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The loved ones of George Fukumoto are uniting to raise money to help with her medical costs not covered by insurance.

Vibrant, caring, regal, feisty, dedicated, independent and positive are just a few of the words that could be used to describe our dear friend George. While her main career was in the fashion industry, her love for yoga brought her to expand her practice from her own experience on her mat to sharing that experience by teaching yoga as well. She has a smile that is infectious and her love of food, yoga, people and learning are just a few examples of a person who truly lives to love.

George entered the hospital on November 10, 2011. She underwent what was believed to be a routine procedure for the removal of an ovarian cyst. During the five hour surgery the medical team found it necessary to remove her ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and portions of the pelvic lining, abdominal wall and bowel. She was subsequently diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, arising in an ovarian tetratoma.

Post surgery, a standard four month chemotherapy cycle was recommended. The risks and side effects communicated by her medical team severely outweighed the potential benefits (i.e. an elevated risk of leukemia within the next three years, hair loss, permanent hearing loss, nausea, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, etc.) George courageously weighed this prognosis and instead opted to explore an alternative healing approach. For those of us who know George and her many years of holistic living and yoga practice, it is clear that if anybody has the stamina and dedication to master this recovery process it's George.

Her treatment regimen, designed to detoxify the body through natural means is managed by a trusted Japanese healer. This rigorous process is composed of a radical change of diet, acupuncture, herbal hot baths, and the ingestion of powerful Japanese and Chinese traditional medicines. Pursuing this course of treatment allowed George the benefit to manage this arduous process in her native language while avoiding the stressful environment of traditional medical facilities.

Towards the end of January, George began to exhibit disturbing weight loss with round the clock vomiting and nausea. She was re-admitted to the hospital on January 28th. A subsequent CT scan revealed the return of a large tumor in her abdomen, blocking the intestine, and two smaller tumors in her liver. Sadly, she is not expected to live for much longer and will need to enter a hospice facility after leaving the hospital. Making this time even more difficult is the fact that hospice care is only partially covered by her insurance, with George's out of pocket expense ranging anywhere from $350 to $500 per day.

Of course there is no way to know what the near future holds for George, but any resolution does seem ways away. Because of this we look to support our dear friend in every way possible, including financially. And so we appeal to friends, family, as well as anyone worldwide who believes in the healing power of the human soul to please contribute whatever they can toward George’s significant ongoing medical expenses.

George's incredible will and resolute inner strength in pursuing recovery with the depths of her spirit are truly inspiring. Thank you all for your love and support!
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