Ray Guzman Studios


And the end of last year, local artist Ray Guzman had his Watercolor Series exhibit over at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

Now he really could use a little help! His wife of 29 years has been battling multiple cancers since 2004, and it’s taking a toll on them in many ways.

He’s set up his website to hopefully sell some of his work to help defray the costs involved plus the reduced income since the workload is too much for him to handle alone.

From www.rayguzmanstudios.com:

The income from this site will be used to help us defray some of the household expenses that we are incurring while I continue to focus on being an effective and loving caregiver to my wife of 29 years, Renata. She has been battling breast cancer since 2004, now brain cancer.

We’ve been self-employed since 1983, running a successful two-person award-winning sign company, Hoboken Sign, and BrainWaze studio, a modest design and marketing studio. This cancer experience has reduced our earning power considerably, from working as fruitful partners to just me running a part time operation.

Renata took this assault on her soul and womanhood in determined stride. We were scared but we persevered. She underwent a mastectomy of the left breast and completed radiation and standard six-month chemo treatments. We were given the green light to careful recovery when, in 2005, she suffered a seizure, which showed that the cancer had entered her brain.(30% of women who have breast cancer and are Her-2 receptive get brain cancer.)

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Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:20 am

Re 2. & 4. So there’s clearly heartfelt interest!

So let’s get something going to help Renata & Ray!

Who has access to a space? Who’s in a band that will play for free? Who can do the marketing? Re that, easy enough, w/this great 411 venue!

Please post!

The headline is, then, let’s all step up to the plate, in any way we can! Renata & Ray have contributed wonderfully to Hoboken, for a very long time.

And their union of almost 30 years, both personally & professionally, is also to be honored!

Especially now!

Let’s hope this thread can start to organize something to get them the support (& $$$) they need!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:12 pm

I’m in! I looked on his site but couldn’t find a “donation” place. Did I miss it? Unfortunatley, buying one of his beautiful paintings is not in the budget right now. But I would love to give…he has given so much to the community!

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 6:58 pm

Re 2.JAH…: Great! And to everyone else, here: How about getting this organized? I’m sure many posters/readers here are local musicians, restaurateurs, etc. Not to mention breast cancer survivors &/or loved ones of same.

Might this be a venue to organize something to help these truly wonderful folks??

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 5:46 pm

Tama, I’m with you. Ray has been a Saint through all of this and Renata just keeps giving back. I think a fund raiser is definitely in order.

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 11:59 pm

My heart is with them & thanks, 411, for posting this! I hope it helps raise significant funds for them.

Many of the most wonderful signs in town are their creation & I recall Renata & Ray were commended by the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission, for their wonderful work in town.

Wondering, too, if there might be some sort of fund-raiser planned? How about some local band(s) & donated space (back room at The Shannon, or Maxwell’s, or Goldhawk or at the Museum?) to raise more $$??

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