Denver musician Amanda Capper has played with artists as diverse as Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts, Angie Stevens and Something Underground, and at venues ranging from Herman's Hideaway to Red Rocks. It's safe to say she's helped bring a little happiness into a lot of local people's lives.
Now Capper is the one who needs help. About a month ago, she was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer.
"She's not able to work because she's so sick," says Kobus. "Obviously she'll need money for medical bills and living expenses."
On Thursday, the situation got even more grim, according to Kobus, who says Capper's doctors delivered more bad news.
"They don't think it will be curable," says Kobus, "so they're not going to start treatment."
Kobus says Capper will seek a second opinion and is searching for the right doctors. She's qualified for a program through Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, she says, and is continuing to seek facilities where she'd qualify for a low-income treatment plan.
"She still wants to try and fight it, of course," says Capper. "She's trying to stay strong, but I think that's a front for all of her friends and family. It's pretty hard for her."
Kobus, too, is struggling with Thursday's diagnosis. "After what I found out today...it's really hard to process," she says. "This is my best friend. It's hard not to break down."
Kobus is doing everything she can to help, including establishing the Gofundme campaign, which has raised $5,000 of the $50,000 she hopes to gather for Capper's expenses. Kobus says she's counting on the fact that nearly everyone can relate in some way to Capper's situation.
"Cancer affects everyone," she says. "Everyone knows the struggle. I know times are tough right now for everyone, but just imagine coming down with this."
Any contribution, she says, is greatly appreciated, no matter the amount.
"Every donation counts," Kobus says. "Whether it's one dollar or five dollars, she's grateful for it all. She needs to feel love and not worry about paying bills. All she needs to be worrying about is fighting this."
The Denver music scene, as usual, has begun stepping up to help one of its own. Something Underground and Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts have put out collection jars at their shows and are donating a portion of their merchandise sales to Capper's cause.
In Colorado Springs, Mandy Baros Photography has joined the cause as well, donating $5 from every photo shoot they do in October.
"It's cool," says Kobus, "that so many people are coming together for this cause."
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Photo courtesy of Cristin Kobus