Update: Mad vs. Cancer – Calling All Artists
A week ago we did a post about out colleague Mad and the struggle he’s going through. Fighting cancer and facing steep medical bills, Mad’s friends and family have gathered together to create the Mad vs. Cancer campaign in an effort to raise funds and help him out in these dire times. On the Mad vs. Cancer website they released squeezer mops and vinyl stickers that are available for a small donation of $25. There is also a link to donate any amount via PayPal and a P.O. Box where artists can send their donated works to be auctioned off (tentatively May 1st.)
Full story straight form the Mad vs. Cancer site and P.O. Box address where donations can be sent to below…
Official statement from the Mad vs. Cancer website:
This website represents an effort by the friends and family of MAD (ESC KD WH NSF crews; co-founder of the INFAMOUS MAG; respected Philadelphia artist; and all-around good dude) to raise funds to help him support himself and his family during his battle with CANCER.
MAD was rushed to the hospital just after the 2012 new year with severe pain and discovered his spleen had ruptured. During the operation to remove his spleen, Stage 4 cancer was found in a few locations in his body.
MAD had no insurance nor workman’s compensation, and, accordingly, he is in major financial distress. While his medical bills are astronomical, the immediate need os for financial support for his basic costs of living. MAD has two beautiful children to support, his home and family to care for, and with week-to-week inpatient Chemotherapy, can not work a normal job, even IF his weakness and nausea weren’t a factor. SO, he needs HELP.
There are three prongs to our effort to generate support:
ONE – an art auction, where we will need ART donated that can be sold/auctioned with all proceeds going to the charity. The date for this auction is TBD. There will be a Silent Auction held in Philadelphia, and possibly other cities, as we hope to find people willing to help us set that up. There will also be an online portion to the auction, for those who would like to purchase donated art as a donation, but cannot attend the live silent auction. Dates, Times, URLs, and Locations for these events will be updated as they are set.
TWO – we are selling small packs of stickers in a “grab bag” format on this site. There will be printed vinyl stickers, and a mix of some of the best writers in the US and abroad who are donating custom stickers specifically for this cause. Like a public television drive, essentially you will be getting an “incentive gift” for different donation levels. These will be clearly listed as products to purchase on the main page. There is also going to be sketches, a zine, and possibly T-Shirts and some custom “fuck cancer” jewelry for the ladies.
THREE – straight donations. there is a big red DONATE! button on the site here where you can skip the shopping cart and specific amounts and just donate whatever you can afford or manage. This is perfect for smaller donations.
You can help the cause in one (or more) of several ways:
-Donate ART (email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on shipping art)
-Donate STICKERS made by you, your crew that can be added to grab bags
-Donate SKETCHES made by you, your crew that can be added to grab bags
ALL DONATIONS CAN BE SHIPPED HERE:
630 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia PA. 19123
-Donate $$$ directly using the donate button on the website
-Donate SERVICES (currently looking for anyone with a tshirt hookup than can donate the cost of printing up tshirts – if you have a screenprinting connection that might be interested, please hit us up!!)
-SPREAD THE WORD!! This may be the biggest help aside from money, please repost the link to this site on your blogs, your tumblrs, your flickrs, tweet it, text it, email it, hell, post it on your Friendster page if you still roll like that. PLEASE TRY TO MOTIVATE YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR PEOPLE’S PEOPLE – ITS A GOOD LOOK
THANKS FROM THE MAD vs CANCER TEAM, and from MAD himself