Laura Mattingly Breast Cancer Support Fund

$12,575 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 154 people in 3 months
Created April 6, 2019
Our beloved friend Laura Mattingly, 36, mother of 8 yr old Indigo Louella, poet, grad student, local barber, Reiki Master/Teacher, loud laugh cackler, kitchen wall muralist, and compassionate helper to many of us over the years, has recently been diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma (breast cancer) in her right breast and lymph nodes.

A tentative treatment plan has been recommended by her oncologist at Ochsner Breast Center (as of 4/8/19). Test results do not show signs of the cancer spreading any further (!!!), therefore, she is set up for a 9 month treatment plan that begins on April 23rd. Treatment will include: chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, & endocrine therapy.

***Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Laura's care thus far!!!***

Given this treatment update, we ask supporters to continue to share this campaign within their networks! 9 months is a LONG treatment plan! Lets make sure Laura and Indigo are set up during this time!

Laura's medical treatment is fully covered (as far as we know! Phew! And we are so grateful for that!) However, Laura will not be able to work for the duration of her treatment and recovery period. We are fundraising to help Laura and Indigo cover housing expenses, monthly bills, daily expenses, as well as an herbal support program, and other complementary alternative health methods, during and after her treatment.

As soon as we have more details, we will begin assembling care teams for sustained support, including more fundraising opportunities, grocery shopping & drop-off rotation, etc...

We will keep this campaign and other social media updated as we receive more news about her treatment plan.

In the mean time, we ask that you donate some $$ and share this campaign within your networks. Every little bit counts! Let's all pitch in and make sure that financial worries are not a concern for Laura and her daughter during her treatment and recovery from breast cancer!

Laura Mattingly wears many hats, and is a friend to many. She is/has been our bartender, confidant, emergency contact, kitchen haircut specialist, dance partner, Lady Fest Literary Reading Series coordinator, Reiki practitioner/teacher, author of the "Book of Incorporation" (Language Foundry), patron of all her friend's art, cheerleader, partner-in-crime, and support system. In short, Laura gives and gives, and continues to show up for her community. Let's show up BIG TIME for her right now!

Blessings and love,

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Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to & shared this campaign! Your continued support is vital to Laura's journey right now, so thanks for showing up BIG time!!!!

Laura had another chemo session yesterday, & is fairing well so far. Right now she is still researching & pursuing complementary alternative health methods that will add support through chemotherapy. Once we know the breakdown of those weekly expenses, we will update the financial goal to reflect these additional costs for her wellness. In the mean time, please continue to share & comment on this campaign!!!

Also, if anyone feels inclined, gift certificates to Maypop Herb Shop, the New Orleans Food Co-Op, & Whole Foods are greatly appreciated! Organic foods, herbs, & supplements are a major additional expense right now!

Laura also has a Venmo account if contributing that way is easier for y'all...

Here are some photos from Mother's Day, 2019!

Jenna Mae & the Sparkle Motion care team
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Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support and love!!!!

Laura update: Since the last update, Laura was hospitalized for 5 days due to low neutrophil count (a type of white blood cell). And has received another chemo treatment. She is a bit low energy, but so far, her immune system seems to be fairing a lot better this round. Her next chemo treatment is next week!

To paraphrase Laura's friend Jamie Burkhart, our initial financial goal is a very modest amount for Laura and Indigo to live on these next 9 months. We may alter the campaign amount upon crunching some numbers in the near future. In the mean time, we ask everyone to continue to share (& comment on) this campaign within their networks!!!

Also, I've added new June meal delivery dates to Laura's mealtrain. Find them here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/1gm626

Blessings to all!!!

J Mae & the Sparkle Motion Care Team
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Thanks to this wonderful community for all the support & care for our dear Laura Mattingly! We've got a month's worth of meals covered, & are near our financial goal! Please keep sharing & commenting on this campaign within your networks!!! ❤❤❤

Laura is about a week into chemotherapy, with her next session on May 7th. Chemo weakens the immune system, & she's had a setback this week. Even low grade fevers & common colds are a concern for Laura right now. Out of an abundance of caution, Laura was admitted to the hospital last night, and will remain until tomorrow. She is receiving intravenous antiobiotics, & monitoring by her oncologist at Ochsner.

We hope to get her in to see a Chinese Medicine specialist for complementary care & herbal support once she's feeling a little better! I'll keep everyone updated.

Love & thanks to everyone! ❤❤

Jenna Mae & Sparkle Motion Care Team
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Many thanks to everyone for their AMAZING support and care!!!! ❤❤❤

Laura had her first chemo treatment on Tuesday, April 23rd. A bit of a rough start, but she's doing better this evening! Her next treatment date is Tues, May 7th.

Thanks to everyone for their support during the 2019 New Orleans Poetry Festival! Our community is so awesome!!! ❤❤❤

I have set up a meal signup account for local support here in New Orleans/Bulbancha. I may have to tweak it depending on need. We're thinking light, healthy meals, and/or light grocery items about twice a week. Please reach out with any questions.


Also, I would love to set up a reiki care rotation locally. Please reach out if that's your thing!

Many blessings to all!

Jenna Mae & the Sparkle Motion Care Team
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