Help Musician Erica Buettner Win Her Battle Against Cancer

For: Erica Buettner
New York
Organizer: Cayla Buettner
 Help Musician Erica Buettner Win Her Battle Against Cancer (Erica Buettner)
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The Story

This fundraiser is lovingly set up to help singer/songwriter and angel of a woman, Erica Buettner, win her battle against Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Erica is a 32 year old musician and teacher who just moved back to the USA with her husband from Europe to be closer to her family in New York City. A few months after beginning her first year teaching English language arts at a middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, she received the devastating news that she has an aggressive form of breast cancer requiring extensive chemo treatments and surgery.

Erica has barely been able to land on her feet in a new city and now she is facing costs associated with her cancer. She has no safety net, this is a fight for her life and she needs extra help with the daily unexpected expenses like medical bills, medicines, and costs-associated with recovery from her chemo treatments.

Erica’s kind heart and generous soul are known and appreciated by everyone around her. Her incredible songwriting and voice have brought joy to those who know her through her music. The long awaited release of her second album, The Book of Waves is central to Erica’s healing and emotional well-being while she fights her battle against cancer. Its expected release is June which is now just before her surgeries begin. A new urgency has emerged to complete this work and share her story.

Please join us in giving back to this extraordinary woman in her hour of need so she can focus on healing and doing what she was put on this earth to do, create beautiful music and words for all of us....

At the fountains of sorrow,

you don't make a wish,

everyone learns how to swim like a fish

You save all your pennies for a luckier tide

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride

But we will stay afloat

drop our hearts like anchors and rock like the boat

My love was born with gills

A cavernous space that creates, restores, and refills

Time Traveling from the album True Love and Water

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 9, 2017


Posted on December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays!

An update here is long overdue; please excuse the long absence. The end of treatment was particularly strenuous – physical therapy and 5 weeks of radiation that ended in October. I’m still in remission and doing well, back at school teaching my amazing 7th grade  kiddos in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and learning a lot since I’m teaching early American history this year!

Additionally, I’ve made a lot of progress with my album even though it was slow going for awhile, but I’m very excited to announce that I’ve reached the mastering phase. The challenge that I’m dealing with now is that I’m having trouble playing guitar due to complications from my operation.

I’m going to try more physical therapy and hopefully get to a better place where I can be more active as a musician again. It may take a few more months, but please don’t stop checking in and following my activity, especially those of you who have participated in this album and supported it long before my diagnosis all the way through treatment. I promise that I will release it and am so proud of what we have made together. I just want to be in a stronger place physically before I do.

Even though I haven’t been very active on this youcaring page for a few months, I’ve been dragging my feet on shutting it down and I’m still not sure when I'll take it down, but it will probably be soon (early January). This is difficult to articulate, but I’ve learned that even when treatment ends, it never really feels over. There will always be an element of not knowing what’s just around the corner. The support that you’ve given me here has been of great consequence to my life, not only because you saved me from massive amounts of debt, but also because you are my community and seeing your words of support here has given me so much courage.

The benefit concerts in Brooklyn, Brussels, and Lisbon also moved me more than you can know and helped me feel connected to what drives me in life when I was at the peak of my struggle and needed to remember. Thank you to all of you who came to share your songs, your presence, and your donations.

Please know that your contributions have gone beyond financial for me – your support has reached me in a myriad of forms. During this holiday season, I want to give thanks to you from my husband Carlo, my family, and from myself. We’re so grateful for your generosity and would like to encourage you to consider donating to other worthy causes at a time when there are too many catastrophes and injustices to name and to know that your giving has made a profound difference and continues to do so.

Aaaaand here’s a holiday picture of me, hair growing back in dark, wild and crazy curls in a sweatshirt with giant a T-Rex reindeer on it, which I’m the proud owner of after my work sweater swap this year.

Love to my amazing family, friends, fans & colleagues!

- Erica

Posted on July 11, 2017


Posted on July 11, 2017

Hi everyone,

I've been looking forward to the day I could share this update!

I had a successful operation a few weeks ago and while recovering from that I got the news that I’m now officially cancer free!

Treatment continues and is a still a process, but I’m over two-thirds of the way through it and am starting to feel better and better every day.

With the arrival of summer, I’ve also been able to dedicate some attention to my second full-length album that I had to put on hold this year. News about that coming soon!

Thank you for being part of my recovery.

Love and gratitude,


Posted on May 20, 2017


Posted on May 20, 2017

To everyone who has visited this page, to all of you who have shared your words of kindness and support and made a contribution here or in another way, to all of you who have participated in or attended one of the fundraising concerts in Brooklyn, Brussels, and Lisbon, thank you. When I got diagnosed, I felt a sea of support lift me up, and you have no idea what a difference that made as I walked into uncertainty and started chemotherapy in February. It is a vast understatement to say that your incredible generosity has helped me deal proactively with a major worry and brought me a great deal of peace of mind. It was a thrill to see the fundraising concerts come together and reconnect with music during such a trying time.  If you have any photos or videos (especially from Brussels and Lisbon), please let me know! I'll be collecting photos of the various shows and posting them here.

Today I've gotten through seven chemo infusions and only have one more to go. There is a still a mountain to climb: surgery then radiation. Like all of us who go through this, I have seen and felt radical transformations in my body and my being. I get through this by reminding myself that these transformations are not all bad, that there is the opportunity for creativity in chaos, and experiencing the love and support that I have felt from all of you has played a central role in seeing a silver lining. This is also a quick update to let you know that although treatment has been really challenging, I'm getting excellent care, responding well, doing well overall, and I have good reason to be optimistic. 

In this tumultuous time, my heart goes out to my fellow patients, survivors, family, and caregivers. And if you are reading this and based in the States, I would remiss if I didn't ask you to please call your senators and let them know just what it would mean for all of us - and it is all of us because no one lives a life untouched by illness in some way - to deal with the repercussions of this healthcare bill or any version of it if it passes. Let's come together, tell our stories to our representatives, and encourage them to strike it down.

Thank you for your compassion and know that it is reciprocated.

Love and gratitude,

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