Last week actor Billy Kametz, who plays Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero and Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. Since then his event agent A. Jinnie McManus has set up a GoFundMe page so fans can help Kametz financially during this time.
The goal is to raise $150,000, and as of this writing there have been 2,000 donations and $107,256 raised.
“All donations will go directly to supporting Billy’s fight,” the GoFundMe page explains. “Expenditures will include items like travel (he lives in California, but will be receiving treatment in Pennsylvania), insurance costs (deductible, co-insurance), medical bills not covered by insurance, and necessities for everyday life. Unfortunately, given the diagnosis, Billy must put his voice-acting career on hold, so any support you provide is greatly appreciated.”
It also explains:
“A month ago, Billy was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which was both unexpected and heartbreaking—heartbreaking for everyone except Billy, of course. Billy’s spirit is so genuinely, unconquerably bright that even a cancer diagnosis hasn’t kept him down; with a smile, he proudly tells anyone who asks that he’s going to ‘fight this like hell’ and put cancer in the dustbin of his life’s history.
That is why we ask you to join his fight by supporting this campaign. Not only will our support help him focus on his diagnosis rather than his finances, but it will also give us the opportunity to show Billy in a real, tangible way how much we appreciate the happiness he has brought to our lives – through his kindness to his friends, family, and fans, and from his voice on our TV screens. With your help, he can continue spreading that happiness for years to come.”
If you’re interested in contributing, here is the GoFundMe page.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.