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Help Claus & Kurt w./ Medical Bills

$10,150 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 319 people in 16 days

To those in the goth/industrial scene, the name Claus Larsen needs no introduction. Since 1989, Claus has unleashed an impressively prolific discography as Leaether Strip, Klutae, and many other projects.  And now Claus needs our help.

As many of you may know, Claus and his husband Kurt have been having a rough time of it over the past year. Kurt is in need of kidney replacement surgery, among others, which keeps getting postponed due to quirks of the Danish healthcare system. In the meantime, they are facing the significant cost of dialysis treatments for Kurt to keep him healthy until the transplant can happen. (Claus is happily a match for Kurt and will be donating a kidney). There are likely to be more bills with the follow-up treatments for Kurt.

So, we've decided to give people several options to help Claus and Kurt in their time of need.

• The first is this GoFundMe campaign. Give whatever you are able to. Even small donations help!

• The second is, you can buy some music directly from the Leaether Strip Bandcamp website. There's dozens and dozens of great releases spanning the band's entire career and all proceeds go direct to Kurt's medical care:  https://leaetherstrip.bandcamp.com

• And finally, myself and Michelle Molitor are in the process of setting up benefit shows all across the United States with all proceeds going to Claus and Kurt. We're just getting started, but already have some great events planned. To keep up with these events as they are finalized, please join us at the Facebook page we've set up for those shows: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/171514096959273/

Thank you so much for your help!

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I am speechless. You guys are so amazing. We have now collective raised over $10,000 for Claus and Kurt. This is especially great news in light of the fact that Claus has had to cancel the summer tour of the US in order to care for Kurt. Thank you for your generosity, and please spread the word!

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/help-claus-kurt-w-medical-bills
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Good news, everyone! The first funds successfully transferred to my PayPal account and I have immediately sent them on to Claus!
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Just an update for everyone. The first payment has showed up in my bank account and I have initiated the transfer to PayPal, who tell me the funds should be available no later than the 15th, at which time I will transfer the funds to Claus.
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Hey folks! Wanted to give another update on what's going on. As I was trying to set up Claus as the beneficiary so he could withdraw funds, we hit a bit of a wall. In order for someone in Europe to get the funds directly, they had to have to have a bank account in the United States and an American tax ID. As you can imagine, that's quite an unusual circumstance, and one that Claus did not meet the criteria for.

So, what we will be doing is setting up me, the person in charge of this campaign, for withdrawals. I will withdraw funds to my bank account and will then send the funds to Claus via Paypal as "friends and family" so that he's not hit with any fees above the ones from GoFundMe.

In the interest of full transparency, I will post screenshots of the transfers and will have Claus himself confirm his receipt of the funds. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Claus. Thanks again for your amazing support!
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Raised by 319 people in 16 days
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