Support Ameena Matthews, star of The Interrupters, in her fight with multiple myeloma

Ameena Matthews, subject of our 2011 film The Interrupters, has revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and we're appealing for financial support to cover her medical costs.

You can support Ameena directly with a donation at:

The fundraising page explains that Ameena has been deemed ineligible for health coverage, and that she is no longer an employee of Ceasefire, the violence prevention organized featured in The Interrupters.

Ameena inspired thousands of people with her presence in the film, gaining accolades including the Chicago Tribune's "Chicagoan of the Year in Film," selection as one of TIME magazine's "Top 10 movie performances of 2011," a "Freedom from Fear" Award from Roosevelt Institute, and the Community Activist Award at the BET Black Girls Rock!, where she stole the show.

We are doing what we can to support our friend and collaborator in this moment of need. If you were moved by Ameena's story, please help her now by donating, and by sharing the fundraising page.*

*A note on the fundraising page: We have received some questions with regards to the launch date of the fund for Ameena. It is our understanding that the page was originally created in October 2013 by Masjid Al Hafeez (Ameena's family mosque) to raise funds for a different cause, and then recently adapted after Ameena made the decision to publicly seek help. Our understanding is that Ameena's doctor recommends she receive a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible and this is an urgent situation.