Friends of Carolyn
We, Friends of Carolyn, want to mitigate some of the enormous expenses involved in her on-going care and treatment.
For those who don't know Carolyn Hall Young, here's what's essential about her: Our sweet, funny, kind, and gifted friend wakes up with compassion in her heart and generosity of spirit each and every day despite the reality that she lives her precious and frail life in pain, tethered to oxygen, and bed-ridden.
As her world has shrunk to the tiny confines of a bed, the digital tools offered by her trusty iPad with its innovative artistic apps have exponentially expanded her world to the size of the universe: infinite. And because Carolyn lives in Art, she began each morning planning whose portrait she would paint that day to bestow, as a free, surprising, delightful gift, to friends, acquaintances, global colleagues, and virtual strangers. For five solid years, she posted 1,620 iPad paintings to Facebook because of the joy it would give others and the joy it brought her. It became her mission and her way to keep flying through space ... with wings.
So many of us have been on the receiving end of her art, her counsel, and her love: for that we are blessed. Now we can finally give back to her in a meaningful way while her husband Warren remains steadfastly at her side ... which is exactly where he wants to be.
Please help us to help them by considering a donation of any size (no amount is considered small) to defray a portion of her steadily mounting medical costs as well as home services, etc. All donations, minus the standard GoFundMe fees, will go directly to Carolyn and Warren.
An inspiring, pioneering member of a global digital artists' community, Carolyn Hall Young is a beloved former classmate and friend. Mentor and teacher. She is passionate, brilliant, optomistic. Visionary, selfless, insightful. Wise beyond words. And deliciously, lushly whimsical! She has been described by friends and admirers all over the world like this:
"Life has dealt Carolyn challenges that most of us cannot imagine. And in the face of it all, she's grown stronger, lighter, more grateful, and more in love, in the purest sense, with life and all of its wondrous gifts."
"Carolyn, I don't believe you've ever been fully in this realm. You manage to bridge this world with the ethereal in the most enviable way. We all need your spirit with us for as long as possible."
“Maestro of passion, hope, endurance, grit, support, positivity, strength, joy, selflessness, enduring strength, courage, and love.”
“A delicate flower who inspires so many of us.”
“A brilliant artist and a guiding light among our little community of online artists, who has given so much to everyone else and whose light is flickering now."
“The strongest soul I know.”
“Once again our little soul sister Carolyn is fiercely holding on to this world, and once again all of us who love her are sending raging rivers of love and care her way!”
“This woman is a miracle. A miracle of love.”
To view Carolyn talking about her art, click HERE. And HERE is a podcast that illustrates her funny side!
Thanks to Joanne Carter at The App Whisperer, Apple's co-founder The Woz heard about Carolyn's passion for her iPad and wrote THIS in support.
A former classmate of Carolyn's wrote a gorgeous song about her in 2012. You can listen to Vicky and view some of her luminous portraits HERE .
Some of her hauntingly beautiful, poignant self-portraits are below. All images are © Carolyn Hall Young.
Her lovely obituary and a guest book appears here in case you want to view and leave a message to Warren:
Love and light to you all.
Carolyn rode away -- free and strong -- on her white horse yesterday, 12/23/16. Thank each and every one of you for showing your love and admiration for her by helping with her medical costs over these last 6 months.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
I should add to my latest update that talking on the phone is very challenging for Carolyn at this time. While she’s normally a champion talker, she needs to conserve all available oxygen right now.
So if you wish to reach out to her personally, email is probably the best vehicle. And please be patient in waiting for replies. She is working very, very hard to recover her strength. As she would say, it is difficult right now just to BE.
But she knows that she has our magnificent circle of support around her and that means a great deal to her.
Thank you all again.
Margot and F.O.C.
I've had several wonderful talks on the phone with Carolyn since I last posted. Her voice sounds strong and she was very clear and very, very funny!
She particularly delighted in talking about food: describing in detail all the delicious meals that Warren can now pick up from a fancy take-out and treats they can now splurge on, like delicious cheeses, thanks to your kind and generous contributions! She is eating like a champ trying to put some weight on.
Warren also went wheelchair shopping to replace the outdated heavy one she was using. Medical bills are starting to appear, some covered by insurance, some not, so please know that your contributions greatly ease their minds at this time.
What I heard in her voice the other evening was a lightness and hope. They will be scheduling another immunotherapy treatment in the near future, meanwhile a physical therapist comes to work with her several times a week.
The Friends of Carolyn want to thank you again for all your support ... over $20,000 has been raised for her and it's making a distinct difference in their day-to-day lives.
Love and light to each and every one of you,
I love Carolyn. We went through many treatments together. She called me the other day and talked for 40 minutes. She still has fire in her belly. Heal Sister.
Thanks...I dont know her address could we send her cards? We should start another campaign and flood her with snail mail...:) Creative ones Think she would love it...Give her our love...
It's great to hear this - thanks for keeping uss posted. And sending our love to Carolyn.
Thanks for that heads-up Margot. I've been anxious to talk to Carolyn but didn't want to impose. Your update will have to suffice for the time being, much appreciated! gg