Paella House - Life After Cancer

$19,195 of $28k goal

Raised by 175 people in 11 months
Alejandro de Basilio  PORT TOWNSEND, WA
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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Update 17
Posted by Alejandro De Basilio
28 days ago
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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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Update 16
Posted by Alejandro De Basilio
1 month ago
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The big day has come! The paella house on wheels just got the green light and the first parts are being ordered already. The first piece is being built in Portland, OR, which is the base of the trailer, and that will be ready in about 3 weeks. We don't quite have the full funding just yet but we are excited to get started and take baby steps until it's fully finished. Today marks a huge milestone! A milestone that couldn't have been reached without YOUR support. THANK YOU!!!
The latest news on Heidi's health couldn't be better. She just had her annual MRI and she is in the clear! Nothing but good news all around us! Merry Christmas!
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Update 15
Posted by Alejandro De Basilio
2 months ago
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Hello everyone!

Well, after a wild season this 2016, we are very happy to say that the business of cooking paella is certainly a lot of fun and quite successful. After things started to slow down this season, we started meeting with the builder who will be putting this project together. We've had to modify the initial concept and try to simplify it quite a bit, but we couldn't be happier with the result. The new paella trailer concept will be more manageable, more efficient, better looking and best of all, $30,000 cheaper. This means that we are only $9,000 away from our goal! We wanted to reach out to everyone who has contributed to our gofundme campaign and say that, thanks to you, we are now closer than ever to reaching our goal and fulfilling our dream. We will continue to post updates as new developments occur. THANK YOU!!!!
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Update 14
Posted by Alejandro De Basilio
5 months ago
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Summer is almost over and things will start to die down soon, which means we can dedicate lots of time to getting the Paella House trailer started! We will keep updating as we progress. Thank you!
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Juan Carlos Vildosola Garmendia
11 months ago
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ANIMO CHICOS, ESTAMOS CON VOSOTROS,BESOS

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Beth Mackey
9 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
10 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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$19,195 of $28k goal

Raised by 175 people in 11 months
Created March 21, 2016
Alejandro de Basilio  
WV
$25
William Vaughn
1 month ago
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1

Looking forward to trying your Paella this spring!

$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
WD
$50
Wendy Davis
1 month ago

Merry Christmas! Fantastic news!!!

MH
$100
Michael and Mai Haberpointner
2 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving from Michael and Mai!

JL
$25
Jackie Lee
3 months ago

We really enjoyed your paella today.

$5
Gayle Risley-Dintelmann
4 months ago
KP
$50
Kathy Pool
5 months ago
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago (Offline Donation)
KL
$300
Ken Lamprecht
8 months ago
WR
$25
Whitney Radant
9 months ago
Juan Carlos Vildosola Garmendia
11 months ago
1
1

ANIMO CHICOS, ESTAMOS CON VOSOTROS,BESOS

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Beth Mackey
9 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
10 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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