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A Former Monkee with Cancer


Peter Tork (center) performs with his band members in 2001. (Photo by Rich Lipski)

Set aside, if you can, the initial shock of learning that Peter Tork, a former member of the pop foursome The Monkees, is 67 years old.

Tork and his fellow Monkees live on in my mind as the fresh-faced goofballs whose zany, madcap antics on television and vinyl albums helped define the late 1960s.

Mr. Tork announced in March that he has cancer, a rare form called adenoid cystic carcinoma that usually originates in the head and neck. Tork underwent surgery on his tongue, where the cancer was found, followed by radiation. But two weeks ago he announced that his cancer had returned. He's undergoing more radiation now and is hopeful he'll be back on tour with his current band, Shoe Suede Blues, this summer; he plans a stop in Vienna, Virginia on September 11.

How do I know all this? Because Tork "friended" me (and lots of other people, I later learned) on Facebook. I of course immediately confirmed him as a friend, fleetingly thinking my childhood dream had come true and I was friends with a Monkee. I soon recognized I'd been friended because I had signed on to a Facebook Monkees-fan group. Still, the "friendship" has allowed me to keep track of his progress right along.

Tork and his cohorts are selling items on eBay and wristbands via mail-order to raise funds to research this cancer that's so uncommon, it doesn't even have its own listing on the National Cancer Institute Web site.

Social networking sites have opened up all kinds of opportunities to discuss, share information about, raise funds for and awareness of illness, disease and other conditions. In some ways, that's a great thing. But is there also something a little unseemly, or unsettling, about going Facebook with your disease?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Cancer  
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No,it isn't "unseemly". Are you upset that people take their news into their own hands instead of leaving it to the press to give out the info as THEY see fit and often wrong information at that? Brett Hudson has a blog about his cancer. Fran Drescheer is on Facebook 2 and she does the same thing and talks about her disease and how to prevent it for others or get early detection. I think Peter decided to go public in a big way to keep the right info flowing to his fans who care. If you don't want to be his supporter then de friend him. With facebook friends like you, who needs enemies?
Jan1

Posted by: JanetR1 | June 22, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that there is anything wrong with Peter Tork going public with his disease or even going on facebook with his prognosis and treatment. Peter is loved all around the world and his fans want to be updated on his current status. Peter also wants to keep everybody informed of this rare condition that nobody has heard about. I would much rather hear from Peter himself than to learn about it in the media. Facebook is a tremendous support system for everybody. I think that it's wonderful that Peter is sharing such personal information for the greater good of mankind. Famous people do this all the time to bring about public awareness for all kinds of diseases. Moreover, Peter's fans want to know how he is doing and demand that he continue touring. He is so genuine, sincere, and unassuming. Peter would be who he is, even if he wasn't famous. Ironically, it's his fame that is going to help mankind by making more awareness to society about this rare form of cancer.
Julia Baker

Posted by: decolores33 | June 22, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Peter has been both bold and brave with his public battle with cancer, and I applaud his courage! He draws strength and encouragement from his fan base through Facebook and uses his popularity as a tool to raise funds for research for this rare cancer. He is also motivated and uplifted by this constant love and support. Despite the 5 to 6 weeks of radiation therapy that he must endure, he continues to perform and give his fans what they want most . . . his music.

Posted by: tasteofgeorgia | June 22, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow. When did it become cool or compassionate to pass judgement on people who have cancer and how they decide to deal with, and disseminate information on, their struggle and disease? And shouldn't they be allowed to do so without judgement from journalists who are lucky enough not to have cancer or fortunate enough not to be caring for a family or friend with the disease?

As Peter's publicist I can tell you precisely why he went big, and public, with the news, and why he continues to keep people in the loop. He thought about it for many weeks before releasing the news. He almost didn't do it at all. But what tipped the scale for him was this: When he got Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, he had never even heard of it. He found out it was rare, it was under-funded (actually, zero funding for research) and very little was known by even the doctors who were treating people with it. He figured with his public profile he might be able to change that and ease the shock and suffering of others plagued by rare cancers, of which ACC is just one. In addition, he's a loved public figure in the music and TV industry and once the news leaks out that you are a public figure with a disease, there's an unfortunate tendency in the tabloids to start a "death watch". He wanted to avoid this for the sake of his family, friends and fans, because it would have been both upsetting and unwarranted. Peter is doing very well. Well enough, even with radiation treatments, to be performing with his band in July. For that, along with the bravery to put his story out there for everyone to see (and even criticize, as we see in this article) I believe he is to be admired, and congratulated.

Peter's Hope On Project is raising money to help organizations who fund research for rare cancers. This means lives saved in the future. This means less suffering with a disease no one has heard of. I find that extremely uplifting, not "unseemly" or "unsettling".

I applaud Peter Tork and every other cancer patient who put themselves out there, often while ill or feeling less than perfect, and still fight the good fight to help others ....on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and in the media.

Posted by: TheCatGwy | June 22, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

How can you even think about judging the appropriateness of using an inexpensive resource to heighten awareness of a little-known disease?
I have Addison's Disease, and I learned long ago that if you have a rare malady in America (and likely elsewhere), you're on your own. Our society has very little sympathy for something they don't suffer from that isn't grabbing the headlines.

Posted by: fluxgirl | June 22, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

No it isn't unseemly to go public with your cancer story when you are a public figure. The more forthcoming celebrities and other people in the public eye are about such diseases, the more awareness is raised.

In Peter's case, his cancer is rare. Would the average person even know what adenoid cystic carcinoma was if Peter and his people weren't doing what they could to bring awareness to this disease? Would people still hide from colorectal cancer out of embarrassment if Farrah Fawcett hadn't come forward to talk about her battle?

I'm not a public figure, but as a person who is battling colon cancer at a young age, I'm telling everyone I know that colon cancer isn't just a disease of old men. It can strike at any age; I was 41 when I was diagnosed. It may be embarrassing to myself and others to talk about such a cancer, but if my fight causes one person to have a colonoscopy and be saved from this disease, it will be worth it.

One of the primary reasons women are surviving breast cancer today is because of how open and public the Susan G. Komen foundation has been about the disease. If only all types of cancer could have the same publicity and awareness level.

I applaud Peter Tork for speaking openly about his cancer fight. He has historically been a private person, so to come forward and open his private life up to public scrutiny at such a horrible time in is life must have been a hard decision to make. I commend him for his honesty and wish him well in his continued treatment.

Leisa Heitman

Posted by: leihei | June 22, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh, dear, I'm afraid my blog entry today sounded critical of Peter Tork when I didn't mean it that way at all. I obviously am a big and long-time fan (I even went to see his solo act at the 9:30 Club many moons ago!), and I wish him all the best in his fight against cancer. But I really wanted to find out how others react when they check up on their Facebook correspondence and come across info about Friends' illnesses. Depending on how it's handled, it can seem unsettling to me. I guess I'm getting a clear sense of how you all do feel about it -- so thank you all! Keep the comments coming, please!

Posted by: Jennifer LaRue Huget | June 22, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer, as I've been finding many old classmates on Facebook that I haven't seen in 25 years, I'm running into the problem of wondering how I should I respond when they post a "How have you been all these years?" on my Wall. I have a long story on my Info page telling about my cancer journey so far, but so many people don't read that page. So then I'm stuck with responding with "Long time no see! Oh BTW, I have stage IV cancer. So how are you?" Very awkward! So a lot of my friends find out through my status updates. I post when I'm off to chemo, when I'm having a bad day, or when I have a great day (and thankfully there have been more good days then bad). Those who have wanted to know more have asked me, while those who are content with just knowing that I could use their prayers are content with a quick "hang in there!" comment on my status. But the most important thing is that Facebook has reconnected us after all these years, in a way that Myspace or Classmates.com never has.

Posted by: leihei | June 22, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why this would be so disturbing? In my opinion he has taken into his own hand the way he wishes to discuss his disease and what is happening to him. Instead of rumors in the media he has chosen to let his fan's and friends know exactly what is happening. Yes we, his "cohorts", are involved in supporting Peter in his "Hope On" project which includes the auctioning of memorabilia for cancer research. Proceeds will go to charitable organizations supporting research and providing services for people with rare cancers - the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (www.accrf.org),the largest ACC research organization in the world, and to another non-profit organization to be named later by Peter. What better way to get the message out than facebook? Thank you Peter, for keeping us in the loop. We look forward to each and every show and we will continue to "Hope On".

Posted by: meacham652 | June 22, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Facebook has given many people with rare disorders a way to connect. I have a rare blood disorder and the Facebook group I started has permitted a connection with others similarly affected. The group is also a great way to gather information and get tips on how to survive the nitty gritty daily grind of the disorder.

Posted by: kc222kc | June 22, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I think that this writer's comment- suggesting that posting about cancer is "unsettling"- is an interesting one. Perhaps it is not the Facebook posting about cancer that is unsettling to the writer, but the idea of cancer and death. Of course it is unsettling, especially if you have to LIVE it, not just hear about it from a celebrity.

I have cancer and have been in treatment for a few weeks, and I haven't made a big announcement, partly because its not my style, but also because I'm not blind to the fact that there is a stigma against it. I'm young, I lead a healthy lifestyle, and I appear very healthy- so people who know get scared realizing that they are going die someday. I'll die one day too, though I can say with an extremely high probability that it will not be from the disease I'm in treatment for right now.

I admire celebrities who have shared their cancer experiences with others and who use their name recognition to raise money for good causes. As I know firsthand, any of us could be so unlucky as to get cancer. The Monkees are much before my time, but I like their music and I thank Peter Tork for sharing his experience and giving encouragement to others!

Posted by: Relieved | June 22, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I am "friends" with Peter on Facebook, and I get the feeling that he's quite appreciative of all the support he's been getting. I'm sure it helps in the healing process. If he feels comfortable discussing his health issues, more power to him.

Posted by: SharonMc | June 22, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Double wow.

Okay -- so you find out a childhood hero has cancer. You hear it on, say, the NBC Nightly News. It is sad to hear, and perhaps "unsettling".

But how is learning about it on Facebook any different?

The point is not whether you heard about it on Facebook or TV or radio, whatever; the point is that you learned that this person, whom you esteem, has cancer. It is that fact, and that alone, which should cause you at the very least a brief moment of sorrow.

If you are equating sorrow with being unsettled, then I think you should rethink your choice of words.

In any event, *how* you found out about it is completely irrelevant.

Posted by: lanehatcher | June 22, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm grateful that Peter Tork is going public with his journey. My brother was also diagnosed with adnoid cystic cancer at age 47 after two years of tests for other conditions to explain his bulging eye. By the time of his diagnosis he was at stage 4. He lost his left eye, his palate (he can't speak or eat) and the sinus structure on the left side of his face and underwent grueling radiation therapy. All this from a cancer that started in a salivary gland. If this cancer were better known, he might have been diagnosed sooner & had a less traumatic outcome.

I'll be friending Mr. Tork on Facebook and sending him my good wishes.

Posted by: wenharas1 | June 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Well I don't agree with this story at all. Peter has been a very brave man through all of this, and if you'd read through all of his "comments" on facebook you would see how loved he is by everyone! His fans are important to him and he knows we'd all be going crazy if we didn't know what was going on. This is just the best way for him to interact with all of his fans worldwide and the same goes for us. How many other musicians would give you the opportunity to personally be able to get in touch with them anyway? Give the guy a break, he's going through enough as it is.

Posted by: NicoleP87 | June 22, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I am disgusted that anyone would criticize such a strong and caring individual who has done nothing but spread the word on this disease, help raise money for fighting it, and has been wonderful to his fans. It's not like he's out to profit from it! He has given others the courage to speak about cancer, not in hushed tones, but as something that has touched all of us in one way or another. BRAVO to Mr. Tork and his wonderful publicist! I wear my Hope On bracelet proudly and am coming out to support him at his show in Pawling. I suggest you do the same!

Posted by: itsalrightma | June 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm disgusted that you call yourself a fan and then criticize him for sharing his cancer battle on Facebook! I run the auctions you mentioned and also do whatever I can to support him. You seem to think that sick people need to keep it to themselves and not bother the rest of us with it. That's really ignorant and dangerous thinking. In February my husband became seriously ill to the point that he was bedridden. A mass was found in his groin and they though he had cancer. I posted about it on my Facebook page and got an outpouring of love and support. When I had a miscarriage in April I posted about it and again received an outpouring of love and support. Both times that support was invaluable and helped me through some very tough times. Peter receives that same outpouring of love and support and I am sure that for him it is just as invaluable! Reaching out to others in a time of need should NEVER be discouraged or criticized. As one of Peter's songs says "We were born to love one another, this is something we all need." Perhaps you should post an apology to Peter for your unkind remarks.

Posted by: SueW | June 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little dismayed at the comment made about Peter Torks' cancer and his posting it on Facebook.
Just like Peter Tork, I too have been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma. My tumor was found behind the right eye, which forced the removal of my tear gland, followed by radiation.
And much like Peter Tork, I did not focus on the negative; in fact, I organized and did PR for a fundraiser for pediatric cancer after a friend's son was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma.
I'm also hoping to get Peter Tork to do a benefit concert for cancer research in Stockton, CA.
You'd be surprised at how many cancer patients move beyond the disease and focus on life and doing things for others.
We might have cancer but it isn't the end of the world or life for us.
By the way, Ms.LaRue Huget, I too am a journalist, and when I was diagnosed in 2007, I wrote about my cancer through my weekly column. Why? Because people needed to know that there are other cancers out there, not just the garden variety.
My coming out helped one reader whose husband was diagnosed with AdCC. She was grateful that I explained what I would be going through because now she understood what her husband would be facing.
I also outed myself through facebook to friends and family, and I've also kept them abreast every time I go in for an MRI or CT scan so they know what's happening. You'd be surprised at how many of my friends send supportive messages later.
And yes, I too remember Peter Tork and the Monkees from the TV show; I was a big fan then and still love their music.

Posted by: writer4eryahoocom | June 22, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The last paragraph of the piece as well as the author's follow up comment suggests that she is uncomfortable with people discussing their illnesses on Facebook or other social networks. Well, social networks suggest that you're networking with people and, unfortunately, people often have problems. Why should that not be discussed on their FB page? In the short time that I have been on FB, it seems to me that most people use it to keep up with friends they don't see regularly or reconnect with old friends. That suggests to me that you might want to actually know what is going on with them. That includes problems they might be having. Several of my FB friends are having serious medical problems right now. I would rather hear how they are doing than if they're craving a Starbuck's coffee or if they took a silly test that told them the color of their aura. Is it unsettling to hear about their illness? Of course it is. But what is the alternative--bury my head in the sand and pretend everything is fine. And, as disturbing as it is, their willingness to share what they are going through gives me the gift of being able to extend myself to them.

One of my FB "friends" I "met" through Peter Tork's FB page. A comment I had made gave her the impression that I also had been treated for ACC (it was actually another kind of cancer). She wanted to have contact with someone else who had been treated for ACC because that is the type of cancer she had and had never met another person who had been diagnosed with it. In many ways, any type of serious medical problem is a lonely trip, but think of how lonely it must be when you don't know of anyone else who has even had it. Peter's FB page has enabled her to find at least one other person who has been diagnosed with this type of cancer. I hope that it has been helpful to her.

Posted by: DAMILLER_1 | June 22, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

First of all, it wasnt late 60s, it was mid-60s. Second of all, your overall tone was disrespectful, even if you did go to the 9:30 Club to see him. Like that's an honor?! "I saw him play live." Big deal. If you cared enough to go his show, why cant you respect him in print? Why did you end the piece with such a snide and condescending sentence? There is nothing unseemly about Mr Torks campaign. He's a brilliant performer, using a good platform to spread his message, raise awareness and communicate. If mainstream media such as yours, didnt have its head up its own ass with stories about worthless rappers and temporary American Idols, then perhaps you'd have actually interviewed him instead of merely compiled info from existing sources. Then perhaps you'd see that his aim is true, his struggle is real and his goal is pure - and maybe you should go back to writing about cookie dough. Keep fighting Peter, people do care and you are loved by real music fans from all over the world. Jennifer, I urge you to write more about this rare cancer and help raise awareness instead of ire with misdirected comments. And if you really care, beyond that lame and totally pathetic "oh dear" reply, please go talk to Peter directly, he's a golden source of info and hope.
Hope on, Peter, you are loved and respected by people who truly care.

Posted by: thepopeofpop | June 23, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'm one of the few people to stick up for Ms. LaRue Huget on this issue. I think that it's perfectly legitimate for her to ask "But is there also something a little unseemly, or unsettling, about going Facebook with your disease?".

I didnt get the sense that she was making any knd of snide comment about Peter Tork in particular, or even at people in gerneral who are open about their health issues on social networking sites. It seemed to me that she was simply raising the question for discussion. She didn't even say "ISN'T there something unseemly", which would have made it a little more like a rhetorical question for which the obvious answer is yes.

Anyway, it *is* an intersting question, and one that I grapple with in a small way. I am not a celebrity on any level at all. I am simply one of the countless amateur hobbyists who put their music up on sites such as Facebook and attract a modest following.

But everyday I face the question of "how much do I reveal?" A few weeks ago I posted some x-rays of my hands which the doctor had ordered. They turned out perfectly normal and I was amazed at the geometric beauty of the the bone structure revealed, so I shared the images with all and sundry.

But I couldn't help feeling just a little bit crass in doing so, and I also felt slightly uncomfortable that many of my fans and friends would be asking, "so, what's wrong with you that you had to get your hands x-rayed?"

And I never really know how much I want to reveal of my daily life and in particular my family, because it's not just a regular Facebook page, it's one that lots of strangers are looking at.

So, yeah, good on you for raising the question, Jennifer!

And I wish Peter all the best with his treatment and recovery. Like Jennifer, I am not untouched by his struggle, as I am a fan of The Monkees, and I also know someone who is close to him.

Posted by: DCCardwell | June 23, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Social networking and the net in general, is the new media.

Has it been unseemly all these years for "old" media to act as a middleman and publicize any aspect of a celeb's life, sometimes without permission, sometimes with?

As a journalist, I assume you would answer my question with a "no", it isn't unseemly. It's journalism.

Therefore, my answer to your question is also a "no".

There is not one thing wrong with Peter Tork or anyone else, reaching out to let his fans & the public know what is going on in his life and to use the platform of social networking to do it. The only difference between using Facebook and using, say, People magazine, is that the celeb has more complete control of how & when information is revealed. How is that a bad thing? And how is it a bad thing for a celeb or for ANY person to turn a crisis into an opportunity to do some good in the world? Or to draw strength from the support of their fans/friends/family?

Yes, it's "unsettling" at first to hear sad or shocking news about people we love or admire. But is it unseemly for them to be human and to reach out in time of crisis? No, never.

Posted by: Stillwaters1 | June 23, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

With friends like you, who needs enimas. You should read the (oldest) online diary of Steve Schalchlin and his fight with AIDS. If it weren't for social networking, he probabally wouldn't be around today. You can visit him at www.bonusround.com where he has a blog entry about this column.

Posted by: Dogtags | June 23, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I find your blog interesting but why would you question the use of another individuals use of FaceBook.

Yes it is appropriate if they user feels it is appropriate.

I respect and wish Peter nothing but the best.

S.F.

S.F.

Posted by: fischlerpromo | June 23, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess I see Jennifer's question as more introspective than as a statement
about what Peter Tork is doing, per se. What he is doing on the web is an
illustration of a concept worth discussing. So good for her for bringing it up!

She's right; it is unsettling--illness is always like that. That's why its called
dis-ease.

Historically speaking, nice people didn't talk about illnesses because it
was impolite to cause others to feel this dis-ease. The discussion of Peter
Tork's cancer story on FB as possibly "unseemly" harkens back to these values. They are not inherently wrong values; they were kindly meant, Ever heard anyone say "I try not to burden my friends"? It wasn't always a joke!

But when a patient faces illness that has challenging symptoms and treatments
with uncertain outcomes, community becomes a hugely important component of his or her quality of life. Not only is it helpful for reassuring the patient that he or she is not alone, it also helps others with similar illness.

As a patient with chronic illness, sometimes serious, with no certain prognosis, I can say from experience that it is inherently lonely. Ultimately, your experience of symptoms and treatment are your own.

Thus, I am so very glad that modern values are moving away from viewing the simple human deisre to combat this isolation by reaching out to others to give and receive comfort as "unseemly". Through Facebook, among other avenues.

And I admire Peter's willingness and courage to do that. It can be just as scary for any of us to reach out and be vulnerable as it is scary to be alone.

However, you get no medals for sucking it up and soldiering forward all by yourself--that's a myth. There are far greater rewards in sharing, both for the patient and the patient's community.

Posted by: tabascocat2 | June 23, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I think the idea of using an online social site is probably a good idea for anyone who wants to promote something whether it be a business or whether you be a celebrity. In Peter's case, I will say that he started out with a MySpace page for SSB then moved to Facebook and then to Twitter. The thing that really disgusts me about it is that it's really too bad that Peter Tork's publicist uses his various social networking accounts to pose as the real deal online. I'm sure that this isn't the only instance for this but in this particular case, it's really disgusted a lot of people that you have NOT heard from.

As for his cohorts selling things online to raise money for ACC, I'd be more than happy to donate to some of those causes to get a really cool Peter Tork item and make a donation to a worthy charity except for the fact that most of the time your check or money order has to be made payable to whoever is selling the high priced stuff that's supposed to be raising money for donations to ACC. Check into his Hope On project for example. Look who the money goes to. It does not go to the organization. It goes to his publicist. I think there's a problem with that whether they realize it or not.

Posted by: Someone_Who_Cares | June 23, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I read the article and re-read it an I found nothing wrong with it. It not critical of Peter at all. He made a choice how to approach his sickness and one way was to make a Facebook page for it. If that how he wants to do it, that is fine for him. I wish him all the best and hope he make the quickest recovery possible. If his status make more awareness to it much better then. But there is where I draw the mental line. I wish him all the best. I won't adopt his cause as my own as his life is not inter-twined with mine. I hope he get well, but I have definite mental boundary to how much I think of his struggle with this. Maybe I feel differently if he was family member or someone I knew personally.

Posted by: Captivated | June 23, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I dare say that "Someone Who Cares" doesn't seem to care for accurate information!

One, Peter's FB page is his very own. He posts there and he posts on Twitter as well. He likes the ease with which it allows him to connect with his fans, friends and "friend-fans" as he calls some folks. I'm not aware of any instance where ANYONE has impersonated Peter online. Peter is so easily approachable that all anyone would have to do to dispel that mystery is ask him! "Someone Who Cares" obviously has no way to ask Peter, but if she did, she'd know that what she wrote simply isn't so. I do hope she gets to meet him one day and can ask him herself.

Second, all the auctions that are online for Peter Tork's Hope On Projects are set up on ebay through Missionfish and 100% of the proceeds go to the chosen charity, in this case it's the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, an org. out of Massachusetts. People are donating wonderful items and memorbilia to help the cause and they should be applauded, not lied about. All proceeds go to the charity named in the auction. That's what Missionfish does.


Third, since the Peter Tork Hope On Project has started selling HOPE ON wristbands, we've stayed true to our mission to contribute a percentage of the proceeds to cancer charities. So far a good portion of the money coming in has been donated to 3 different charities! ACCRF, Live Like Andi and Cancer Schmancer. All anyone has to do to is simply ask the organizations themselves if they've gotten any money from the Hope On Project. We are very proud to be able to contribute in any way to the organizations and cancer warriors that are out there making a difference for people with cancer. They are heroes. We are here to serve them and help in any way we can.

I think it's sad when someone like "Someone Who Cares" tries to taint the reputation, honesty and good intentions of someone like Peter Tork, who really is one of the all time good guys and is doing some great work here during a very trying time in his own life. He's working hard to turn a negative into a positive for a lot of people, not just himself.

"Someone Who Cares" should be ashamed of herself.

Posted by: TheCatGwy | June 23, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I would like to apologize to the readers here and the journalist for what "Someone Who Cares" posted. I know "Someone Who Cares" and trust me that all she cares about is herself. She's been stalking Peter Tork and other members of the Monkees for years, writing slanderous and untrue things online like what she posted here mostly because she can't get their attention in real life no matter how hard she tries. Is she deranged? I don't know, but she does act like it sometimes. She launches attacks online on Peter Tork and Davy Jones both. She writes untrue things about their staff and girlfriends and family. This isn't the first time and sigh, I'm so sure it won't be the last time. I'm sorry to see it happen on here where a real discussion was taking place about social media, sick people and what is appropriate and what is not. I think we all can agree that what she posted is not appropriate.

I apologize to everyone who had to read that nonsense posted by "Someone Who Cares". It's not true and you can go back to having a real discussion.

Thank you.
H.

Posted by: SomeoneWhoKNOWS | June 23, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Suggestions that publicist Therra Cathryn Gwyn is impersonating her client Peter Tork are preposterous. Therra Cathryn Gwyn has her own facebook and twitter accounts and is active on both. When Ms. Gwyn posts on Tork's facebook page - as she does several times a day - it is under her own name. The notion that she signs in and out so that she can pose as Peter is absurd.

Any aspersions cast upon those of Peter Tork's associates involved in fund-raising are equally ludicrous. Items listed thru eBay Giving Works are administerd by MissionFish. 100% of the final sale price of these items will support Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation work, regardless of the fact that the auctions in question are being hosted by individuals, not by AACRF.

Posted by: BeckyBeard | June 23, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

To anyone with negative comments, particularly "Someone who cares", how cynical can you possibly be? Talk about kicking someone when they're down! You obviously don't know Peter as well as you may think, and you certainly carry no love or caring for him in your heart.
To all the true Peter pals, I certainly don't have much to add...You all have expressed my same thoughts so eloquently! The only thing I can add is that I think that Peter is, at heart, a teacher/mentor (witness "Ask Peter Tork" on The Daily Panic), and is also so very generous with his fans (witness staying until every last fan has gotten an autograph). His sharing with all of us on Facebook, his "beloved mob", is an extention of that. He is generously letting us give back to him with our good wishes, prayers, and words of support. He is also giving us the opportunity to connect with and support each other, across generations, miles and even continents.
I don't see how or why anyone would find anything negative in that. I'm sure there is plenty that Peter is sharing only with his closest friends and family, not via FB.

Posted by: mammajamma | June 23, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

As the person running the current Hope On auctions I'd like to correct some of the out and out LIES "Someone Who Cares" posted. First of all, Ebay doesn't even allow sellers to accept checks and money orders. Second, at the end of each auction the money is automatically sent to the ACCRF. I nor anyone else but them will see it. As for buying the wristbands, since Peter's publicist is selling them on Peter's behalf, yes you send the payment to het and she sends it on to the charities. The charities themselves aren't selling them so paying them directly doesn't make any sense. Finally, Peter runs his own Facebook and Twitter accounts, period. "Someone Who Cares" really needs to grow up and perhaps seek therapy because you are one very disturbed person who has made many people's lives, including Peter's, a living hell.

Posted by: SueW | June 24, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Right on Sue! "Someone who cares" needs to grow the hell up! Peter is doing a great thing for cancer patients everywhere. Using his status to raise money for charities...oh, how terrible...are you serious?! And as for Therra, she is awesome! I've had the pleasure of talking to Therra many times now and she is just so sweet and so helpful in any way she can be!

You really need to stop being so negative towards people who are trying to do good things for others...oh and stop being a stalker...that's just creepy.

Posted by: NicoleP87 | June 24, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

geez. There is such a thing as freedom of speech. I don't see a bit of judgement in that whole article. Just because someone has a diffrnt view on what platform should be used to display ones illness dosen't mean their saying it shouldnt be shared. Myself I prefure the celebs who blog on their own web pages. Theres way to much contraversy with myspaces,facebooks, twitter and the like. Also its all to time consuming you ask me to have all of the above going at once. But to each his own I guess. I do surely hope Peter becomes well, excspecially for his family and his children who need him, and of course for any future grandchildren that may come his way. Cancer isnt something I would wish on even my worst enemy to tell you the truth.

As for the bracellets being sold for the cause. I think someone who cares was refuring to peter's web page not ebay. There's an address and name to were to send your money too. I can't blame people for wanting to make sure their money goes directly to the cause. With the economy the way it has been. A penny earned is a penny watched closely. I myself choose very wisely what I put my hard earned money into these days.

Posted by: ohman1 | June 24, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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