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Support Crystal Marie Neubauer

$12,618 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 183 people in 27 days
Created April 26, 2019
After an unexpected and rapid weight loss, our friend Crystal Marie Neubauer has been diagnosed with Systemic Mastocytosis .

 Systemic Mastocytosis is a rare disorder where mast cells are abnormally increased in multiple organs including the bone marrow. Mast cells are immune cells that produce a variety of mediators, such as histamine, that are important in the body's allergic responses. When mast cells are present in greatly increased numbers, the amount of released mediators can be very high and cause multiple symptoms.

This diagnosis connects many dots from Crystal's health history, especially connected to the Chronic Lyme Disease that Crystal has been battling for decades. The disease is progressive and debilitating in nature and Crystal is experiencing a rapid decline in her daily abilities to function and participate in the normal activities of her life. There is no cure and treatments are limited to symptom management, and often the disease will cause the body to reject the very medications that could help stabilize her system.

As her friends, family, loyal patrons of her art, students of her art workshops, and people who love and care about her, we can help to support Crystal as she moves through the challenges she is facing and begins to transition her career path to be able to continue the teaching that she loves to do, through online courses rather than the physically exhaustive work and travel required to teach her classes live.

Medical costs and related expenses are mounting and will continue to rise. So many of us would love to do something tangible, and this Go Fund Me campaign is one way we can rally around Crystal to provide the support she needs, helping to shoulder her burden from locations across the country and around the world.

You can also continue to support Crystal by purchasing her artwork either from her online gallery or from any of the galleries representing her work. You can sign up and attend an in-person workshop with her either in her Racine studio  or at the limited off-site locations  she's scheduled to teach in 2019. Crystal also has an online Patreons & Peers  group where you can choose from different levels of patronage.

Please note that all funds raised from this fundraiser will be deposited directly into Crystal's bank account (less GoFundMe's 2.9% fee + .30  fee per credit/debit transactions). Zero fees are paid to the organizer.

We will continue to update you with news as Crystal begins seeing a specialist, who will determine the stage and anticipated trajectory of the disease.

The outpouring of love and support Crystal has received online has been powerful and encouraging. She will also continue to post and share her journey through her own writing and reflections on Facebook and her blog. Stay connected with Crystal by following her on Facebook here  or leave your comments for her to read on this page.

Thank you for sharing your love, prayers, thoughts and financial support as Crystal faces these challenges.


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Friends! We did it! We reached the initial fundraising goal of $10,000 in less than 3 days! Thank you to all who have contributed so far, to those still wishing to do something tangible for Crystal and to those who suggested that we keep the fundraising going and increase our goal (which we did.)

The initial goal of $10,000 may seem like a lot of money, and it's a small beginning toward the costs that will continue to mount over the course of this debilitating disease. The monies raised are helping to provide the support Crystal will need throughout all of the upcoming changes and transitions in her life - now and in the time ahead.

Based on the prognosis of this illness and immediate need, we have raised the fundraising goal to $18,000. Be certain that the money raised is deeply appreciated and will be used to offset the costs of medications, specialist's fees, co-payments, supplements, vehicle maintenance, gas to get to and from appointments, food, rent, utilities, and a million other things that she needs now and in the future.

This GoFundMe campaign will remain open indefinitely, with new fundraising goals created on an "as-needed" basis, and the contributions to it will gladly be received with gratitude and love.

Thank you all. ♥
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A heartfelt message from Crystal Neubauer:

Dear Friends and Family,

For the last three days I've been watching the response to the GoFundMe campaign, reading the comments left here and on my Facebook, emails, messages and texts. And for three days I've been expressing a complete loss of words over the generosity and outpouring of love coming my way. It has been an extraordinary experience to shift from believing I have to figure this all out on my own, to understanding how vast and how wide this web of friendship and support has been cast. I seriously have not known what to say. As of this writing, the GoFundMe has been shared over 600 times and today it surpassed its goal. Though mere words do seem inadequate, I want to tell you all that what you have done here is not being taken for granted. Your gifts and words have created an oasis from which I can begin to breathe and take the first steps on this journey towards better health and healing, not just of the body, but also of the mind and spirit.

Though I know that I may not be able to adequately thank everyone of you personally, I will never ever forget you or the love that is lifting me today. With the deepest gratitude and love. Thank you.
Crystal
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Raised by 183 people in 27 days
Created April 26, 2019
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