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Jun. 7th, 2006 | 02:46 pm

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“Well it’s a beautiful sunny day here in Sausalito.

I have been busy submitting my disability documents. Yesterday was my last sick day from work. Today is my first official day on disability. So, wish me luck. I hope that all those documents were submitted fine and they will all go through without a hitch.

Also, regarding fundraising and funding:

A lot of people have asked if they can donate and where they could donate.

We have set up a bank account where people can donate directly to. And, some people already have. I want to give a big thank you to those people. That’s been very helpful with me to pay my bills such as my medicine, supplements that I have to take, Eastern medicine treatments that insurance doesn’t cover, the herbs, and also my co-pays. That’s all really, really helpful for me.

We’re still in the process of trying to find a tax-deductible non-profit to donate to, so that your donations can be tax-deductible. There’s actually some money waiting to be donated to me, but we need to find some kind of tax-deductible option. If anybody has any good ideas, please let me know. I could use your help with that.

I have also been working on a Web site where I am going to be posting my photos from the Amazon, Burma and other beautiful places, and offering prints available to people, to help pay for my long-term cancer treatment.

I’ll post that up here as well. Please use your contacts and influence to drive people to that site. If you want photos to put up, to display somewhere or for auctions or something, please let me know because I would be happy to make those available.

Alright, thank you very much for all of your love and support. I look forward to seeing you all or talking to you soon.

Remember that you can also leave a comment here. Below each voice post, there’s an option that says “Leave a Comment”. Just click on “Leave a Comment” and you can ask your questions or leave your comments there. Then, the site notifies me immediately and I will respond.

Okay.
Bye-bye.”

Transcribed by: cauch

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Bro call me...

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 8th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Hey jer,

Its Josh... I dont think it would be too hard to start your own charity 501c3, so long as you create the mission to be about who you are sponsoring and in what capacity. For example the non profit would continue in perpetuity, dedicated to helping to give grants to men under age 40 who find themselves with masticized cancer (or however you create the charter).

http://www.501c3.org/501c3_process.html

The startup costs seem to be about $400 for incorporation, and this company will do the rest for about $950. But I only found them from one google search. With a little shopping and determination those costs should conceivable be less, escpecially if you can locate a lawyer who is willing to work pro bono (as a donation to the cause).

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jerumi

Re: Bro call me...

from: jerumi
date: Jun. 17th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks Josh, I appreciate the input. I'll speak to the folks who have already looked into this a bit and see if they see any other stubling blocks. We seem to have some people willing to umbrella the start of a new non-profit at less of a cost than listed above but I am unsure exactly what is holding them up. Something about creating a non-profit for one person. And the problem is that the high donors want to make sure 1) their donation is tax deductible and 2) that it will definitely go toward my recovery and not into a more general fund that may go to other people..

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Dear Jeremy

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 27th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
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I was talking with Scott about you last week at coord meeting, so was glad to get the link to your site... China is very far away and time zone differences make it hard to connect, but I've thought of you often and am sending good thoughts your way in hopes of a speedy recovery. I'm sure this must be a big challenge at times and hope you're hanging in there okay. Take good care, multiple hugs to you too! xx Tamara

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jerumi

Re: Dear Jeremy

from: jerumi
date: Jul. 9th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Tamara, it is indeed a challenge, the biggest one of my life, so far anyway.. Keep sending those good thoughts and vibes my way. I use them and I am very greatful for them!

~ J

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