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My Birthday Wish – Save Baby Reef

***UPDATE***  If you are having issues getting to the chipin.com site, please go directly to PayPal.com and donate to DeanMacKayPhoto@gmail.com. If you would, please also leave a comment here or email me at the above email address.

Thank You.


Dear Friends,


I need your help.


Reef Carneson was born on September 17th, 2008. At just 5 months old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. At less than a year, he received a bone marrow transplant. As a result of the transplant he now has Graft Vs. Host Disease (GVHD) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graft-versus-host_disease). Unable to receive the treatment he needs in his native South Africa, his family sold everything they own and moved to Los Angeles just a week ago to get treatment at Children’s Hospital LA. This treatment is unbelievable expensive. It will cost them $500,000 for two years worth of treatment and they need to come up with a $110,000 deposit to begin treatment.  It is urgent that we raise the deposit as soon as possible so that Reef can begin treatment.  Every day that he is not in treatment is a day that he is not getting better.


My birthday is here and there’s only one thing I want this year and that’s to get Baby Reef the treatment he so desperately needs. I’ve spent some time with Reef and the whole family in the past week and want to do all that I can to help him.  But I can’t do it alone. I need your help. Please join me in helping to get Reefie on the road to a healthy and pain free life that all little children should have. Please show them your generosity by donating any amount you can afford.


Thank You.
Dean MacKay


*I’d be eternally grateful it if each of you would donate at least $10. Given the sheer amount that needs to be raised, if you can afford more, please consider donating more.  I understand that some of you may not be able to afford that and every little bit helps. And, if you can’t afford to donate, I hope that you will consider sharing this link.


*Please note that I am personally collecting these funds and will give them directly to the family.
*You can also find and share this event on Facebook


*To read more about Reef and follow his story please check out the following links


*Save Baby Reef http://savebabyreef.com/


*1,000 Candles for Baby Reef https://www.facebook.com/groups/70216977000/


*Photo courtesy of Michelle Myburgh


*If you have questions, concerns, or assistance to offer, please email me here – DeanMacKayPhoto@gmail.com

About 50 Couches in 50 Nights

My name is Dean MacKay. In June and July of 2010, I slept on 50 different couches in 50 consecutive nights. I took photographs of the couches, both as a couch and as my bed. I took portraits of my hosts and interviewed them. I documented their homes on film and digitally as well as in a journal. I was treated to home cooked meals and intimate secrets. I was cared for when I was ill and checked in on after I was long gone. There were sleepless nights and busy days and times spent discussing the past and dreaming about the future. I drank a lot of coffee at a lot of different coffee houses. There were old friends who became closer and acquaintances who I now call my friends. There were even strangers who invited me into their homes. Threads were woven among them all. My skills were honed as I practiced my craft on a daily basis. I learned many things about my hosts and I continue to learn many things about myself. These times are unforgettable. This journey was initially born out of necessity. The economic times had taken their toll. But the fruit of this labor is not simply financial. It is emotional and spiritual and societal. I tapped into something that is still developing. And as it develops I will share with you this knowledge as well as providing you a way to share it with others. I hope that you will support me as this journey continue and grows. I plan to unveil many things from this work including a coffee table book on the couches, and perhaps other books and a documentary. I'm also hoping to get the blog carried on a major website. Of course, and second project is also in the works although what form it will take has yet to be determined. Any assistance or advice that you can offer to further these projects is welcome. Your support, both financial and emotional, is crucial to my success. Thank You. © Dean MacKay 2010


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