Clarissa Rizal's Medical Fund

$28,560 of $60k goal

Raised by 294 people in 6 months
Ursala Hudson
on behalf of Clarissa Rizal
 PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO
On October 14th, Clarissa Rizal was diagnosed terminal liver and colon cancer, given a few months to live. The specialists did not recommend treatment, as conventional methods would only speed up the process.

At the time of diagnosis, Clarissa was living in a Tulsa Artist Fellowship residency apartment and her energy levels had her bed-ridden 23 hours per day. Her daughter then retreived her from Tulsa, Oaklahoma, packed up her studio, and brought her home to the Southwest where she is now being cared for in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

The past several months have been extremely strenuous — although incredibly rewarding — which has contributed significantly to Clarissa's rapidly declining health. This year her passion for community participation in artistic creative projects recently led to the creation of “Weavers Across the Water,” a Chilkat-Ravenstail robe composed of squares woven by 54 weavers which she sewed together to create blanket that will be used in celebrations of Northwest Coast canoe launchings and other ceremonies. She was also one of the 9 recipients awarded with a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, which is a government-sponsored award that recognizes recipients' artistic excellence and supports their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. She has been supported by the Tulsa Artists Residency since January of this year, as one of 12 artists from around the country. Her residency ends at the end of this year.

Clarissa Rizal, member of the Raven T’akDein Taan (black-legged kittiwake) Clan of Hoonah/Glacier Bay, Alaska, is a highly respected cultural leader and a multitalented artist who has contributed to the revival and perpetuation of Chilkat blanket weaving. Visit this link to read her NEA National Heritage Fellowship artist bio:  https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/clarissa-rizal

This tragic diagnosis has created a financial hardship for Clarissa and her family, in order to bring Clarissa back and be cared for by her children, their spouses, and her grand-children. The costs associated with packing up and moving of her densely-packed studio in Oaklahoma, travel expenses for her children and friends to support her during her move, transportation and accommodation costs for her alternative treatment, and living expenses while Clarissa is unable to work needs to be rounded up in order to encourage a healing environment with minimal stress and maximum support.

Clarissa is on a veggie, fruit, and seed/nut diet, is using a dietary suppliment called Asea that has cured her friends' cancers, is undergoing CBD/THC treatment, is drinking Essiac tea that is an effective age-old cancer-fighting tea, is participating in in-person and virtual physical and spiritual healing sessions, applies herbal wraps twice daily, and is supplimenting all this treatment with teas, herbs, spices, vitamins, messages, water, and sunshine.

At this time, Clarissa has requested not to receive visitors, as it has proven to be very hard on her system. If you would like to gain access to her healing journal on CaringBridge, please contact her daughter, Ursala Hudson, with your request via the contact from below or on Facebook.

We are extremely grateful for all the love and concern coming from countless corners of the world. Thank you so much to all of you who are sending your positive thoughts and proactive energy towards our mother.
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Update 6
Posted by Ursala Hudson
4 months ago
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On December 6th my mother woke up from a solid night's sleep asking for water, lucid enough to drink orange juice. We read her the remaining well wishes from cards, texts, and emails, played her voice recording messages from friends, and let her know that we are all being taken care of. After speaking with one of her dearest friends, giving him a few words of "goodbye", she told me that it was "time to die now". Almost immediately, she fell into a deep sleep, repeatedly whispering, "move towards death". That afternoon a few close friends and family held hands around her bed, sang, chanted, and spoke words of love and release. In the evening Father Simeon, her Russian Orthodox priest, arrived from Denver to bless and anoint her with holy oil. After sharing a meal in her honor and putting the kids to bed, I wrote up an update on our mother's CaringBridge journal ( http://caringbridge.org/visit/clarissa), tucked her in, and said goodnight. One hour later our mother passed.

At this time we are suspended in grief and awe, acknowledging the path our mother has blazed, infusing us all with immeasurable love, compassion and grace. While our mother never had the ability to contain her expansive spirit within the confines of her physical body, it is only now that she has access to the Universe's most precious tools and creative mediums to carry out her greatest work of all.

“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” — Kahlil Gibran

Next weekend we will share food and drink in Pagosa Springs, CO to honor our mother's life. Please check Facebook for the online announcement. A non-traditional celebration of life will be held in Juneau, AK next summer, followed by the spreading of her ashes at her beloved Paradise Cove in Haines, AK.

All further monetary contributions will be applied to after-life expenses, most specifically funding her memorial party, which will include a giving-back to her immediate and global community that was always her top priority.
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Update 5
Posted by Ursala Hudson
4 months ago
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After 42 days of a vigorous cancer-fighting and organ-nourishing regimen, our mother's body is now at the point of resisting all further treatment. The past several weeks have been profoundly hopeful, healing, inspiring, painful, challenging, and perfect... and there's no doubt that things will continue on this way indefinitely.

As our family works through the logistics of what is soon to come, we appreciate all your kind words, letters of prayer, sharing of photos and stories, and gestures of support. These things make the process easier to bare, reminding us that we will get through this. Her dreams and actions always revolved around her friends, family and ancestors, and will continue to do so. Therefore, your expressions of love also help to reiterate our mother's after-life wishes, giving us the imagery and emotion necessary to carry out her eternal deep-seeded desires that she planted in all of us.

Support in the form of childcare, meals, snacks, airline points, event planning, organization, housekeeping, after-life advice, distractions, hugs and conversation is increasingly helpful and humbly accepted. You may send Lily (Lily Hope) or I (Ursala Hudson) a message via GoFundMe or Facebook if you'd like to contribute time, energy and/or larger monetary donations. Our meal train sign-up can be accessed here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/enzvno To read previous Health Journal updates made throughout the month, visit: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/clarissa

We can't imagine what this journey would have been like without our Alaska, Colorado, and international communities. You've eased the hardship and filled our hearts with strength. Gunalchéesh.
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Update 4
Posted by Ursala Hudson
5 months ago
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My brother, Kahlil, took a few gorgeous photos of our mother this past weekend. They can all be viewed in her CaringBridge journal's photo gallery: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/clarissa/
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Update 3
Posted by Ursala Hudson
5 months ago
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"On Saturday my mother started her cannabis treatment. We are getting her oil-filled capsules from a local hemp and marijuana-farming couple that has helped cure numerous cancer cases over the past several years...."

Latest update has been posted to the CaringBridge journal! For those of you who have already signed to view her health journal, you must also sign up to receive notifications on updates. For those who have not, and wish to, you may visit the following page that will require you to be a member of CaringBridge to view: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/clarissa
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Akiko Jackson
6 months ago
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https://www.arts.gov/lifetime-honors/nea-national-heritage-fellowships/2016-nea-national-heritage-fellowships-concert Clarissa at 1:43:09, enjoy!

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Sudie Wilson Burnham
6 months ago
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Please do not post my donation

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SueAnn Randall
6 months ago
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Ken Burch
4 months ago

Heard of Clarissa's passing last night. It sounds as though she took her leave of this world with strength, beauty and dignity, weaving her path to the next world with the same quiet, elegant skill with which she wove all those blankets. Now, as the poem says "she walks in beauty", and will weave in beauty forever. Mourn, yes, for the loss is deep...and celebrate, for now she is free.

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Marilee Peterson
4 months ago

If I were only closer to you geographically - - I would love to assist with food, childcare or anything to support your loving care of your Mother. Washington to Colorado is quite a trek. Please know that I continue to pray for you, Clarissa, Lily and all your family. Love and Light.

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George Makaily
5 months ago

Clarrisa...just get better. I'm your old next door neighbor from way back when we were kids. I think of you often and hope you recover soon. Best wishes to you and your family. Prayers always, Amen

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Paulie Cole
6 months ago

Light and love to your mom. I have a friend in Santa fe who had breast cancer and worked with some wonderful people there. She is an artist and an art therapy person. She may have some insight for you. Let me know if you are interested in connecting with her.

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$28,560 of $60k goal

Raised by 294 people in 6 months
Created October 15, 2016
Ursala Hudson  
on behalf of Clarissa Rizal
$200
George Makaily
3 months ago

To my old friend and next door neighbor. Miss you and I'll see you again. Your in God's arms. Your parents are smiling big now, they are happy for you.

SM
$30
Stefanie Morrison
4 months ago

Sending you love and light from Juneau. Mathilda, Steffi and Rick Morrison.

$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
DM
$100
Dan Malloy
4 months ago
$200
Crystal Nelson
4 months ago

To the family. From the Nelson family. In memory of your mama. May all the love she inspired wrap around you like one of her beautiful robes. <3

$50
Norma Shorty
4 months ago

Precious lady

BC
$200
Beth Carter
4 months ago

This contribution is made on behalf of the Bill Reid Gallery, We are passing on our sincere condolences to all of Clarissa's family. We were honoured to work with her over the years - she made such an amazing contribution to Northwest Coast Art.

$50
Ken Burch
4 months ago

This is meant to help cover any remaining costs associated with Clarissa's treatment in her last months.

NB
$97
Nerissa Beaver
4 months ago
RC
$50
Rick Caulfield
4 months ago

Memory eternal. We were blessed by her presence on this Earth.

Akiko Jackson
6 months ago
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https://www.arts.gov/lifetime-honors/nea-national-heritage-fellowships/2016-nea-national-heritage-fellowships-concert Clarissa at 1:43:09, enjoy!

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Sudie Wilson Burnham
6 months ago
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Please do not post my donation

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SueAnn Randall
6 months ago
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Ken Burch
4 months ago

Heard of Clarissa's passing last night. It sounds as though she took her leave of this world with strength, beauty and dignity, weaving her path to the next world with the same quiet, elegant skill with which she wove all those blankets. Now, as the poem says "she walks in beauty", and will weave in beauty forever. Mourn, yes, for the loss is deep...and celebrate, for now she is free.

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Marilee Peterson
4 months ago

If I were only closer to you geographically - - I would love to assist with food, childcare or anything to support your loving care of your Mother. Washington to Colorado is quite a trek. Please know that I continue to pray for you, Clarissa, Lily and all your family. Love and Light.

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George Makaily
5 months ago

Clarrisa...just get better. I'm your old next door neighbor from way back when we were kids. I think of you often and hope you recover soon. Best wishes to you and your family. Prayers always, Amen

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Paulie Cole
6 months ago

Light and love to your mom. I have a friend in Santa fe who had breast cancer and worked with some wonderful people there. She is an artist and an art therapy person. She may have some insight for you. Let me know if you are interested in connecting with her.

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