EAV queens rally to help one of their own

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The alternaqueers of East Atlanta Village and nightspot Mary's turned out to raise funds to help one of their own on Saturday, a popular artist, writer and server who is battling cancer. 

So the cast of Gurlfrandz twirled all night to raise cash for Matt Jones, a Wussy Mag contributor who was recently diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, which is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. On Saturday, the cast included Ellasaurus Rex, Hydrangea Heath, Chelsea Daggers, Mo'Dest Volgare, Lavonia Elberton, Cayenne Rouge, Kryean Kally and Bitqch Puddin'. Jones curated the show and picked one of the two numbers each queen performed. 

The queens raised more than $900, which helps boost the amount friends and supporters have donated since late January. That's when Help Matt Jones Beat Cancer was launched on You Caring and since, some 310 supporters have donated more than $13,000. From the online campaign:

Anyone who knows Matt Jones knows his infinite light and beauty. He has been the source of so much happiness and love in our community. From his involvement in art projects to working at nearly every restaurant in town… This kid is everywhere! He is my best friend in this life and I know many who feel the same way. 

This past week he had a biopsy done on a tumor near his pancreas and was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing cancer called Burkitt's Lymphoma. 
Just days after he was admitted to Northside Hospital to begin in patient treatments. 

The prognosis is good and there is no cause or reason to fear for his immediate life. However, this cancer is very aggressive and his medical care team is taking the upmost precautions and treating the cancer accordingly. 

He obviously will not be able to work during this treatments and his savings have pretty much run out. Aside from vibing as positively as you can, there isn't much you can do to heal him but can we help him get on his feet and stay in Atlanta with his friends when he goes into remission and we can help him pay for things he will want or need during his treatment to stay comfortable or to lift his spirits.

Photos by Russ Youngblood

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