Fundraiser to help pay for cancer treatment, medical and living bills for Calgary artist Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon needs your support. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Spoon continues to face an uphill battle after being diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer a year ago and as a result, the medical expenses that are mounting due to their treatment. 

Spoon, musician, artist, author and founder of Coax Records, received the initial diagnosis in March 2020 but after going into remission in August 2020, doctors discovered the cancer had returned in October. 

Undergoing a hysterectomy and a complicated double oophorectomy, Spoon now requires another surgery to repair tissues that were damaged by radiation therapy. They also have a permanent colostomy and may need either a urostomy or a nephrostomy as a result of that procedure.

It hasn’t been easy for Spoon, according to a release, who is now launching a fundraiser with the goal of raising $32,000 for costs related to the treatment, surgeries and prescriptions and living expenses. 

After receiving another surgery on Feb. 19, Spoon now has to spend two-to-eight weeks in hospital recovering and faces months of recovery after that. 

Spoon also needs to find a place to live in Victoria, BC, while applying for long-term disability from the BC government, get onto Fair Pharmacare, and dissolve their current corporation as they can no longer sustain it, the release said. 

“All of these will help Rae heal and stabilize into a life that matches their ability. They also want to prioritize creating a new business model for Coax Records, so the label can keep functioning after they dissolve their corporation.” 

They have no blood family or financial support, according to the statement, and no health insurance, so they have to pay for prescriptions and all other health expenses out of pocket.

Calgary-born Spoon is a trans, non-binary artist who has been making art and music for over 20 years. 

“Rae has always been a community focused artist and has made a lot of community art projects with people from lots of backgrounds,” the release said. 

In 2015, Rae founded Coax Records to support and amplify underrepresented artists. Their writing on gender, the medical system, trauma, their evangelical Christian upbringing, ADHD, surviving incest, cancer, and much more has been met with gratitude from audiences all over the world. 

Everyone that donates will receive a download link for The Rae Spoon Songbook containing sheet music for all of their songs and the music from all of their solo albums.