Let Us All Support Jeff's Battle with Brain Cancer

For: Jeff Robinson
Organizer: Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
$13,870
of $12,500 goal
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 MIRACLE by 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 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet

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 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet

THANK YOU! 

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!!!


Posted on October 5, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
Your love and support is overwhelming and so very helpful! Because of all your donations, Jeff and Marti were able to buy Kristan a plane ticket and are now able to support her first month here! This is so very important as it gives Marti the much needed relief for her to work to bring in money for their daily living expenses.

We upped the ask to $12,500 total as our previous calcuations were a bit off (hey! I'm social studies teacher, not a math teacher!). 

Just to remind you, this recent push for support is to help bring Kristan, a licensed personal care attendant, to come live with Jeff and Marti. Jeff can no longer be left alone. Any money raised beyond the $12,500 will go to cover Jeff's medical expenses.

Every penny counts and is so very appreciated!

Thank you thank you thank you! 

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
You all are so very wonderful! What an outpouring of tremendous love and support! Thank you thank you THANK YOU! 

Because of your genorisity, Marti and Jeff were able buy airfare and first month's stay for Kristan to come care for Jeff! She's coming October 14th!!!

YOU ALL DID THIS!

We have less than half our goal to meet now to ensure we can keep Kristan here for at least 3 months. Please foward this fundraising site to all you know. Share it far and wide.

As always, THANK YOU so very very much, for all you give - monitary and beyond!

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
WOW! Thank you to all for your love and support, not only financially, but through your prayer and kind words.

It means so very much to Jeff and Marti!

Let's keep this momentum going!!!

We only need a little more than $4000 to get to our goal! Please share Jeff and Marti's story on Facebook, Twitter, and email to spread the message to all. No amount is too small, it all adds up!

Again, thank you thank you THANK YOU for your love and support!

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
Hello, Friends and Family!

We've budgeted out all the expenses for bringing Jeff and Marti's niece, Kristan who is a licensed PCA, out to help care for Jeff while Marti continues to work. This cost adds up to just under $8,500. That puts our grand total of "ask" up to $12,000 since last October.

We're asking for all friends, family, aquaintances, 
ALL SUPPORTERS to help us raise the funds to help make it less stressful for Marti and Jeff during this difficult time.

T
hank you for giving as much as you can, when you can, as often as you can.

As always, thank you for your love and support!

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
Dear Friends and Family,

As hosts of this fundraiser, we've upped the amount of donations to $12,000 to reflect the current need. We've raised almost $5000 to support Jeff's medical expenses from last fall. However, now we need to help raise more than $8,000 to support getting Jeff and Marti's niece, Kristan, out here to give care to Jeff while Marti continues to work.

This is a crictical juncture. Jeff cannot be left alone anymore. 

Please consider giving, no amount is too small. Please share this site with others who you know would love to give.

As always, thank you for your love and support.

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
Hello, Friends and Family of Jeff and Marti!

We're sending out a long overdue update to ask for support to Jeff and Marti! 

The latest news on Jeff's journey to great health from his CaringBridge site:

"Finally, the real meat of this update. Jeff's scan is remarkably clear. There is considerable radiation scarring but no sign of tumors.Anywhere. There is a tiny amount of shadowing where his tumor first appeared back in October, but Dr. T is unconcerned and stated Jeff's scans are "outstandingly good." ! (Go ahead.You can cry that good cry and smile that big smile. You'll be in good company.)"

That said, Jeff and Marti continue to have considerible financial needs, as well as healthy meal making support. As always, please give what you can (and as often as you can:) in whatever way you can.

As always, thank you for your love and support!

Go Team Robinson!

Posted on February 8, 2014 by Julie Cohen, Laurel Severns-Guntzel, Glenn Schmitt, Christine Sanguinet
It's been far too long since we've updated you all. Jeff is 1/2 way through his chemo/radiation. Even with all that comes with this kind of treatment, he and Marti are managing it like champions!

Right now is a perfect time to reach out to them if you haven't in a while. Send an email, text message, card. Perhaps you might offer to cook, clean, fold laundry or contribute a few dollars?

They're doing so well, but we're at that time of this journey where a kind word of support and love can do so so much to help both of them push on.

Thank you to all!
Christine, Julie and Laurel

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