Woolf Isaacson Family Fund

$139,181 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,429 people in 5 months
Created July 6, 2018
Friends of the Woolf Isaacson Family
on behalf of Rebecca Woolf

31102740_1530858266281624_r.jpegOn June 30th, one day before his 44th birthday, Hal went to the ER with severe stomach pain.  They did an ultrasound followed by a CT scan and found a 4cm mass on his pancreas as well as lesions on his liver. They diagnosed him with Pancreatic Cancer in the ER.

Hal and Rebecca have since met with many amazing doctors. They are in GREAT hands. That said, the Cancer is Stage IV and pancreatic cancer does not currently have a cure. The medical team's goal is to shrink the tumors to allow Hal as much time as possible with his friends and family. This means he will be receiving chemo treatments every week indefinitely. It also means that the bills have already started piling up. 

We're mobilizing to help support this beloved family with their many expenses including: hospital bills, treatments, meds, childcare and beyond. The last thing any of us want is for financial stress to be added to what already is an incredibly challenging time. Anything leftover will be put into a college fund for the kids.

No donation is too small. Good vibes, sound baths, and prayers to the universe always appreciated. 

Rebecca, Hal, Archer, Fable, Bo & Revi, your tribe loves you. We are here for you. We will get you through this. Today and forever.

We love you.
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Hal Randall Isaacson
7/1/74 - 10/27/18 - Forever
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Sharing an update from Rebecca:

This picture was taken six weeks ago. It was Hal’s best week by far since his diagnosis and even though he was in bed much of the time he was as close as he’s been to his normal self. I’m sharing it tonight with some heartbreaking news. Last week, Hal took a significant turn for the worse and will no longer be treated for his disease. We knew when he was first diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic pancreatic Adenocarcinoma that the prognosis was dire but we agreed to do everything we could for as long as his body could take it. His body can no longer handle treatments, scans, ERCPs... so as of this weekend, with the help of hospice and our palliative team here at Cedars, we will be doing everything in our power to keep Hal comfortable — to be his angels until he can be ours. I will update more if/when there is more to update but for now, prayers, love, and good vibes will be accepted with open arms. To our dearest friends and family who have not left any of our sides, both physically and emotionally these last four months, I just... there are no words. I am eternally grateful and will be forever moved by your grace and solidarity.
To all of our friends who know us in story as opposed to flesh, who have celebrated with us our family milestones through photos and essays, birth videos and slow-mo Halloween couples costume jam sessions — who have been supporting our family from near and far, behind screens of all sizes, for more than thirteen years — we love and are eternally grateful for you, too. So much. Thank you for wrapping us all in your love. It has meant all of the difference. ❤️
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Thank you to everyone for the tremendous support. Please continue to spread the word.
Wanted to share this update on Instagram from Rebecca below.

rebeccawooolf The girls haven’t seen their dad in two weeks. There are no kids under 18 in the Oncology wing and the girls were at my parents’ the week Hal was on a more visitor-friendly floor. Our hope is to bring Hal home this week. Friends are coming to our house today to move furniture/make way for the hospital bed that will be delivered tomorrow. We’re still waiting for scans to see if last week’s 48 hours of intensive chemo did some damage to a disease I had to see to believe. Our kids have been amazing. I am overwhelmed by their humanity and the profoundness of their wisdom and deep love. I wish I could clone myself and be in two places at once but (thankfully ) we live minutes from the hospital so I can be with all my kids at bedtime and then come back to the hospital when they’re asleep. I can have coffee with Hal and breakfast with them. I can be home when I need to be and back at the hospital within minutes. I can love on my kids. Love on my man. Love on my kids. Love on my man. Love on my kids. I can do this because of the support system I have. Because of my parents who have been trading off coming up from San Diego. My cousins who are here this weekend. My brother who was here Friday. My sister who is coming next week. My brother-in-law and sister in law who have been out from NYC twice in two weeks. Hal’s beautiful love-filled parents. My incredible ride-or-die friends who SHOULD BE LEADING THE FREE WORLD THEY ARE QUEENS, ALL OF THEM. Setting up gofundmes and meal trains and delivering appliances and loving on my kids around the clock. There is a triage of support around us at all times and it’s unlike anything I have ever experienced. It has kept me sane, strong and able to handle what would otherwise feel unimaginable. I don’t even have to ask. Food appears. Love appears. Friends appear with their talismans and their superpowers and unconditional love for my family. And YOU. All of your words of support and love. Your generosity. Your truth. It’s overwhelming and I’m so grateful. Community is everything. People are everything. Love is everything.
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UPDATE: It's been a rough week but Hal has finally been moved to the cancer floor and is in the middle or receiving his first chemo treatment today (Saturday).

We are so thankful for all of your donations and we really appreciate all you've done to spread the word about the Woolf Isaacson Family Fund. We would like to keep the momentum going. Please spread the word so we can get closer to reaching our goal.

Letter from Rebecca Woolf pasted below:

Dear friends and family,

Thank you so much for your continued support. The strength we are accessing is in large part due to your love. Your words have been sacred. Your generosity is beyond what I can even wrap my head around. Our gratitude is infinite.

I had hoped to update you all before now but this past week has felt like a fever dream — a collision of unforeseen complications that brought us back to the hospital Monday morning and have kept us here.

Plans have shifted what feels like a thousand times and I wanted to make sure an update was clarifying as opposed to confusing so here goes:

- Hal Isaacson was officially diagnosed post biopsy with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. (Not the Steve Jobs one. And unfortunately he is not eligible for the Whipple procedure.)

- We were hoping to start chemo this past Monday but because of complications, doctors had to prioritize other things first.

- Tonight, Hal’s pic line was inserted and if all goes according to plan, chemo will start tomorrow.

- Hal will be in the hospital until we can find the best way to comfortably bring him home.

- We are taking what’s coming one moment at a time. Because that’s all we can do.

- If you’re trying to message Hal, please know that he is mostly unable to respond at the moment. He loves you.

Thank you, all, for standing with us. Thank you for holding us up. We love you with everything.

Rebecca Woolf
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$139,181 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,429 people in 5 months
Created July 6, 2018
Friends of the Woolf Isaacson Family
on behalf of Rebecca Woolf
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