If you are one of Mark Lipinski’s “cupcakes,” then you already know something about his medical saga. You know that this beloved quilt world figure became very ill with polycystic kidney disease and had a kidney transplant in 2013. You may know that his neighbor Mary donated her kidney, and that Mark named his feisty new kidney “Beyonce.”
If you keep up with Mark on social media, you also know that after his recovery from surgery and a welcome return to teaching and lecturing all across the U.S. this year, he suddenly fell ill with alarming, persistent high fevers and returned to the hospital that performed his transplant procedure. He was hospitalized for more than two months, and biopsies were completed on almost every organ in his body. Eventually the doctors at St. Barnabas discovered that a fungus in Mark’s lungs was responsible for his fevers and chills, a fungus that had lain dormant for decades. With his immune system compromised, that fungus sprang into action and before long, threatened Mark’s very life.
Thanks to good care and powerful drugs, Mark has recently returned back home on Pickle Road, with a hopeful prognosis. But he’s in a weakened state and has had to cancel many months of bookings and writing assignments, leaving him in financial difficulties.
Drumroll: Enter, two pushy broads. Liza Lucy and I, Meg Cox, have been two of Mark’s closest friends in and out of quilting for many years, and we have leapt into action to try to make sure Mark recovers without money worries. We had heard about GoFundMe and knew that it was often used to pay high medical bills by reaching out to a caring community. We know how much Mark’s friends and fans missed him every time he disappeared from social media to keep fighting this horrible illness that brought him down, and we believe that together, we can help him get strong and stay well.
Everywhere we go, other quilters ask us “How is Mark doing?” and “How can I help?” We’ve just answered the first question, and this crowdsourced fund is the answer to the second question.
The medical bills are going to be huge, even with a good insurance plan, and those of us who love Mark most want to do something to lighten his load. As much as Mark loves fabric and books, we know he is already working hard to simplify his stash and unload belongings, one tenet of the Slow Stitching Movement that he practices as well as preaches. So rather than send him more things, we want to express our love in a direct way that will help him get back on his feet.
We hope you too love the way Mark inspires quilters and makes us laugh, giving us new insights into the craft that brings so much joy to our lives. Please, consider donating any amount toward this fund to help pay for Mark’s recovery, pitching in to fund the parts of his huge medical bills that won’t be covered by insurance. Small donations can add up, as previous GoFundMe campaigns have shown.
You can donate by credit card right on this site or, if you rather, send a check made out to Mark Lipinski to: Glorious Color Box 205 Solebury, PA 18963