Karen Black, the actress who starred in Easy Rider, will undergo cancer treatment in Europe thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign.
Karen Black's cancer fundraising scheme is taking off, pulling in $32,000 of the initial $30,000 goal. The actress, whose credits include Five Easy Pieces, Airport 1975 and the classic Easy Rider, is reaching out over the internet in a bid to raise the money for her medical treatment - she had been battling cancer on and off for over two years.
The crowd-funding campaign on GoFundMe.com is looking to raise the cash to send Black for two-months of treatment in Europe. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, explains on the campaign's web page that Black, now 73, was first diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010. She underwent surgery to remove a third of her pancreas and had extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was declared clear of the disease in July 2011. However, by June 2012, the cancer had returned and spread to her lungs and lower back.
The actress now weighs just 96 pounds, down from 156 when first diagnosed with cancer. Eckleberry says the actress his living on "a modest pension" and that the couple have already used up their savings on previous treatment. "We have nothing left," Eckleberry wrote on the campaign page. "And the European treatment is not covered by insurance."
After the goal was reached, Karen's husband wrote, "Everybody thank you so much for the donations and kind thoughts. Karen and are touched beyond belief. It's so great to know she can make this trip. I promise to keep everybody updated. Any additional money that is raised beyond our goal will go towards my going with her. THIS IS AMAZING THANK YOU SO MUCH."
We here at Contactmusic.com wish Karen Black the best for her upcoming treatment.
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