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Help Lisa Weitz fight cancer

$9,894 of $1 goal

Raised by 173 people in 2 months
Created December 8, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Lisa Weitz
Hi everyone, for more than a decade I have been blessed with a very dear friend Lisa Weitz.  Lisa has acted tirelessly as our manager/booking agent/publicist and has honorary band membership in Sultans of String. She is hands-down the nicest person I have ever come across in the music business and is always looking out for, and helping others.

Many people know of Lisa though her amazing work supporting the music of others nationally and internationally. Lisa was also Hugh's Room’s first publicist from 2001-2008, and has worked on management/publicity for the much missed Taylor Mitchell, Mose Scarlett, the Andrew Collins Trio, April Verch, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anne Lindsay, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, Jon Brooks, Enoch Kent, Jaffa Road, Art Garfunkel, ArtsCan Circle, a fundraiser for the Mariposa Folk Fest and a host of other wonderful artists in our midst.  Before working with musicians, she was communications coordinator at ARCH, a legal resource centre for persons with disabilities.

Lisa is dealing with a recent diagnosis of aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. She has had to scale back on her work at a time when her expenses are much higher dealing with all this. Her supplements and medicine, plus transportation to and from all her treatments and scans has made navigating this difficult journey even harder.  

Lisa has been undergoing chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital and is also working hard to boost her strength with a complementary care practitioner. The good news is that the cancer does not appear to have metastasized outside the breast and so we are all extremely hopeful for her recovery. She is one of the strongest people I know and is trying to stay positive through this ordeal.

Lisa has dedicated so much love, time and energy to helping us and other musicians with our careers and we want to do what we can to give back. 

We hope that you may be able to make a donation to help ease this financial and emotional stress. The requested amount has been set to $1, because no amount is too small and would be appreciated more than you can know. Funds will go directly to Lisa to help cover her lost income and mounting bills.
Thanks for considering this, and please share with others.

With love,

Chris McKhool
Sultans of String
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MESSAGE FROM LISA:

Hi everyone, I hope you’re well and managing to stay warm!

I want to thank you again for all your caring and generosity -- your support buoys me beyond measure. There are some of you whose email addresses I don’t have so I want to make sure you see this BIG thank you here.

Just an update since I last wrote. In January, I was to start Taxol but complications from an unrelated condition, primary erthyromelalgia, delayed the chemo while I got back on track — definitely wasn’t mad about that! :-) I was able to do a bit more work during the reprieve too but I’ve now resumed treatment and am navigating the side effects with my naturopath. Some of you asked for the regimen I’m using – please feel free to get in touch if you would like a copy.

And here’s a photo with my dear friend Mose Scarlett. I’m donning one of my 2 donated doos -- this one is from Princess Margaret Hospital’s donated wig program. I like it much more than my own locks so even when my hair grows back, I think I’ll just keep wearing it!

Much love and big hugs,
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A MESSAGE FROM LISA:

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all your support. There are no words to express the depth of my appreciation and gratitude for all your love and caring.

I hope you all have been able to spend time over the holiday season with loved ones and recharge.

The latest cycle of chemotherapy was the hardest so far but my energy is now up for a belated visit with my family on New Year’s Day—perfect way to start 2019!

On Jan 2, I have my last AC chemo treatment (yay!), and then begin Taxol chemo on Jan 15, and I also start taking Herceptin (an immune targeted therapy used for HER2-positive). I’ll be on that for a year. Herceptin has greatly changed the prognosis for her2+, though its side effects, like traditional chemotherapy are very challenging. However, I’d rather that than the pre-herceptin prognosis :-)

I also wanted to mention that if you or others in your circle of loved ones are journeying through cancer and are considering complementary care as well, I have a detailed routine developed with my naturopath, Jill Shainhouse, that I would be happy to email you. I’m truly grateful to have her on my team. Just drop me a note.

My heartfelt thanks and wishing you and yours much joy, peace, good health, and of course great music for the New Year!

Love, Lisa xo
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Hello Everyone! Here is a message from Lisa:

My heart is filled with such deep gratitude for everyone's love and support.
It is truly sustaining and buoys my spirit beyond measure.

I'll be sending some updates soon.

My eternal thanks.

All my love, Lisa
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Raised by 173 people in 2 months
Created December 8, 2018
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on behalf of Lisa Weitz
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