Hi guys. Sorry for the Off-Topicness about this, but I'm
desperate. If you can help me, please let me know.
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Subject: Bad news for Melma, you can help.
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 11:09:46 +0800
From: tosh <tosh@...
I've been in a very wrought state this morning, and it's been a
heartbreaking past hour. Our cat Melma (who I don't talk about
much but love dearly) probably has skin cancer on her nose and
ears. The vet said there wasn't a lot of doubt that it was skin
cancer (she had some name for it,... squa something, she said it
was malignant) and that the cat's ears and possibly nose will
have to go. Her lymph nodes aren't swollen, and she said that's
a good sign. She said the rest of her body is fine, it's just
the nose and the ears that are the problem.
The problem is this: The surgery will cost us between $600 and
$900 dollars australian, possibly more. I simply don't have that
kind of money. I want to give this cat the best chance she can
have, because she's a fighter. Some time ago, she got hit by a
car following us across the street. She went to the vet and was
saved. What I didn't realise was how miraculous her survival
actually was. I mentioned it to the vet today, she said that she
actually already knew of that case because it was so amazing how
Melma fought back and kept living. I thought that was so
wonderful, and I knew then that I can't give up on Melma. She's
never *ever* given up on me, that's for sure. She's been there
every time I was crying, every time I needed a hug. I've been
guilty of preferring my other cats over her, only because she was
my sister's cat, and I didn't nurse her from kittenhood because
she wasn't mine, but lately I've felt a more mature and deep
relationship building with her, and I've come more to realise how
much I love her.
Anyways, the point is, I'm going to try to borrow the money of my
parents, but they won't let me have it unless they know they're
going to get it back and soon. I can't depend on the job market
because I've been trying to get a job the past *two years* more
permanent than a few contracts, and it hasn't been happening for
I'm going to start putting the word out wherever I can that I'll
be selling my own artwork to save Melma. I thought I'd let you
all know in case you wanted a nice portrait of your pet, or hell
- if you just wanted a nice painting, period. All of the
following prices are US dollars, btw, except for other countries
who do not have to pay the US equivalent in their own currency.
(Reasons which are pretty fair. Despite currency values in
financial circles, if you buy a chocolate bar in Australia for
two dollars, and then go to America, you'll still pay two dollars
for it, only two dollars american, effectively doubling the
price. I've firsthand experience at this, so please don't think
I'm diddling Americans or anything, I'm just trying to keep
things fair for everybody). Prices start at 15 dollars for
graphite drawings on A4 watercolour cartridge, plus postage
costs. Colour on the same material costs 35. The prices go up
from there, if people are interested in anything specific, feel
free to email me. I'm more than willing to talk to you
personally and tailor a portrait/artwork to suite your needs.
I do sculptures out of air-hardening clay as well, I work in a
range of mediums and I work pretty quickly. I guess it can be
seen that I'm willing to do as much as I can to save this cat,
because I really *really* love her. I'll also be busking (doing
my music live as street performance) to try and raise some cash.
I'll probably only get about 10 to 20 dollars a day (Australian)
if I'm lucky.
Keep an eye on http://www.nancylorenz.com
to see my progress.
Right now it's an obit for George Harrison, but I'll be changing
it today to get things going for the Melma Fund.
I'll be putting pictures of Melma up in
alt.pictures.binaries.animals so you all can see what this cat
looks like. She has been a tremendous fighter, and is the purest
and sweetest darling you'd ever want to meet. If you can help me
save her, even just by buying a silly drawing, I'd be so
You can see some of my artworks at
All artworks except
copyrighted materials, have fine-quality signed gloss print
copies for sale. The originals are not in the right condition
for selling, I'm afraid. They've been bashed about a bit by
being in my art drawer for two long. They were scanned at peak
condition, however, and the quality of the prints are very very
good. They're better than our professional printers (I've
arranged for prints by them and they totally sucked). Very vivid
colour. I'll be signing with nice pens too. I can also do A3
prints, but it might be a bit fuzzy. Not that you'll tell from
across the room, but hey. Just letting you know. The prints
(A4 colour) will be 10 american, plus postage. Sorry for the
cost but the ink is very expensive (as is the high gloss paper).
Sorry to be begging on list like this. Thanks for your time.