STATEMENT DATE: 11-5-18:
From Peter Doty:
My name is Peter Doty and I am raising money to pay for costs related to completing cancer treatment, other medical expenses, to get out of debt, and to move my things out of California. My sole source of income is Social Security disability, which is not enough to pay for these things.
I have been disabled for over ten years. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, I have a mystery movement disorder, and psychiatric disabilities (worse of late.) Recently I have been dealing with prostate cancer. I had radiation treatment this summer, while staying in a medical homeless shelter. I’m really hoping to avoid doing the shelter thing again.
For those of you who are interested in Burning Man, I played a vital role in the creation of Theme Camps, with Christmas Camp (1993.) There, I also created the original Naughty Santa character (inspiring the subsequent SantaCon events.) I can say with confidence that my late-friend Larry Harvey (Burning Man founder) would support my fundraising efforts here. Larry was always effusive about my inventing the Theme Camp art form. Perhaps this fundraiser can be my Burning Man “pension.”
Yours truly co-producing the first Burning Man Theme camp.
I‘ve been a long time artist and fixture in the San Francisco underground. I’ve been a “big cheese” in the San Francisco Cacophony Society, as well as working on my own in a variety of media: fine art photography, writing, painting, tie-dye, songwriting, acting on stage & screen, printmaking, filmmaking, costuming, and political activism.
A while ago I lost rent control for my San Francisco apartment*; I have been dealing with financial uncertainty ever since. I came to New Mexico to help out my elderly mother who has had some problems for a few years. I hope to move my things to New Mexico, and have a new debt-free financial start.
* (For those paying attention to such things, note that I am yet another priced-out artist caught in the Northern California Creative Diaspora.)
I will use the money I raise for expenses to finish up my cancer treatment, past-due storage fees, professional movers, personal debts, past-due medical bills, and upcoming medical expenses (i.e. dental work, new eye-glass lenses, etc.) My disability income will not cover any of this, so I’m hoping this fundraiser will be successful.
Thank-you for reading all this, and bless anyone who can help out.
Cheers- Peter Doty