As most of us are aware, Mark Karan (of RatDog and other fine bands) is currently battling throat cancer.
This topic is for sending him good vibes and whatever other assistance may come to mind!
Updates on Mark and his family are available on carepages.com; the link is on the MarkKaran.com Web site.
We've just heard that this fine effort has reached its fundraising goal, so many thanks to all who have donated or pledged!
As of this moment we have $1533 in Paypal payments and $720 in checks-in-the-mail. Contributions range from $5 to $250.
One guy sent $18, and explained why:
The Hebrew word chai, which is a popular expression of good luck often found on jewelry, means life, but it also represents the number 18.
Keep it comin', friends!
We are more than a third of the way to our goal in less than 24 hours! The Paypal donations are flying in, and the checks are in the mail!
Thanks to all who are helping with this, materially and/or spiritually. Mark and Maile are feeling the love, I know.
I just had a nice long conversation with Mark Karan and his wife, Maile Hatfield. Mark has made it clear in his postings that he is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances, and I was very happy to hear personally how positive and upbeat his tone is.
When my wife was undergoing chemo a few years back, she spent a week in Commonweal's Cancer Help program, a week-long retreat in Bolinas specifically for people with cancer. It was tremendously helpful to her spirit and practice. We suggested to Mark and Maile that they take a look at it, and when they expressed an interest in attending, I decided to make it my mission to raise the money to send them both.
Another thing that our community did for Rita and me during her chemo was to get us a gift certificate from Jessie et Laurent, a Marin County-based company that delivers high-quality meals to the home, ready to be heated up as needed.
So what I'd like to do is raise $5000 from the people who love and admire Mark and want to assist him in his journey. This will cover the cost of sending both of them to Commonweal (spouses are encouraged to attend) and a good-sized Jessie et Laurent gift certificate.
If you would like to make a contribution of any amount, please contact me directly. I'll be receiving the funds and handling matters with both Commonweal and Jessie et Laurent.
No contribution is too small, and of course none could be too large. Insurance covers most of the medical stuff, but there are always plenty of related expenses, and additional comforts to make things easier for Mark and his family will be most welcome.