The seemingly tireless WOMANTHOLOGY organizer and artist Renae De Liz is in the hospital with a serious infection, her husband Ray Dillon reports:
She has an infection that has spread into her blood and kidneys, as well as pneumonia and some other things we’re worried about, but I don’t want to say anything there until test results are back. As of today she’s doing a bit better and we’re told after perhaps a week in the Critical Care Unit she should be mostly recovered. It got really bad and we almost lost her. :( Been a very rough couple of weeks. We’re behind in work, income, communication, and our nerves are just shot from all this. (I can’t even think about the likely $30k or more in medical bills we’re racking up here with no health insurance and we don’t qualify for assistance…)
Obviously this serious illness has been a setback for some of the WOMANTHOLOGY correspondence and so on. Dillon notes that the family doesn’t have any insurance—a sadly repetitive refrain in the freelance community. Although they are not actively seeking donations at this time, there is a donation button set up in the link.
Last year De Liz stunned the comics industry by raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter for WOMANTHOLOGY, an all-female benefit anthology. We wish her a swift recovery. Even if you don’t want to send money, you can send a get well card to:
18 Killdeer Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107
Or directly to her hospital room:
Attn: Renae Dillon (Patient)
Mercy Hospital – Critical Care Unit
144 State Street
Portland Maine, 04101
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.