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12 June 2012 / stageivhope

So Many Raffles

Since I’m on a roll with updating the blog, I might as well give a quick update on Poop Strong fundraising efforts. Fundraising had slowed down to a trickle as of late, but things are starting to pick up a bit once again thanks to some new items I’ve added to the Poop Strong webstore. Many, many friends new and old have offered items for me to offer to the masses.

I just finished up raffles for some cookbooks signed by Mario Batali and Spike Mendelsohn, as well as the recently released travelogue by Doug Mack. (Thanks to Leah Daniels/Hill’s Kitchen for kindly providing those goods.) And very soon, we’ll be closing raffles for some signed music and comedy-related merch and more from artists Islands, The Hold Steady and Mountain Goats, and comedians Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry.

Meanwhile, just this past week, we added some sweet new raffle items: crocheted cowls and afghan from my friend Molly and her mother, a handcrafted mola from Panama, autographed CDs from string quartet Brooklyn Rider, a personalized musical arrangement by composer Jen Wang, a travel/writing consultation with author Doug Mack, a chance to win an all-access pass to Fugazi’s live concert archive, and a pair of tickets and all-access passes (i.e., the opportunity to meet the band post-show) to any date on Tenacious D’s upcoming US tour.

Yes, these are some pretty awesome prizes. Thanks so, so much to all of you who have offered these great prizes, as well as all of you who’ve purchased raffle tickets.

And, as always, all proceeds go to cover the costs of my treatment and related medical expenses, with any excess money going to the University of Arizona Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund and The Wellness Community – Arizona.


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  1. Wisconsinite / Jul 30 2012 3:31 PM

    Hang in there, Arijit!

    An acquaintance of mine, coincidentally also from Arizona (near Prescott) recently died of colon cancer in his early 30s. The difference between you and him is that he was obese, had a very sedentary lifestyle, and a known family history of colon cancer. He started noticing rectal bleeding a few months after he turned 31, but did not seek treatment until almost six months later when he had been suffering from debilitating abdominal pain and lethargy for several weeks. By that time the cancer had spread to his liver, and he died in another six months in December 2011, about six weeks after his 32nd birthday.

    I am 26 and fortunate to be in good health, but it is shocking to think that I could have cancer in as little as four years. I suppose if it can happen to you, it can happen to anyone. Best of luck to you!

  2. Marybeth Montgomery / Aug 2 2012 11:27 AM

    What a great site! I am one year out from my diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer – just like you, I had no symptoms or ‘warnings’ and being only 46 (and no family history), I did not have a colonoscopy. God Bless you and stay pooping strong!


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