Lance Kicks Lymphoma

$92,150 of $100k goal

Raised by 779 people in 26 months
Mackenzie A. Mercer   SEATTLE, WA
This is my dad Lance. On Fathers Day June 15th 2014, a few hours before my sister Emma and I were supposed to take him out for dinner and a movie, he called to tell me he was at the hospital. He said he was having a follow up on a swollen lymphnode in his thigh that had been bothering him for a couple of weeks. While checking him in, the nurse discovered his lung didn't sound right. She then ordered a chest xray immediately. The xray came back and his entire left lung was opaque. His lung was filled to the brim with fluid, and it had pushed his heart over into the other side of his chest. A cat scan was ordered and everything after that seemed to happen very quickly. I've never experienced anything quite like sitting in a room with someone you love more than the World and having a doctor tell you his body is full of cancer. Its pretty Earth shattering, to say the least. You feel like the wind has been knocked out of you and you hope that at any moment you will wake up from this nightmare. Only you don't. We were whisked away to a room where we spent the next week. After several biopsies, a surgery, 10 lbs of fluid drained from his lung, and what seemed like endless poking and prodding, the doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 non-hodgkins follicular lymphoma. He started on chemo just 5 days after going in for a check up. His prognosis is good, however the medical bills are not. 

Chances are you probably know Lance. Sometimes it seems like everyone does. He was born and raised in Seattle and began photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. Earning a reputation with his energetic and honest photographs, Lance got involved in some of the most legendary musical movements Seattle had to offer, including working as the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 1990’s. His work can be found in some of your favorite albums, in museums and galleries around the country, and in any music publication you can think of. In the 2000s he took some time off from photography to travel the world with his own band, Seattle punk spectacular The Briefs. And in recent years he has spent time engrossed in a wide array of projects from curating installations for Nordstrom to traveling to Nepal and documenting the grass roots Sherpa cultural identity for their 2012 Spring catalog ‘Sherpa Adventure Gear’. 

Lance has been in recovery for over 10 years and one of his greatest passions in life is extending the hand of service to help others in need. He has worked cloesly with the MusiCares foundation to assist other artists struggling with addiction. He's helped countless individuals on the road to recovery and he is always there. Whether its to offer a place to stay, a ride, an ear to listen, or advice. Now its time for us to be there for him.

Lance is not the type to ask for help, so we are asking for him. And like many artists, who have dedicated their lives to a creative calling, he is without insurance. Cancer sucks enough but not being able to afford the treatment sucks worse. Lets help take one thing off his plate so he can focus on kicking some lymphoma ass. If you have anything to give, it will help, I promise.

Thanks and love to you all!

*Due to the OVERWHELMING support and those who have expressed interest in contributing in the coming weeks we have opened our goal to allow additional donations. Words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you <3 

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Update 1
21 months ago
Holy cow- this is the first time since posting this page for my dad that I have gone through and looked at each individual donation. Making a master list of all the incredible people that we need to thank!! It took 774 amazing people and donations to raise an overwhelming $91,890 dollars. UN. REAL. Dad now has a trust set up strictly to help with the paying of bills that might last a lifetime. As many of you who have gone through this experience know this is a new way of life for dad. While he has completed his first round of chemo we have to be prepared for the possibility of future rounds and additional care or treatment down the road. Being able to sleep at night knowing he will get the best care possible has been a dream come true thanks to you all! Looking forward to the arrival of our chemo bill and being able to say see you later!
This past Thursday dad went in for his post chemo scans and bone marrow biopsy. He will meet with his oncologist on the 20th and we are hoping to finally have some good news to share with you all by his birthday on November 25th. I cannot thank you all enough for the support. Its truly overwhelming. Just scrolling through all your comments and donations puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I love you guys!
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Joseph Hines
26 months ago
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That's a real blessing please help me ....

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Xana La Fuente
26 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cx8P-E_T_s

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Lina Hunt Bline
26 months ago

My husband received a stem cell transplant for Lymphoma. Wish we were doing better financially to help you but we are barely keeping our heads above water as I had breast cancer this past year too. Sending you our best and prayers for a total recovery. Blessings to you.

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Cathy Klein
26 months ago

i just KNOW you are going to beat this...sending lots of love from texas!!

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Rlsh Captain Caregiver
26 months ago

You're a real inspiration to me and so many others with serious health problems, Lance! All my best wishes to you from the RLSH community! (I posted your link on my Facebook page, I hope you don't mind)

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Josh-Heather Bryant
26 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. My husband recently beat stage 3B testicular cancer. I wish we could help, but we too are trying to get some help with medical bills! Livestrong!

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Jeffrey Green
26 months ago

Wow, if dollar amount continues to climb this quickly, I believe you will reach your goal. This is so fantastic. People are so generous and kind.

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Carrie Wells
26 months ago

A beautiful man and talented artist with a sweet soul. Please help if you can.

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Todd Martin
26 months ago

Pearl Jam donated 10,000 awesome!

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Julie Hasse
26 months ago

We all love your Father and our friend Lance. I just lit a candle for him and I can offer prayers of healing and love to all the family. Warmly, Julie Hasse

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$92,150 of $100k goal

Raised by 779 people in 26 months
Created June 27, 2014
Mackenzie A. Mercer     Medical   SEATTLE, WA
$15
Anonymous
16 months ago
JB
$100
Jason Brown
21 months ago

Mickey Mercer was my teacher at "The School" in Flagstaff. He inspired me with his stories about Seattle. My wife and I ended up moving here in 2003. I know it's not much, but I hope this will help :)

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$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
ML
$20
Mike Leahy
21 months ago

Vs. album photo. My fave

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RN
$25
Robert Nyberg
21 months ago

Sending Love and Strength!

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WP
$250
William Palmer
22 months ago

I will fight you anytime in the parking lot of your choice.

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DG
$25
Devin Gayton
23 months ago

The amount of money I can donate doesn't seem like enough for all the hours I spent listening to your albums. Get better!

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$30
Melanie Reeves
23 months ago

Love and miss ya! Wishing you to be well and get well!

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KM
$25
Kristina Moravec
24 months ago
$100
Anonymous
24 months ago
Joseph Hines
26 months ago
1
1

That's a real blessing please help me ....

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Xana La Fuente
26 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cx8P-E_T_s

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Lina Hunt Bline
26 months ago

My husband received a stem cell transplant for Lymphoma. Wish we were doing better financially to help you but we are barely keeping our heads above water as I had breast cancer this past year too. Sending you our best and prayers for a total recovery. Blessings to you.

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Cathy Klein
26 months ago

i just KNOW you are going to beat this...sending lots of love from texas!!

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Rlsh Captain Caregiver
26 months ago

You're a real inspiration to me and so many others with serious health problems, Lance! All my best wishes to you from the RLSH community! (I posted your link on my Facebook page, I hope you don't mind)

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Josh-Heather Bryant
26 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. My husband recently beat stage 3B testicular cancer. I wish we could help, but we too are trying to get some help with medical bills! Livestrong!

+ Read More
Jeffrey Green
26 months ago

Wow, if dollar amount continues to climb this quickly, I believe you will reach your goal. This is so fantastic. People are so generous and kind.

+ Read More
Carrie Wells
26 months ago

A beautiful man and talented artist with a sweet soul. Please help if you can.

+ Read More
Todd Martin
26 months ago

Pearl Jam donated 10,000 awesome!

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Julie Hasse
26 months ago

We all love your Father and our friend Lance. I just lit a candle for him and I can offer prayers of healing and love to all the family. Warmly, Julie Hasse

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