Help Mike Atta battle cancer!
$26,495 raised
53% of $50k goal
312 contributors
7 Years running
"My name is Joanne Jimenez and my big brother, Mike Atta, needs your help!!! Mike's battle with cancer began 3 years ago when he was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in January 2010. He had surgery to remove it, a kidney and an adrenal gland and we were hopeful that the cancer was gone & that he would live a healthy life, but just a few weeks ago he found out that the cancer has returned and has now moved to his lungs. The news was devastating to Mike, his wife Pam and those who love him. It was especially difficult to tell his 10-year-old son, Van, that the cancer was back & that his dad had to be away for treatment during the week of Christmas. If you know Mike he is a happy, positive, resilient person before and after his initial diagnosis/surgery and you'd never know he'd had cancer and major surgery if you saw him during the last 3 years. He has an active life with a family and 2 retail business; and after his recovery had gotten back together with his Orange County punk band from the '70s, The Middle Class, playing shows around California.

Since Mike is healthy, other than the cancer, he has been accepted into a special program of biological therapy at USC Norris using Interleukin-2 (IL-2). It's aggressive & intense treatment with many risks, but offers a chance for a recovery and a long life, and aside from the physical & emotional drain the therapy and hospital stay will be very expensive. Even though they have insurance, Mike & Pam are small business retail owners so the cost of treatment plus the time away from their shops, Out Of Vogue & OTTO, will cause further financial burden. Please help with a donation for Mike's medical expenses. Any amount is appreciated, big or small! We want Mike to focus on getting healthy so he can get back to playing with his band, The Middle Class, & selling cool vintage stuff!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read Mike's story and for any support you can give."


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