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Hussars Battle Cancer!

Organized by Ed Grabianowski
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Hussars Battle Cancer! Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Help my dad with the medical expenses for his cancer treatment.

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All funds raised will go to Ed Grabianowski, the organizer for my father's medical expenses as he battles throat cancer..
$2,070 raised
74 items sold of
100 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$25
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, Unisex - Sports Grey
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Sports Grey
Organized by Ed Grabianowski

About this campaign

All of the money from this campaign will go directly to my parents, Marty and Sue Grabianowski, to help with the medical expenses associated with treatment for my dad's throat cancer. This includes numerous co-pays, expenses before their annual deductible is met, and the time off of work both for treatment appointments and when, eventually, the radiation and chemo make it too difficult to get to work.

Update Jan. 4, 2016:
We just want to thank everyone who's bought a shirt and donated. We honestly didn't know how well this would go, and we've been blown away by the generosity. Friends and family and even total strangers! It's funny, when this launched my dad was kind of mad at me -- like I said, he's not real big on extra attention. That's part of why we decided to do a shirt instead of just a fund, so there'd be something tangible for people to buy.

Anyway, today is the day, after a delay dad started his treatment. He's actually getting his first dose of chemo as I write this. Over the weekend he sat down with me to write out some thanks to everyone:

"I feel really lucky that all these people decided to help out. Some of them are helping someone they don't even know, and of course thank you to the people I do know. Starting treatment this week, facing six and a half weeks of radiation, it makes me feel good that all these people wanted to help. It helps me mentally, it makes a huge difference to be reminded that I have so many friends out there. As soon as we get past this we're determined to pay it forward."


In September of 2015, my father found a lump on the side of his neck. A few weeks later, it was confirmed as a cancerous tumor. He's ready to take on whatever treatments are necessary (and believe me, none of them are pleasant) because he wants to be with his family for a lot more years. We've got all kinds of adventures planned as soon as this damn cancer is beat.

The good news is, the overall prognosis looks good. After a few months of treatment we can look forward to the five-year mark, at which point he'll be considered cancer-free. The doc says there's a high percentage chance that that's what will happen.

The bad news is, wow cancer is expensive. I can't even put a single number on it because there are so many unforeseen expenses and unanticipated changes in the treatment. My parents have insurance, but even with that, they face hundreds of dollars in co-pays and plenty of out-of-pocket expenses before they meet their insurance deductible. Plus, they're both going to miss days and weeks of work because of appointments and the effects of the treatment. My dad's already had two surgeries and a delay in treatment, and the missed work and bills are already piling up. The goal amount I set for this campaign will almost certainly not cover all the expenses, but it will put a dent in the stack of bills. Plus, knowing lots of friends and caring strangers are wearing a kick-ass t-shirt to help him out will really boost my dad's morale.

Update: If you're interested in donating but not interested in a t-shirt, you can help out through the DONATE button at my website.

So who is this guy we're helping out? My dad's not really big on extra attention, but he's a Vietnam veteran who served in both the 11th Cavalry and 8th Infantry, mostly repairing tanks. He loves auto racing and both military and civil aviation, watches horror movies with me, and plays old-school historical war games with my brother and I. He's a huge fan of military history and first told me stories of the Polish hussars cavalry a few years ago. The hussars were highly skilled cavalry units that played major roles in several conflicts in the 16th century. Considering how cool they were and our family's Polish heritage, we thought an image showing one would be the perfect symbol of his determination to battle cancer.

More importantly, my dad is a guy who's always helped out his friends. He's been a mechanic his whole life, and as long as I can remember he'd come home from a day working at a car dealership only to work on a friend's car in the driveway, always just for the cost of the parts. He still does it to this day. That taught me that even if you don't have a lot of money, you can always find a way to help people out.

Finally, I want to give credit t artist Michał Matuszak, ho gave us the license to use his wonderful hussars art for this t-shirt (and suggested our slogan, which he even properly translated for us!). He's a great artist, so check out his ArtStation page. If you're a company that hires artists, maybe you could repay him some of that generosity by commissioning or licensing some of his work.  

Supporters

Sarah Q 1 item + $10
Anonymous 3 items
Keith West 1 item

The shirt caught my eye, but seeing that this campaign is to help a veteran made my decision.

Robert Brookes 1 item + $250
The Hinshaw Family 1 item
Gregg Helmberger 1 item + $10

Having lost my dad to cancer, I hope your dad beats this thing!

Didi 1 item

Polish...love my Dad...love your posts...worked over time today so I can splurge on something that means something to some one!

Wolfgang Baur 1 item
Rob Wieland 1 item

My mom has cancer and I come from Pollack stock

Anonymous 2 items

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