Help Maggie Hollinbeck get cancer-free and stay that way!

For: Maggie Hollinbeck
New York
Organizer: Maggie Hollinbeck
$33,090
of $65,000 goal.
Raised by 300 donors
50% Complete

The Story

Dear Family, Friends, & Friends I haven't met yet,

September 19th will mark five months since I first heard the words “you have cancer”. 

I was diagnosed in April with early stage breast cancer. It was a day I wouldn't wish on anyone. I’m happy to say that five months in, things are looking good; I had a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy in June and my body continues to heal well from that surgery. Unfortunately, one of the three biopsied lymph nodes showed signs of cancer as well, so this flipped me from Stage 1 into the Stage 2 club. A full-body scan in July showed only one “indeterminate” spot in the lymph node area which could have been inflammation from surgery, so there will be another scan in October to see what's what. In the meantime I'm doing several holistic and alternative treatments, following a rigorous anti-cancer diet, and monitoring my progress with bloodwork. While I'm not out of the woods, what I'm doing so far seems to be on the right track and I need to continue my current regimen of treatment.

Some have asked me for guidance on how they can best support me, and it was suggested that I share with my community some specific actions y’all can take (or keep on taking). So here goes:

In addition to supportive calls, texts, hugs, prayers, walks in the park, good vibes & mojo (which are SO appreciated), the plain truth is that cancer treatment is expensive and lengthy. I used savings and credit cards for the first few months but now it's clear that that's unsustainable; I'm out of money and in debt. I need financial support to get through this. 

The money raised here will help me afford the treatments I need, diet & supplements, and supportive therapies such as counseling and yoga. These costs add up to $2,500-3,000 per month on top of my general living expenses, so this fundraiser will ensure that I have everything I need to continue my healing for the next couple of years.

Strange thing about cancer - it’s made me feel more vulnerable than ever before, and also more loved and supported than ever before. I’ve always prided myself on being stubbornly self-reliant but in my humble opinion, no one should go through a cancer journey alone. I’m not sure it can be done, and because of you, I don't have to try. 
Thank you all, from the bottom of my humbled heart, for your love and support.

With love & gratitude, Maggie

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 1, 2017

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Posted on December 1, 2017

Dear ones,

It's been a while since my last update. No news is good news! I've been enjoying this little miracle called steady paying acting work that lets me sleep in my own bed every night - like, seriously, whoa. (A castmate snapped this photo of me getting interviewed after our press unveiling in October!) This gig also allows me to focus my energy on healing and because of your generous support, I have a tiny one-woman cancer clinic set up in my home. All the equipment, food, and supplements I require are available to me, because of the healing fund. On Black Friday I was able to take advantage of a crazy-good sale on one of my supplements - because I had the funds to buy a year's worth at once, I paid $600 less than what I would have paid monthly for the next year. Let me take a moment to point out that just one supplement would have cost me $1500 for a year, but because of this crowdfund I was able to buy in bulk and spend just $900. For one (kickass) supplement.

The last few months have been maintenance time and I've spent them well, throwing everything I have toward getting well. This month, December, will be check-in time. I'll have my second thermogram as well as an ultrasound to check for any signs of new tumors. I've also decided after much research to get the RGCC or Greece Test done. This test monitors the number of circulating tumor cells in my body, and more importantly it tests the cancer I'm dealing with against dozens of healing protocols both conventional and alternative, to see which are most effective in teaching this particular cancer to die. I'm thrilled to have found a doctor to administer the test, and although the cost (approximately $4,000) isn't covered by health insurance, I can afford it thanks to you.

I've decided to end this fundraiser on December 31st; rumor has it that things like this do better when they have an end date. I'll be giving a couple of updates this month to keep up momentum. We've come amazingly far, and yet we're not quite halfway there. There's nothing quite like the season of giving, right? I believe that in the next 31 days we can get across the finish line!

As I may have shared before: the risk of cancer recurrence is highest two years after initial diagnosis. The words "cancer-free" don't get used until at least the five-year mark. Cancer is a long journey, and getting these funds raised will assure that I have access to what I need in order to be healthy in April 2019,  and April 2022, and beyond. Let's do this!

Please share this message with anyone you think might be able to help. Please consider contributing if you haven't, or even if you have. Let's close out 2017 with a miracle!

Sending you so much love,
Maggie

Posted on October 25, 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017

Hello beloveds,

You haven't heard from me in a while! I've been in previews for my Off-Broadway debut (!!!) and while I couldn't be more happy and grateful to have this dream job, it's been a grueling and stressful month of 60-hour work weeks and mental overload as we make cuts and changes almost daily to whip this show into shape for opening this Sunday night! I'm so looking forward to opening the show and scaling back to a mere 8-show work week for a while. :)

In the meantime, while I was hardly looking, we breached the $30,000 mark! You are AMAZING and your generosity continues to baffle and humble me. THANK YOU.

Update: I had my first thermogram last month (this pic is me with my thermography technician, breast health specialist, and dear friend Tammy Kohlschmidt) and the results were very encouraging - no sign of new cancer activity! This first one is a baseline and my next one in December will show us more about any changes or warning signs. Still, it's worth celebrating!

Because of your generosity, I have equipment at home that has allowed me to continue treatments even with my brutal preview schedule. My days look like this: wake up, do morning treatments (60 min), make food and clean water for the day (I carry 60 oz of ultra-filtered water to the theatre every day!), go to the theatre for ten hours, come home, do nightly treatments (90-120 min) and go to sleep. It's a lot, but I'm committed to getting well and somehow, knowing that you've put your dollars and your support behind me makes me even more committed to doing every single thing I can do for my health and wellness. So again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Again, if you've already contributed, please consider sharing this post with your community to get the word out. If you've already shared, please consider sharing again. If you're thinking about contributing, please remember that whether you can put $2 or $2000 in the pot, your contribution matters deeply and together, dollar by dollar, we'll get me set for the next couple of years of intensive healing. 

As I've said before: I swallow hard every time I hit send on one of these things; it's not easy to promote something but then I remember that the stakes couldn't be higher for me and there's no room for shyness at the moment. So here I am again, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your encouragement and support. 

Lots of love,
Maggie

Posted on September 21, 2017

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Posted on September 21, 2017

Dear family & friends,

Holy cow! Because of you I'm already over 30% of my goal, in just over a week! You are amazing and your generosity brings me to tears on the regular. THANK YOU. I've been able to get caught up on my medical bills and buy some at-home treatment equipment that I had been holding off on because I hadn't been able to afford it. My healing plan is getting stronger by the day thanks to you!

If you've already contributed, please consider sharing this post with your community to get the word out. If you've already shared, please consider sharing again. If you're thinking about contributing, please remember that whether you can put $2 or $2000 in the pot, your contribution matters deeply and together, dollar by dollar, we'll get me set for the next couple of years of intensive healing. 

I swallow hard every time I hit send on one of these things; it's not easy to promote something but then I remember that the stakes couldn't be higher for me and there's no room for shyness at the moment. So here I am again, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your encouragement and support. 

Lots of love,
Maggie

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