Help Amigo Bob Beat Cancer

For: Amigo Bob Cantisano
Nevada City, CA
Organizer: John & Tori Williams
Help Amigo Bob Beat Cancer (Amigo Bob Cantisano)
$121,000
of $200,000 goal.
Raised by 727 donors
60% Complete

The Story

After more than 40 years of hands-on experience, advice and instruction, Amigo Bob is a go-to resource for many of the world's leading organic farmers. Which is why it is with especially heavy hearts that we report that this extraordinary man, who has given his life to chemical free farming, is now facing the grim realities of treating Stage Four HPV-related neck cancer.  

Amigo needs our help.

Here's the scoop: With the support of his loving partner, Jennifer, Amigo has been working to address his cancer for the past several years using alternative and less invasive therapies in hopes of reversing the spread of the disease, but in recent months his cancer has advanced, and it has become clear that a more aggressive protocol is required that will be devastating to his body. This is a heavy blow to someone who has spent his entire adult life helping to eliminate the use of chemicals from farms, food and the environment.

Amigo has committed his life to making agriculture safer for all of us - from his work establishing the Ecological Farming Conference(EcoFarm), to his pioneering efforts to get CCOFestablished we who farm organically today owe him an enormous debt -- and the bill has come due. We can't yet cure this cancer, but we can help Amigo fight this battle.

How? Spearheaded by a group of long time friends, a fund is being set up with three specific goals in mind:

To cover the mortgage on Amigo's beloved home farm, to raise money to help pay for costly medical care and related costs that will be required to see Amigo through the coming months, and finally, to cover his living costs so that Amigo can recover without worrying about how to support and sustain himself.

All proceeds raised will be directly funneled into an account set up specifically to help Amigo meet the stated goals. Longtime friends David Katz, Karen Van Epen, Jennifer Bliss and John & Tori Williams will help to manage and administer funds and see that Amigo gets the support he needs. They are committed to complete transparency with respect to how each and every dollar will be spent to get Amigo through this difficult period. 

We encourage you to be as generous in your gifts as Amigo has been over the course of his many years of contributing to the farming community. All donors will receive regular updates regarding Amigo's health and progress reports on our fundraising efforts.

If you would like to reach out to Amigo and his family he's asked that you please use the following email [email protected]which he has created especially to manage mail while he's down for the count. OR, you can always mail him something in a more conventional way -- 

Amigo Bob Cantisano
PO Box 942
North San Juan CA 95960

We'll aim to keep you up to date from here, so please be sure and opt in to receive updates. And by all means, leave a comment. Every bit of positive encouragement provides a welcome boost for Amigo.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 22, 2017

Posted on August 22, 2017

It is bittersweet to share the following message from Amigo. Everyone has been so generous, but Amigo is not yet out of the woods and still needs our help. If you are someone who benefits from organic farming in any capacity, please consider making a contribution to our dear friend who has done so much for so many over the years, and still very much needs our help.

A DIRECT REPORT FROM AMIGO BOB

Hello Dear Friends! 

It's been quite a while, and I owe everyone a report on my present status. In the year plus since my situation went public I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions. It is truly difficult to expose my illness to others. I want to be seen as strong and healthy, even if I am not. 

Your love and support has given me so much will and inspiration to somehow find a way to get well. You have been keeping me alive in many ways. I have never felt so loved! People call, write, email and stop me on the street to offer support. Wow! Thank you so much!!! 

That said, I have had a bumpy year. The first 6 months of treatments, as you know, went really well, but then it appeared the immunotherapy stopped working, and the doc at Stanford kicked me off the medication. Looking back I think that was a mistake -- as soon as the drug left my body the cancer started raging again. We were then confounded, looking for new options and reviewing others I had passed on previously. So many choices, it was really confusing and discouraging not to know which way to turn. Many intriguing possibilities are outside of my economic situation and the only options that could be paid for by insurance were chemo and radiation, neither of which the docs are now saying will "cure" me. Given the quality of life issues associated with them, I continue to pass. I have successfully used twice weekly infusions of mega doses of Vitamin C and Artensenate, an extract from artemesia. This expensive process has kept the cancer from raging, but it has not gone back to where it was during the immunotherapy. Most recently, pain has been my biggest issue --thank goodness for strong pain meds! 

Unfortunately, my latest PTscan shows the cancer "out of the bag," as the doctor said, moving to another part of my body. But I am not giving up. Jenifer and I believe that a miracle is just around the corner. I had a wonderful blessing from the Divine Mother, Amma Sri Karunamayi, who gave me lots of hope, and I am now in line for a clinical trial of two immunotherapy drugs which look promising.

A new challenge will be we will need to live near Portland, Oregon for at least two months- with lots of expenses and no income. We are highly encouraged by the prospects for this immunotherapy work as it is being done at Providence Cancer Center, a national leader in immunotherpay research and innovation, but there are no guarantees with anything.

My local oncologist congratulated me for thriving 5 years using alternative methods and maintaining a relatively good quality of life.  And I am not done yet!!! Please help us vision a new miracle in Portland. 
Thanks so much for your continued love and support. I love you very deeply.
Amigo

Posted on April 11, 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017

This just in from Amigo:

It's been hard lately, but the tumor shrunk in the last couple days a bit. I started a new therapy last week with mega doses of vitamin c and other cancer fighters intravenously 2x a week. Worked for others, we shall see. Expensive but some dear friends did this uber successful fundraiser..... so I'm going for it.

Next week it's a trip to Scripps and to a famous Tibetan Doctor in San Diego to learn about the what the most modern conventional and a most ancient approach can do, separately or together. I'm living in dual worlds. I am in way better shape than a year ago but I'm scared too. I'm gonna get thru this.

Please keep those kind thoughts coming in strong and thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation. Every dollar is quite literally funding Amigo's search for a cure. But whether you send a dollar or a prayer or a kind word or a good thought, your contributions are what are keeping Amigo's spirits up.

I will keep everyone up to date as more information comes through.


Posted on April 10, 2017

Posted on April 10, 2017

The love and support generated through this page - particularly your many comments about how Amigo has influenced you or how much you care about him have been a tremendous source of inspiration in a difficult period. Leave it to Amigo to turn his battle with cancer into an epic year that includes quality time with his growing tribe of grands, a triumphant appearance and Eco Farm, some great work on his passion project and a wedding to the beautiful Jennifer.

This morning, while we celebrate the many great things we also have to share that the immunotherapy is no longer working and Amigo's tumor is growing. 

He has shared with us that more than anything he believes that the love you've been sending and manifesting through your emails, letters, texts and posts has had a profound effect so today, I would ask you to reach out to our friend in whatever way suits you with some encouragement.

Please, no suggestions, no remedies, no ideas -- just some plain, old fashioned good energy. Share a happy memory, text a butterfly -- whatever feels right for you, but let's all please take a moment as we enter this season of Spring and rebirth to send a sparkle or two his way. I'll share more news when I have some.

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