Hello Follies family! We wanted to share some news from our cast member, the delightful and talented Nathalie Holmes. Read her information below and we’d love to see you as we show her our full support. Thank you!
Hi! My name is Nathalie. All I’ve ever wanted to do is entertain people and help them laugh away their troubles. I am a cast member and magician’s assistant at Esther’s Follies. I’m also a teaching artist for Creative Action. Over the past six years, I have taught bully prevention to over 20,000 elementary students. I also toured the state as frontwoman of The Boogies, a 70’s funk/hip hop cover band. I’m a hard worker, and I like to keep busy.
I’ve had to slow down quite a bit after doctor’s discovered a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor. The tumor (I’ve affectionately named it “Grapefruit”) is benign, but growing rapidly (currently 8.5cm) and is causing me a lot of pain and discomfort.Tumor is a scary word, especially for me. My mother has been living with stage IV cancer for years. I’ve seen her struggles with her health and outrageous medical expenses. Unfortunately, now it’s my turn.
Here’s the worst news: My health insurance won’t cover the doctor’s bills, hospital bills, or the surgery itself. The estimated cost was $22,000, which is just stupid. I’ve managed to fill out enough paperwork to get the cost down to $10,000. Still, that’s so much more than I ever expected. It’s time that I admit to myself that I can’t do it alone and will need the help of friends and family. After I have the surgery there is an estimated six weeks recovery time where I’ll be unable to work and there will also be additional bills from the doctors and hospitals that I need to cover.
This is the part where I humbly take off my hat and hold out my little “Anything helps” cup. It would mean the world to me if you could donate any spare pennies you may have to these enormous pain in the….grapefruit sized bills I’ll be paying. I will write thank you cards, sing songs, and make bed ridden comedy videos to show my appreciation. Donations to can made at http://www.gofundme.com/nathalieverafter.
I’m also throwing a benefit at Esther’s Follies on January 11th. $25 a ticket will get you Best of Esther’s sketches, magic, musical performances, special guest Texas Live Band Karaoke, an interactive photobooth, and a silent auction of items from my wonderful & talented friends. There may be a few celebrity pieces as well. Mama knows some people. 🙂 Call 512-320-0553 to get on the list for the show that Sunday! Doors will open at 5:00 pm with the show starting at 6:00 pm. This is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait to see you.
Well, that’s about all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.