Amazing! In just three days, we've already broken the UMAmeter. As of this evening, the total amount raised for Uma's medical expenses is $21,454.38!!!!
How freaktastic is that? Thank you to all of the friends, family, and strangers who have supported us--your names are all listed over there on the right side of this page and you are all beautiful people. As I've watched the donations come in these past few days, it's been breathtaking. There is so much goodness in this world. We will definitely be able to afford the air ambulance to bring Uma back home and for that I thank you with all of my heart. I want to give each and every one of you a nice, warm hug like this one:
We have achieved this first goal, and it's awesome. But if you haven't donated to Uma yet, you still can. There are still many other medical expenses that will need to be covered, and we thank you for your continued support. Making donations is super simple: you can either click on the "make a donation" button in the top right corner of this blog, or if you want to send a check you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you the pertinent details.
Also, if you live in Los Angeles, there is going to be an awesome benefit performance of David Nathan Schwartz' one-man show "My Brain Tumor: A Mind Expanding Comedy" this Sunday night at 7pm at the Elephant Lab Theater. More details HERE. Tickets are $75 and all of the proceeds go to Uma. David doesn't know Uma, he doesn't know John, he doesn't know me--but he read about Uma on Bonnie Gillespie's blog and he was moved by what Uma's going through and he offered to help out by putting on this benefit performance. It's very exciting, and if you'd join us for an evening of good theater--followed by some good boozy times (we'll have lots of wine)--we would be so honored to have you with us. After the show, I'll probably tell some Uma stories and talk about what it's been like for her at the hospital. I'll share some stories that haven't made it to the blog. I know that a lot of you are tapped out right now because you've made incredibly generous donations, but if you're still looking for a way to participate, this should be a very fun night. There are only 40 seats in the theater, so seating is limited. Make your reservations now.
(Oh, and a quick question about the list on the right: I've only listed the names that showed up on the paypal account, but I assume that some of the donations came from couples, rather than just one person. If you have a spouse/significant other that you would like me to list with your name on the right, just let me know and I'll make the correction. I don't want anyone to feel left out or unthanked! All of your support is so greatly appreciated and you should all feel the love.)