Glenn Campbell Final Projects Fund

$3,995 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 5 months
NOTE: This campaign is no longer active. It was replaced with a new one on Sept. 1, 2018:  https://www.gofundme.com/glenn-campbell-cancer-recovery-fund ("Glenn Campbell Cancer Recovery Fund")

For a final note on the old campaign and an explanation of the new one, see  https://www.facebook.com/notes/glenn-campbell/10161014247340171/


On July 4, 2018, Glenn Campbell suffered a seizure and blackout while driving a small RV across Colorado. Fortunately, the accident was minor. CT scans the same day revealed major metastasized cancer—a bolt out of the blue he never suspected. Far from being discouraged, Glenn is now deeply focused on accomplishing as much as possible in whatever time he has left. He has health insurance, and a full cure is a strong possibility. Your donation can help fund his basic expenses and help him complete key creative projects, including an important book, "Demographic Doom".

This form of cancer, high-grade lymphoma, is highly aggressive but also highly treatable compared to other cancers. Initial diagnosis on July 4 revealed malignancies in his brain, chest, abdomen and kidneys, but active in-hospital chemotherapy in Boston is improving the situation. It is possible he will be fully cured by October. (And of course it is possible he won't be.)

For 10 years, Glenn earned his living as a cross country driver. On July 4, he had a seizure (the first of his life) and blacked out at the wheel while driving in Colorado. The damage from the accident was minor, but rescuers had to break a window to get him out, and he remained unconscious until inside the ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Grand Junction, where CT scans revealed extensive malignancies in his head and chest. Glenn had no warning of cancer apart from a 2-month mystery illness when he lost his appetite and seemed to be getting weaker. He is now back in Massachusetts pursuing treatment with a specialized team at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, probably one of the best in the world for this kind of cancer. He is experiencing no significant pain and remains  highly productive.

NOTE: Glenn is not interested in alternative treatments for cancer, so please don't offer them. He intends to follow the highly competent advice of his conventional medical team at Beth Israel.

Most medical expenses will be paid by health insurance, subject to a high $2500 annual deductible. After the seizure, it clear he cannot drive again for the remainder of 2018, which means he has lost his main source of income. His living expenses are modest, but he does need help making ends meet.

Glenn is highly energized by his new life circumstances and is working continuously to address their practical and creative challenges. Every day, he is posting reports and creative content to Facebook at   http://Facebook.com/BadDalaiLama - The same posts are presented in a more organized form at  http://glenn-campbell.com/cancer/

Glenn is inspired, not discouraged, and he recognizes this could be his finest hour. Of high importance to him is securing his digital legacy so his websites and creative works persist after he is gone, and he wants to complete important projects like his book "Demographic Doom" ( http://DemographicDoom.com ).  See his video above for an overview of his funding campaign and why, for the first time in his life, he is asking for money. Many other essays and projects are in the pipeline,  all of which will be posted first on his  public Facebook page.

These are the sort  of things your pledge may help fund while Glenn is still alive:

— Meeting the $2500 annual deductible required before health insurance takes over. (Repeated again in January if he survives into 2019.)
— Making his $600 monthly health insurance payment.
— Co-pays and miscellaneous medical expenses.
— Routine monthly expenses like his cellphone and minimum credit card payments.
— Monthly website expenses.
— Other normal living expenses.

In the unlikely event Glenn fails to survive his cancer, residual donations may be used to...

— Maintain his websites in perpetuity (at less than $100/mo)
— Preserve physical remnants of his Area 51 days in a California storage unit (less than $100/mo)
— Attend to final expenses.

As of July 25, Glenn is experiencing no significant pain (and hasn't since July 7). He remains physically weak and is slow on his feet, but he is fully productive in bed. His sensory reactions are a little slow, but he feels his brain is still 100% functional — and he's using it! From morning 'til night and beyond, he is in full on-line production mode, aggressively generating "content". As long as his mind is sharp, you can expect him to be highly productive— more so than before the accident. Since he has no distractions at present, every moment will be spent writing and planning. He won't let up until physical circumstances force him to.

Donors must accept the oddities and ambiguities of Glenn's situation. His is NOT the neediest cancer case. He is covered by health insurance and has a good chance of a full recovery. He is also ENJOYING his cancer treatment experience, seeing it more as an educational vacation than a death sentence. You shouldn't imagine Glenn writhing in pain, because so far he hasn't experienced any. He certainly isn't distressed by his surprise cancer diagnosis, and you shouldn't be either. 

For an organized chronicle of Glenn's medical condition and links to his prolific post-diagnosis creativity, see  http://glenn-campbell.com/cancer/
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New photos today on Instagram show the remarkable change in PET scan images from when I first began treatment on July 12 until two days ago on August 20. A huge amount of cancer has been reduced to virtually zero.

See 7 images in one post on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoDAahXAdvj/
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This is an update for people who donated to my first GoFundMe campaign. I am very grateful for your help in getting me through a difficult financial period. When I created this campaign on July 11, I chose the name "Glenn Campbell Final Projects Fund" because I thought this was the end of my journey. I had learned of my cancer only a week before and had not yet begun treatment. Given the extensive metastasized tumors discovered in CAT scans in Colorado, long-term survival seemed unlikely. I needed to wrap up my various projects and prepare for my own passing, and this campaign was intended to help me cleanly shut down my operations.

Now, two months later, it looks like I'm probably going to live! The most ominous symptom of my cancer, an apparent tumor in my brain, was resolved by August 5, when it all but vanished in MRI images of my head. There remain many other lymphatic tumors throughout my body, but they seem to be responding to chemotherapy. It is hard to predict how things will unfold, but I am tentatively planning a return to a normal life and my usual driving job around November 1.

In the meantime, I'm spending a lot of time in the hospital, specifically the Hemotology/Oncology ward at Beth Israel in Boston, where I've been a guest for 50 nights so far. “Feldberg 7” is the only real home I have known since I first started driving ten years ago. Since my treatment began on July 12, I have lasted only 9 nights in the real world.

So much hospital time may sound bad, but it seems necessary to manage the routine complications of chemotherapy. The job of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells by targeting ALL cells in the body that divide. Unfortunately, this includes red and white blood cells, which fall to critically low levels during the normal course of treatment. This leaves me vulnerable to infections and random bleeding, which are much better addressed in a hospital setting.

Furthermore, I really enjoy my time in the hospital. Since my life is already focused on computer work, this is like a resort vacation. Luckily, my health insurance is paying for nearly all of it (apart from a $2500 deductible) with no upper limit on my benefits. In the hospital, I am confined to my room and the three corridors of my ward, but I don’t feel like a prisoner. As long as I have my laptop, I feel like a pampered guest who wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I rarely interact with other patients, but I really enjoy the staff, who have become my friends.

So far, cancer has been a fascinating philosophical adventure, rather like my time at Area 51 and in Las Vegas Family Court. So far, I have experienced very little pain, only occasional periods of weakness when I can hardly leave my bed. Thankfully, my brain continues to function at full capacity when I am lying down, interrupted only by occasionally bouts of sleep. As long as my mind, fingers and laptop still work, this is heaven for me.

It is a little embarrassing to ask for funding when I'm having such an enjoyable and productive time as a cancer patient. Since I have no dependents to support and insurance is covering most of my expenses, you can't say mine is the most desperate cancer case. Nonetheless, I am grateful to those who have supported me when I lost my income from the driving service. My initial campaign raised 75% of its $5000 goal, which has put me on stable footing through September.

To address my changing status, I have created a new funding campaign. "Final Projects Fund" certainly doesn't apply anymore, since my death has been significantly delayed. I am less concerned about now about wrapping up projects than getting back on my feet. I am now planning to resume my driving service in November. Although I have no control over when chemotherapy will end, November seems like a reasonable assumption at this point.

GoFundMe does not allow the names of campaigns to be changed, so I have created at new campaign called, "Glenn Campbell's Cancer Recovery Fund" at https://www.gofundme.com/glenn-campbell-cancer-recovery-fund with a modest goal of $2000 to get me by until I can start working again, whenever that may be. Since I am not at Death’s door any more, I expect donations to be more modest than in my previous campaign, but every $20 helps.

As long as I can't work, I continue to take advantage of all the interesting adventures and fascinating issues that cancer has given me. Apart from required sleep, I am always working on something meaningful, either with my fingers on my laptop or in semi-conscious contemplation. My best writing and most useful insights tend to come on the edge of sleep. In the hospital, you will NEVER find me watching TV or engaged in any kind of passive entertainment. However much time I have left on Earth, I want to make sure it is as productive as possible.

I am working on a book, of course. It is titled "Losing my Amygdala", and it focuses on the subtle personality changes that resulted from the tumor in my head. I fully expect to finish this book, because even if my cancer kills me, it won't happen fast. I like to say that my chance of living for the next six months is better than yours, since I am in the hospital most of the time, protected from routine dangers and only one button away from an attentive staff. At least I won't be dying in a traffic accident.

For marketing reasons, the book is secret for now. (None of the "chapters" I previously published on Facebook will be included.) However, if you donate to my Recover Fund, in any amount, I will let you read the manuscript at various times in its evolution. Right now, I am putting together a formal proposal for a literary agent, and as soon as it goes out to him, I will send a link to my Recovery Fund donors.

Thanks again for your support!
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