Picture Jeff Cancer-Free

For: Jeff Winterberg
Organizer: Kelly Maron Horvath
Picture Jeff Cancer-Free (Jeff Winterberg)
$22,775.66
of $50,000 goal
45% Complete
Raised by 230 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Jeff Winterberg, a beloved musician, photographer, friend & family member, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in late 2011. Since that time he has begun a rigorous course of treatment which started with surgery to his brain in February of 2012. Diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, this form of brain cancer typically manifests in children, only affecting less than 2% of adults. Because of the rarity in adults, little is known about the long term effects or prognosis. Jeff has been fortunate enough to be receiving significant care through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and his doctors have high hopes for his recovery. In the meantime, his early treatment has been hard on his body. Between the surgery and first 6 weeks of radiation mixed with chemotherapy, his sight, speech, and motor functions have been affected, limiting his abilities. Beginning in early June, he will start another cycle of chemotherapy (six rounds) in hopes of destroying any remaining cancer cells.

Jeff has a long road of recovery ahead of him beyond the 6 rounds of chemotherapy such as extensive physical therapy, and life-long tests to monitor the cancer. He must have MRIs every three months for the next few years eventually tapering off to once a year. While we hope this will completely eradicate any cancer, the threat of a return always looms, thus the need for ongoing treatment.

While Jeff is lucky to have health insurance covering much of his treatment currently, the financial obligations go beyond what his insurance covers. Lost wages, travel to and from treatment, outpatient therapies, prescriptions, co-pays for appointments not to mention his outstanding financial obligations to living expenses (apartment, utilities, school loans and other bills) that he cannot cover while seeking treatment have become a burden. It is not known exactly when Jeff will be able to return to work and how that will affect his insurance coverage. The goal of this fund, set up by friends and family, is to help Jeff offset all of these costly expenses so that he can focus on recovery and getting better. As we all know, Jeff is tenaciously independent. He would prefer to tackle all of this on his own but that just isn't possible. Instead we wanted to find a way to support Jeff through his treatment and recovery. Any contribution will be most appreciated.

DONOR INCENTIVES

As a way to encourage support and also share some of Jeff's talents with everyone, we have created some wonderful incentives for your donation. Of course we are so grateful for any amount of support no matter how big or how small, but are excited to share with you some of Jeff's wonderful work, documenting independent bands over the last two decades. By sending the following donation minimums, we will send you the items listed below. To view the photographs listed below, please visit the "Donor Incentives" photo gallery on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PictureJeffCancerFree

  • $50+ = A 4x6 b&w photographic print of The Melvins

  • $100+ = An 8x10 b&w photographic print of Fugazi

  • $200+ = The same 8x10 Fugazi print plus an 8x10 color photographic print of the Boredoms (Boadrum)

  • $500+ = Both 8x10's mentioned above plus a mini set of 3 4x6 prints of Karp (b&w), Thrones (b&w), & Fugazi (color) )

  • $750+ = Both 8x10's, the mini set, plus a copy of Jeff's photo book Rat-a-tat-birds)

  • $1000+ = Both 8x10's, the mini set, Jeff's book plus an 11x14 photographic print of Hot Snakes (b&w) )

  • Please note: Shipping costs will be covered by your donation, however if you would like to donate a few extra dollars to help offset shipping costs, we would be grateful.

    IMPORTANT: Items will not be shipped until the end of the fund (in early October). Unfortunately PayPal does not give us your contact information so without it we can not send you your items. To receive your items, please fill out this quick form. Copy and paste this into your browser: http://tinyurl.com/jeff-fund

    Also note that if you wish to donate anonymously, we will not have your contact information for shipping your images. Some people may simply wish to donate without receiving anything however if you wish to remain anonymous but would also like the photographs, please email us privately at [email protected]

    Any other questions can be directed to us at [email protected]

    A most heartfelt thank you for your donation and support. It means a lot to Jeff and also to all of us who love and care for him.

    Please note: this is a donation to Jeff Winterberg, an individual, and is therefore not tax deductible.

    This fundraiser was created with assistance and permission from Kaori, Jeff's family and of course Jeff. (He even selected what photos we should use) ;)

    Fundraiser Updates

    Posted on October 16, 2012

    Posted on October 16, 2012

    Here we go, cycle 5 of chemo, round 2 startingtoday . His doctors planned on delaying cycle 5 by a week, because his counts were too low last Friday. But in typical Jeff fashion (as in he was pissed it was going to be delayed), he was determined to get it done this week. So, somehow after yesterday's blood test results, his counts were OK enough to continue with #5. Hardcore Jeff.

    As expected, each cycle is harder on his body. The fatigue is lasting longer after each chemo week now, and he just feels bleh all the time. His words. At least there are only two more (including this week) to go. Also, his brain MRI was clean last week! Yay! Must be all the love&support you guys are sending his way - thanks :)

    Please keep sending him good, healing vibes for cycle 5 so he can kick it in the ass. You guys are the best, for reals!

    -kaori


    Posted on September 26, 2012

    Posted on September 26, 2012

    Jeff completed cycle 4 of chemo, round 2. Two more to go!!!
    He said 4 was a monster and is for sure feeling worse than the previous cycles. Extreme fatigue and lots of sleeping/resting. But he is trying to maintain his weight and eats when he can. Homemade baked goods are helping him with that, so thanks to his family and friends for making sure he has plenty!

    And a huge thanks to all of you for keeping him in your thoughts! Go Jeff!

    -kaori

    Posted on September 7, 2012

    Posted on September 7, 2012

    A massive thank you to Matt Lorenz for putting together such an amazing benefit show (ARTCORE) on Monday night! You are a wonderful human being and so are the friends who helped out to make it happen!!! Good people, good vibe, good feelings all around.

    Thank you so much from all of us.

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