The public knows Mary Lescher as a renowned animator whose credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, and the forthcoming Klaus (for Netflix).

I know her as my friend, and as the longtime partner of one of my best friends, John Urbancik. Indeed, I’ve known John and Mary…I guess 20 years now, and in all that time, I’ve seen them always support each other in their creative endeavors and in life itself.

Mary has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the gallbladder, which has progressed into her liver and lymphatic system. Like most of us in the creative arts, she has no medical insurance. She and John need financial help getting through this last stage of her life. Please, please, please consider helping them out by donating via this GoFundMe. Donations will help with medications, pain management and living expenses, which are simply too high to handle without assistance.

If my books have ever brought you joy, well…Mary and John bring me joy, so please help if you can.