Help Bring Fran Home

For: Frances Varian
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Evan
$5,101
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 74 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

After years of being away from her beloved Bay Area and cut off from the medical access she needs to survive with her Lyme infection, femme poet activist Fran Varian is finally coming home.  She's lined up affordable and safe housing in a beautiful home with a trusted friend and looks forward to being enveloped by her queer family.  


Living daily with disability, especially in a state like North Carolina, has made struggling to make ends meet a daily juggle of impossible tasks.  Here in the Bay Area, she will have access to expanded medical coverage and also to the healers, meditation and medicinal Love she's been starving for these past years. She just needs a little help getting here.


Because travel is hard on disabled bodies, and the safe transport of Fran's animal family is so important, moving options were limited.  We decided to send the majority of Fran's belongings along via POD.  On 3/27/15, Justin and Evan plan to pick Fran and her fur babies up in an RV and spend the next several days crossing the US.


Fran hopes to raise a total of $5000, which includes:

  • $2600 POD rental

  • $500 packing help

  • $250 cleaning help

  • $250 moving expenses

  • $300 pet-related moving expenses

  • $800 for getting established in her new home

  • Etc.


What is already being taken care of:

  • Moving and unpacking help on the Oakland end

  • The RV rental and other road trip-related expenses will be covered by Justin and Evan


If this fundraiser exceeds Fran's goal, she would like to use it in the following ways:

  • Medical procedures not covered by insurance

  • Savings towards a safe car

  • Emergency fund


Thank you so much for considering a donation.  We look forward to celebrating her homecoming with you.



Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 27, 2015

Posted on February 27, 2015

Community-

Thank you so much for all of your incredible generosity and support.  The love you’ve shown Fran is so healing and needed, and we’re grateful for every drop of it. 


The not-so-great news:  These last couple of weeks have been ridiculously hard.  Planning and executing a cross country move is difficult, even under the best of circumstances.  Fran has been dealing with increasingly poor health and the deaths of two of her beloved pets.  Zelda, her feline familiar, passed away at the end of January after a long and pampered life.  Massey, her canine life partner, passed away a few days ago after being diagnosed last month with a very aggressive cancer.  I personally owe a debt of gratitude to these animals, who have kept Fran alive and aloft through some of the most difficult times in her life.  The aftermath of these deaths have had an impact on Frances, who has been dealing with increasing cardiac distress and a not-very-fun case of shingles.  It will be amazing when she is back home in the bay and able to access the medical care that the state of North Carolina has made so scarce.

The great news:  We are over the halfway mark towards our goal!!!  It feels incredible to have Fran’s biggest moving expense, the POD, already squared away. By this time next month, we will be starting off on the first leg of our cross-country journey to bring Fran back to the bay area.  We hope we will have plenty of pictures and videos to share with you along the way.

Love and gratitude,
Evan

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