pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (awkward silence)
My husband is sitting in the next room, watching Meet the Press, while I sit at my computer and listen in, occasionally commenting on situations I find particularly vexing. There's a lot going on in the world today that's of concern (I'm understating. Bigtime!) and I'm not always happy with the ways in which politicians attempt to defend our country's position. But the thing that made me sit up and really pay attention, was the following statement, spoken by Senator Harry Reid:

In Nevada, for example, David, at our University Medical Center in Las Vegas, they stopped cancer treatment. People who are in Las Vegas--two weeks ago, women who had breast cancer treatment were said, "We have no place for you to go." They had to leave the state to do that. [link]

Now, I knew our health system was lousy, but it never even occurred to me that something like that could happen.

What other treatments, I wonder, have also been stopped. What is happening to the people who can't afford to travel out of state to seek life-saving medical treatments? How can we allow this to happen? Aren't there some less critical state governmental functions that could have been shut down, so that their operating funds could be funneled to this hospital? Why hasn't the federal government stepped in to prevent this?

This whole situation gets a big stamp of FAIL from me.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (music capture)
Via [ profile] greenman_review (An Important (and Meaningful) Announcement):

On November 14th, beloved member of the Bay Area music community Michelle McFee underwent radical cancer surgery in San Francisco. From her early days as a Pegasus poet through her years working with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and into today, Michelle has been a constant in Bay Area music for over forty years.

To help defray her expenses, Blacklight Productions, in conjunction with the Kinkaid Foundation, has organized Words & Music: The Michelle McFee Benefit Concert. There is also a silent auction of unique items from the worlds of music, literature, and beyond. Both concert and auction are completely non-profit events; proceeds will go to defray Michelle's expenses.

Possibly no one else could have inspired the extraordinary lineup of talent who will take the stage on December 19th, at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Boulevard, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door:

David Nelson and Special Guests, with David Nelson, Mark Karan, Pete Sears, Jimmy Sanchez, Peter Albin and Dave Getz, Rubber Souldiers, with Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan (contingent on his availability), David Gans, Jimmy Sanchez and Robin Sylvester, Bill Cutler & Friends, with Bill Cutler, Patrick Campbell, Dave Perper, Steve Shufton and Peter Harris

Details about the show, auction, donations, and ticket presales can be found here.

We hope that, as a member of the Bay Area music and media world, you'll join us in getting the word out about a fantastic show for a remarkable member of our community.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (bright leaves against dark sky)
Near the beginning of this month, I posted about Paul Haines, who has cancer and is currently in need of a $20,000 treatment that will not be covered by his insurance. The LiveJournal community [ profile] artscaresyou is an auction fundraiser intended to help raise money for his medical expenses. In this post, Ellen Datlow [ profile] ellen_datlow reminds us that the auction is now officially open. Please consider either donating something to the auction or making a purchase.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
Per a post by nicolemurphy on the Conflux 5 minicon forum:

Paul Haines, a much-loved member of the Aussie specfic commuity is going through a tough time. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it. Money that he doesn't have.

You can help by participating in an auction on the LiveJournal community [ profile] artscaresyou. Please see the community for more information.

Edited to add that Paul is on LJ as [ profile] paulhaines.


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