Laurie's Cancer Relief Fund

$13,485 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 120 people in 3 months
Created October 26, 2018
Love Team
Laurie was diagnosed with triple-negative IDC (a less common type of breast cancer) in July 2018 and started treatment in late August. Triple-negative cancer is hard to treat; it has a high recurrence rate and the first round of treatment is the most critical to survival. Laurie is currently in the middle of a 16-week course of chemotherapy, which will be followed by surgery and probably radiation therapy. Active treatment is expected to go through April, or possibly longer depending on how well it works, and full recovery from surgery may take longer than that.   

In the meantime, Laurie is unable to work during treatment and, as a longtime freelance writer & editor, is not eligible for any EDD/state or local disability benefits. Her emergency savings is dwindling fast, so we, The Love Team, are raising funds to help her and her 7-year-old daughter, so Laurie can fully focus on healing. Funds will be used to cover basic living expenses (rent, utilities, car payments, groceries, gas) and any medical or supportive care costs that are not covered by health insurance.

Anything helps! Even if you can't donate, please share widely; we know Laurie is connected to many communities and people that we may not be directly in touch with. And if you donate by 11/5, there's a bonus: you'll be automatically entered in the Benefit Raffle being held in Santa Rosa on 11/8 -- there are some fantastic prizes donated by generous friends, and you don't have to be there to win.  Just indicate # of tickets you'd like at $5/each. You can find more details about the 11/8 benefit show & raffle on Facebook. Want to donate some art, or a good or service to the raffle? Please contact Melati Citrawireja via the Facebook link, or email Melaticitrawireja@gmail.com.

Thank you all for your support! <3
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Dear Friends, Friends-of-Friends, Kind Strangers, and Anonymous Angels:

For those not in direct contact with our family, we wanted to let you know that Laurie finished chemo in December and the results were good -- really good! Chemo was rough, but the cancer has shrunk significantly and does not appear to have spread; the medical team (and Laurie!) are optimistic.

Laurie is scheduled for surgery this coming week, which will be followed by radiation in early February. If all goes well, she will complete active cancer treatment in early March.

Our gratitude goes out to all of you for your kind and generous support, in all the forms it has taken -- it has helped so much during a very difficult time, and continues to ease what will, hopefully, be the home stretch.

Wishing all of you wonderful humans a happy & healthy 2019!!!
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Raised by 120 people in 3 months
Created October 26, 2018
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