Our Weller Trust has run out of funds. We have raised an impressive sum since 2014, but the costs of keeping Anthony alive and at home are ongoing, over $11,000 a month. We currently have a buffer of only two months.
Thanks to your donations, in addition to polishing his Mozart novel, Anthony has been inspired to begin work on two other books, including a young-adult novel. Despite his circumstances, the highlight of his day is the two hours he dictates, six days a week. But we still need your generous support. [Updated 10/2016]
In 2002, Anthony experienced the first symptoms of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. This is a very aggressive variety of the disease. Non-episodic, relentless, it never goes into remission. Shortly after his guitar technique faltered, Anthony needed a cane to walk, soon could no longer stand, then became chair-bound. Only his mind is untouched.Musician and writer
A native of Georgia, Anthony Weller began his two careers at Yale. Until 2000, he was a busy guitarist and a writer. Magazine journalism paid him to roam the world for two decades. Seven books (four novels, a travel memoir, and two volumes of WWII history), and fifteen jazz and classical CDs bear witness to his productivity. See his websites: anthonyweller.com writeweller.comThe writer today
No longer a guitarist, Anthony remains a writer. He dictated his last three books to software; now he dictates to a typist, two vital hours a day. His latest novel takes place in the competitive 18th century musical world of Mozart. He has more books in him. With your help, his voice may continue to be heard.Anthony’s needs
Anthony needs constant assistance; his wife Kylée, a yoga therapist, had to abandon her working life. The Massachusetts State health plan covers only part of the increasingly extensive caregiving costs, and the Wellers have exhausted their resources. But beyond basic human needs, a writer must continue to write. Adaptive computer technology, operated by mouth or head movements, will support Anthony’s work even as his body weakens further.Our fundraising goals
We have worked with the Wellers to determine the cost of their needs following consultation with two professional care managers and a detailed compilation of actual 2015 expenses. In 2014, we budgeted $115,000 a year for three years, with an initial fundraising target of $300,000. The actual annual cost of their needs is likely closer to $120,000 a year and we intend to continue annual fundraising efforts beyond our initial target in order to insure proper care for Anthony. Gifts will flow through the YouCaring website to The Anthony Weller Trust.
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Gifts may also be mailed directly to the The Anthony Weller Trust, Attn: John Weston, Trustee PO Box 416 Byfield,MA 01922. If you would like your name to be listed here for your mailed donation please indicate so when sending. Donations by check will not be subject to the 2.9 % credit card fee.
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You can also support Anthony by purchasing his books as well as his jazz and classical guitar CDs at his web site www.anthonyweller.com