TeamEd: 2 Tumors 2 Many

For: Ed Siemienkowicz
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Ed Siemienkowicz
TeamEd: 2 Tumors 2 Many (Ed Siemienkowicz)
of $25,000 goal
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Raised by 232 donors

The Story

The hardest thing for many of us to do is ask for help, but I'm humbly asking you to help me through this recovery period. As a contractor, I have some savings, but no real safety net. I wish it was otherwise, because God knows I've been working as hard as I could. I don't have a lavish life (ask me about my KonMari purge last year), but I'm looking to take care of my expenses while I recover. It's abdominal surgery, and I don't know how long it will be until I can work again. Anything you care to give I will be grateful for, and will honor by getting back to my life's purpose: telling stories, making art, and helping people to enjoy life a little more.

Sincere thanks,


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 16, 2018


Posted on March 16, 2018

Hi all -

It's been quiet here, but things have been anything but quiet from the team bringing Ed's Graphic Novel, (Fucking) Forty to life. As long time supporters of Ed, we wanted you to know about a project that is bringing Ed's legacy to print. 

What is Fucking Forty?
Ed Siemienkowicz proclaimed his 40th year as the worst of his life. Break-ups, career challenges, and existential crises cast a dark shadow over a year that culminated in a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Ed believed his struggles would resonate with others so he scripted and started illustrating a graphic novel about that fucking year. At age 43, he tragically passed away, leaving his work unfinished. Now, 100+ artists have gathered together to bring Ed’s story to life.

How do I get a copy of the book? 
The event below is April 5th and marks the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, where you can purchase the book and some other art from Ed and other artists contributing to the books.

How can I help? 
If you're not sure you want the book (or even if you do!), and want to help out, sharing the event (and the Kickstarter when it launches) helps us spread the word and bring this project to life.

Anxious to see how the project is coming together now?
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Team Ed

Posted on August 18, 2017

Posted on August 18, 2017

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your kind words and generous donations. We are suspending this fundraiser now, but stay tuned for more info on how you can keep supporting Vanessa. 


Posted on August 4, 2017

Posted on August 4, 2017

On Sunday, July 30, Ed Siemienkowicz passed away, surrounded by family and friends who love him fiercely and dearly. We take some comfort in the fact that at the end, Ed was ready to go—ready to no longer suffer in pain. Through it all, Vanessa was at his side, holding his hand and telling him how much he is loved.

And now, this fund becomes a way to support Vanessa, who gave up her livelihood to become Ed’s full-time caretaker for the past 4 months. As executor of Ed's will, she also needs this fund to carry out Ed’s final wishes: to have his ashes scattered in 5 different places, including in Japan, where he spent 2 of the best years of his life.

If you’re sad, grieving and want to help in some fashion, this is one way you can do so. One of Ed’s last requests was to make sure Vanessa was taken care of. Please help make that happen.

Information for Ed's memorial service can be found here:

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