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Omar Mokhtari--Medical needs

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Raised by 95 people in 3 months
Created February 13, 2019
TeamOmar
on behalf of Benezra Tergis
Our dear friend maestro Omar Mokhtari is in need of help from our community right now. He was diagnosed with cancer and has just undergone an operation at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. He is recovering presently, and is surrounded by loved ones.

We are hoping to raise at least $20,000 dollars to help with medical co-pays, transportation, and alternative health care during this crucial recovery process.

You may have met Omar at Lark in The Morning, Sweet's Mill, or WOMAD, and witnessed him play mandola, banjo, guitar or drums. If you have heard his deep voice, its not easily forgotten.

Omar was born in Algeria, North Africa, where his is considered a national treasure. He was raised in a completely self-sufficient community of Berbers (the indigenous people of North Africa). He was a young boy during the revolution against France and supported the Algerian resistance.

Omar is a master musician and a profound singer who proudly carries on the traditions and music of his people. He has led workshops, performed in concerts and taught private students for over 35 years in America, and also has worked as an electrical engineer, pilot, carpenter, cafe owner, caterer and much more.

Anyone who has met Omar has assuredly been touched by his gentle and regal nature.  Always courteous, soft spoken and welcoming, he brings with him the gift of music, wit, and deep historical perspective.

If you have anything to share, including knowledge, time, or resources, now is the time to step up and give back to our friend Omar.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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June 11th is the date to save! Freight & Salvage music hall in Berkeley will be hosting a benefit concert for Omar Mokhtari featuring an amazing lineup of musicians and performers. This event will be an intimate and special evening of friends and extended family, with the focused goal of coming together to support and rally behind our dear friend and fellow music devotee Omar.
Omar's condition is fairly stable at the moment, but he is far from in the clear. For now he is able to go out and about as well as eat normal foods so we are very excited to see him out and enjoying time with friends and loved ones--please come, and here's the lineup!
The ever-electrifying Suzy and Eric Thompson playing some hot bluegrass and old time-y goodness. This is bar none the best duo you will hear around these or any other parts, as many of you already know!
Lars and in Charge is a brand new band and will be playing a fun set of original and inventive covers. Featuring Chris Reed on Guitar, Faisal Zedan on percussion and fronted by the always enigmatic Lars Tergis on Violin and vocals
Gopal Slavonic, a great friend and performing partner of Omar's will be gracing us some lovely Andalusian flamenco music.
Bruno, of English dancing fame, will be performing as well, and are slated to wow us with a full stage show including ankle bell antics and possible dancing stick and sword play!
Andrew Carriere and the Zydeco All stars will be taking it down to the Bayou with a blistering set of Cajun dance music.
Ali Paris and Brianna Di Mara are the hottest couple and act around! Palestinian Kanunist and Berklee College of music graduate Ali Paris is an inspired musician who brings genuine passion to all of his performances. And Brianna Di Mara brings many schools of music together with her violin playing.
And our ambassador David Wagner, who secured this great venue for us, is singing a set of his hilarious and infectious original tunes. Likely accompanied by an organically assembled band of cohorts.
Thanks to all for taking time to read this and for spreading the word about this great event. In the meantime please send healing energy to Omar and reach out if you want to come for a visit. Also the GoFundMe is still in effect ( http://www.gofundme.com/omar-mokhtarimedical-needs) --donations can still be made there.

Here's where to buy a ticket for this special event: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1847360/

Thanks again!

Benezra Tergis
Vineeta Chand
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Please save the date!!! We are all looking forward to this event for our dear friend Omar Mokhtari... a Benefit concert with stellar musicians to celebrate and cherish Omar's well being.
For ticket reservation, please go to: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1847360-world-for-all-fundraiser-berkeley/
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Hola all of you wonderful and supporting friends of Omar!
Omar is continuing immunotherapy and is slowly gaining some weight, all great news, and we have high hopes that the treatment will prove successful. He is in great spirits and has been very positive through this ongoing experience, while he still has quite a long road ahead. Your support and words have touched him deeply, thank you.

There will be a benefit concert for Omar at the Freight & Salvage on Tuesday, June 11 . Tickets are for sale here: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1847360/ Omar hopes to see you there!
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Greetings friends, keeping in touch with all of you, saying hello. I'm expressing my deep gratitude for all of your help and good wishes. I am at a treatment stage of radiation and immunotherapy. The cancer is advanced--diagnosed as stage 4, but I am hopeful and doing the right things in order to heal.

You can contact me by sending texts. I am sometimes able to receive visitors, but not all the time.
With much appreciation,
Omar
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Raised by 95 people in 3 months
Created February 13, 2019
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