Help Claus & Kurt w./ Medical Bills

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Raised by 402 people in 4 months

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: 


Thank you so much for your help!

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Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Here's the latest directly from Claus:

"urt update. There isnt much new to tell, but just so you know, Kurts dialysis is going very well, and its doing what its supposed to do. His 2 stents he got placed in his heart are also doing good. He lost a lot of weight, almost 10 kg’s. The dialysis has lowered the retained water in his body that was doing a lot of damage, like feeling he was choking when laying down and had to stop every 10 meters when walking to catch his breath. All we need really is a transplant date so Kurt can get out of that dialysis jail. Mentally its very very hard on him. So the date cant come soon enough. Thx again for your support hugs from us both!"
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Thought I'd give an update. Last Tuesday, Kurt has his first procedure, to install a stent in his heart. I am happy to say the procedure went well and he is currently at home recovering. The next step will be to put a stent in one of the veins in his neck. No word yet on when this will be scheduled, but if it goes well, it means Kurt will likely be able to avoid a full bypass operation to prepare him for the transplant. So we still have some steps to go, but so far, so good. Thanks to all of you for your generosity and love. You've really made a difference!

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From Claus:

Kurt update: We finally got news from the Heart doctors. Kurt will get an angioplasty (balloon expansion of arteries in the heart) Next Tuesday. So something is finally happening. This is a start at least. Again we both would like to thank everyone's who's been supporting. I will keep you all informed. Kurt is very tired and can hardly do anything other than rest, so I might have to some rearrangements to the house so we can relocate to the downstairs so Kurt can avoid the stairs. We have both living room and bedroom upstairs, so your generous donations will come to good use. Your help means so much more than you think. THANK YOU!!! Love Claus & Kurt.
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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!

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