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Diane Di Prima Health Issues Disclosed, New Fundraiser Starts Now

By Harriet Staff

Diane DiPrima

You might have contributed in the recent past to a fundraiser for the betterment of the wonderful Diane Di Prima--our attention has been called to another call to help, as Di Prima has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. From Amber Tamblyn and Give Forward:

If you are one of the many people who donated to the Diane Di Prima Funddraiser last year, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We were able to raise over $10,000 for her relief which was incredibly helpful. It's been a long and difficult road for Diane health wise, in part because she seemed to have several different health problems going on at once, and now we finally know why. Diane has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system. Diane has expressed to me that opening a new fundraiser here at Giveforward is the best way for her fans to help give back. As she expressed to me in an email: "I am doing much better. Once I was actually diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and treated for it, things calmed down..I am much stronger, and get around better. I could certainly use another fundraiser at this time, though. I am not working (teaching classes, or doing one-on-one tutorials) and don't think I will be in the foreseeable future. I would like to concentrate on my own writing, and getting some books out that are long over due." Please once again extend your extraordinary kindness to our favorite feminist national treasure Diane Di Prima. Spread the word, the love and the dough!

You can donate to Di Prima here.

Originally Published: July 22nd, 2013
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