The Acro-Cats Mom's Cancer Fund

$75,608 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 1,436 people in 9 months
Created March 10, 2018
Fundraising team

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.  

+ Read More
Great news! My CT scan results are back and I am cancer free! I have to get check ups every three months, but as of now I am considered cured and we are currently scheduling our tour for next year.
However my foot is still broken from last February. Sigh. A displaced break of fifth metatarsal takes a long time to heal sadly. As long as I am careful, I can wear somewhat normal shoes.
But the best news is I am cancer free! Thank you all so much for your continued support during this journey. It means so much to me and all he kitties here at Meowy Manor.
+ Read More
Happy Meowloween everyone.
I finally received word from the insurance company that they will not be covering the critical care portion of my policy because the illness occurred within 90 days of policy starting. This is quite a financial blow. Although quite a bit of my medical bills were covered, I was counting on that that extra critical illness portion. Between the cost of the insurance policy itself and the out-of-pocket expenses, I am in quite a financial bind. I have raised my goal to help cover these costs and appreciate any assistance. We also have our Amazon wish list if you would like to purchase something from that for the kitties directly. We are still caring for quite a few foster kittens, as they wait for their furrever home.
As far as my health. I’m feeling much stronger and able to assume more responsibilities every day. My latest CEA was normal, but since I hadn’t had a full scan since my initial diagnosis we are doing a CT on Friday. I will let everyone know the results as soon as I get them. If I am confirmed cancer free, then the Acro Cats will be heading to the south west starting January. Fingers crossed I am truly cancer free and I can resume my life.
In other mews. We have 7 foster kittens still looking for homes! All are loving bottle babies that I hand reared during my illness. You can contact us at info@amazinganimals.biz for more info on the adoption process.
My name is Arya and need a furrever home
Happy meowloween from all the Acro Cats
+ Read More
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!
+ Read More
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”.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$75,608 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 1,436 people in 9 months
Created March 10, 2018
Fundraising team
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
Jacque Newman
3 days ago
Andrea Gelfuso
4 days ago
jennifer wilson
6 days ago
16 days ago
Tina DeLauri
17 days ago
18 days ago
Heather Black
25 days ago
Julianne H
29 days ago
Therese Kaplan
29 days ago
Kathy Busick
1 month ago
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.