#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer

For: Melanie Cervantes
San Leandro, CA
Organizer: Gina Acebo & Morning Star Gali
#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer (Melanie Cervantes)
$58,714
of $70,000 goal
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Raised by 824 donors

The Story

If you would like to send Melanie snail mail please use the following address:
Melanie Cervantes
PO Box 666
San Leandro CA 94577

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As many of you may know, Melanie Cervantes, our friend, movement sister and cultural warrior, recently shared that a nodule has been found in her right lung after experiencing heart palpitations. Despite a battery of tests and a bronchoscopy procedure, she now faces a biopsy to determine if there is evidence of cancer, and if there is no evidence of cancer, there is a possibility of undergoing a lobectomy which would remove one of the three lobes in her right lung.(Update: Melanie has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. She has a carcinoid tumor in her right lung and will need to undergo treatment).

The physical and emotional stress of this health set back has been extremely challenging for Melanie, but more so because she has not had enough strength to continue working as an independent artist, which means zero income generation at this time. With so many extra and hidden costs, Melanie and her partner, Jesus, are confronted with a significant change to their out-of-pocket expenses as they deal with insurance, medical treatments, day-to-day living expenses, and most importantly, time to manage this new reality. When Melanie made the decision to go independent and to devote her life full time to her movement art making, she probably never thought that she would have to stop working for months in order to confront a medical battle.

Here’s where you come in: Melanie needs our help and support now more than ever to help her weather this medical storm, to give her the necessary time to focus her energy on healing, and to not worry about how to live day to day for the next 6 months. We can help her to do this.

This page has been set up to help Melanie not have to worry about generating an income in the midst of this frightening medical challenge. Any amount, large or small, makes a difference. Won’t you join me and chip in to help Melanie?


We know that we are so very grateful to have worked with Melanie and to be moved by her cultural contributions to our shared movements. Let’s show her that we have her back and stand in solidarity with her as she moves towards health and well-being.  It is going to take all of us with prayer, love, strength, and support to help you her through this.

Thank you all for your love and generosity in supporting Melanie. 

Sending you much love, blessings and gratitude,

Gina Acebo and Morning Star Gali

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 12, 2018

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Posted on March 12, 2018

This International Working Womxn’s Day I want to share some encouraging news. Results from my post surgical 6-month scan are in and there is NO NEW DETECTABLE CANCER! Of course I have to continue to have scans, to check for cancer recurrence, for several years into the future and I think this is a great start down that path.

After all of the difficult news that came with being diagnosed with lung cancer I had serious scanxiety and expected the worst so it’s taken me some effort to let this news really sink in. The healer who I see weekly could tell I have been feeling anxious and had bad sleep and I confessed to being confused about these feelings especially given the good news. He shared an Ethiopian proverb that I am holding close as a mantra: “Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it.” So help me celebrate with a good word and let us anticipate good health, long life, love and liberation for us all.

Posted on February 27, 2018

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Posted on February 27, 2018

Waiting for my radioactive isotope injection to arrive. Wish it could give me some superpowers (I watch too many comic book movies). Instead this scan will give my doctors and I much needed info about the presence/absence of any neuroendocrine tumors. I am really scared to get the results but the only path is forward. 

Posted on February 5, 2018

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Posted on February 5, 2018

Nine months ago I received a NET cancer diagnosis and my life path was forever changed.

The winter holidays were very difficult for me because I didn’t see my family. The month prior Jesus and I drove from the Bay to L.A. and the trip ended up being too taxing on my body and as soon as we got home I became ill. Being sick was never so stressful. I was so worried about the increased risk of pneumonia and the complications that would ensue. Fortunately, after 10 days I felt recovered from my cold. But the experience prompted me to cancel all travel plans for the foreseeable future.

Sadness has been a constant companion the past nine months. I have struggled to feel connected because I often found myself isolated. The tension between avoiding the miserable and threatening flu and being out in crowds of people does not help. I’ve struggled to come up for air from the depressive states that sometimes bound me so tight I felt like I would never escape them. Gray skies make it all worse. The past week the sun came out shining and I found myself more optimistic, more grounded in the here and now and more engaged in creativity and focused on daily appreciation. Creating new artwork has given me so much life and getting out into the world has helped lift my spirits.

In a few weeks I will undergo another nuclear imaging test to see if there is recurrence. “Scanxiety” is part of my life. I both want to know where I am at after being shocked by the news from my surgeon that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes (and is therefore metastatic) and I want to avoid the radioactive injections that have to be put into my body. I want to avoid those needles like like the plague. It’s a catch 22.

Writing this brings a flurry of emotions to the surface and I can feel the tears ski down the skin of my cheeks. The uncertainty has always been there I am just more aware of it now.

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