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Saving Bobby's Bladder

Organized by: Louie Maggiotto

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Still Good News/ From Bobby
June 22, 2017

Still cancer free!!  So happy, relieved, and grateful... !!!! I hope all is well with everyone!! Love, Bobby See More

EVENT DATE Jun 01, 2016

THE STORY:

My good friend Bobby recently found out something we all hope never to hear: he has cancer.  It’s in his bladder.  The treatment his doctor recommended was to have the bladder removed, one result of which would be that he might have to “pee into a bag” for the rest of his life.

Bobby has spent the last several weeks deep into research and fact-finding, and he has decided to take a different course.  He will travel overseas for the first time in his life, to a special clinic in Germany.  He will spend four weeks there in a treatment that should kill the cancer and save his bladder.  It is a treatment that is not covered by his insurance.  The cost to Bobby will be $35,000, which includes the treatment, airfare, and other living expenses.

My heart is breaking for Bobby.  So I offered to set up this page to help others do what I would like to do: contribute some money to help Bobby.  He could really use it!

Bobby is a such a great guy.  He is 49.  His two kids, Violet and Fox, are 14 and 10, nearly the same age as two of mine.  He is an enormous part of their lives — as a basketball coach, as a fundraiser for their public schools, and as a constant source of love and patience.  (Bobby shares custody with their mother, Terza.)  One of the things I admire most about Bobby is self-awareness.  I am often moved and enlightened when I hear Bobby’s recount of an interaction with one of his kids, or some challenging person out in the world.  I have learned a great deal from Bobby.  He is a rare force of goodness in the world.  

Bobby is a stand-up comedian and one of the few comics who has performed on both Letterman and Leno, but sadly has never had that big break.  In fact, he’s even had some bad breaks.  Last year, Bobby performed on the show "America's Got Talent" and received four YES votes from the judges.  But you never heard about this, because his appearance was cut out of the broadcast — and the producers never even contacted him!  Bobby's comedy is smart and clean.  He performs the way he lives his life: with dignity.  If you are interested, here’s a link to some of Bobby’s comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-5F-EYwLgg

Bobby has also worked many years as a substitute high school teacher in LAUSD.  He has strived to find less soul-crushing work, including as a salesman for coupon companies like Group-on.  He also helps make ends meet as a dog-walker.   Recently, I’ve had some phone chats with Bobby during those walks, and it’s clear that even Bobby’s 4-legged friends get his love and patience.  

Whether you know Bobby or not, I want to encourage you to do a kind deed and support him here.  Even if it’s only to make a small donation and post it on your Facebook page.  Bobby believes that all things happen for a reason.  I’m hopeful that one of the reasons this has happened to Bobby is so that he can feel the power of good people to come together to help another good person.  

Thank you for your time and contribution.

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To This Fundraiser

$36,147

 

103% Raised of $35,000 Goal

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  • Evelyn & Marc Fisher

    $360

  • Denise Morris Salit

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Warren Smith

    $50

  • Livia Maggiotto

    $25

  • Goldfarb, Kipner, Reis cousins & Roz Holtzman

    $100

  • Bob Schwartz

    $100

  • Joel Saeks

    $50

  • Noah Danoff

    $50

  • Perry Ohren

    $100

  • Sandy Fleisher

    $500

  • Kate Wolf

     

  • N. Stout

     

  • Beth & Louis Guttman

     

  • Sally Brooks

    $100

  • Suzanne Whang

     

  • The Klayman Family

    $250

  • Susan and Lou Maggiotto

    $100

  • Mike Cohen

    $100

  • Nadia Asfour Knoll

    $100

  • Paul Krakovsky

     

  • Patty Youkilis

    $25

  • Teri Heines

     

  • Carlos Alazraqui

     

  • Teri Cohen O'Brien

     

  • David De Palo

    $50

  • Michael Schwartz

    $68.66

  • Robin Gray (Weinstein)

    $36

  • Patty May

     

  • Andy Ackerman

     

  • Leslie and Ken Silverman

     

  • John r.keller

    $120

  • Anonymous

     

  • Scott Adams

    $100

  • Joanie and Joe Tennenbaum

     

  • Jack Thomas

    $100

  • Eric C

     

  • Steve Marmel

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sheryl Altschuler and John Sule

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Jennifer Hardaway

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bob Shields

    $25

  • Chris Russo

     

  • Rick Karen and Brandon

     

  • Ginger

     

  • Teri Newman

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Michael Fisher

    $365

  • Tim Bateman

     

  • Marcie Smolin

     

  • Julie Wolf

    $100

  • Jennifer ツ

     

  • Judy and Gary Zakem

     

  • Bruce Smirnoff

     

  • David Levenson

     

  • Brian and Linda Burstein

     

  • Stuart Levy

    $50

  • Joanie horwitz

    $250

  • Violet

    $49

  • Bob Phillips

    $100

  • Steven Barouh

    $25

  • Steve and Teresa Bruner and Family

    $250

  • Leslie Howard

    $50

  • Vahe

    $100

  • Bryan Runyan

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Ryan unger

    $50

  • Laurie B.

     

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Melinda Rauch

    $100

  • Sheli Jardine

     

  • Scott Herriott

    $25

  • Neva Rogers

    $100

  • Gabby Abrams Jacobson

    $50

  • Lori Forman Flink

     

  • ruth sudman

    $10

  • Amanda Maggiotto

    $50

  • Eden and Jeffery Muller

    $50

  • Keith Stubbs

    $100

  • Austin Doerner

    $115

  • Bengt Washburn

    $50

  • Mike Brennan

     

  • Ellen Slauson

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • The Peskin Family

     

  • Rick & Betsy Lefton

     

  • George DuChaine

    $25

  • Vicki Holthaus

     

  • Irv Hepner and K.C. Victor

    $350

  • Ann Hesen

    $50

  • Bria Didszun

    $100

  • Karen and Jeff Greenberger

    $50

  • Vicki N

     

  • Bruce Baum

    $50

  • Tom Ryan

    $50

  • Sid King

    $50

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Donor Comments

Sid King

Sid King

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Bruce Baum

Bruce Baum

DONATION: $50

Positive energy comin' at you. Don't duck. 1 year ago

Vicki N

Vicki N

praying for you and your family 1 year ago

Karen and Jeff Greenberger

Karen and Jeff Greenberger

DONATION: $50

Hang in there Bobby! 1 year ago

Bria Didszun

Bria Didszun

DONATION: $100

Prayers for your full recovery Bobby 1 year ago

Ann Hesen

Ann Hesen

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Irv Hepner and K.C. Victor

Irv Hepner and K.C. Victor

DONATION: $350

Best of luck, Bobby. 1 year ago

Vicki Holthaus

Vicki Holthaus

1 year ago

George DuChaine

George DuChaine

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

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