Let Us All Support Jeff's Battle with Brain Cancer

For: Jeff Robinson
Organizer: Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
Let Us All Support Jeff's Battle with Brain Cancer (Jeff Robinson)
of $12,500 goal.
Raised by 143 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Dear Family and Friends of Jeff and Marti Robinson,

In October of 2013, Jeff was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor that is considered terminal. Since then, Jeff has faced a lot of terrible news: 5% chance of survival from a hemorrhagic stroke that lead to this diagnosis, 0% chance of communicating after emergency brain surgery, the probability of new tumors growing, two rounds of radiation, damage from stereotactic radiosurgery, ongoing chemotherapy, radiation scarring, diminishing abilities, and a median life expectancy of up to 15 months.

They are in month 11 and yet more tumors are threatening Jeff's life.

Jeff’s Neruo Oncologist is not optimistic, and has advised that Jeff's needs will be increasing as his abilities are expected to continually diminish. The Neuro Oncologist advised that Marti needs to line up additional help as soon as possible.

Jeff and Marti have the opportunity to have a close family member play the much needed role of Personal Care Assistant. They are making plans for their niece to take a leave of absence from her physical therapist job in California and join them in Minneapolis for the next few months. Unfortunately, her assistance will not be covered by insurance, so they need help both getting her here and covering some of her costs. She will stay with Jeff and Marti, and will help them with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, doctor visits, and caring for Jeff. Additionally, she will be on hand to offer much needed emotional support, and her assistance will help ensure that Marti can continue her freelance graphic design job (which pulls in that all-important paycheck) as long as possible.

Your generous donation will go toward round trip airfare from California to Minneapolis; meals; rent and other ongoing bills; and, with any luck, weekly compensation for their niece. We've butgeted out this cost and it amounts to $8,500. Any additional funds we raise will go toward out-of-pocket medical expenses and a trip to visit Jeff’s family once again. 

Jeff has been called a MIRACLEby several doctors, a term scientists don’t typically use. Jeff still being with us IS a miracle, and though the medical field has a grim outlook, we are all praying for another miracle to get them over this hurdle so they can have many happy years together.

There ARE long term survivors of glioblastoma – some have been living with it for anywhere from 3-13 years.

Jeff CAN be an outlier.

We are not done fighting.

Thank you for considering as large of a donation as you can.

We chose You Caring because every penny you donate will go directly to Jeff and Marti. 

If you would like to donate to Jeff and Marti directly, you can do so by mailing a check or money order to:

For the Benefit of Jeff Robinson
3636 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 2, 2014

Posted on November 2, 2014

Thank you, all of you, for loving and supporting Jeff and Marti over the past year. Whether through financial contributions, prayer, healing energy, love, donations of food, art, baked goods, your time, or comforting words. It was felt and beyond appreciated by Marti and Jeff.

Yesterday morning the world lost our friend, Jeff Robinson. Jeff was one of those rare humans, the kind you count yourself among the lucky to have known. That smile…

Over the past year and few weeks, Jeff and Marti have shown us the beauty of love, strength, anger, fear, resiliency, hope, and faith. Their vulnerability and grace during the past 13 months have been nothing short of amazing. What a wonderful gift to give all of us watching and supporting.

Please continue to keep Marti in your thoughts and prayers over the next several days, weeks, months. There continues to be a need for Marti to cover medical costs, along with appreciating words of kindness and love. Please check back to this page every so often, but more so, please visit Jeff’s wordpress site: http://dearjeffrobinson.wordpress.com and consider contributing memories of both Jeff and Marti.

Posted on October 10, 2014

Posted on October 10, 2014


You have helped give Jeff and Marti the much needed to support in just two weeks! You ARE INCREDIBLE!

No words to describe the joy and love they feel right now!

We are going to continue to keep this fundraiser going, as their medical needs are going to continue to keep accumulating. 

Your love and support (financial and otherwise) is abundant.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Posted on October 9, 2014

Posted on October 9, 2014


You all are such a caring giving and loving community. We know that Jeff and Marti and feeling your love and support and it means so very much to them!

We're less than $2,000 away from our goal!!! Please share this site and Jeff and Marti's story with friends, family, and colleagues. Any amount donated helps.

For those of you who may not have seen it, the following is a recent post from Laurel's Facebook page:

"I spent a little time with Jeff yesterday. His language was surprisingly fluent, and his struggles to find the right words often lead to lovely and unexpected ways of describing things. I asked if he was excited at the prospect of bringing his niece from California to be his personal care attendant. His face got soft and he said, "She brings out my heart." 

We're so close to covering the costs of bringing her to Minneapolis for the next few months. Please consider donating if you are able! Every $10, $20, $50 adds up!"

Again, please share our YouCaring site with as many as you can. If you would like to donate to Jeff and Marti directly, you can do so by mailing a check or money order to:

For the Benefit of Jeff Robinson
3636 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

As always, thank you for your love and support!!!

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