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For a Healthier Leani 2.0: to infinity & beyond!

$8,146 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 135 people in 5 months
Created December 15, 2018
Friends of Leani 2.0
on behalf of Leani Alnica Auxilio
Dearest community, friends, family, acquaintances near and far:

Please extend your caring solidarity to our friend, our sister, our activist in struggle—Leani Auxilio.

Leani is currently battling cancer and other health issues with the strength and determination that would and should scare any illness away. For anyone who has met Leani, she has been an incredible force of imagination and community within the social justice and feminist circles— most recently, as the Co-Coordinator of the NY Chapter of AF3IRM. She has the gift of being an artist and illustrator & is probably one of the most talented, charming, and humble woman warriors in the city.   

2019 is the year she must focus on her healing as she will begin chemotherapy.  This will prevent her earning a living, aside from burdening her with unconscionable medical expenses.  We all know how medical care is in this country.

To help with her basic living expenses, support her new dietary needs, and also, to assist moving her dream forward of selling her artwork and attending an online portfolio class— we’ve estimated a modest NY budget of $1000+ budget/month.

Friends of Leani 2.0 ask you to help Leani beat the odds.  Beat cancer.  Wrest her life back from illness. Still in her 20s, Leani has a lot of life to live, a ton of art to share, and many more lives to impact with her vision, her anime love, and her ever NY, dry humor. Onward to Leani 2.0!

#leani2.0 #sixtymorecenturies
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May is around the corner. As promised, a monthly update. Marivir and Leani have faced some challenges this month, but of course— have risen above and beyond. Last Friday, Marivir moderated a discussion with Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2018, political prisoner and journalist, Maria Ressa. Despite the physical toll of traveling from Queens to Manhattan, it was a momentous occasion for Leani because it was one of the first times in awhile that Leani has made it out of Queens. According to Leani she “slept through the event after about 20minutes of trying to stay awake ✌️“

Leani’s general update in her own words:

“But I'm so far so good. Eating a lot. Skipped chemo this week. Stressed out because I don't have a job and therefore can't pay my bills or buy what I want though. Lol.”

Photo credit: Marivir
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LEANI UPDATE
No news, is great news. See below for a cat pic and update via Leani.

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“Antibiotic protocol ended last Thursday. Going to oncologist's office today to discuss when I'm gonna have chemo again.

Oh and ask for potassium supplements I'm still crit low.

Had soup dumplings with friends last Saturday. Ended up going to the mall and visiting three stores afterwards. That was new. I was winded afterwards but I survived.

Sooo... Getting stronger and stronger?
:P

Oh and my friends from college adopted a cat for me?

Paid for the adoption and vet fees I mean.

There's been a lot of mundane things that happened.”
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Via TheFilAm, http://thefilam.net
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Creating art while battling cancer, how Leani Auxilio heals
Posted: March 20th, 2019 ˑ

Photos by The FilAm and OSM
By Cristina DC Pastor

On Leani Auxilio’s bed at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s hospital are drawing papers and pencils of different colors. On days when she is not exhausted after a will-sapping chemotherapy treatment, she likes to draw to keep busy. At times, she turns to the Procreate app on her iPad where she sketches, colors, and doodles. Art, for this young AF3IRM militant battling colon cancer, is creative therapy and a form of activism.

On March 12, the Cebu-born Leani – nicknamed Nikki – held an intimate exhibit of her drawings shared with close friends in the basement of Lucky Jack’s on Orchard Street. The fundraiser called “Feminism Heals: Open mic and mixer” raised more than a thousand dollars that would support Nikki’s medical bills and other expenses as she goes for six rounds of chemo treatment. The latest chemo in February was her second.

“Thanks for coming; buy my art,” said a visibly skinnier Nikki, 26, laughing through her friends’ hugs and well wishes. She would show some her IV-lined arm, or her ostomy pouch kept in place like it was a gun holster. Nikki, to those who haven’t met her, is beloved for her unfiltered humor.

Six pieces of digital illustrations were sold out in a silent auction, and among them drawings of Nikki’s feminist “sheroes” — writer and AF3IRM founder Ninotchka Rosca, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Christine Blasey Ford, who bravely faced Congress and accused Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

“I chose strong women who have always inspired me,” Nikki told The FilAm. “I wanted to do a portrait of AOC (Alexandra Ocasio Cortez) as well, because she’s my current shero, but eh. Doctors wanted to do a TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiogram) on me and I got dosed up with anesthesia. I just didn’t have the time anymore.”

She told The FilAm how art “has always been my outlet” even when she was well and not yet diagnosed with colon cancer. She has been designing AF3IRM’s flyers and T-shirts since 2013, “and I guess it just sort of stuck with me.”

She usually does art “when I feel the itch.” Sometimes when she is attending a meeting of the transnational feminist organization AF3IRM or riding a subway. She once did a funny doodle of the guy sitting in the subway with his mouth open. Nowadays, she keeps at it while stuck in the hospital with a blood infection. “No specific time of day,” she said.

Her mother, OSM founder and editor Marivir Montebon, is always by her side. If she is not soliciting support, she is scouring the city for the perfect vegan pizza and other healthy food. Nikki underwent a strict holistic program with meditation and vitamin detox to prepare her for chemo.

“I felt deeply this is a battle Leani is going to win, because of the power of faith,” Marivir said during the Feminism Heals art exhibit.

Nikki is grateful for her mom’s constant presence. She said, uncomplaining, “We continue to annoy each other a lot and she’s always sleeping in my room these days, but, yeah, I guess that’s a mom for you.”

Please visit Nikki’s GoFundMe campaign.
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Update via Marivir on Osm!
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ALL LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR LEANI AS SHE KICKS OUT ‘C’
All Love and Support for Leani as She Kicks Out ‘C’

By Marivir R. Montebon

New York – There was very little drama that evening, and mostly love and high energy for Leani Auxilio in her debut art exhibit at the Lucky Jack’s on Orchard Street, a fundraiser for her battle against colon cancer.

“Feminism Heals: An Open Mic and Art Exhibit” on the gentle evening of March 12, was put together for Leani by her sisters-leaders of the women’s organization AF3IRM NYC.

Leani has been a member of this international intersectional feminist organization since 2013. When the ladies learned about her condition in December 2018, they thoughtfully made a decision to raise funds for her health needs. The “Feminism Heals” exhibit was just the latest of the platforms which the millennials have created in support of Leani.

Six of her digital illustrations were sold out during the well-attended event which was the group’s community outreach in time for the International Women’s Month. Leani’s works included “Joan and Noam,” “Ninotchka Rosca,” “Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” “Olivia,” “Christine Blasey Ford,” and “Ohana.”

Her renditions of RBG and Ninotchka Rosca were finished on her hospital bed where she was treated for bacterial infection as a side-effect of chemotherapy a few weeks before the exhibit.

It was a pleasure introducing the featured artist to the audience, who happens to be the digital editor of OSM! Online magazine, and my only daughter too. The drama could have started there already, but I tried not to. Leani, I said, is courageous, full of hope, and could be irritating too. And the people burst laughing.

Since her prognosis in December, we have witnessed and felt blessed with love and support the community of friends and family have shown us. In that sense, we have won already. As I spoke, I felt deeply this is a battle Leani is going to win, because of the power of faith.

In two hours, $1270 was raised and fully handed to Leani by AF3IRM New York. “We love you and we are here for you,” said Claudia Lara, the group’s co-coordinator and host for the evening.

Leani, who was in her usual upbeat self, thanked everyone who came to the fundraiser and encouraged guests to take part of AF3IRM which is currently doing an anti-sex trafficking campaign in NYC.

The night ensued with the fundraiser which had been vibrantly participated by guests – millennials and the X- and Y-geners. From my end: the FilAm Press of New York members and great friends. Delightful food was courtesy of the Mountain Province Cafe.

The open mic attracted great presentations. Journalist Justine Calma shared her first poem and Claudia Lara pleasantly surprised everyone when closed the program with her sultry singing of ‘At last.’

The fundraiser had an immediate ripple effect. Artist enthusiast Ann Constantino Beck of the JCI New York came to the party and contributed her art piece Tribunalis, a multi-media interpretation of Leani, for bidding. Ms. Joyce Andes David won the bid for $500.

Manhattan artist June Pascal also stepped up and contributed six of her art pieces for sale with all proceeds going to Leani. Philippine Center staffer and artist Ronald Cortes called in as well to donate his artwork, Oyayi, to Leani’s healing journey.

When friends step up to support her in this great challenge, that’s when my heart cries in gratitude. In this steep health journey, there is faith and hope and love sustains us. This community rocks. Thank you.
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