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Send Eileen Love's Healing Power

$57,380 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 653 people in 1 month
Created May 21, 2018
On March 13 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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For the past three months, Eileen has been receiving chemo treatments to shrink a tumor that will make life saving surgery possible. Yesterday she had a Cat Scan at the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Clinic to check her progress. And after meeting with a team of doctors who reviewed her case, 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 surgery!

Mark & Eileen continue to be 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.
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Woooo hoooo! We've reached our goal of $50,000!!!
Thank you to all who have donated, spread the word, and sent words of encouragement to Eileen and Mark.

Fighting cancer takes a toll physically, emotionally and financially. We hope that even more will contribute to the campaign so we can continue to offer support.
Eileen and Mark in Shetland, 1990.
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Dear Friends, here's a message from Mark:

Eileen and I are humbled and profoundly touched by the outpouring of love, prayers, support, and donations. As you can see, we are well on our way to realizing our goal. Surpassing it would assure us resources for medical bills and unexpected expenses, and would add a sense of security with our long term time frame for continuing care being uncertain.

We are happy to report that though Eileen remains quite weak, with the help of a well-respected naturopath in our area, many of her debilitating digestive difficulties have subsided significantly so after more than a month on a liquid diet she is starting to be able eat selected solid food again, providing a welcome lift of spirits.
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Eileen and Mark are extremely moved and humbled by the outpouring of support from friends and fans. The donations and the words of encouragement have been uplifting. Still, Eileen is in a struggle for her health and today is in the hospital fighting an infection. Please, keep spreading the word, and help us get well past the current goal.
Amy, Eileen and Mark in Glasgow, 1990.
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$57,380 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 653 people in 1 month
Created May 21, 2018
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