Marty's Myeloma Odyssey

$27,268 of $30k goal

Raised by 172 people in 3 months
Martin Ferrini  PETALUMA, CA
Hi GoFundMe folks,

I'm Marty and I need some help. Here's my story.

I recently got a terminal diagnosis, along with renal failure caused by my rare form of cancer: IDG Lamba Lightchain multiple myeloma. Sounds like something Deepak Chopra would recommend to raise your consciousness or some such, but no, it's an actual cancer that lives in your bone marrow and wreaks havoc from there.

At first I was devastated, but once the existential grief wore off, I looked around and realized the silver lining - that I am an incredibly lucky person. Lucky in that I have the support of a loving family and family of friends who are often beautifully indistinguishable. And lucky in that I have the love and support of Debbie, the love of my life and my now wife (we were married in May 2016). Also, living in Sonoma county, I'm surrounded by such beauty at every turn that everything, taken together has inspired  me to take a "carpe diem" attitude and to just try to enjoy each day and each cup of coffee to its fullest, because really isn't that what we all should be doing anyway?

But, despite my positive attitude, the reality is that the treatments, prescriptions, appointments, and the procedures are bankrupting us. I am a web designer/developer, but I can't work very much these days and Deb has had to cut her hours way back in order to help take care of me. We have plowed through our meager savings and have few ways to generate any income at all. We hate to be in this position and we hate to ask, but we do need help. We just want to be able to take care of ourselves and our four children (we're a blended family) without incurring (more) crushing debt.

We are asking for money to help us pay the bills, medical expenses, and to keep up with the daily demands of our new reality. We need to raise cash as soon as possible - the credit cards are maxed out, the bank accounts are spent down and we would be forever thankful for whatever help you can provide.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my family and may you and yours have a very Merry New Year!
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Update 2
Posted by Martin Ferrini
3 months ago
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Gobsmacked! Flabbergasted! Utterly bowled over and amazed at all of you wonderful, deeply generous people! We've reached just over half of our initial goal in less than three days!

I'm not sure I'll ever find the words to adequately thank all of you enough... but I do know I can't say it enough!

Thank you all so very, very much! I wish I could see all of you simultaneously and sport a gigantic round of beer!

Marty
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Update 1
Posted by Martin Ferrini
3 months ago
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Wow! Thanks so much everyone from the bottom of my heart! I'm simply overwhelmed with the response. When I first got my diagnosis, I felt then as I do now about all the love and support that came my way. You are all tributaries to a rushing river of love coursing through my heart. Cheesy I know, but it's the best metaphor I could come up with and I think it's pretty apt. If I've learned anything from this whole experience it's simply that the Beatles had it right. Love IS all you need. Well... that all the music that's ever been recorded and a good cheeseburger every once in a while ;-)
At Stanford with Deb for BMT in November
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$27,268 of $30k goal

Raised by 172 people in 3 months
Created January 11, 2017
BH
$100
Betty Hills
7 days ago

Hope you are doing better. All our best wishes to you

$20
Anonymous
29 days ago
CD
$100
Christine Day
1 month ago
RT
$100
Ralph and Sandy Terry
1 month ago

Marty we are friends of Heidi and Vincent and knew you when you were a child. Our son Doug is the same age as you. Keep those positive thoughts.

SC
$250
stephanie caplan
1 month ago

wishing you lots of love, my friend! i'm never on Facebook so i just saw this, thanks for organizing a way for all of us to help.

JB
$25
Joan Belson
2 months ago
CW
$500
Carter and Leslie Wright
2 months ago

Happy Valentine's Day :)

KG
$50
Kate Glass
2 months ago
LR
$20
Lily Reid
2 months ago

Love & best wishes to everyone! -Lily and Laural

LR
$50
Laural Reid
2 months ago
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