Karen Black’s cancer fight

March 26, 2013 by  

Karen Black’s cancer fight, Actress Karen Black, who has been battling cancer for more than two years, has turned to the public and crowd funding to help her pay for an experimental treatment — and, in less than two weeks, has already surpassed her goal.

“If you’ve ever enjoyed her work, now is your chance to reach back to Karen — because Karen needs your help,” her husband Stephen Eckelberry wrote on the a GoFundMe webpage titled “Help Karen Beat Cancer,” launched on March 14. As of this morning, the site had already raised over $36,000, surpassing the $32,000 goal.

“Karen and are touched beyond belief,” Eckelberry wrote in a post Monday. “THIS IS AMAZING THANK YOU SO MUCH.”

The money will be used for an experimental treatment in Europe, Eckelberry said, promising to divulge more details as “we get involved.”

“Right now, it is her best and only shot,” he wrote, adding that she must travel in the next few weeks before she is too weak to go at all.

Black, 73, the star of over 40 movies, who is best known for the 1970s films “Five Easy Pieces,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, “Airport 1975,” and “Nashville,” was diagnosed with ampullary cancer — at the point where the bile duct and pancreatic duct meet — in November 2010.

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