In November 2010, veteran actress Karen Black underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment after being diagnosed with rare ampullary cancer. In 2012, the Five Easy Pieces star opened up about battling cancer and also revealed that she had beaten it. Unfortunately, the illness returned in June 2012. At the age of 73, Black is too thin and too weak to go through chemo. In efforts to raise money, her husband Stephen Eckelberry and her family reached out to fans to help fund a trip to Europe where she will try a new revolutionary treatment that costs $17,000. A post on the donation page, Gofundme.com, reads: "Yes, she was an actress in movies, but most of the high-paying work dwindled out many years ago. She has a modest pension and medical insurance (thank goodness), but as anyone knows who has fought cancer, that is not enough. In the last two years we have used up all of our savings keeping Karen alive - traveling - treatments, getting people to help her. We have nothing left. And the European treatment is not covered by insurance." ~E. Guevarra

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  1. Jeff on March 25, 2013 3:13 PM

    I'm pretty sure she and her husband are Scientologists. Why doesn't the church give her the money? They're stinking rich. In fact, that's probably why she doesn't have any money, because she gave it to them.

  2. anonymous2 on March 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    Scientologists have no use for people after they drain them of their money.

  3. Megan on March 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Vitamin B-17 is a very very good cancer combative...online purchase through Amazon.

  4. Brian on March 26, 2013 1:41 AM

    Megan I looked up vitamin b-17, since I have never heard of it and found this: Amygdalin sold as Laetril and Vitamin B-17 is potentially lethal when taken by mouth, because certain enzymes (in particular, glucosidases that occur in the gut and in various kinds of seeds, edible or inedible) act on them to produce cyanide. The promotion of B-17 to treat cancer has been described in the medical literature as a canonical example of quackery,and as "the slickest, most sophisticated, and certainly the most remunerative cancer quack promotion in medical history."

  5. Kyle on March 26, 2013 8:39 AM

    Veteran actress... I don't recall seeing her in anything. Sorry to hear about her condition but isn't it a bit much to be asking the fans for money?

  6. Frank Sanders on March 26, 2013 11:37 AM

    Why should we be paying for the quack medicine offered as cancer cures in Europe? Medicare does not pay for "experimental" fake treatments...
    Thousands of poor Seniors cannot do the celebrity begging, and most would not choose to do fake cancer treatments that Tom Cruise, et alii, support...

  7. marky-mark on March 27, 2013 4:25 PM

    That's too bad that she has cancer. I lost a brother at age 37. He has the support of his community and they helped him with some of his medical treatments. Hopefully someone in Hollywood will do a fundraiser for her. Maybe Rob Zombie seeing she was Mama Firefly in House of a 1000 corpses.

  8. Judy on March 28, 2013 6:53 PM

    I have read she is a Scientologist. Reach out to them. She may not have money NOW but she certainly lived the high life!! Tell me she lived in a 1800 sq ft cape cottage? Yeah I don't think so. She squandered all her money. Sell the beautiful homes, diamonds and furs. I'm donating to the war vets coming home with no limbs, who have nothing and never did.

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