We’re writing to you on behalf of our friend, Ari Gold.
Ari means so much to all of us in different ways, and his connections span far, wide, and deep. We are his kindergarten besties, high school and college buddies, musical partners, artistic collaborators, parents of the children he cares for and teaches, fellows in recovery, ex-lovers, fans, family, and new and old friends.
While Ari has continued to be there for all of us, perform, and stay active and artistically prolific, he has simultaneously been going through a tremendously difficult period; a fight for his life and for his well-being. As his friends and loved ones, we’re coming together today to ask you, our shared community, to support him financially in a time of need.
Since an initial cancer diagnosis in 2013 of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Ari has been through a roller coaster of continued tests, biopsies, treatments, hospital stays, and surgeries, leading to years of acute daily pain and disability. Ari’s diagnosis of MDS has progressed to his current diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
It is curable with a bone marrow transplant, and he’s lucky to have a match with one of his brothers, as well as an excellent team of health care providers at Sloan Kettering. Ari is starting a course of chemotherapy, requiring a hospital stay for about a month. Depending on the outcome of the chemo, Ari will then return to the hospital for another month to undergo the transplant procedure. Post-transplant, there will be at least three months of recovery.
Ari has had good insurance throughout that has covered many of his traditional medical costs. We know that so many of us are not that lucky. However, this diagnosis has impacted him financially, including frequently preventing him from working and causing an accumulation of debt related to his treatment over the many years of dealing with the progression of the disease.
Over this next, more serious phase of treatment and recovery, Ari will not be able to work and will have many expenses related to his treatment that aren’t covered by insurance.
As an artist and activist, Ari has given so much of himself to his community, fighting for freedom and equality for all with a commitment to telling gay stories, honoring his Jewish culture and heritage, and donating his time and talents to countless charities for AIDS, cancer, homelessness, and LGBTQ rights and empowerment. Ari’s music and performances have affected thousands of fans across the globe, encouraging us to be true to our own selves and to go where the music takes us
We hope you will join us in showing up for Ari and donating to this GoFundMe, so he can focus on getting healthy—not on the financial stresses of being sick.
If you’re interested in helping, please consider donating through this page. All funds will go directly to Ari to cover his living expenses for the upcoming months, assist with medical expenses not covered by his insurance, and make inroads into the health-related debt accumulated over the last six years.
Nicole, Dahlia, Ari's family and friends, and the entire #GoldNation