Karen Black Cancer Crowdfunding Hits Its Goal

    March 26, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Over two years ago, actress Karen Black was diagnosed with ampullary cancer and had one-third of her pancreas removed. According to Black’s husband, Stephen Eckelberry, after extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments she was able to conquer her cancer.

Unfortunately, her cancer has returned, and has begun spreading. After multiple operations, the Easy Rider actress, says Eckelberry, “can hardly move around and is mostly bed-bound.” She now weighs less than 100 pounds.

Eckelberry now believes that a clinical study in Europe could be Black’s last chance at survival. Only thing is, it’s rather expensive. As anyone living in the U.S. knows, medical bills and the costs associated with a medical condition pile up quickly. Black and Eckelberry have now found their finances dipping into the red. So, Eckelberry and Black looked to fans to help out with some crowdfunding.

Over one week ago, a gofundme campaign was launched to send Black for the European treatments. Now, after just 11 days, nearly $30,000 has been raised – far exceeding the $22,000 goal that was set.

Eckelberry updated the campaign page yesterday, thanking the donors profusely:

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

(Image courtesy Vanessa Lua/Wikimedia Commons)

  • http://www.webpronews.com/karen-black-cancer-crowdfunding-hits-its-goal-2013-03 DOMINIC PASQUAROSA

    Karen can’t pay for her own medical needs? With all the money from being a star?? Come on!!! Disgraceful!..Ask her other rich movie star friends,,, geezus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Penny

    Your comment is a prime example of what’s wrong in society today: a terrifying lack of compassion. Karen Black was in some movies throughout her career, and she is relatively successful. But she was never wildly famous, not in the multi-billion dollar range as some of the A-list actors are now.

    Besides the difference in salaries then and now, she’s been ill for some time. Money doesn’t keep pouring in if one doesn’t work. Salary issues aside, your comment was just a heartless and cruel thing to say. Why would you begrudge a donation to a sick person, even a few dollars that would help certainly wouldn’t hurt your wallet?

    I learned something a very long time ago, that I taught to my own children. Money doesn’t make me feel good, not at all. But giving to good causes, even when I can only give a tiny bit, makes me feel wonderful. I look around myself and am amazed at how easy it is to find beautiful blessings that I can bestow on people, and most of the time I don’t even tell them that I did it. And I feel so good in my heart knowing I was able to do even a litle. I won’t ever be rich, and I don’t care. There are many kinds of wealth besides monetary.

    You should try it. Take a deep breath, and put a five dolllar bill in the Salvation Army red bucket, or buy a bag of groceries for Second Harvest. Donate a bag of school supplies to a classroom near your house, or coloring books and crayons to the pediatric unit at the hospital near you. I guarantee you will have a spring in your step when you do.

    You should try it.