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The family and friends of Nicholas Hoppe are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against brain cancer. Please show your support!

Nicholas Hoppe computer VFX artist, animator for the past 20 years, proudly working as character FX artist for DreamWorks Animation Studio in Glendale CA, devoted husband, father, son and brother, avid horseback rider, volunteer for Mounted Assistance Unit L A County, was living an active, creative happy life just days before he had to undergo brain cancer surgery!
On Friday March 23, 2012 Nicholas Hoppe was taken to Emergency Room by his colleagues from work at the end of the work day with symptoms of headache, dizziness, loss of balance and problems with remembering simple computer commands. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A biopsy showed a lesions with Glioblastoma Grade 4 on March 27, 2012 at St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank, and on March 30 he underwent surgery for the removal of three malignant lesions. Surgery was performed by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Before the operation Nicholas was told he might lose his vision, but after waiting the longest 5 hours in my life for Nicholas beside the surgery room, I was able to go to him and found him awake a smile on his face - he was able to everything and he had his sense of humor back. The operation of the malignant tumors was considered a success, but a 4cm. benign tumor right in the middle of his brain cannot be ever removed only suppressed by steroids and shrunk with various chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We hope there will never be any malignant re-occurrences again.
However the shunt procedure that was to drain the fluids from the benign tumor into his digestive system, caused severe complications: a critical infection in his colon led to a second operation followed by a third. Additional forms of treatment will be necessary to get him healthy again.
Dr. Keith L. Black is the best neurosurgeon in the world, but the MPI insurance that Nicholas has does not cover his service. The MPI Motion Picture Industry insurance is one of the best health insurance policies in the United States, but it does not cover everything.
There is a long road to recovery and there will be staggering medical expenses. Our savings were wiped out in the blink of an eye, and we need help for the future of Nicholas' recovery. Nicholas had been working in CG field animation, computer games and architecture since 1978, and his work has always been his life.
Because of the specific strain of cancer that was determined, Nicholas has participated in several medical studies. We hope that the study of his case will help with the struggle against brain cancer in the future for other CG artists and their families!
Please donate through this Give Forward website, or if you prefer, please send a check made payable to:
Nicholas Hoppe
3601 Rancho Del Monico Rd
Covina, CA USA 91724
If you have any questions, or if you would like to contact the family, please e-mail:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, and your caring thoughts and best wishes.
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