Matney vs Cancer - FIGHT!

For: Robert Matney
Organizer: Beth Burns
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The Story

Our great friend Robert Matney — a stage actor & linchpin of Austin's theatre community — is the definition of generosity and kindness. In an unbelievably unfair set of circumstances, Robert, the 37-year-old actor, director, technology designer, and social media sherpa, is facing his third health care battle in almost as many years.

First, Robert battled bladder cancer, recovering with the support and love of his wife, stage and independent film actress Liz Fisher. Last year, he suffered a double pulmonary embolism, coming back literally from the brink of death with the help of remarkable ER docs in Austin. And this year, just days before he was slated to leave for an artist-in-residency with Liz in Russia, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. The cancer has spread to his lymph nodes; he is slated to start chemo this summer.

Robert and Liz — still digging out from their most recent mountain of medical bills — need our help to take on this next battle. Let's take the focus off of those staggering bills and living expenses, and let Robert put his attentions where they belong: making his best treatment choices, beating this cancer, getting healthy, and living.  In this fight, with our help, the odds are on MATNEY to win.

The Matney vs Cancer Tent Revival will take place at the Off Center, Wednesday July 17th, 8pm-11pm.  If you are interested in becoming a special sponsor of this event, please contact [email protected] right away. 

Tickets are available here:  http://bptx.me/328

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 5, 2015

Posted on August 5, 2015

-->Rob posting from Beth's account

Hello Friends - 

I want to share an update from the round of medical check ups I am now having, and to take another opportunity to thank you all who have provided so much care and community to Liz and I in our hours of need.

Since surgery and treatment I have been on very regular check ups at MD Anderson. This week's check-ups and scans mark the two-year mark from my last major surgery to remove known cancer (which surgeries were then followed by the clinical research trial in Virginia.). I have been fortunate that all my scans since that surgery have been clean so far in this process, and because melanoma can be sneaky and show up as spreading a long time after the primary is gone, these check ups continue frequently. The two-year mark is one of the important milestones, and is accompanied by a significant shift in statistical survivor rates.

So, my scans came back clean, which means I've now hit this important milestone of being "No Evidence of Disease" (NED) for two two years, and wonderfully, my doctors have graduated me to only needing to visit for scans and checks ups now every 6 months (down from every 4 months).

Many thanks to the family and friends who have supported us and helped us beat the odds so far. Statistically, I should not have survived this long, and I owe it to the support and love I recieved from you, as well as the expert care I recieved from my doctors (especially Dr. Merrick Ross and Dr. Patrick Hwu).

Love,
Robert Matney


Posted on July 11, 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014

-->Rob posting from Beth's account

Hello Friends - 

Recently I've written a couple blog posts that share some updates of this journey. The first of them linked below reports the process of the clinical trial, which was very much enabled by all of you.

I hope today finds all of you and yours well and healthy. Love to all of you.

My Best,
Robert Matney

http://rmatney.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/my-clinical-trial-and-why-you-might-consider-one/

http://rmatney.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/make-good-art/

Posted on April 24, 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014

-->Rob posting from Beth's account

At my final appointment yesterday, the doc gave me good results on all of the tests that have been run, gave me some smart advice about stress reduction and nutrition that may help my odds further, and said things have been looking good enough that he finds it appropriate to slightly diminish my frequency of visits/scans (which is slightly and unexpectedly ahead of schedule). He is recommending this be a 4 month gap, rather than a 3 month gap.

I am relieved that these are over for now, and that I am unlikely to get poked/prodded/stuck by doctors for 4 months, a luxurious increment of time. Thanks to you for your support and care. I have little doubt that the embarrassment of riches that are my community of family and friends have helped create the world that has me able to still be a part of it.

I will be writing more soon about the journey so far.

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