The Acro-Cats Mom's Cancer Fund

$67,972 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 1,290 people in 7 months
Created March 10, 2018
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Samantha Martin, the creator and Chief Executive Human behind the  Amazing Acro-Cats , has worked for years to promote life-saving animal training techniques. Traveling across the country, she encourages and supports feline fostering, rescue and adoption. Since 2009, Samantha has rescued and found homes for 216 cats, and proceeds from her shows have helped local agencies in countless towns visited by the troupe. But, in a cruel twist of fate, it’s now Samantha who needs help. Please read her statement below:
“In January, I was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer. It is serious, but treatable. I am scared, but determined to beat it. I have too much to do, and too many cats to save, to give up now.  To complicate things even further, I broke my right foot while on tour in February. Now I have to wait until after I’ve completed the cancer treatment before they can operate on the foot. 

The treatment plan calls for 6 weeks of radiation and chemo, followed by 6 weeks to let the treatment work in my body. Then I will have two  surgical procedures, (not counting my foot,) to remove the tumor and follow up. While insurance will cover most of the medical expenses, without income, my major concern is for the animals that look to me for care.

I will be unable to work for at least six months, and without touring, I will have no income. I'm reaching out for your help to provide a supplemental source of funds to pay for food, shelter, vet bills and other operating expenses during my recovery.  I need to raise an initial $50,000 to handle the cattery, vet bills, my living expenses, and other necessary costs. I know it's a lot to ask, but it will really help cover expenses during the time I'll be physically unable to work. 

I don’t mind sharing that I’m afraid of what’s coming, but I get by each day knowing how many friends and supporters are out there for me. Please keep me and the cats in your thoughts as I go through this. We need all the help we can get.   Thank you and I love you all."

Please donate, share, and spread the word in any way you can.  Any donation is greatly appreciated!
You can also send donations directly to Rock Cats Rescue Po box 376 brooks, ga. 30205.

We also have an Amazon Wish List  for those who prefer to donate items in lieu of cash.  

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Good news everyone! I had my second surgery a little over a month ago. This last surgery has definitely been the toughest, but I am finally feeling well enough to move around and get some things done.
Most importantly taking care of all my Little foster kittens! We have a total of 9 right now! One is still on the bottle. Four are currently looking for homes (little Dany was adopted by Sterling the trap king of Atlanta and goes everywhere with him)
The other four are about five weeks old and growing fast! I am training all of them to do some cute tricks and run to a carrier at the sound of a whistle.
If anyone is looking to adopt, please let me know. These are all very special, hand raised kittens.
Right now I’m still pretty limited in what I can do, but we have a mini tour planned for November and our annual New Orleans gig is on for December!
As of now between the treatments and the two surgeries, I am cancer free. My first scan is in three weeks, so fingers crossed I stay cancer free and can get the kitties back on the road to meet all you fabulous people that have been so supportive during this difficult time.
I am still waiting on the insurance company to determine what all they are covering, so I haven’t officially raised my goal amount, but it looks like I won’t be having income coming in for another six weeks. We have run low on cat and foster kitten food, so I have updated the Amazon wish list, if you would like to help. Thank you all again for all your support. I couldn’t have gotten through this without you.
Here is the Amazon list to help feed the kitties
Newest bottle baby. Baby Bobby
Our 5 week old babies
We are looking for our furrever home!
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I am almost a month post surgery. Feeling better every day.
The surgery was a success and the tumor was removed with clear margins and 27 lymph nodes as well.
I met with my oncologist to discuss my pathology results. After a lengthy discussion of my case, we decided to skip mop up chemo. Only one node showed some tiny cells...The original one, closest to the tumor. The pre-adjunct chemo radiation did it’s job and the surgery removed everything with clean margins. He felt I would be a good candidate to just do frequent scans. So no more chemo! Yay!
I’m still not out of the woods yet. I have to have one more surgery in the next month or so and recover from that.
But if all goes well, by late fall Acro Cats may be able to be back on the road for a spell.
Since I am still on the mend, I am keeping busy taking care of some orphan kitten bottle babies. Their mother was hit by a car, so I’m taking care of them till they find their furrever homes.
Sophia and Georgia our older foster have found their furrever humans, but Phoebe is still waiting to meet her special human. She is affectionate and super smart. Loves people and other cats. She is even trained to do a few cool tricks. If anyone is interested in meeting her let us know.
My next appointment is August 14 and hopefully I will have healed enough by then to schedule the final surgery.
In the meantime thank you all for your continued support. The Amazon wish list has been so helpful, in keeping my cats taken care of during this difficult time.
Plus thank you all so much for all the cards, donations and supportive letters. It’s really helped keep me going on difficult days.
Four orphan bottle babies.
My name is Phoebe and I need a home!
I even know how to “sit pretty”.
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The big surgery is tomorrow! It's a pretty intense surgery and my hospital stay could be up to a week! As you know I finished chemo/radiation back in mid May. I had an MRI recently to check the progress of my treatment. The good news is the tumor has shrunk considerably and nothing showed up in the lymph nodes. So I'm super hopeful that the pre-adjunct chemo/radiation has taking care of the lymph node involvement.
I was able to do a short tour in the surrounding Georgia area in June, but have no idea when I will be healed enough to get back out on the road.
Sadly we decided to cancel our Denver dates in September, because there is just not enough time for proper healing. Hopefully by the end of the year I can start living a more normal life and I can be back out doing what I love.
The good news is our little foster Georgia was adopted. She was dumped on our property and it took a week to catch her. She quickly warmed up to us and we found her a forever home. We have one other foster kitty staying with us we named Phoebe.
She is an adorable kitten found outside a movie theatre in griffin GA. If your interested in adopting this little orphan please let us know.
Thanks to all that have to contributed to support the cats and myself during this difficult time. I'll update you all as soon as I can after surgery.
Georgia and her new mom
Phoebe hoping to find her furrever home
Thank you all that have sent cards
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Great news! I finished my last chemo/radiation treatment on Tuesday. Overall I handled phase 1 of treatment fairly well, but the last week and a half hit pretty hard. Since the radiation and chemo continues to work in the body for a while, I'll still be feeling the effects for a couple of weeks. The doctors felt I would be in good enough shape for me to do a mini tour in June before my surgery on July 9th! Hurray! We have scheduled three shows. Asheville NC on June 13, Atlanta Georgia on June 16 and 17th. And Athens Georgia on June 19. You can find the ticketing information here. http://www.circuscats.com/schedule.html#.WwB19kEpDYV
Unfortunately I am still stuck in my boot and dealing with the broken toe that happened in February. Since it is a displaced fracture and they didn't do surgery, it's going to take a very long time to heal sadly. Hopefully by mid June it will have repaired itself enough that I can do the shows without a heavy boot on. Needless to say 2018 has not been the best year.
I am so thankful to all of you for your continued care and Financial support. Having so many people out there rooting for me, makes all the difference. I'm hoping a year from now this will be a distant memory and that the cats and I can continue on with our mission.
We have just applied for our not-for-profit status here in Georgia, as the rock cats rescue. The paperwork has been filed, so now it's just a waiting game.
In other news, we have two rescue kittens. One appears to have been dumped off on our property. We named her Georgia. The other was found outside the local movie theater. Her name is phoebe. Both are doing very well and will be available for adoption soon. Thanks again to all that have either donated to here, sent cards, wish list items or checks. Also thank you to so many friends that have come to visit and donated their time to help around Meowy Manor. Love to you all from me and the troupe .
Our newest rescue Phoebe
Little Georgia is growing like a weed!
Ringing the bell at my final radiation
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