Organized by: Rick Davis
In October 2014, Rick was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Many changes have contributed to his New Normal over the past 6 months. In addition to the impact of brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, Rick’s life has also changed due to his sudden early retirement from his work as a circus teacher in public schools around New England. Rick has always been a man of creativity, new projects, inventions, and hard work, and while he is still RICK at the core, his daily activities have had to change according to his physical and mental energy levels. What does a super creative guy do with himself if he is not working, not driving, and not teaching – while also needing gobs of rest, some peace and quiet, and gentle, meaningful activities to fill his days (may they be many!)?
Rick’s Cabin Project was initiated to provide Rick with a space of his own where he could write, meditate, play music, nap, ponder, paint, and whatever else his soul calls for at this time in his life. The goal: Build a small shed, 10’ X 12’, out in the woods near the Davis house, using donated materials and community good will, so that Rick can “walk to work” right here on his beautiful land.
A second purpose of Rick’s Cabin Project has been to provide an opportunity for friends and family to come together to do something tangible for Rick in a situation where folks often feel powerless to help. Rick’s brother Jim flew in from New Zealand in April to act as the coordinator and master builder of the little cabin. We have been overwhelmed by donations of windows and doors. Thanks to Jim’s invaluable Can-Do-ness, and two truly wonderful community days where teams of friends and family joined us for clearing trees and building the frame, Rick’s Cabin now exists!
We are astoundedly grateful to our friend Lou who donated (!!) and milled (!!) all (!!!) of the framing from trees on his land, and together with brother Jim, hauled it (!!) to our woods on his trailer. Another amazing human, our friend Phil, contributed his expertise and machinery to alter the blueprint from a basic stick cabin to an awesome post & beam/timber frame building. It is SO BEAUTIFUL, it’s like a tiny cathedral.
An incredible amount of work has been accomplished, yet there is still much to be done to complete Rick’s Cabin. And while so many materials have been donated, there are some necessary purchases coming up that we are hard-pressed to afford. We wonder if friends and family would be willing to pitch in for the final stretch – to insulate the walls and ceiling, put on the roof, build the porch, install a heater, and provide furnishings.
It will take about $4000 to complete Rick’s Cabin. If you feel so moved, please make a contribution on this CrowdRise page. Any donation will help a lot. With your help, Rick will be able to inhabit his healing space this month – Yay!
Our deepest Love and Thanks for your care and support during this incredibly challenging time. ~ Jackie & Rick