On Friday I published a story about Tamara, a beautiful Chivette who found out she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma only a few months ago.
Hodgkin’s is an unbelievably aggressive form of cancer. In just two months, the tumor had moved from her diaphragm to her lungs and up the right side of her neck. The tumor was, quite literally, squeezing the life out of her.
With only a few chemo treatments to go, and the promise of an 82% remission rate, Tamara saw the light at the end of the tunnel. The finish line was never closer. But After her 6th chemo treatment, Tamara’s insurance began to waffle about the kind of care they would provide, we’re hopeful that’s being resolved.
Adding injury to insult, Tamara’s 6th chemo treatment had ravaged her body. Her body was so sore, she couldn’t walk. Unable to leave her bed and uncertain about her future, darkness once again closed around Tamara.
That’s when I began receiving dozens of emails about Tamara. With her life hanging in the balance, Chivers were organizing multiple fundraisers in her support, and the movement’s goal was to carry Tamara across the finish line.
Tamara’s best friend, Amanda, had organized a benefit at a local bar in San Clemente. 90 people had committed to the event which included drink specials, a $10 door donation, silent auction, and raffle. If theCHIVE threw its weight behind the event, we knew we could blow it to the moon. And that’s exactly what we did.
On Sunday, hundreds of Chivers traveled from across the country to Zona’s in San Clemente to rally around Tamara and raise a truckload of cash for her treatment. Bill Murray donated the #2 Cinderella Story print, the great people at the Fuck Cancer Foundation sold t-shirts, and we donated a ton of rare Chive merchandise for the silent auction. The Bill Murray #2 Cinderella Story would be auctioned off for more than $2,000.
The Chivers from Camp Pendleton came out in full force – thanks for that guys and gals.
Tamara took photos all day. She has become an overnight inspiration for thousands. Tamara told me she went to Mayhem Fest over the weekend, “After my story on Friday, everybody at Mayhem knew who I was. I got like 50 ‘Chive Ons.’ I was even invited backstage! I hadn’t felt so good in months.”
Tamara told me the coolest story about how a group of Chivers discovered her new donations page on Friday evening. “It started in theCHIVE comments, a Chiver discovered the link and pushed it out on Twitter and Facebook. They raised over $8,000 in just a couple hours. “I almost broke down. I’m in awe of how the Chivers give.”
One day later, we’re still sorting out the final numbers on how much we raised for Tamara but with a room full of Chivers, I’m told it was a big number.
Here’s some photos of the inspiring event…
UPDATE: Just refreshed the donations page and watched it jump from $9,000 to $15,000 in minutes. Unreal.
UPDATE #2: In the blink of an eye, $20,000 and climbing…
UPDATE #3: $25,000