I don't share too much about my personal life on social media, but lately a lot of people have asked me if there's anything they can do to help with my wife Arabella Proffer's medical expenses, like if there's a crowdfunding website or something. For those who don't know, Arabella was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2010. Forty bouts of radiation later she underwent a successful surgery that removed the tumor and a chunk of her thigh. She needs a cane to get around most of the time. The downside is that the radiation weakened her femur so much that her leg was on the verge of snapping in half. A few weeks ago, she had another surgery where a metal rod was inserted in her leg for reinforcement. Earlier this year she had another surgery that didn't go so well.
The last four years have been pretty rough on the wallet to say the least. Some people have suggested that we set up a crowdfunding type website, but neither of us are comfortable with handouts, so this is just a reminder that we do creative things that you might like. Arabella is an artist and I'm a writer, so we'd much rather have you buy a work of art than just give money for nothing in return.
So here's a list of websites you can check out with items ranging from $2.99 to much more:
Arabella's website shop
Artwork for iPads, iPhone, Prints and more
Original paintings from $275 - $575
Portrait commissions (starting at $350)
If you'd like a copy of my novel, Wivenhoe Park or a CD from Elephant Stone Records
Finally, for $2.99, Wivenhoe Park for Kindle