THE FOUR WAYS YOU CAN HELP US ARE:
1.) PURCHASE A PRINT - PLEASE LOOK IN THE GALLERY ABOVE TO VIEW ANN'S PAINTINGS.
When you see Ann"s work in the gallery we hope you will find one or more that you will want for yourself or as gifts for friends.
*IMPORTANT* After you have completed your Print Order Donation, PLEASE SELECT THE NAME OF THE PRINT YOU WANT FROM THE GALLERY AND EMAIL THE NAME OF THE PRINT TO firstname.lastname@example.org THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN FULFILL YOUR ORDER, AS THIS SITE PROVIDES NO WAY TO SELECT THE PRINT DIRECTLY WITH YOUR DONATION. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS ADDITIONAL STEP, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN YOU RECEIVE YOUR PRINT. THANK YOU!
2.) DONATION - Any donation, no matter how small, is extremely important right now. $5 - $10 -$20 - ANY AMOUNT. WE NEED TO BUILD MOMENTUM NOW. THE CLOCK IS TICKING ON THE CAMPAIGN, AND ON ANN'S LIFE.
3.) JOIN ANN'S TEAM AS A FRIEND AND SUPPORTER - Fellow artists, kindred spirits, friends, current cancer paitents and surviors. We welcome you. Email email@example.com for an invatation.
4.) SPREAD THE WORD - Please help by sharing the links to Ann's campaign and her website, carterartworks.com. Please send to your friends.
ANN HAS BEEN PAINTING ALL OF HER LIFE. WE HOPE TO USE HER OWN WORK OF A LIFETIME NOW TO SAVE HER LIFE. JUST BY OWNING ONE OF ANN'S PAINTINGS, YOU CAN HELP HER WIN THIS BATTLE.
ON OCTOBER 26th, 2011, the lady you see above and my best friend, Ann Carter, was diagnosed with non small cell inoperable lung cancer and was told she had one year to live. A year and a half later, Ann, with her loving and devoted husband of 40 years, Don Carter (pictured above) beside her is still fighting for her life and is determined to continue this battle until she beats the socks off her cancer. Our campaign is simple. We want our friend Ann to live many more years and you can help make that happen. Ann is a life long artist with a loving spirit, a resilient personality and a true sense of what it means to be a loyal friend. She is a generous kind hearted person who truly needs your help.
Lung cancer is a terrible, debilitating, and often very painful disease. It can strike anyone. It does not discriminate. It is one of the most difficult cancers to cure, but it need not be a death sentence. The key today is to be able to have access to the latest technologies available and get to one of the hospitals or cancer centers that have the most advanced treatment modalities. The standard treatment approach of radiation, chemotherapy, and in some cases surgery, is an approach that has not changed much in over 60 years. It is often effective in cases with early detection, but stage IV cancers such as Ann's require much more aggressive treatments and care than is currently available to Ann.
Unfortunately, Ann has limited options where she lives. While Ann has received the very best treatment available to her and has been very well cared for by her doctors, she has reached the end of the road as to what can be done for her there in terms of further treatment for her cancer. There is no second opinion available, there are no alternative treatments and there are no clinical trials.
About two months ago Ann began having terrible debilitating pains in her back. Cancer was found in her spine. Ann was given more radiation treatments for her spine, more drugs to manage her pain and other health concerns. Although the drugs are necessary for her care, the side effects are also debilitating. The cancer itself may be affecting her mental abilities to the point that it was difficult for a period of time for Ann to concentrate and think clearly, and she was totally dependent on others for her care. She has friends who are of course doing everything they can, but she is in need of help. She has bounced back a great deal already and is now lucid, communicating well and getting her strength back. Ann's doctors have recommended palliative care, giving Ann three to six months to live and placed her in a hospice. But please remember, Ann was told she had one year to live. That was eighteen months ago.
Ann is a fighter, she is not ready to give in to this cancer, not about quit, and not about to give up. We invite you to join her fight, to help Ann regain her mobility through supplementary hospice care until her doctors feel it is safe for her to return home and to seek out additional opinions and treatment options.
YOU can help make this happen. Ann is 59 years old. She is a wonderful person loved by many. We believe she can still beat this, with your help, we intend to do so.
Your help and support is urgently needed.
Hospice care varies as greatly as the disease itself, from state to state and country to country. Some are outstanding, but many do not have the resources to do more than minimal care. Patients are sometimes in a small room and go from their beds, into a chair where they often sit for 12 hours or more, and then back into bed. Your day is defined by your medication schedule, being helped in and out of your bed and bathroom, tv, and hours of monotonous waiting. The nurses, doctors and staff do all they can, but there is only so much their work load allows. She needs additional help to keep her occupied, get her out of her room and back to living her life. In one day Ann's world was turned upside down. She was moved from her comfortable home where like all of us, she was in familiar comfortable surroundings to being told she has limited time, and will have to spend it in a foreign place, sometimes alone, and without the comfort of her paintings, her studio and a lifetime of memories.
Please help us to bring Ann home.
We hope to raise $25,000 as soon as possible to provide Ann with a home health aide for 90 days, to prepare meals, and get Ann back into her home. She is still weak from the radiation treatments she has been given, and will need assistance in getting around her home and exercising daily until she can regain her strength and mobility. We need to install pull bars and wall rails for support and balance, and bathroom fixtures that she can easily use. This will cost approximately $5,000. She needs help now to have wholesome healthy foods prepared for her and to help her manage her medications. She has a beautiful comfortable home that her and her husband have worked 40 years to make their corner of the world. We hope to enable Ann to return to her home with the surroundings she loves. We fervently hope and believe Ann still has a chance to beat this with help.
About $2,000 will be needed to reproduce and transfer medical records for evaluation at other cancer treatment centers.
There are still viable treatment options for Ann, such as Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer. Pencil beam scanning proton therapy can be used in patients with recurrent lung cancer, who have already received full doses of radiation, such as in Ann's case.
Biological therapy for cancer. Biological therapy is a treatment that uses your body's immune system to fight cancer cells rather than attacking those cells directly.
The two options above cost in the $40,000 range.
Clinical trials. A clinical trial at the link below, which Ann is possibly eligible for would require transportation to New York and back home after treatment.
All of these facilities offer technologies, treatments, and trails that are possibilities for Ann, and hope for giving Ann more years of life.
There are still options for Ann. With your help we can at least give Ann a chance.
At the very least we hope to be able to have Ann remain in her home for the balance of her life, at the best, we hope and pray for a cure, or extended life for Ann. Any funds raised for Ann that are unused will go to her husband Don for the care management of his medical conditions in Ann's absence.
Ann has been an artist all her life. We now pray that these many years of work may be used to save her life.
On this site in the gallery and on Ann's website, carterartworks.com, you will find photos of approximately 50 of Ann's paintings. High quality Giclée prints will be offered as perks for donations. As we raise money we hope to have many more of her paintings scanned and made available. The setup fees for scanning and high quality reproductions is substantial. All prints will be museum quality reproductions on fine art paper or canvas.
You will find some more photos of Ann in the gallery. You will see the kindness and love in her face. You will also see some of what she has had to bear these last 18 months. In all this time, in all that she has endured, I have never heard one bitter word, or one complaint. She deserves and needs your help.
Very special appreciation and gratitude to designers Jason Okutake of Okutakedesign and Visakh Menon, Vmenon Studios for their generous gift of their time and expertise in proofing and focusing this narrative, and designing and building Ann's website.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any and all donations will be most humbly and deeply appreciated.
Ann's paintings can be viewed both on Ann's website, carterartworks.com and in the Indiegogo Gallery, but ALL ORDERS AND DONATIONS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE INDIEGOGO SITE, AND THERE ARE 18 ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS IN THE INDIEGOGO GALLERY THAT ARE NOT YET ON THE WEBSITE, SO PLEASE LOOK THROUGH THE GALLERY AS WELL. Thank you.
In order to keep printing cost within reason, and due to the variety of prints available, all orders will be submitted to the printer together at the close of the campaign. Delivery will be witin 30 days of the close of the campaign. We expect shipping to begin the week of July 8th, and all orders to be fulfilled by August 8th at the latest.
My name is Jim Lamm - Home Phone 201-864-5340 - Cell -646-298-5802
My home address - 2207 New York Avenue, Union City, NJ, 07087
My business: www.precisionpaintandtile.com
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My reputation: http://www.yelp.com/biz/precision-paint-and-tile-new-york-2
You may contact me at any time to verify anything in this campaign.
You may speak to Ann directly if you wish to offer hope and support if she is able.
posted by Petra Ortiz