Karen needs a hysterectomy to remove large uterine tumors (aka 'the alien baby')

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Friends and Family of Karen Spies are raising money to help pay for her hysterectomy to remove large uterine tumors (aka 'alien baby')

Karen has a large aggressive uterine tumor (aka the alien baby) that is now threatening the functioning of one kidney. She needs to have a hysterectomy before it becomes an emergency situation.

Karen and I met in college while going to Naropa University in Boulder. I don't have siblings but Karen felt immediately like a sister when I met her. She's is one of the funniest, brightest and most heartfelt people I know. Karen has been a consistent source of support to me and is a consistent reminder of how fun and beautiful life can be. Ask people who know her and they will say that Karen gives of herself with compassion and integrity in all situations.

I was incredibly honored to be at the birth of her daughter Tara, which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Simply put Karen is kick ass amazing. The threat of this alien manifestation compromising her health is no joke.

Problem is, being extremely healthy (and frugal) she has no health insurance. We must raise enough money for the surgery in the next 21 days or the only option available will be the more invasive surgery that not only will have a 6 week bed rest, but will also permanently damage her abdominal musculature.

We have spoken to the hospital and had the price of the surgery discounted but only if it is done in the next three weeks. The regular price for this surgery is $30,000 not including anthesthesiologist’s and doctor’s fees. With the discounted rate, we could cover all expenses with just $11,000.

If 110 people donate $100 each, it would cover everything.

If you’d like to help, there are a few things that you could do…

The easiest and most effective way to give would be to go to Give Now button at the bottom of this page and make a donation. Donating online is simple and secure.

OR you could donate items or services to auction off. Contact me at seth[at] to tell me what you want to donate.

OR you could help with another fundraising party in Boulder scheduled for August 13th at Alchemy of Movement.

We so appreciate your donation, your love and your help with this situation.

Thank you,

Seth Lepore

(not blood-related brother)

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