The Acro-Cats Mom's Cancer Fund

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Raised by 1,108 people in 1 month

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.

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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. 

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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!

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

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Thank you all for your continued support, donations and cards! The donations came at a great time, since many of the kitties had vet appointments in the last couple of weeks. So thank you all so much! If you have any questions about donating directly to the vet office, you can email Debra baumann for assistance. her email is squirrelpet@yahoo.com
I Just finished my first full week of treatment with chemo and radiation. I started last Thursday. So far minimal side effects, but I know it takes a couple of weeks for most side effects to manifest. Fingers crossed I have minimal reaction. Treatments continue til May 14, so I'm hoping for a complete response. I'll do my best to keep you all posted as things progress. Thank you all again!
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Thank you all for your generous donations to my campaign and the wonderful Amazon wish list gifts! The cards and checks were a great help in both spirit and couldn't have come at a better time as we had several vet appointments for some of our feline family. It's been a very discouraging journey so far because I haven't found a team of professionals that I feel comfortable or confident in. I have an appointment tomorrow with cancer centers of America in Georgia, in hopes they will listen to what my quality of life needs are. I'm continuing to research on my own and learn as much about this disease as I can. I know I have a rough road ahead of me and knowing you all are out there to help support me and my fur babies during this time mean a great deal to me. I'll update again after this next set of appointments. And treatment is expected to start very soon. Once again of you have any questions regarding the Amazon wish list or donating directly to our vet please contact Debra baumann squirrelpet@yahoo.com. The kitties and I thank you!
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Sorry for the delay in update, but In addition to everything else, I was hit with a bad case of the flu. The universe must really want me to slow down and take care of myself, and thanks to all of you great folks coming together to help, that will be possible!

In less than a week, my initial goal has been met! In addition, several packages arrived last week from my Amazon wish list and Chewy with food for the cats and other supplies needed to keep the household running.

We also have a third donation option. Our wonderful vet in Georgia, Fayette Veterinary Medical Center, is prepared to take donations of any amount and apply those donations directly to the Acro-Cats medical account. http://fayettecountypets.com/

There will be exams, vaccines, lab work, and dentals in our near future and any contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you again!!

(If you have any questions about how to donate directly to our vet or how to access our Amazon Wishlist, please email Debra Baumann
squirrelpet@yahoo.com

Such a huge weight has been lifted off of me, knowing that my cats and myself will be cared for during this crushing time and I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful caring family out there.
I'm hoping that my bout with the flu is not going to delay my treatment any longer.
I have an appointment with the new oncologist on Tuesday and have found a surgeon that I like and feel confident in, but that part comes further down the road. I will keep everyone posted to the best of my ability as treatment begins.
Once again thank you all!
Donation from chewy
Amazon boxes arriving!
Roux and St Claude being adorable
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