On Sunday April 29, Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area residents are holding a public fundraiser at Miau Haus Studios in Los Angeles from 2-5PM to raise money for Jay and Nancy Westbrook. Nancy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last December.

Comedians Russell Brand, ANT, Tammi Pescatelli, and Sarge are all expected to attend and do a series of quick performances. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $125 for VIP. They can be purchased here.

Nancy is a talented horticulturist who spends her free time working with special needs athletes helping them learn planting skills through the Special Olympics. She co-founded the Special Olympics’ Pot-A-Plant program. Jay is a highly decorated palliative care nurse (hospice work for the grieving and dying) who was selected Nurse of the Year in 2005 (among other accolades). Married for over 40 years, they have dedicated their lives to helping those in need. However, like many people, they were hit hard when the economy turned in 2008. Nancy lost a number of clients who could no longer afford the “luxury” of horticulture services. The hospital where Jay worked had to let the Department and Jay go, in light of a lack of grant money, and that palliative care is not a revenue producing form of medicine. Though they struggled they did what they do best, relied on each other and continued doing what they do best, assisting others less fortunate.

On Nancy’s last birthday, she was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Jay, who has spent his career taking care of the grieving and dying, has now suddenly found himself caring for his most beloved patient. Jay and Nancy are so loved by the community that people rushed to help.

Find out more about Nancy’s Tree here.

Other anticipated guests include Janice Dickinson, {celebrity:Frances Fisher, Ashlan Gorse, Alexandra Hedison (The L Word), Bruce Vilanch, Chi Chi La Rue, Jason Stuart (Home Invasion), Harvey Walden (Celebrity Fit Club), C. Thomas Howell, with more to come.

For those who cannot attend but would like to contribute they can do so here. Please note that Nancy’sTree is not a charity, so donations are not tax deductible.

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