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Michael Earl Cancer Fund

$32,680raised of $100,000 goal
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Organizer: Janine Pibal Beneficiary: Michael Earl

Michael Earl Cancer Fund

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Dear friends and fans of Michael Earl,
 
It's been one year since our dear friend Michael learned he had cancer.  It's been a very long road of treatments, which have included chemo, radiation and soon, surgery. Michael continues this fight with much courage, but he is far too weak to work, and has lost 50 pounds through this process. He has five more weeks of radiation in combination with chemo pills and has depleted his cancer fund which so many of you generously gave to. He couldn't have gotten through this past year without your incredible kindness and support, and just needs some additional funds at the tail-end of his journey. Any amount will help tremendously and be deeply appreciated. Please also continue to keep Michael in your thoughts and prayers. He is looking forward to coming through surgery and beginning the process of putting some weight back on and getting back to a life of enchanting and inspiring us all! Endless thanks for all of your help.<var id="yiv5770439263yui-ie-cursor"></var>


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Our beloved friend Michael Earl was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Michael is currently doing everything he can to find the best treatment available to him and will be taking a leave of absence from Puppet School to concentrate on getting well -- but he could use our help. So many of us have been touched by Michael in some way. In our youth, many of us watched him perform on Sesame Street as Mr. Snuffleupagus and Forgetful Jones. Then, we saw his amazing puppetry skills in Muppet movies and several TV shows. Now, Michael is a great friend and mentor to many, and has shared his love of puppetry with thousands of followers. His students are forever changed, inspired by his unbelievable talent. Now we can all be inspired by his strength and courage as he takes on the fight against cancer. For those of us who have been given so much by Michael, we finally have a chance to give back. Please consider donating to Michael's fund so that he can focus all his energy on getting well and not on expenses. Any amount will help and be immensely appreciated! Also, Michael is a big believer in the power of prayer, so please keep him in your thoughts!
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09/10/2013
by Janine Pibal
Happy Birthday, Michael! Today is Michael's birthday and there is much to celebrate. Last Thursday, Michael had the first of two major cancer-related surgeries. With his remarkable inner strength and courageous spirit, he handled the surgery extremely well and is now safely at home recovering. Michael's humor and positive outlook continue to inspire us all. He will need to wait eight weeks to restore his strength from his long run of chemo and radiation treatments until his next surgery, during which the doctors will actually remove the cancer. So many thanks to all of you for your continued prayers, healing thoughts and kind contributions. Michael is indeed still unable to work during this time and has exhausted all funds raised through this site, so if you are  able to assist Michael with any amount, he would be tremendously grateful. Thank you again for your love, generosity and support!

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08/11/2013
by Janine Pibal
Hi everyone,

Michael is progressing with his radiation/chemo treatments. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  He has three more weeks of treatment, then surgery number one.  Then a six week resting period and then surgery two.  As you know he has lost a lot of weight (50 pounds) and is tired and weak all of the time.  He of course cannot work yet and truly needs some sort of financial assistance to get him through these last three months. The first cancer fund is depleted after one year and now Michael desperately needs your help again.  Please consider, if you haven't already, giving a donation.  Thank you also for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers as Michael fights and wins his battle against cancer!  






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10/16/2012
by Janine Pibal
Hi everyone, 

Thanks again for all your generosity and encouragement.  Michael has started a blog to keep us all posted on his progress.  

http://michaelearl.blog.com/

The latest news is that Michael saw a surgeon, who confirmed that he has stage 3 cancer.  He also learned that his treatment will require a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor and surgery to remove it.  

Let's keep Michael in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks on this difficult journey.

--Amy

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09/21/2012
by Janine Pibal
Dear Friends, Fans and Loved Ones of Michael Earl, 

I am beyond thrilled to announce that, thanks to all of you, we have already surpassed our initial goal of $10,000!!!  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when people pull together in a time of need.  Beyond your generous donations, your heartfelt words of encouragement will help Michael stay positive in order to face and conquer this disease!

The outpouring of friendship, support and love you have shown is absolutely unbelievable, and a testament to Michael's impact on all of us.  You've all made me a believer that anything is possible, so a new goal has been set at $100,000.  Let's keep the momentum going.  We can't stop until Michael is cancer-free!

With gratitude,
Amy


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09/21/2012
by Janine Pibal
Dear Friends, Fans, and Loved Ones of Michael Earl, 

I'm beyond thrilled to announce that, thanks to all of you, we've surpassed our initial goal of $10,000!!!  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when people pull together in a time of need.    

Beyond your generous donations, your heartfelt words of love and encouragement 
will help Michael stay positive so he can face and conquer this disease!  The outpouring of friendship, support and love you've all shown is unbelievable, and a testament to the impact Michael has had on our lives.

The goal has now been raised to $20,000 in the hopes that we can keep the momentum going.  We can't stop until Michael is cancer-free!

With gratitude,
Amy




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by Janine Pibal
Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are this close to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays, 
Amy 
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by Janine Pibal
Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are this close to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays, 
Amy 
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by Janine Pibal
Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are this close to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays,
Amy 
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