Friday, January 11, 2013

The Jay Lake Saga - Round Two

Thank you to everyone who donated to Waterloo's Kickstarter to complete LAKESIDE, their documentary of SFF writer Jay Lake's battle with cancer. Waterloo reached their goal early yesterday afternoon!

And a special thank you to Jay for mentioning yesterday's WWW post on his Link Salad!

Also, HELLO to everyone who stopped by from Jay's blog. {Big Wave}

So what's next?

Another fund raiser had been started called Sequence a Science Fiction Writer. There's a genetic sequncing test that can compare the fucking cancer with healthy Jay cells in order to figure out why the last three rounds of chemotherapy have not worked. Needles to say, the test is expensive as hell and the fuckng insurance company won't cover it.

The purpose of this new fundraiser is to cover the costs of the test and analysis. Amazingly, when I went to grab the link for WWW, the inital goal of $20,000 for the genetic testing had been reached!

Unlike Kickstarter's rules though, YouCaring will allow any extra funds to be used by Jay himself. In this case, funding above the actual costs of the test and analysis will be used for Jay to take a medical leave of absence from his job to deal with his health.

Yes, that's right, folks. Jay has had to work his Day Job through four surgeries and three rounds of chemotherapy in order to keep his insurance. That doesn't even count meeting his writing deadlines with his publisher!

Frankly, DH and I have been there, done that, and don't wish the t-shirt on anybody. We understand what Jay's going through medically and financially. When I told DH about the Kickstarter yesterday, I hadn't even finished when he said, "Do it."

Now, we scraping together a little more to give someone else a much needed break. We hope you'll do the same.

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