Help Thérèse Beat Cancer!

$71,032 of $100k goal

Raised by 361 people in 14 months
Derrick Kardos
on behalf of Therese DePrez
 NEW YORK, NY
Great friend to us all, and brilliant Production Designer, Thérèse DePrez, is battling Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

She was first diagnosed in May of last year and has been undergoing full time cancer treatment since. She has had 16 initial rounds of chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes in late December.

She is now CANCER FREE. However, tests have revealed that she is HER 2 positive, meaning that her cancer was particularly aggressive.

In order to be even more certain about preventing its return, she is now undergoing daily radiation treatment for the next 7 weeks as well as 17 more rounds of another type of chemotherapy.

Thérèse is a fighter! And she will beat this. But, she has been unable to design/work (which probably bugs her more than the actual cancer!).

The best way we can help Thérèse is by relieving her of the enormous stress of worrying about money during this very challenging time.

Donations will be used to help her with her mortgage, living, medical and growing health insurance expenses until she can (eagerly!) return to doing what she loves.

We’ll keep everyone updated here on her incredible progress.
PLEASE send love, good vibes, and whatever your can…
And SPREAD THE WORD!

With Love,
Derrick, Rafy & Suzanne
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Update 2
Posted by Derrick Kardos
5 months ago
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Hi everyone--

It's now been 19 months since Thérèse was first diagnosed with cancer.. 19 months of hard-fought war against this terrible thing.

We thought she'd been through the worst of it and we were all hoping she'd be healthy and able to work again by now.

Unfortunately, the side effects from her ongoing treatment have become serious and debilitating. Among these side effects are severe vertigo, distorted vision, unrelenting headaches, and physical pain.

Her doctors say these are the cumulative effects of cancer hormone and chemo therapy. They’ve done numerous tests, MRIs, PETscans, etc.. she now regularly sees a neurologist, ophthalmologist, and other head specialists in addition to her oncologist. She continues to receive - under close supervision - her chemo and hormone therapy, and she attends a neurology/cognitive/physical therapy program 3 days a week.

Thérèse's battle has gone on much longer than expected.. as a result, the enormous stress of worrying about finances has reared its ugly head again. The ongoing cost of hospitalization, treatment, maintaining insurance.. the cost of new specialists.. potentially losing her home.. all of this stress is quite bad for her health and recovery.

But we can relieve this stress. We all need Thérèse to focus on just one thing, the most important thing: Fighting cancer and getting better!

Thérèse is more than a friend to me. She is more than the world to me. I wouldn't be the artist I am today if it weren't for her. I wouldn't be the man I am. She is everything to me. I know I speak for so many when I say that.

I don't like to ask again, but ask again I must:
Please.. give what you can. Please spread the word.

The night is darkest before dawn, and I believe it. The night is pretty dark right now.

But Thérèse IS going to make it. And the dawn will be beautiful.

Lets rally again and get her there!

With love,
Derrick

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Update 1
Posted by Derrick Kardos
14 months ago
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Everyone--
We reached our goal of 30K in just 3 days!
This is INCREDIBLE!
In response - we've raised the goal to dream-level! So that everyone who wants to help, can.
Lets see what we can do! Thérèse can definitely use ALL the help we can give.
She started her daily radiation treatments this week, which aren't easy.. so all of this LOVE and SUPPORT could not have come at a better time. She is overwhelmed (in the best way possible!) by it.
Again -- THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! !!!!
#TeamThérèse
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Vic Winterfeld
14 months ago
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Unfortunately I can't help monetarily at the moment. I can help with cannibis oil which has proven to kill cancer.

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$71,032 of $100k goal

Raised by 361 people in 14 months
Created February 29, 2016
Derrick Kardos  
on behalf of Therese DePrez
TM
$100
Teresa Mastropierro
4 days ago
JB
$50
Judah Benjamin
9 days ago
EC
$50
Emory Van Cleve
1 month ago

Hi Therese, Sorry to hear about this struggle. Hang in there! Emory (Elvis)

TW
$100
Thomas Wallin
1 month ago
BF
$500
Bob Frederickson
1 month ago
GS
$200
Greg Sullivan
2 months ago
$15
Anonymous
2 months ago
PB
$250
Peter Baran
2 months ago

Love, Peter and Maya

DM
$20
David Munro
3 months ago

Big hugs Therese!

BE
$100
Bill Eggler
4 months ago
1
1

I'm sad to hear Thérèse is sick! I knew her in New York in the '80s, I was friends with her brother Mike back then and I was blown away by her incredible talent. Wishing her much healing and love.

Vic Winterfeld
14 months ago
3
3

Unfortunately I can't help monetarily at the moment. I can help with cannibis oil which has proven to kill cancer.

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