Vinny & Carlene


UPDATE 12/27/20:  Today is Carlene's birthday.  This morning she said, "I'm just glad to have one."  She has begun the radiation treatments and appears to be getting a handle on pain management.  PLEASE, if you read this today, consider sharing this Go Fund Me today, on your social media pages or in emails to friends/family--in honor of Carlene's birthday.  Vinny is doing well in the midst of all of this.  Though, he has expressed concern for his mom.   ALSO, a VENMO account has been set up if you wish to donate that way: @carlene-armi.

UPDATE 12/16/20:  Carlene will begin treatments at a Cancer Center in Coos Bay--radiation, then chemo.  The goal, per her oncologist, is to move in the direction of a Stem Cell Transplant (for which she will need to travel).  This is going to be a rough road but there is HOPE.  Please consider sharing this fundraiser with others on your social media pages, every couple of weeks or so.  Thank you in advance.

UPDATE 12/9/20:  Carlene is hanging in there.  Has had biopsy and scans this week. Awaiting results to determine the course of treatment.  She is in quite a bit of pain but ever the optimist.  Her main concern is Vinny's well-being. 

UPDATE 11/30/20:  We so appreciate your generosity so far.  We know it is a difficult time for so many of you.  Yet, there is no donation too small.  Still, if you cannot donate, just passing this fundraiser on and/or getting the word out is incredibly helpful.  Also, if you want to donate via regular mail, you can send a check to: 

Rogue Credit Union,  PO Box 4550,  Medford, OR 97501

Make check payable to the order of:  Carlene Armi

Memo Comment: Donations Account

Vinny Armi and his mom, Carlene, have been inseparable since the day he was born.  Life has been challenging from the onset.  Yet, Carlene’s perpetual optimism has enabled them to navigate their cumbersome journey while experiencing life to the fullest in their small town of Port Orford, Oregon. Vinny, now 29-years-old, is severely autistic.  Carlene is his fulltime Care-Taker.  They live a quiet, simple life that has afforded Vinny the opportunity to love on his dogs, ride horses, and engage in his joy of drawing.  Together, Vinny and Carlene have set out to adapt Vinny’s love of art to a small business that will generate an income for him.  The idea has been to set him up with an income stream and prepare him for the day that his mom will no longer be able to care for him.  The process has been slow.  Now there is no time to waste.

Unfortunately, Carleen was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma—a blood/bone cancer. While she continues to undergo tests, it is clear that she has had this for quite some time.  She is hoping her Health Care insurance will cover her care at Md Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  In the meantime, she is focused on making plans for Vinny. 

Friends, Vinny and Carlene need your help.  Most importantly, Carlene needs funds so she can be ready to travel to Houston, for intensive treatment.  She may need help with housing, transportation, food, and supplies for daily living while there.  Vinny will probably stay in Oregon, with a family friend, or an aid.  Should her Health Care Insurance not approve of her to receive treatment in Texas, Carlene will remain in Oregon.  Still, she will lose her personal income and need to hire help for Vinny while in treatment and recovery.

Meanwhile, Carlene’s biggest concern is about Vinny’s future with or without her.  She desperately wants to fund his art business.  He needs help with creating items with his designs (go to to see what they’ve done so far), processing orders, packaging, and delivery.  This costs money up front.  It is an incredible idea that could set Vinny up for the rest of his life, if it comes to  fruition.

Any funds received that go beyond the expenses for Carlene’s cancer journey will go to Art by Vinny.


Rogue Credit Union,  PO Box 4550,  Medford, OR 97501

Make check payable to the order of:  Carlene Armi

Memo Comment: Donations Account

VENMO: @carlene-armi



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