Robert Burke needs your help!

For: Robert Burke
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Absinthia Vermut
Robert Burke needs your help! (Robert Burke)
of $10,000 goal
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Raised by 104 donors

The Story

Robert Burke is a visionary artist that has repeatedly broken boundaries with his conceptual, interactive performance oriented sculptural installations. His early work in the origins of the Burning Man community shaped the event in integral ways that have yet to be duplicated.  Before his work with Burning Man, Robert lived an experience rich life in the tradition of the modern Renaissance man:  sailing the world, traveling as a journeyman sign painter…the stories he tells are unparalleled and vivid.  He is a deep soul, caring, passionate, and thoughtful.  His spirit is large and it is a rare soul that does not remember him, even just having met him once.

And now, a tragedy has befallen him:

Robert Burke has been diagnosed with primary progressive MS.

Multiple Sclerosis is an extremely debilitating, progressive, incurable disease.  It has been taking him down in horrible ways, very very quickly. for more information see this link:

It has been explained to Robert in no uncertain terms by a number of medical professionals that his physical condition will continue to degrade steadily until he loses all motor functions.

Robert first began experiencing severe symptoms including difficulty controlling his motor skills, balance issues, impaired cognitive functions, nausea and fatigue about three years ago, but it is possible that he has actually had MS for years without realizing it, as he had no health insurance.  When his physical difficulties became so severe that he was unable to support himself financially, he lost his housing and began living in his bus.  His condition continued to worsen until his friends, concerned for his wellbeing, organized and began trying to help him to get medical care, secure housing, assistance with transportation, medical advocacy, and counseling. 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he now has medical care, and has received a diagnosis, but the battle is far from over. It is imperative that he receives regular medical care, eat well, and receive physical therapy twice a week.  As his condition worsens, he will need a medical advocate and assistance with even the most basic of needs.

Robert is unable to work. He is at this point homeless, and has been staying with friends for a number of months. This temporary situation is not suitable for him: because MS is progressive, it is of utmost importance that he find housing that he can afford and is suitable for his reduced abilities, near public transportation. Robert has been assigned a social worker that is trying to help him navigate the bureaucratic intricacies of the social safety net (SSDI, HUD, ACA, etc.), but his grip on the basics of life are extremely tenuous at this point.  He needs help.

Please, donate if you can and please tell your friends about Robert’s plight.  Share this page on your social networks.  Join Robert's Facebook Page Friends of Robert Burke Getting the word out is important in so many ways.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 16, 2017

Posted on March 16, 2017


Here's your reminder about the party on Sunday and some updated info:

Our morning has evolved into a Mexican Metal Sabbath Pancake breakfast, we will have some Black Sabbath AND a Mariachi band! That's 12:30-2p, don't miss it!

Carpooling encouraged!

Here are more detailed driving directions:
Take 80 toward Richmond Bridge, exit Stenmark/Pt. Molate (last exit before bridge entrance). When you see the road fork, take the middle option (there's a sign that says Stenmark/Western Drive). Go 2.5 miles through Pt. Molate. You will see an old sign for Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor, make a right. Go 7 miles (it is a rough, steep, winding road) and you will arrive at the Harbor.

Tip: we will be outside in a dirt lot, so choose footwear wisely! And it does get breezy out there. Party ends at 7:30p

Please be prepared to donate $! It's technically a free event, but we want to raise some serious money for Robert to go toward getting him a place to live. We are also accepting booze and mixer donations for the bar. Lagunitas has generously donated beer!

See you Sunday!

Posted on March 6, 2017

Posted on March 6, 2017

Hey friends of Robert Burke! Do any of you have a rolling walker with brakes and preferably foldable with a chair built in (like this: for him to borrow?

He'd also love a fancy blender to blend whole vegetables, like a VitaMix.

Please contact him directly and post below to let us know when you've connected the item with the man.

Posted on March 3, 2017

Posted on March 3, 2017

Please join us for an old school, all-day family party SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY March 19 noon-thirty til dusk (7:30p) to raise some money and love for our dear brother Robert.
Where: Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor
1900 Western Drive
Richmond, CA 94801
This is a new place for some of you, our friend Daryl is one of the new owners. It's a mini-adventure...the perfect spot for a lazy day on the water with friends. They have kindly offered their place to us for the day. There's obviously no public transit there, so buddy up and please, please CARPOOL. 
When: Sunday, March 19 12:30-7:30p
Time is firm, so come early. Rain or shine!! Event is largely outdoors so dress fabulously AND accordingly.
Who/What: YOU and everyone you like! We are starting with a traditional Black Sabbath Pancake invocation and ending with an Extra Action Marching Band recessional! But that's just the bread in our AWESOME party between we will have DJ Justincredible, special secret guest DJ all the way from Gerlach, the man clan that is The Conspiracy of Beards, and our lovely Pittsburgh Chanteuse flying in for the event, PHAT MANDEE!! A special R.Burke storytelling hour and a few other surprises for you to keep it exciting. Absinthia will be behind the bar, along with Flash and Victoria, and Big Luke's gonna bring his yummy BBQ wagon. What else can I say??
Why: Because Robert, duh!
Bring: Scrilla. Coin, bux, cash American money, see above Why for the why. If you have a camping chair, please bring. Donations for the bar (but bar will still be cash donation all going to Robert). Your favorite Robert Burke story. Wellies if it is/has just rained. I will update you with needs as things develop. Oh, and love. Bring the love, people. F'reals.
Questions? Comments? Want to help?
Katy Bell 415-515-3652 or email [email protected]
I am NOT on Facebook.

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