Maria's funding for Conservatory

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  The following year, in the same month I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer.  My cancer team felt it necessary to treat both cancers back to back with chemo and radiation.   This treatment was devistating on my body.  I was so sick and the after affects of Chemo ravished my body.   My brain felt like a pile of mush.   I slowly lost my ability to focus.  Soon after i lost my ability to read, then writing followed.   I could no longer remember how to type, and then eventually lost my memory for words.   With all emotions stripped from me and completely lost as an artist, I decided to go back to school.   My Cancer team thought I was crazy,  but something had to be done.   I felt like a piece of meat locked in a glass cage.
    I enrolled in an acting class at The State Theater downtown Austin, studying with Carol Hickey.   I thought I could start my way back to some normality with an acting class where I would be studying short 1 or 2 page scripts.   My major in college was theater.   I graduated with an Theater degree from Antioch College.   Starting classes was very difficult in the beginning.  I could barely get through a sentence, and had no comprehention for memeory at all.
   I am proud to anounce that I am still studying with Carol Hickey, where I am now in her advanced study program and I am Cancer free.   In January 2018 Carol Hickey will be opening the first Conservatory program for film and acting in the state of Texas.   I am completely excited and honored to be one of the first students in the program.    
  Today I am asking for help with a Go Fund Me Page because I am short of tuition.  I tried my hardest to work for the full amount, and I am still paying off Student Loans from my Antioch education.    I am asking for a total of $5,000.00  which would cover expenses and tuition for the year of 2018.    I need $3,400.00 dollars for the remainder of my tuition and the remaining $1,600.00 to help with my expenses during the slowest working months, January and February.  My goal at the end of this Conseravtry program is to be a competely well rounded artist in my field with advanced writing and creative skills.   I feel like this is the final piece of my education for my success to fully function and work as a film and theater artist, and to fullfil my ability to write beautiful stories again.
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Maria Raquel Mabra 
Austin, TX
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