Help Lisa Battle Breast Cancer!

$23,486 of $36k goal

Raised by 279 people in 10 months
Connie L. Smith
on behalf of Lisa Lichtenfels
 SPRINGFIELD, MA
Hello!  On behalf of her friends, NIADA colleagues and admirers, I'm launching this fundraiser for the extraordinary artist Lisa Lichtenfels, who has (in the last six weeks) lost her husband of 36 years, and been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Either of these traumatic events would be enough to knock a person off their feet, but both together seem more like a call for action to those of us who cherish Lisa, not only as a generous, funny and engaging friend, but also a pioneer in fabric/ mixed media figurative sculpture. She is (or ought to be) a national treasure. And we need your help bolstering her livelihood through this difficult time. She's the lovely lady in the apron, far right, in the photo inset, above, working on her "Masai Warrior" sculpture. The lovely lady and her daschund on the left is one of Lisa's incredibly lifelike sculptures, "Arkia and Astor." Many people mistake images of her work for photographs of people. They're made out of layers of nylon stockings and batting over a wire armature skeleton. And they're utterly amazing. Every one.

So here I am. My name is Connie, and I'm asking you to donate whatever you can afford to help defray Lisa's medical expenses and keep her home and studio lights burning. The loss of a spouse and the shock of a daunting diagnosis is hard enough to endure when you're facing it from within the infrastructure of a clock-punching job and its attendant healthcare, but when you're a freelancer, and paying a la carte for coverage on a sporadic income --even in the age of Universal Healthcare-- such a trauma-combo can be completely overwhelming.

We'd like to raise $36,000: enough to afford Lisa a little peace of mind as she goes through this first round of chemotherapy co-payments, as well as keep her current on her mortgage and utilities and groceries, while she focuses on healing and getting well over the next year. We'd appreciate funds both immediate and ongoing, as her Hx and Rx will be ongoing expenses for the immediate future.

Lisa has devoted her entire life to the development of her art form, and was the voice of encouragement and inclusion for me when I was just discovering that I was not the only person in the world compelled to make the kinds of objects we make, and our friendship over the years became a window into a bigger world for me. 

Help us show her that while her life as she knew it may have altered, she is still an inspiration of extraordinary value here in this life and that her beloved Jerry will just have to wait a little longer to be with her again.... 

Any support you can give will be enormously appreciated by Lisa and all of us who love her.
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Update 7
Posted by Connie L. Smith
9 days ago
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Last Sunday, The Springfield Republican, Lisa's hometown newspaper, published this article on her; do check it out; there's a full-color photo slideshow and a great interview with her in it! Many thanks to reporter Elizabeth Roman and photographer Dave Roback for the article and great images, and to all of you who have donated so far, my heartfelt gratitude. Read on, for the battle isn't over yet... and if you can, please share this link liberally, and donate as you can...

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/lisa_lichtenfels.html

XO, --connie

Lisa, rocking that hipster stocking cap!
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Update 6
Posted by Connie L. Smith
1 month ago
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Hello, friends! Lisa is continuing to work, and has pieces for sale at the links below:
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http://lisalichtenfels.net/ and
http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels_50_offl.htm

Yi-Min (shown in the first picture) is now on the site:
http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels%2050%20offl.htm
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Those of you who saw her amazing show at CFM Gallery in NYC will recognize the "Elephant Polo" piece, and our NIADA colleagues will surely recognize Lisa's endearing portrait of the late, great Don Smith, one of our long-time event photographers...

I know you all need something AMAZING to spend those tax returns on... why not splurge on something that moves your SOUL?!?

Help Lisa keep those home fires burning bright!
Thank you to all who continue to share this site, donate, and keep Lisa in your prayers!!

Love,
Connie
http://lisalichtenfels.net
Elephant Polo (Fabric, 29", 2011)
Don and His Deardorf (Fabric, 20", 2011)
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Update 5
Posted by Connie L. Smith
3 months ago
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Kat Bunker's comment earlier today deserves focus, and bears repeating here as an update:

"This page has been shared 1,100 times , as of today, 1/9/17. If every soul who has hit share would donate $20 right now, it would enable Lisa to fix the eaves rotting on her 1910 house and replace the roof, which is now in danger of collapsing. Lisa was almost hospitalized for the radiation burns which resulted in the sloughing off of skin in the area and a deep infection. She has developed arthritis from her waist down as a result of the chemo so sitting to work is painful. In spite of ill health and pain, she has 3 pieces of art ready to find new homes. Her will and stamina are amazing. Huge thanks to all who have donated and shared. Could you find a way to donate $20 or $25 more ? Blessings and love to you ALL!!" [--thank you, Kat, for reminding us all that help doesn't have to be gigantic to be HUGE. The whole point of these crowd funding resources is that we all pitch in what we can...]

I know the holidays can be a wallet-zapper, folks. And I know that it can be easy to say, "oh, my $20 isn't going to make that much difference." But if we ALL replaced that little 'diminisher' voice with the $20 donation, --or $10-- whatever you can spare-- Lisa would be helped so much more dramatically. I just spoke with her again earlier this week, and in true 'Lisa' form, she began with THANKING me (and by extension all of YOU) for this GoFundMe campaign, and when I asked her how she's doing, she did that thing she always does: she spun her troubles into wry anecdote that made ME laugh. She does it every time. She compresses her own pain & struggles into a story that enlightens. Her family name, "Lichtenfels" means "light on the fields." And so that's what she does. Even when she's passing through a dark valley, herself. IF you know Lisa, you KNOW what I'm talking about.

To all of you who've donated once, twice, thrice, or more, a HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR HELPING MY DEAR FRIEND. To all of you who have shared this article, likewise, a HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU CAN. Please shed a little more light her way. Whatever you can. I'd be eternally grateful.
--Connie

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Update 4
Posted by Connie L. Smith
5 months ago
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Thank you so much, Kat Bunker, for yesterday's update, which I repost here:

Lisa has started radiation. A vicious daily schedule for about a month. One side effect of the chemo has been the development of arthritis in her hips and legs. This makes working very painful. She has been in her studio though and has completed a new piece. "Ashol-Pan" is a depiction of the incredible young girl who has an amazing natural affinity with eagles." I've included a photo that Kat posted on Facebook here in this update (see below), and here's a link to her inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAF4Vurt87I

Lisa: you are truly a master of your medium, and a beacon to us all. Thank you for the inspiration!! Your work is as powerful as ever, and as usual, it uplifts and transports us into worlds of thought that we might never have otherwise have known we wanted to visit.

Please join me, fellow admirers, in congratulating Lisa on her incredible strength in maintaining such amazing talent and creative discipline as she faced months of anxiety, pain, and illness (on the heels of grief, no less). And if recent weeks have left many of us feeling a bit vulnerable, how much more so would we feel it, if we'd been navigating it in Lisa's shoes? Please, if you can, donate and/or share... again?
"Ashol-Pan" & her eagle, soft-sculpture.
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Kat Bunker
3 months ago
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This page has been shared 1,100 times , as of today, 1/9/17. If every soul who has hit share would donate $20 right now, it would enable Lisa to fix the eaves rotting on her 1910 house and replace the roof, which is now in danger of collapsing. Lisa was almost hospitalized for the radiation burns which resulted in the sloughing off of skin in the area and a deep infection. She has developed arthritis from her waist down as a result of the chemo so sitting to work is painful. In spite of ill health and pain, she has 3 pieces of art ready to find new homes. Her will and stamina are amazing. Huge thanks to all who have donated and shared. Could you find a way to donate $20 or $25 more ? Blessings and love to you ALL!!

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Kat Bunker
7 months ago
2
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Lisa will have Surgery on Tues, Oct 4th. Please send her your prayers and love and another Donation. She needs you !!

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Kat Bunker
8 months ago
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KEEP DONATING !!! Even small amounts, given once a month will help her keep her lights on and her mortgage paid. A plumber is trying to make her upstairs bathroom, near her bedroom, functional again but it will cost thousands. In the plumber's own words, " your husband did unspeakable things to this plumbing." HELP Fix it so Lisa does not have to struggle downstairs when she is weak and sick from the chemo.

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Kat Bunker
8 months ago
2
2

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Anne S., who found good craftsmen with hearts who worked for very little, the roof leak directly over Lisa's bed has been patched. Her kitchen faucet has been replaced, restoring hot water to the kitchen sink !!! Now her upstairs bathroom needs restoring to a functional state. Weak and dizzy from chemo, Lisa cannot go up and down stairs to use the facilities, flushing out the tons of liquid she is supposed to drink after a chemo session...... And she has to find a handyman to remove a pile of debris and concrete at the end of the driveway that can hardly be seen but that the city wants to fine her over $1,000.00 for. Aargh!! Lisa is wearing scarves and caps now. I told her she has a beautifully shaped head, which she does ! She said she feels up to working on her Art for about the last 2 days right before another chemo session is scheduled....... You should see the piece she is working on now !! I think I read a story about the girl portrayed. She is a young tribal girl who befriends gigantic eagles. This piece will be breathtaking ! The expression on the girls face is fabulous !! Then I heard her say she wants a future piece to be a Valkyrie........be still my heart !! There is a company that sends ChemoComfortKits full of helpers that the woman who sells them used herself to get through the tough days of chemo. The kit also contains a booklet of inspiration and hints on how to journey through this. I asked them to send Lisa this kit. http://www.chemocomfort.org/page_12.html Blessings to all of you who have helped or who have thought about it. If you can give Lisa just a little bit every month or so, it will help her to get through this time until she can work on her Art again. .......Please continue to help.

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Alessandra Collar
9 months ago
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Lisa is a treasure to all of us who love her and love her artwork. It is so heartening to see her friends and admirers rally to her aid. I wish I could be there to help, and appreciate what Kat has been able to do. Have courage, Lisa!

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Kat Bunker
1 month ago
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Lisa's roof gave way when the snows melted and deluged her bedroom. A roofer came on emergency and said it was an absolute Miracle she was not crushed in her sleep!! Since the house was built over 100 yrs ago, every time the roof leaked, they built another on top of it... her house had 5 complete roofs layered on top of each other!! All rotted, molding and water-logged. Can you imagine the weight ? No wonder her eaves were crumbling..... So, great news is that Lisa was not hurt. Bad news is the demolition of the 5 roofs, and building correct guttering and new roof is going to cost a fortune ! She still needs your help folks !! Even $25 each, added up will go a long way. Blessings to all !

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Kat Bunker
5 months ago
1
1

Lisa has started radiation. A vicious daily schedule for about a month. One side effect of the chemo has been the development of arthritis in her hips and legs. This makes working very painful. She has been in her studio though and has completed a new piece. "Ashol-Pan" is a depiction of the incredible young girl who has an amzing natural affinity with eagles. I cannot figure out how to post a photo here but maybe she will have one on lisalichtenfels.net soon.

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Kat Bunker
10 months ago
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1

Blessings to all who have donated and shared !! As of June 29, there have been 670 shares of this page. If each of those people donated $50, they would add $33,500 to this fund. Some of you can afford to help her in a much larger way. I have spent several days at Lisa's helping. There is a roof leak directly over her bed, which turns her mattress into a sponge when it rains. A neighbor has patched it but it still leaks. She has no $ for roof repair. Please keep donating as the months go by, either to this fund or by a direct check to Lisa. It breaks my heart to think of her, sick from chemo, unable to work on her art, and lying in a wet bed from the roof leak. Please continue to really help her each month. Bless you !

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NZ
Neil Zukerman
10 months ago
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I, along I am sure, with everyone, else holds a special place in my heart for Lisa and hope that she is able to come through and, once again, walk in the light. Lisa’s situation is such that we are making her work available at very special prices to enable her to get the help she needs with as little added stress as possible. Towards this end we are offering the work in her workshop at 50% off retail with no commission for the gallery. Works which are owned by the gallery are being offered at 75% of retail with 50% of the purchase price going directly to Lisa. I hope that everyone will take this opportunity to not only acquire one of Lisa’s magic sculptures, but to give something back to this most gentle of souls. Please share this or pass it on to anyone you can think of who should be made aware of it. The sculptures may be seen at http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels%2050%20offl.htm

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Kat Bunker
1 month ago

Lisa has been working again, slowly due to chemo induced conditions but, her new sculptures can be seen at ....... Lisa Lichtenfels fabric sculptures for sale at these sites: http://lisalichtenfels.net/ and http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels 50 offl.htm Let's see if I can figure out how to post her photo of Yi Min. She is breathtaking! You can see her at the CFM Gallery site. Yi-Min is now on the site. http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels%2050%20offl.htm

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Connie L. Smith
1 month ago

Thanking all of you who continue to donate as you can, and especially to the family of Jim and Gloria "Mimi" Winer, who have asked for donations to this campaign in lieu of Mimi's recent passing! Love and Gratitude to you ALL, and Hugs and Condolences to Jim and the Winer family.

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$23,486 of $36k goal

Raised by 279 people in 10 months
Created June 19, 2016
Connie L. Smith  
on behalf of Lisa Lichtenfels
$20
Anonymous
1 day ago
AG
$30
Anthony Giarratano
1 day ago
1
1

Be well Lisa. We love you. Anthony & Gail

$100
Kathy Norman
3 days ago
1
1

Her friends are right; She is a national treasure....

GM
$20
Giovanna Multala
4 days ago
1
1

Many years ago I received a signed copy of Lisa's book -and since have been awed by her work which has no equal

SR
$1,000
Stephanie Reese
4 days ago
2
2

Hope your arthritis is doing better and your roof is getting fixed. Hope you'll be at NIADA this year, Hugs, Stephanie and Andy Reese

SB
$7
Shari Baitcher
5 days ago
1
1
$25
Anonymous
6 days ago
1
1
EH
$10
Ellen Harris
6 days ago
1
1

Love your work, Lisa!! Sending you love and prayers for healing and comfort.

$30
Anonymous
8 days ago
MG
$50
Michele Groth
8 days ago
1
1

Your art has inspired me for years! Wishing you comfort and peace.

Kat Bunker
3 months ago
2
2

This page has been shared 1,100 times , as of today, 1/9/17. If every soul who has hit share would donate $20 right now, it would enable Lisa to fix the eaves rotting on her 1910 house and replace the roof, which is now in danger of collapsing. Lisa was almost hospitalized for the radiation burns which resulted in the sloughing off of skin in the area and a deep infection. She has developed arthritis from her waist down as a result of the chemo so sitting to work is painful. In spite of ill health and pain, she has 3 pieces of art ready to find new homes. Her will and stamina are amazing. Huge thanks to all who have donated and shared. Could you find a way to donate $20 or $25 more ? Blessings and love to you ALL!!

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Kat Bunker
7 months ago
2
2

Lisa will have Surgery on Tues, Oct 4th. Please send her your prayers and love and another Donation. She needs you !!

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Kat Bunker
8 months ago
2
2

KEEP DONATING !!! Even small amounts, given once a month will help her keep her lights on and her mortgage paid. A plumber is trying to make her upstairs bathroom, near her bedroom, functional again but it will cost thousands. In the plumber's own words, " your husband did unspeakable things to this plumbing." HELP Fix it so Lisa does not have to struggle downstairs when she is weak and sick from the chemo.

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Kat Bunker
8 months ago
2
2

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Anne S., who found good craftsmen with hearts who worked for very little, the roof leak directly over Lisa's bed has been patched. Her kitchen faucet has been replaced, restoring hot water to the kitchen sink !!! Now her upstairs bathroom needs restoring to a functional state. Weak and dizzy from chemo, Lisa cannot go up and down stairs to use the facilities, flushing out the tons of liquid she is supposed to drink after a chemo session...... And she has to find a handyman to remove a pile of debris and concrete at the end of the driveway that can hardly be seen but that the city wants to fine her over $1,000.00 for. Aargh!! Lisa is wearing scarves and caps now. I told her she has a beautifully shaped head, which she does ! She said she feels up to working on her Art for about the last 2 days right before another chemo session is scheduled....... You should see the piece she is working on now !! I think I read a story about the girl portrayed. She is a young tribal girl who befriends gigantic eagles. This piece will be breathtaking ! The expression on the girls face is fabulous !! Then I heard her say she wants a future piece to be a Valkyrie........be still my heart !! There is a company that sends ChemoComfortKits full of helpers that the woman who sells them used herself to get through the tough days of chemo. The kit also contains a booklet of inspiration and hints on how to journey through this. I asked them to send Lisa this kit. http://www.chemocomfort.org/page_12.html Blessings to all of you who have helped or who have thought about it. If you can give Lisa just a little bit every month or so, it will help her to get through this time until she can work on her Art again. .......Please continue to help.

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Alessandra Collar
9 months ago
2
2

Lisa is a treasure to all of us who love her and love her artwork. It is so heartening to see her friends and admirers rally to her aid. I wish I could be there to help, and appreciate what Kat has been able to do. Have courage, Lisa!

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Kat Bunker
1 month ago
1
1

Lisa's roof gave way when the snows melted and deluged her bedroom. A roofer came on emergency and said it was an absolute Miracle she was not crushed in her sleep!! Since the house was built over 100 yrs ago, every time the roof leaked, they built another on top of it... her house had 5 complete roofs layered on top of each other!! All rotted, molding and water-logged. Can you imagine the weight ? No wonder her eaves were crumbling..... So, great news is that Lisa was not hurt. Bad news is the demolition of the 5 roofs, and building correct guttering and new roof is going to cost a fortune ! She still needs your help folks !! Even $25 each, added up will go a long way. Blessings to all !

+ Read More
Kat Bunker
5 months ago
1
1

Lisa has started radiation. A vicious daily schedule for about a month. One side effect of the chemo has been the development of arthritis in her hips and legs. This makes working very painful. She has been in her studio though and has completed a new piece. "Ashol-Pan" is a depiction of the incredible young girl who has an amzing natural affinity with eagles. I cannot figure out how to post a photo here but maybe she will have one on lisalichtenfels.net soon.

+ Read More
Kat Bunker
10 months ago
1
1

Blessings to all who have donated and shared !! As of June 29, there have been 670 shares of this page. If each of those people donated $50, they would add $33,500 to this fund. Some of you can afford to help her in a much larger way. I have spent several days at Lisa's helping. There is a roof leak directly over her bed, which turns her mattress into a sponge when it rains. A neighbor has patched it but it still leaks. She has no $ for roof repair. Please keep donating as the months go by, either to this fund or by a direct check to Lisa. It breaks my heart to think of her, sick from chemo, unable to work on her art, and lying in a wet bed from the roof leak. Please continue to really help her each month. Bless you !

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NZ
Neil Zukerman
10 months ago
1
1

I, along I am sure, with everyone, else holds a special place in my heart for Lisa and hope that she is able to come through and, once again, walk in the light. Lisa’s situation is such that we are making her work available at very special prices to enable her to get the help she needs with as little added stress as possible. Towards this end we are offering the work in her workshop at 50% off retail with no commission for the gallery. Works which are owned by the gallery are being offered at 75% of retail with 50% of the purchase price going directly to Lisa. I hope that everyone will take this opportunity to not only acquire one of Lisa’s magic sculptures, but to give something back to this most gentle of souls. Please share this or pass it on to anyone you can think of who should be made aware of it. The sculptures may be seen at http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels%2050%20offl.htm

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Kat Bunker
1 month ago

Lisa has been working again, slowly due to chemo induced conditions but, her new sculptures can be seen at ....... Lisa Lichtenfels fabric sculptures for sale at these sites: http://lisalichtenfels.net/ and http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels 50 offl.htm Let's see if I can figure out how to post her photo of Yi Min. She is breathtaking! You can see her at the CFM Gallery site. Yi-Min is now on the site. http://cfmgallery.com/Lisa-Lichtenfels/Lichtenfels%2050%20offl.htm

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Connie L. Smith
1 month ago

Thanking all of you who continue to donate as you can, and especially to the family of Jim and Gloria "Mimi" Winer, who have asked for donations to this campaign in lieu of Mimi's recent passing! Love and Gratitude to you ALL, and Hugs and Condolences to Jim and the Winer family.

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