10 days ago, Candace could still drive a car. Today she no longer can due to vision loss. This vision loss is caused by Age- related Macular Degeneration, or AMD and it is progressing rapidly.
Candace is a beloved visual artist, and designed lights for the Grateful Dead from 1972 to 2005 and for Widespread Panic from 2005 to 2008. Most recently, she designed the lights for the Dead and Company fare thee well tour in summer 2015. She lives in Pahoa, Hawai'i with her husband Larry Lovett, fine artist. She loves spending time in their yard, still designing as she landscapes the property into a beautiful sanctuary full of brightly colored plants, fruit trees, and coconut palms.
My name is Carly and I have known Candace and Larry since 2014. They have always welcomed my partner Scott and I into their home, feeding us and teaching us how to paint. We currently live in their downstairs apartment and we have seen how Candace's condition has been rapidly deteriorating. I also see how much joy Candace gets out of landscaping the plants in their beautifully designed yard and this is quickly becoming difficult for her.
What is her diagnosis? Age- related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. Every day her vision gets a little worse and currently one eye no longer sees much color. She is currently getting injections in her eyes from their local doctor, however these do not stop the degeneration. So far she has been told by doctors that her AMD cannot be slowed and there is nothing to be done. There is currently no FDA- approved cure for AMD.
Candace and Larry are raising funds to get Candace the best possible treatment for AMD. Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, MD(H), PSc.D. is a doctor at the cutting edge of treating AMD. He is located in Dallas, Texas and is both an MD and a Naturopath, with degrees in both fields. He uses the latest technologies and also nutrition, diet and supplements to help slow the progression of AMD. Dr. Tennant believes that a closer look at published studies and and basic physiology/pathology allows one to offer additional insights in dealing with macular degeneration that many mainstream MD's don't consider. His treatments include acupuncture and voltage therapy. Candace and Larry will use the funds raised from this page to pay for the cost of a week of treatment and consultation with Dr. Tennant and for travel expenses.
To learn more about Dr. Jerry Tennant, you can listen to this interview with him.
Let's help get Candace to Texas as soon as possible!
Thank you for considering donating. Every dollar counts and will help to get Candace the care she deserves!Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude.