Help Amigo Bob Beat Cancer

For: Amigo Bob Cantisano
Nevada City, CA
Organizer: John & Tori Williams
Help Amigo Bob Beat Cancer (Amigo Bob Cantisano)
of $200,000 goal
61% Complete
Raised by 747 donors

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 December 26, 2017

Posted on December 26, 2017

GREAT NEWS! I got the results from my first CT scan since I started the immunotherapy clinical trial two months ago: My cancer has shrunk 20-30% !!! And my pain has reduced so much that I have cut my opioid pain meds by 80+%. And I am feeling really GOOD, most of the time. My doctor is super stoked! I am the first person in this US trial to get positive results, he told me. I have a long ways to go, but I do see light ahead! I am SURE that a major force for my healing is all the love, prayers and support I am getting from so many friends and family! That’s YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It means the world to me that you care! That’s the power of love, as my friend Huey sings. I AM going to make it! The BEST Christmas present EVER! I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH! YAY YAY YAY  ❤️😍💕❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️  🐞


Posted on October 28, 2017

Posted on October 28, 2017

Greetings and Blessings from Oregon
Hello Dearest Family and Friends,
Sorry it has taken me a little while to finally write to you and let you know how things are going.
As some of you know, we have moved near Portland, Oregon to begin the next adventure in healing my cancer. For five years I have been attempting to control it with reasonable success, however I feel that I have run out of options that are available in California. 
I am beginning a clinical trial of two immunotherapy drugs at Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Providence has decades of experience working with immunotherapy, and is doing advanced work, not currently available in California for my kind of cancer. I have been waiting six months to be accepted into a trial and three weeks ago, learned that an opening was available. Hence the quick move to Portland. 
We will be living up here for a minimum of two months, but likely, significantly longer if the treatments are successful. The treatments are in 8 week cycles, with me getting an infusion once a month. At the end of 8 weeks, we, along with the doctor will determine if I will continue this treatment for another 8 week cycle. It could go on for as long as 6 cycles, or 1 year.  I had my first infusion last week. It knocked me on my ass for about 12 hours. But since then, I have been pretty stable. I am needing to take opioids to keep my pain under control, which is working fairly well. I had a scare in July when a PT scan showed what might be cancer spreading to my lungs, however, my most recent test last week showed that I do NOT have cancer in my lungs! Yay!!!!
I feel very fortunate that my body has been strong enough to fight this cancer for five years, and, in many ways, my health is as good as it has ever been. While I only get the infusions once a month, I need to be at the hospital nearly every week for follow up tests. The great news is that there are some weeks with no hospital visits, allowing us to travel around for short adventures, including visiting family and friends around Thanksgiving. We are waiting to learn about our schedule for December and January, but we expect to be home for Christmas. Hopefully we will be able to see many of you on one of our journeys home.
The great news is that we have been gifted a fantastic place to live while we are here in Oregon. Lindley Morton and Corrine Oishi, the brother and sister-in-law of Mimi Buckley, have a gorgeous property along Gales Creek, in the coastal foothills, one hour from Portland and one hour from the ocean. We are living in a beautiful, small house, surrounded by the best of Oregon, riparian Nature - 30 acres of natural beauty, enhanced by the architecture and landscaping of Lindley and Corrine, who have lived here for 50 years. They are the nicest people! and so generous! Our dog Darby is with us and is stoked to go on walks with their one year old dog/friend. If you are traveling to or live in Oregon, we would welcome your visit.
Meanwhile back at the farm, Kristin and Will have the place planted with the most amount of winter crops ever. Looking awesome! Adam has been very busy growing the Felix Gillet nursery stock and getting the nursery catalog on-line, which we are hoping will be live by Thursday. The farm and Felix Gillet are in great hands! We are so blessed! 
To summarize, we are in as good a situation as is possible. We are feeling very loved and blessed! We look forward to talking with and hugging you in the near future. Please write if you like. And share with your friends, if so motivated. I need all the energy I can get. I need, and am getting, a miracle!
Blessings on your path.
Much love,
Amigo and Jenifer

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.


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.

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