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Meg Patterson Cancer Treatment Fund

c/o Clatsop Community Bank

988 Commercial Street

Astoria, OR 97103

Thank you to everyone who donated!  

On August 14th, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The past two years have been a roller-coaster ride of fear and exhilaration. You see, I also got engaged in 2008, four months before my diagnosis… I’ve had two surgeries; one in NYC and one in Portland, Oregon; each followed by a recurrence within months. I am now at Stage IV, with metastasis to the bones, and a local recurrence in my right breast. After much research, medical advice on both coasts, diagnostic testing, and soul-searching, I have decided to seek treatment at the Cancer Hope Center in Nevada. Dr. Forsythe is on the cutting edge of integrative cancer care. I was lucky enough to be able to meet with him for a consultation on March 10th, and feel confident that this treatment will save my life. (scroll down for more...) I need to raise $30,000 for the initial three-week intensive IV treatment (which, in the world of cancer treatment is cheap!),which I will start on April 19th.                 Unfortunately, I do not have health insurance to cover this.  I need your help.  Please donate here online or send donations to the “Meg Patterson Cancer Treatment Fund”, c/o Clatsop Community Bank, 988 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103          If you would like to read my online journal and sign up for updates on my treatment, please go to <>. Thank you so much for your help.  Because of the recurrence, I have had to postpone my wedding, and also beginning graduate school.  I have deferred enrollment to Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where I will be studying for an MA in Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. When I am finished with my treatment and my cancer is in remission, I plan to continue directing plays (especially Shakespeare), continue teaching English as a second language to JobCorps kids, and get married! If you have any questions about donating, or perhaps setting up a raffle or other creative fundraising idea, please contact my friend Bari George <> to brainstorm and get support and ideas.  She's been spearheading the fundraising efforts and is very helpful. And PLEASE, even if you can't give right now, forward this website link to all your friends and networks (facebook, schools, workgroups, churches) with a little note that says something like "I'm helping my friend Meg raise money for her breast cancer treatment.  Will you please help?"  Many people who don't even know me have given donations.  It's easy to do with the "Tell a Friend" widget at the top of this page, above my picture.  THANK YOU! So, pay it forward, and be well. All the best, Meg

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