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Helping Fred Schane Fulfill a Dream

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Raised by 186 people in 8 months
Created June 19, 2017
Hi Friends-of-Fred!  This is Fred's sister, Cathy.

As you may know, Fred was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer early this year, and we're  thinking about bucketlist actions. Both he and I are descended from the Maoris in New Zealand via our grandfather. One of the things that he would like to do is return a Maori "talking stick" to its homeland. It is our feeling that it shouldn't be a conversation piece, hanging on the wall, but posessed by its rightful owners. And, to complicate matters, it is only supposed to be handled by the eldest male in the family.  So, he and I want to travel to New Zealand to return it, and meet some distant (and perhaps not so distant) relatives. 

Trick is, he's too sick to be able to handle a plane trip of that length, so we are going to book a cruise from California to New Zealand (and back).  That way, when he gets tired, he can simply go back to the cabin.  The time changes won't be as drastic, and any medical issues that arise can be more easily handled.

This campaign is one of several fundraisers I'd like to spearhead to enable him to fulfill this wish. I'm going to also coordinate music performances (because, as you can imagine, he has some musician friends!)  However, if you are not in the area, and still want to help out, this is the way to do it. 

And, if for any reason, we cannot fulfill this trip, I want you to know that I will make sure your money is returned to you (less the 8% go-fund-me service fees).  No one knows what the future will bring, so I want to bring some reassurance that if we accept the money, we will travel to New Zealand with it.

Thanks for your help!  And please feel free to share.
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Hi, Friends of Fred! Fred's sister Cathy here. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these waters. Fred passed away August 5th. We are putting together a scholarship fund in his name to help young women train to be audio engineers. So, if you could, let me know if you'd like a refund by giving me your mailing address. You can message me via FB (Catherine Schane-Lydon) or send me an email (monkey@bcn.net). Otherwise, I will donate the money toward this scholarship. AND, just as a FYI, I am going to NZ myself to return the talking stick. I've been in touch with some cultural ministers, and it will return home according to Fred's wishes. Thank you all for your generosity and good wishes. Fred was surrounded by your love to the last.
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Hi, all! This is Cathy, typing. Unfortunately, Fred has taken a turn for the worse, and we will not be able to go on this trip the way we planned. We have a couple of "plan B's" and hopefully we'll be able to do something. In the meanwhile, please don't donate any more to the campaign. I'm in the midst of working with GFM to refund your money (less the handling fee). I'll keep you posted! THANK YOU for your generosity...your love for Fred came through loud and clear!
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Hello Friends! How exciting! We have met our goal. Of course, there's a fly in the ointment...because we've waited to purchase tickets, the "discounted" fare we based the GFM goal is no longer available. SO, we are short about 5 K. So, we're going to change the goal amount, and keep going! So please share and, if you can, contribute again? With all of your help, it's going to be able to happen. And, words cannot express how grateful we are that you are helping make this dream come true!
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Hi Friends of Fred! Well, it's been an exciting week. Good news is that my colostomy is reversed, so I am pretty sore, but I have a cool scar. Bad news is that the cat scan showed that the new chemo cocktail did not slow the cancer down in the slightest, and it looks like I have maybe 2-4 months on this planet. So, Cathy is making the itinerary, and we are able to fly to NZ, perhaps leaving on my birthday. So, if you were thinking..."well, I can donate at the end of August" you might be a bit too late. But, if you can donate now, that would be better! AND we are SO CLOSE to the goal! MANY MANY thanks to all of you! So many friends, so many well wishes. I am truly humbled.
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Raised by 186 people in 8 months
Created June 19, 2017
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