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Stella for Star (Beat that cancer)!

$108,584 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 937 people in 1 month
Created April 19, 2019
Hello wonderful community--

So many of you have reached out about a way to help in this intense moment for the Altwies/Thone Family. 

Stella-- who we all know is sweeter than coconut cream pie-- has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant cancer. Her doctors have started her on a course of treatment that begins with chemo, and may combine radiation and surgery. The specifics will respond and change along the way, but it is a road to healing that will likely take over 10 months. It is going to be a difficult road.

In order to try to give Hans and Amy the ability to put their focus on taking care of both of their daughters above everything else during this time, we put together a picture of the amount it would take to keep the framework of their life in tact-- the mortgage, car, and household bills, offsetting lost wages, and school tuitions. In round numbers, that adds up to $100,000.

For all those who want to help in a tangible way for this lengthy fight to Stella's recovery, a donation to help keep this family focused on recovery would be an incredible boon to these people, who are such a beautiful, generous, and passionate keystone to our lives.

You can stay up to date at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stellaaltwies

If you want to help with a (highly specific) meal, please visit: https://takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=WZIT8034

We will update you as more needs emerge  for hands-on support in this marathon of healing. For now this show of love, along with your thoughts, prayers, and exhortations of healing is so immensely appreciated.
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Hey everyone! Wow are you awesome! Please keep up the amazing sharing and supporting you are doing to lift up our wonderful friends in this difficult time.

I also wanted to let you know that there is an update out on CaringBridge (Stella Altwies), as well as sharing this letter from Lyssa Browne, who is organizing meal delivery:

"Hi friends of Amy, Hans, Charlotte, and Stella,

The whole family is so grateful for the beautiful and nutritious meals they've been getting. Thank you all!

We've added another month to the meal delivery schedule. If you've already taken a meal I encourage you to forward this message to other friends of Amy and Hans as well. There are so many people who wish they could contribute in some way and this is a tangible way for folks to feel a little less helpless."

Here's the link to the schedule:
https://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/WZIT8034

With love and gratitude!
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Save the date for SONGS FOR STELLA-- and share this invite with your friends!

On Wednesday May 22, musicians connected with Seattle’s theatre community will offer a benefit concert at the Royal Room in Columbia City to help with our effort to raise funds to allow Hans and Amy to focus on caring for both of their daughters above everything else during this time. .

Sarah Rudinoff will emcee and probably sing with each band; musical participants include the Victor Janusz Band (featuring Medearis Dixson, Spencer Hoveskeland & Steve White, late of the Blue Man Group; the Julia Francis Band (featuring Cirke, Joseph Barton, Darrell Warren, Dennis Rhodes & Irvin Joseph); Off the Hook featuring Miss Mamie Lavona (with Brian Smith, Lew Foust, Ponce Bautista, Sydney Wolfe, Billy Crumbaker, and Jeremy Shask); and The Klein Party (Eric Ray Anderson, Joe Casalini, Brandon Campbell, Mark Lutwak & Sabrina Pope) with special guest, Caitlin Frances.

The concert is all-ages and family friendly. Doors open at 6PM; musicians will perform from 7-10PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for 18 and under. Advance tickets may be purchased at https://StellaSongs.brownpapertickets.com. Additional donations will be solicited during the evening.

People who are unable to attend, but who wish to contribute can do so online at https://www.gofundme.com/stella-for-star.

For all those who want to help in a tangible way for this lengthy fight to Stella's recovery, donations to help keep this family focused on recovery would be an incredible boon to these people, who are such a beautiful, generous, and passionate keystone to our lives.
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Good evening all--

My boys (3 years and 9 months) and I got to play in the Thone-Altwies front yard this afternoon --we made "rock tea" and sang loud & loving impromptu songs while we kept our germs away from Stella.
Stella was inside eating piles of pancakes.
And you all pushed us past the halfway mark of this goal in supporting this remarkable family in this difficult time!

All in all, a WONDERFUL day.
Thank you for your generosity in all ways.
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First off, a huge THANK YOU to all of those who have brought us to this first benchmark of help for the Altwies-Thone clan. You are amazing.

...And now. We have had time to sit down and look at the big picture...

In order to try to give Hans and Amy the ability to put their focus on taking care of both of their daughters above everything else during this time, we put together a picture of the amount it would take to keep the framework of their life in tact-- the mortgage, car, and household bills, offsetting lost wages, and school tuitions. In round numbers, that adds up to $100,000.

For all those who want to help in a tangible way for this lengthy fight to Stella's recovery, a donation to help keep this family focused on recovery would be an incredible boon to these people, who are such a beautiful, generous, and passionate keystone to our lives.

Please consider giving, please consider sharing.
With so much love and gratitude,
TEAM STELLA
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Raised by 937 people in 1 month
Created April 19, 2019
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