Alan Czarzasty’s Benefit @ Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge

May 16, 2008 by

WHAT: Alan Czarzasty Benefit
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge
1500 N. Claiborne Avenune
(504) 947-1078

Music by Margie Perez and Skin Verb. Celebrity auctioneer

As many of you know, Alan (pic attached) is a self-taught artist who specializes in making paintings, papier-mache masks and Mardi Gras costumes. He lived in the Bayou St. John neighborhood of New Orleans, and many of you have probably met him at Whole Foods, where he worked.

In 2004, Alan was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma. He was treated with an immunotherapy regimen, but by 2007 the cancer had spread. Alan had applied to but was rejected from several clinical trials due to a weak heart. He then decided to do what he does best — live life. He planned a road trip to the Northeast where his ultimate goal would be to attend Clown School in New York.

In August of 2007, while in Philadelphia, Alan suffered a massive stroke. He spent nearly seven weeks in a hospital and endured two life-saving brain surgeries. The melanoma had travelled to his brain, causing the stroke. He is now paralyzed on the left side of his body and is fighting the cancer at his parents home in Riverside, New Jersey.

The goal of this benefit is to provide some financial relief to Alan’s parents, Lucy and Walt, both of whom are living on a fixed income and who care for Alan around the clock.

Please join us on May 17, and please spread the word. To donate for the auction, please contact any of us (info below).

Thank You, Janine Hayes

[email protected], (504) 352-5437

Tatyana Mescheryakova

[email protected], (504) 388-1491

Cree McCree

[email protected]

Jeremy Yuslum

[email protected], (267) 265-0827

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