UPDATE TUESDAY 5:50 PM: In just one day, Karen Black has more than doubled the $17,000 she was trying to raise via crowdfunding for cancer treatment in Europe. The Five Easy Pieces actress has currently garnered $43,521 from 833 donors after raising her goal to $32,000 earlier today.
PREVIOUSLY, MONDAY PM: Karen Black has turned to online crowdfunding to help with her two and a half year battle with cancer. The Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider actress started a page on GoFundMe.com to raise $17,000 for a two-month treatment in Europe. Since Black started her campaign on March 14 the actress has raised $12,611 from 183 donors as of today. “In the last two years we have used up all of our savings keeping Karen alive – traveling – treatments, getting people to help her. We have nothing left. And the European treatment is not covered by insurance,” writes her husband Stephen Eckelberry on the fundraising page. Black was first diagnosed with ampullary cancer back in November of 2010. She had an operation taking out 1/3 of her pancreas as well as extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was declared cancer free. Unfortunately, the disease returned last June to her lower back and infected her lungs. According to Eckelberry, Black can “hardly move around and is mostly bed-bound”.