guest post by Aaron Muszalski
Samantha (aka longtime Suicide Girl “Fractal Suicide”) is currently leading a fundraiser for cancer research in honor of our friend Lou Genise, who succumbed to the disease earlier this year at the age of 38. A multi-talented fire performer, philosopher, artist and clown, Lou was an unforgettable individual who was much beloved throughout the Los Angeles and Burning Man arts communities.
Lou participated in numerous experimental treatments for cancer after being diagnosed, and thus aiding future patients to perhaps one day receive a treatment that would result in a full cured recovery. In light of that, his friends and family have asked that donations are made in honor of his name to his primary treatment facility, The City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Donations can be made via Paypal here. Any amount is welcome, and any contribution of $25 or more will receive an (uncensored) 8×10 print of the photo of 18 Suicide Girls above, all raising their fists and yelling FUCK CANCER, taken by none other than Cherry Vega, an extraordinary photographer and individual.
I had the distinct pleasure of having known Lou since 2002, and cherished his company every time our paths crossed. Even in a community rich with outstanding individuals, Lou was unique, and I will forever remember him as a gentleman, and a uncommonly generous, open-hearted friend. It feels most fitting that he be remembered with an act of generosity.
And he’d have appreciated the nekkid girls too.
photo by Cherry Vega