Ian Marvy

First post: Sep 30, 2022 Latest post: Mar 18, 2024
Dearest friends and family of Ian,

You may or may not know that Ian has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  After two years of living in Vermont he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to be closer to his father and stepmother and work on new projects.  Soon after securing an exciting management position with a local food group and finding a simple room in an apartment and he fell quite ill.  While it took some time to get a full diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, he has landed in the care of a great team at the University of North Carolina Treatment will last almost a year. Phase one involved a combination of radiation and chemotherapy and required going in for treatment daily, five days a week for six weeks.  With the incredible support of Doug and Hope his brother Paul he has successfully completed Phase One and has just begun phase two, more on that in future posts.

Ian will share information about how treatment is going here to keep everyone up to date, as it can be exhausting to keep everyone individually and he'd rather connect with each of you in more meaningful ways than giving medical updates!

Ian and the immediate family do need help right now, here are some of the ways:

1. Financially: At this point, Ian is unable to work and has applied for all government programs to help cover costs but those programs could take up to six months to get started. Can you help Ian cover basic living expenses this year? He is living very cheaply (renting a room in a house) and thinks he could get by with $17,500 to cover all living expenses. If you can help at all (even a small donation will help!), please go to this Go Fund Me site https://www.gofundme.com/f/ian-marvy-with-living-expenses (https://www.gofundme.com/f/ian-marvy-with-living-expenses%C2%A0?fbclid=IwAR3R_hVvlJb_Mhd6vj78ZUNjQ7h_WtBn5MoAPyc9qPc9_pY98IQHzlbRPM0) . If Venmo or PayPal are better options for you here you can support Ian through Venmo @ian-marvy and his Paypal is Paypal.Me/IanMarvy. If you can't donate, do you know others who can? If yes, please share the link.

2. Creating a healing home and nourishing hearth. As we all know an important part of life for Ian has been growing plants and creating food for himself and others. In addition to the gofund.me which is to cover living expenses. He has set up a small wish list on Amazon.Com. Though he hates the company he needs the services offered to support his health and healing. Please check out the link and see if you want to send something along to help him on this Journey. You can support by visiting Ian's list here. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/13U2RUFA1LSIO?ref_=wl_share (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/13U2RUFA1LSIO?ref_=wl_share).

3. Healing Connections: After the impact of COVID on all our lives it seems many of us need to connect. And Ian is a people person and longing to connect and reconnect with you! If you live nearby (or can visit), he'd love to go for a walk or to play a game of Bocce (as he writes "True fact Hampshire college had the Guglielmo Marconi memorial bocce ball court which was right outside the dining hall".). If you don't live in the area and can't visit, maybe you can go for a virtual walk and talk with him. He would love it if you reached out: brooklynfarmer@gmail.com or 718-288-3455.

4. Plant Power: Ian would love some help figuring out how to grow houseplants.  He writes "I know a great deal about the foods that we grow or forage for sustenance, I don't know the first thing about keeping house plants (save for, shockingly I know, the wandering jew which I love). Plants will add beauty to my space, filter out the toxins in my space and generate healing oxygen for me and my housemates to breathe. What should I grow? How do I care for it?"

5. Send him a flower: Not literally but shoot a photo of something beautiful, post it here or on his Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/ian.marvy/ ) and if you have the words share why its an image that is important to you. You could also draw, paint or creating your way an image or object of art and either snap a photo or send it along. Beauty is a powerful healing force and his room walls are still a little bare. The best address to use is Ian's father's address: 604 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Thank you for any and all support you can give Ian, he can use a lot of love right now!