On June 15, 2014, Los Angeles resident Anne Lower, known in the indie filmmaking world as The Princess Scribe, suffered a broken neck in an implausible accident. Upon examination, doctors discovered an extremely rare tumor. Further testing revealed the cause of the both the fracture and the tumor: markers have indicated that Anne has Multiple Myeloma, the clinical term for bone marrow cancer.
Anne now faces a very long journey, and her prognosis is guarded at best. Specifically, she will undergo surgery on Friday, August 22 to repair the missing/damaged vertebrae, which will render her neck permanently immobile. The tumor will biopsied at this time. Should it be determined non-cancerous, Anne will have to undergo a second surgery almost immediately to have it removed. A team of seven specialists will have to approach her tumor through the back of her throat. From there, they will detach her skull from her spinal cord, remove the tumor, replace the missing vertebrae with prosthetics, attach a metal plate to her skull, and finally screw her spinal column back onto that plate. And that is just the beginning. She also faces radiation and chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and a possible stem cell transplant. Life as she knew it has just ceased to exist.
Though her insurance will cover part of these surgeries and treatments, her out-of-pocket expenses will be devastating; and should her health care costs exceed her insurance cap, as is often the case with illnesses of such serious nature, those costs may well be ruinous.
The Anne Lower Fund is comprised entirely of a team of volunteer, fellow creatives. We are an organization developed for and dedicated to providing the means through which Anne can achieve the health care that she desperately needs.
They put together a website with a wealth of incentives donated by this community: books, writing consultations, vacations, entertainment tickets, services, all proceeds from which will go towards Annes medical care.
Anne Lower is a silent pebble, from whom so much good has rippled across our global community. Beyond the endless hours she has invested into her own screenwriting and filmmaking, as well as those invested in the screenwriting and filmmaking of those just starting out, beyond all of the promotion she has freely given to filmmaking kickstarters and new screenwriting projects; thousands of women are safe today due to rape crisis centers that she has made possible. The previously homeless have Anne to thank for the hospitality of their own guest rooms, and a chance to start again. And recently, one suicidal stranger was given a new lease on life, when Anne stopped to listen to what nobody else cared to hear.
This world simply cannot afford to lose her.
And so we call on you, her colleagues and community, to help us get Anne back up on her feet; if not for the benefit of her health, or for the screenwriting and filmmaking community, than for the benefit of our shared society.
Go to the website. Browse. Shop. Donate. Help. Anne is truly one of the “good guys”.
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