Dear Helen Friends, Family, and Supporters,
As you might recall if you were a follower of this blog, Wendi Kaufman, the author of the original short story upon which our musical is based, was diagnosed with cancer soon after we began planning our spring production. Despite the challenges she faced during her treatment, Wendi and a busload of friends, family, and fans, boarded a charter bus in D.C. and filled the Chernuchin Theatre on the day of our first matinee performance. It was a day I'll never forget, and I don't have words to express how moved I was to have Wendi and this wonderful group of people in the audience to share our opening weekend with.
Last fall, we were all thrilled when Wendi went into remission and began to resume her "normal" life. I remember the day she emailed a photo of herself glowing with a full head of hair! I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that this spunky and strong-willed woman (much like her Helen heroines) had overcome the challenges of the past year, and was not only smiling, but was glowing. It made Robby and I so happy to share the great news that Helen would soon be published, and would live on.
Unfortunately, as is the case with so many cancers, Wendi's returned a few weeks ago She is currently recuperating from a major surgical procedure in which they removed a tumor on her spine.
So what can we do? As you know, I'm an avid believer that nothing is impossible, especially when lots of people come together to attain a common goal. I mean, look at what we (that includes all of you) were able to accomplish with Helen? Thanks to everyone's hard work, support, and belief in Helen on 86th St. we made it happen, and now it will live on and on and on.
But, I want more than that. I want Wendi Kaufman to live on and on and on. There are too many of us out there who need her spunk, her smarts, her huge heart, and her writing. So all I ask of you (don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to donate to Kickstarter), all I ask is that you keep Wendi and her family in your highest, most vibrant, healing, and loving thoughts. Because I know from experience just how powerful those thoughts are.
Many, many, thanks.