim Bob completed his radiation and chemotherapy treatments and is now waiting for the last PET scan to see if those laser beams and chemicals killed off those cancerous bastards. The previous CT scan showed positive results, now we are just waiting for the big one.

Jim Bob is feeling a bit better each day. His color is coming back and his sarcasm is slowly returning. He hasn’t made it back into the studio yet but I can tell he is very antsy to do so. Our show schedule will be light this year and I see a change of work brewing in the near future, which is all very exciting. He has lost 60 pounds so far. I would have never thought I would be begging him to eat a cheeseburger!

I have said to a few people that this life bomb has changed both of us and it has. But the more I think about the positive changes we have made, the more I realize that the cancer didn’t change the way we are thinking and living now - it has been all of you. All of you that gave your hard earned money, your positive energy and your beautiful prayers to us, has opened our eyes to this bigger world filled with love, selflessness, a sense of community, friendship, and family. Don’t get me wrong, we felt it before but when shit goes down and you have an army of people standing strong with you, encouraging you and supporting you, that changes your soul. So yes, cancer might have changed our eating habits and Jim Bob will always carry a water bottle around with him, but you all changed us to be better friends, better neighbors, better parents, just better people by being so giving and caring in our time of need. So, from the tiniest, bottommost part of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to give to GofundMe or sending us a check or giving us a call. It has meant the world to us and we are ever so grateful, truly grateful.

We hope this update finds you well and we hope that 2018 will be the best one yet for everybody. If you are in the Gonzales area, please stop by so we can give you a hug.

With all of our love,

Candice, Jim Bob, Lena Marie and Zeb
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As Jim Bob enters his second week of weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation treatments, he wanted to give everyone an update on how things are going. He said the first week was grueling and that the radiation makes him feel like he has a mouth full of scalding soup. The treatment itself involves wearing a mask and being restrained on a table - which he said is very freaky.

But besides updating people on the treatment, what he really wants people to know is how much all of the love and support he has been receiving has helped him. "I am learning how to accept that," he said. He also went to a meditation with Austin potter and friend Shikha and her husband Anand, which he hopes to keep doing, since he thinks that is helping him to tolerate the treatments better.

In typical Jim Bob fashion, he added that even though it "bewilders him," he is learning to take the love and support he is receiving in and that he is very grateful for his "village" and especially for Candice, who has been researching cancer fighting foods he can eat and then feeding him those things that can help support his treatment.

He added that when he is able, he will be ready to give everyone hugs and take the well wishes that have been sent his way.
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Raised by 234 people in 23 months
Created September 6, 2017
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