My friend Jason has a very advanced form of cancer and needs items for an auction he is having to raise money for his cancer treatment on the 17th of November. He has to raise $80,000 for his specialised treatment in Arizona because his insurance will only cover treatment in California. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in crafting for this great cause. If you would like information on it you can find it here:http://events.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&eventID=130716.85176&Mytoken=B21B5459-AF8B-4737-8B23EF186E0EAEEB104231856
or just in case you need a myspace account to see the link I'll post the text below.
I could collect the pieces and send them to the required address myself or you can pm me for the address and I will send it to you or email Denise on the myspace link and she will give you the address to send the items.
Here's the text I promised:
Hello Friends, Family and Supporters!
I write with news...some good and some very hopeful, but there are hurdles in our path. It seems that the various types of chemotherapy that Jason has undergone have only been nominally successful at removing the cancer from his body and if you are at all familiar with cancer, you know that nominal success is not success. We did receive a mix bag of news at Jason's last visit to the oncologist. It seems that his liver and brain are looking good in terms of the cancer, but his lungs have tumors that have died back, some that have disappeared completely, some that have grown and a few new tumors as well. Interpret this information as you will, neither his physician nor I am quite sure of what this means. The great news is that for now, Jason's brain and liver are doing well which means that we are getting there. Because the commonly used forms of chemotherapy are not currently working Jason and I have cast our net of hope farther afield again and found a location in Scottsdale, Arizona that we have heard many good things about from cancer survivors in the valley. We went to a medical center in Arizona two weeks ago and Jason was thrilled with the way the staff treated him, and most importantly, VERY interested in the success they've had with cancer and hopeful about what they can do for him. However, much like the treatment in Indianapolis this summer, the cost is a factor as this treatment is not covered by his insurance which only covers care in California. The price tag on this treatment? $80,000. Daunting? Absolutely. Impossible? Never.
This is where you become an integral part of this process...once again! On Friday November 17th, 2006 we will be having a Crab Feed and Silent Auction with a goal of raising $40,000 for Jason to begin treatment. This is absolutely possible and will be an evening of food, fun, and friends. There are so many of you out there who have supported us in so many ways and this is a great opportunity for us to finally meet face to face and a chance for me to thank each of you individually for the part you have played in Jason's and my life over the course of the last year.
We need you to make this happen. We are hoping to sell 350 tickets to the event and have plenty of auction items up for bid. If you would like to purchase tickets to this event they are $50 each, or a table of 8 is available for $350. We are also offering sponsored tables for $350 for individuals or companies who would like to contribute but way not be able to attend. Sponsored tables will prominently display your name, company information and any other info that you'd like. These seats will allow Jason's friends and other cancer patients who would not otherwise be able to attend to share this night with us.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets they are available at Fresno Motorsports on Blackstone north of Olive; on the web at www.jasongarcia.org;
and by personal delivery by calling 559.441.7258 and leaving a message which will be promptly returned.
We are also looking for donations to the silent auction and would love to pick up any items you may have for us through the contact information listed above.
We know we can do this and hope to see you at the crab feed! Please join us for a night of all-you-can-eat crab, complimentary wine and lots of fun!
And please help me spread the word about this event by forwarding this message to everyone you know!