UPDATE 3/1/17: Through the combined efforts of all of you wonderful donors and my excellent tax accountant, I was able to pay off the remaining balance of the VCA bill this morning. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I could not have made it through all this without you.
UPDATE 1/19/17: As of 11:40am on this date, Sammie will be no more. She stopped eating and was in obvious distress, and there was nothing more I could do to help her. But I still have debt for her care to pay off, so this fundraiser is still open until the 31st of March, which is the deadline for paying off the balance to VCA. Thank you to everyone who has already helped. And to everyone who hasn't yet contributed, please consider doing so, even just a little. Thank you.
Sammie is an old tortoise-shell cat whom I adopted in 2009 after my Hannah-girl died. She is nearly 17 years old and somewhat rickety, but I love her like family. For about a year, she has been diabetic, a condition for which she's been in and out of the vet hospital for the last couple of months.
I'm actually writing while waiting in an exam room at the VCA. Sammie is getting more tests. The good news is that she might have recovered enough pancreatic function to no longer need insulin. The bad news is that she needs more tests that are gonna cost in the neighborhood of $3,500, and I've already spent over $5,000 on hospital bills for her, and I'm out of funds and options.
So ... I'm asking for help. You can donate to this fundraiser, you can purchase music on my website at http://music.ebenbrooks.com/, you can hire me to do a house concert*, or you can hire me as a photographer**. And if you have another idea, run it by me.
*A house concert is where you invite a bunch of your friends to your home, they pay a nominal admission charge (usually $20), and I perform a show for them (and you). The farther I have to travel, the larger the audience needs to be in order to cover my expenses. Having hosted a number of house concerts myself, I can attest to the fact that it's a lovely experience that people enjoy very much.
**I am primarily a portrait and figure photographer, but I will also photograph your event. Contact me for details. I can guarantee you that I will beat pretty much anyone else's price. The reason for this is that I'm NOT an established professional in the field. I've been a hobbyist for 30 years, and I like to think that I'm no slouch, but I don't have any illusions that I'm a pro, either.