Michael Earl Cancer Fund

For: Michael Earl
Organizer: Janine Pibal
$32,680
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 521 donors
32% Complete
This fundraiser is not active at this time.

The Story

Hi everyone! 
I know many of you have been following me on Facebook as I post updates on my cancer journey.  Thank you so much for each one of your encouraging comments.  It’s meant a lot to me. 

The latest news is I have stage 4 colorectal cancer which has spread to my right lung.  I also have a partial bowel obstruction from the growing cancer in my belly, (surgery is no longer and option).  This makes it impossible to eat regular food without throwing up.  I am nauseated constantly, throwing up often (even on an all-liquid diet) and am generally weak and tired all of the time.  And yet, though the doctors say I may have only a few months to live, I respectfully know that only God knows the day and the hour.  So I keep going! 

With Puppet School closing, my income has gone down and I don’t make enough on Disability to cover all my expenses.  And I can’t work because I’m now disabled from the 6 cancer surgeries.  So it’s kind of a catch 22.  And I certainly don't have any funds for end-of-life expenses.

I reached out to you before for help and you were so generous with your love, encouragement and finances.  I’m coming to you again for a little assistance.   Whatever you could give would be greatly appreciated and will allow me not to worry each month how I’m going to pay all of my bills.  The added stress on my body has not been good.  My body and emotions have been so challenged over the past 3 years.  I’m trying to get strength and weight back, but I think the stress has been preventing me from overcoming that hurdle.

Yes, I could die in a few months, or I may not.  In the meantime, it would be lovely if my family and friends would rally once again for my cause of keeping Michael Earl alive!

Sincerely,

Michael

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 10, 2013

Posted on September 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, Michael! Today is Michael's birthday and there is much to celebrate. Last Thursday, Michael had the first of two major cancer-related surgeries. With his remarkable inner strength and courageous spirit, he handled the surgery extremely well and is now safely at home recovering. Michael's humor and positive outlook continue to inspire us all. He will need to wait eight weeks to restore his strength from his long run of chemo and radiation treatments until his next surgery, during which the doctors will actually remove the cancer. So many thanks to all of you for your continued prayers, healing thoughts and kind contributions. Michael is indeed still unable to work during this time and has exhausted all funds raised through this site, so if you are  able to assist Michael with any amount, he would be tremendously grateful. Thank you again for your love, generosity and support!

Posted on August 11, 2013

Posted on August 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

Michael is progressing with his radiation/chemo treatments. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  He has three more weeks of treatment, then surgery number one.  Then a six week resting period and then surgery two.  As you know he has lost a lot of weight (50 pounds) and is tired and weak all of the time.  He of course cannot work yet and truly needs some sort of financial assistance to get him through these last three months. The first cancer fund is depleted after one year and now Michael desperately needs your help again.  Please consider, if you haven't already, giving a donation.  Thank you also for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers as Michael fights and wins his battle against cancer!  






Posted on October 16, 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012

Hi everyone, 

Thanks again for all your generosity and encouragement.  Michael has started a blog to keep us all posted on his progress.  

http://michaelearl.blog.com/

The latest news is that Michael saw a surgeon, who confirmed that he has stage 3 cancer.  He also learned that his treatment will require a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor and surgery to remove it.  

Let's keep Michael in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks on this difficult journey.

--Amy

Posted on September 21, 2012

Posted on September 21, 2012

Dear Friends, Fans, and Loved Ones of Michael Earl, 

I'm beyond thrilled to announce that, thanks to all of you, we've surpassed our initial goal of $10,000!!!  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when people pull together in a time of need.    

Beyond your generous donations, your heartfelt words of love and encouragement 
will help Michael stay positive so he can face and conquer this disease!  The outpouring of friendship, support and love you've all shown is unbelievable, and a testament to the impact Michael has had on our lives.

The goal has now been raised to $20,000 in the hopes that we can keep the momentum going.  We can't stop until Michael is cancer-free!

With gratitude,
Amy




Posted on September 21, 2012

Posted on September 21, 2012

Dear Friends, Fans and Loved Ones of Michael Earl, 

I am beyond thrilled to announce that, thanks to all of you, we have already surpassed our initial goal of $10,000!!!  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when people pull together in a time of need.  Beyond your generous donations, your heartfelt words of encouragement will help Michael stay positive in order to face and conquer this disease!

The outpouring of friendship, support and love you have shown is absolutely unbelievable, and a testament to Michael's impact on all of us.  You've all made me a believer that anything is possible, so a new goal has been set at $100,000.  Let's keep the momentum going.  We can't stop until Michael is cancer-free!

With gratitude,
Amy


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Posted on

Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are this close to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays,
Amy 

Posted on

Posted on

Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are thisclose to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays, 
Amy 

Posted on

Posted on

Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you, we are thisclose to reaching $30,000 for Michael!  A recent tweet from Neil Patrick Harris was an amazing gesture, leading many more supporters to the donation site.  

Michael is staying strong during this challenging time.  At his most recent doctor's appointment, Michael learned that he will be starting chemotherapy treatment on December 7th.  He is so appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers, as these are the things that will inspire him to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we contemplate everything we're grateful for in our lives, we also think of those who are less fortunate.  With only two weeks left for this fundraiser, please share the site with any friends and family who may be interested in donating to Michael's cause.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Happy Holidays, 
Amy 

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