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Send Eileen Love's Healing Power

$94,020 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,049 people in 12 months
Created May 21, 2018
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On March 13, 2018, Eileen Carson Schatz was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer.  On June 12, after three months of aggressive chemotherapy along with collective prayer and visualization to shrink a tumor, Eileen had a Cat Scan at the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Clinic to check her progress.  Mark and Eileen are happy to report that with two more months of chemo followed by targeted radiation, Eileen will be a good candidate for life-saving surgery, which is the only path to a cure for this pancreatic cancer. 

Because of the debilitating effects of the illness Eileen has had to step back from the things she loves most - dancing, singing, and presenting her arts integrated residencies in the schools. Her husband, Mark Schatz, has largely cleared his touring schedule so he can stay home and be her caregiver through this difficult time. So they are facing a drastic loss of income, not to mention expenses that insurance does not cover.

For most of her professional life Eileen has shared her love of traditional music and dance and has celebrated the value of cultural diversity through her theater presentations with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and The Fiddle Puppets. She is a Certified Teaching Artist specializing in arts integrated residencies in the schools, and is devoted to community outreach programs, especially with at-risk teens. With great generosity of spirit and artistic vision she educates, entertains, and inspires folks of all ages and backgrounds across the United States and abroad.

Mark & Eileen are humbled and bolstered by the generous donations and messages of love and encouragement they have received from friends and fans all over the world.  If you have not yet made a donation, your help is welcome and appreciated.  Expenses are expected to well exceed $50,000, so we will keep the campaign open in hopes of reaching $75,000.

Please join hands and hearts as we bond together to visualize healing and lend our financial support.

Love, Light, Hope, and Joy!
Christine (Bolthouse) Galante 
Footworks Company Member, 1997-present
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Dear Friends:

On May 15, Mark provided an update on Eileen’s condition. Her cancer recurred after the Whipple surgery and chemotherapy is no longer effective in slowing the disease. The medical goal now is to manage the symptoms the best they can. Mark says that though it’s been a physically and emotionally challenging journey, they are profoundly grateful for the time they have been able to spend together over the last year and a half, deepening their love and commitment to each other, which has been afforded them by the generous support of the blessed community around them.

They continue to live life to the fullest in whatever ways Eileen’s condition will allow. On May 17 they were in Chattanooga receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (photo above). A week earlier, with the help of good friend Tony Trischka, they went to see Mark’s former bandmates, Nickel Creek, at Carnegie Hall. They have been planting flowers in their yard and enjoying some of these glorious spring afternoons, looking out at the new green leaves from the back deck of their beautiful home. They have enjoyed visiting with old friends, laughing, crying, sharing news, and telling stories. Those who know Eileen know she has some great ones from her very full and engaged life of touring, dancing, singing, cutting up, and sharing her infectious enthusiasm and love with others. On June 8 Footworks will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a show at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis featuring Tim O’Brien, Charm City Junction, Baakari Wilder, and many of the troupe’s alums including former Fiddle Puppets Rodney Sutton, Matty Gordon, and Amy Fenton-Shine. (You can buy tickets at https://www.marylandhall.org/footworks-percussive-dance-ensemble-40th-anniversary-concert)

With Mark continuing to stay home, medical and day to day expenses have mounted so we have decided to raise the goal on the GoFundMe page to $100,000. This will help our two dear friends share what is really all of our most valuable resource, time, without the burden of financial worries. Please keep Mark and Eileen in your thoughts and prayers, and give a boost to the GoFundMe campaign if you are able.
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Dear Friends:

Eileen continues to recover from surgery and in the coming weeks she will undergo additional chemo treatments. Meanwhile, Mark is also recovering from surgery to repair a shoulder injury that has kept him from performing. The donations from GoFundMe have allowed Mark & Eileen to focus on their health, and they could still use our support in this time of need. So please give if you can, share this post, and continue to send Mark & Eileen love!

Laura
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An update from Mark...

We went to Johns Hopkins early on October 30th and Eileen had a successful Whipple surgery. It’s a complicated 7-hour procedure and the recovery was quite challenging, keeping her there for just over three weeks. The team taking care of her round the clock at Hopkins was superb! I stayed there in the room with her giving her moral and hands-on support. Of course I was continuing my own recovery from rotator cuff surgery that I had on Oct 3. We sincerely thank all of the friends and family that dropped by bringing cheer, flowers, and food.

Eileen was discharged on the November 21 and we were able to make it to Thanksgiving at my brother’s in Potomac the next day. Eileen’s meal was tomato soup, but we nonetheless felt like we sure had a lot to be thankful for! Her recovery at home has been slow but steady. There’s some pretty constant GI distress of one sort or another as her system gets used to the changes wrought within her. But we are assured that this will diminish with time as she slowly gets her strength back.

In the meantime she decorated the house for Chanukah and we had a little gathering on the fourth night with family where I served my famous latkes and we did a hora around the family room to one of the rousing Chanukah songs. We are feeling very blessed to have good hope of beating this disease, and we once again thank all who have expressed love and support and contributed to make it possible for us to make it through this challenging time with minimal financial worries.
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We're so close to our goal! Please share with friends to help us get there, or attend the Eileen Carson Benefit featuring Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Tony Trischka, Footworks, and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer on Sunday Sept. 16, 2018. Doors: 5:30 PM; Show: 6:30 PM; All Ages. Tix at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1750360
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Raised by 1,049 people in 12 months
Created May 21, 2018
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