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Jere's Biggest Battle

$3,545raised of $75,000 goal
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Organizer: Iris Kavanagh Beneficiary: Jere Gillespie

A note from Iris: My mom has been a community activist for 35 years. During that time she has worked to raise awareness about the use of pesticides and herbicides in our environment, nuclear...

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A note from Iris: My mom has been a community activist for 35 years. During that time she has worked to raise awareness about the use of pesticides and herbicides in our environment, nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal, sustainable forestry practices, water conservation and open pit gold mining. Those of us who know and love her know that no battle is too big for Mom to take on, whether it is the US Army Corps of Engineers and it's policy on using herbicides to remove foliage from rivers and lakes or a multinational gold mining corporation and their plans to destroy a watershed ecosystem in the process of using cyanide to leach gold from a pristine mountaintop. When Mom sees a stand of trees in need of a voice to speak out for them she does so. She has traveled to Washington DC to speak to Congress about forestry practices and has consulted with her local Forest Service branch to steer them toward sustainable harvesting practices.  Now, at the time of her life when she should be enjoying her grandchildren and growing a garden, Mom has been diagnosed with Stage 3b Lung Cancer. So now the biggest battle of her life must begin-the battle for her life. Please join us in supporting Mom in her battle and help her see her grandchildren grow.  If you'd like to read more about Mom, Rick and their work, check out the links in the bottom right column of this page.
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10/12/2012
by Iris Kavanagh
Thank you to everyone who has given to my mom. Your kindness and generosity have me in tears, the love and support that is pouring out from the community has been amazing. My mom has truly touched the lives of many with her strong spirit and her determination. 

Mom is a fighter and is keeping her spirits up. She has begun treatment and tells me of the new technology that is being used to directy target her tumor. We have great hope that she will recover. She is receiving excellent medical care and is also under the guidance of a Naturopathic physician who is helping her understand what supplements to take to balance the effects of the radiation and chemo. She is challenging herself to juice daily and eat an anti cancer diet (basically plant based). If you are in the Portland area and want ot set up a visit let me know and we can coordinate something.

If you'd like to send a donation directly to Mom you can do so by making the check out to James Gillespie (my brother is the acting administrator on the account and will be paying her bills through the account). Be sure to note on the check that it is a donation to Jere Gillespie's Medical Fund and mail it to:

Jere and Rick Gillespie
340 NW Maywood Drive
Portland, OR 97210 

Thank you and blessings.

Iris


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