In 2019, Jenny Colen, the wife of regular Crailtap photographer Ben Colen, was diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an extremely serious form of blood cancer. The family sprang into action, embarking on two years of increasingly extreme trail-and-error involving chemo, immuno therapy, and even shuttling coast-to-coast to explore other tratment options. Eventually, Colen’s cousin Jeff donated his bone marrow for an experimental transplant and the results have been encouraging.
However, there’s still a considerable road to recovery ahead and, due to a recent layoff, Colen will no longer have employee-sponsored health insurance to soften the blow to the family’s finances. The outrageously expensive treatments have blindsided the family, but there is a GoFundMe page (established by Joey Pepper and Alicia Colen) in case you’re able to lend any support to the Colens. To donate, visit the page here.