Paella House - Life After Cancer

$19,505 of $28,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 25 months
Hello! My name is Alejandro, and I live in Port Townsend, Washington, with my wife Heidi and my two beautiful children.

In 2014 we created Paella House and started cooking paella at the local farmers market and for private events.  In our first year of operations we have accomplished great things and have received quite the support from our neighbors. 


Unfortunately, 2015 has been the biggest challenge in our lives together so far. 

Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of last year, changing our lives forever.  She was just 34 and had recently finished breastfeeding our son.  She was working with children at the Headstart program and with her immune system being heavily compromised, her oncologist advised her to quit her job to avoid infections during her chemotherapy.  Heidi underwent surgery to remove part of her breast and suffered through fourteen rounds of chemotherapy before the nerve damage in her fingers and toes became so bad that she was unable to finish her treatment.


 At the same time Heidi was undergoing chemotherapy, we were working on our business and taking care of our children.  Without her income, we have been living off of our savings and the income from Paella House, but those savings are now depleted.  Port Townsend is a small town with little to no employment opportunities.  We want to make our business succeed so that we can stay and raise our children here.


To take our company to the next level we really need your help.  We want to streamline our work and be more efficient so that we can attend the large festivals.  Having our own food trailer will help us get there, but we need to build it fast so that we can have it ready before the summer.  We want to build a trailer that looks like a house from the coast of Spain, from which we will be cooking our paellas. 


By helping us:

You are contributing to a family that needs a break after a terrible, life changing year but want to continue pursuing their dream.

You are supporting healthy food with ingredients sourced from local, organic farms.

You are contributing to a family that is passionate about what they do and where they live.
We believe in good food, in good people and community.

Thank you very much for taking the time to learn about our story.  We would be forever grateful if you could please share this with your contacts. 

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The Paella House trailer is ready! Woohoo!!! Thank you so much for helping us make this dream become a reality! We had our first event today at the "Race to Alaska" down by the Pope Marine Park. Everyone was stoked to see our new setup. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
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Woohoo!!!! The day has finally come. The Paella House trailer is completed! Thanks to all of you, our dream has come true! If everything goes well, we should be picking it up on Tuesday and we will be doing our first event the following day. If you are in Port Townsend, don't miss the Race to Alaska party on Wednesday at the Pope Marine Park to check it out. There will be live music too! Please let us know if you are one of the donors, so we can give you a big hug! The whole family will be there!
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Even though we have been quiet for a while, we sure have been quite busy. It's becoming a reality! Thanks to all of you and a little help from the bank, we have been able to fully fund the construction of the trailer. We have been working hard so we can have it ready as soon as possible. It won't quite be ready for the beginning of the farmers market season but we foresee that it'll be completed in about 4 more weeks. We will post pictures once it is finished, but here is a sneak peak! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS A REALITY FOR US!
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We just picked up the trailer in Portland! We're so excited to start building on it! We will keep posting updates as we make progress.
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Juan Carlos Vildosola Garmendia
25 months ago
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ANIMO CHICOS, ESTAMOS CON VOSOTROS,BESOS

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Beth Mackey
24 months ago

God bless you as you continue to conduct your business of delicious food and raising your beautiful family .

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Danielle Dintelmann
24 months ago

Can't donate, had a rough spot myself. But I'll gladly share your page on my Facebook. Good luck.

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$19,505 of $28,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 25 months
Created March 21, 2016
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Luis Aparicio
2 months ago

Wish Alejandro and his family all the best. My family was hit by Cancer and is really tough. Hope everything is going well!

$100
Marlene Newman
9 months ago

Our 40 year old daughter also has breast cancer - a second recurrence. I just talked to you about booking a party at Fort Worden. She will be there. Hope we can make it work. Best wishes to your family.

WV
$25
William Vaughn
15 months ago
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Looking forward to trying your Paella this spring!

$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
WD
$50
Wendy Davis
16 months ago

Merry Christmas! Fantastic news!!!

MH
$100
Michael and Mai Haberpointner
17 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving from Michael and Mai!

JL
$25
Jackie Lee
17 months ago

We really enjoyed your paella today.

Juan Carlos Vildosola Garmendia
25 months ago
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ANIMO CHICOS, ESTAMOS CON VOSOTROS,BESOS

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Beth Mackey
24 months ago

God bless you as you continue to conduct your business of delicious food and raising your beautiful family .

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Danielle Dintelmann
24 months ago

Can't donate, had a rough spot myself. But I'll gladly share your page on my Facebook. Good luck.

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