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Help Scotch Trooper Pay For Cancer Treatment

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Whisky geeks can fight about a lot of things, but one of the most universally loved bright spots of whiskey culture today is the Scotch Trooper  instagram account—also known as the perfect blend of whisky and Star Wars. 

The photographer-genius behind it all, Brett Ferencz, started the account in 2014, when he began staging elaborate photos with Star Wars action figures interacting with the whiskeys they love.

In a community where everyone seems to brag about having the latest releases, Brett's work is funny and creative—and a beloved break from the expected.

But within the whiskey community, Brett's presence has had impact well beyond the reach of his photos. He's become everyone's favorite face to see at gatherings. It's been fun for so many of us to watch him work, but getting to know him and share a dram has been the real joy.

A couple months ago, Brett was admitted to the ER with abdominal pain, and after a few weeks of scans and tests, he woke from an endoscopy to the dreaded words “it’s cancer.” 

At 41, Brett was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and began an intensive round of treatments. So far he has weathered three rounds of chemo, and has two more to go before surgery can be scheduled (after that comes more chemo). 

Pancreatic cancer is rarely caught in its earlier stages, and is often only detected once it has begun to spread to other organs. They seem to have caught it early, but this is a crucial time in his treatment, and right now Brett needs the help of every Star Wars fan and whisk(e)y lover that ever got a smile out of his work.

Brett has a long road ahead, and in this crucial and draining treatment time, he's unable to keep up with the energy needs of producing work as a freelancer and consultant. We're raising money to help pay for treatment and keep him financially afloat while he's going through treatment, so he can focus on getting well, and getting back to making things that bring us all joy.


  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • John Meehan
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Hanna Lee
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • Swagnik Mitra
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Tracy Thomas
    • $250 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

G. Clay Whittaker
Charlotte, NC
Brett Ferencz
Beth Honeycutt
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