Friends of Kristina Kleczko are doing all they can to help her survive cancer in the wake of her herbalist's murder.
They held a benefit at Roy Restaurant on Carrillo St. in Santa Barbara for the stage 4 breast cancer patient.
She saw herbalist Dr. Henry Han for 3 years before Han and his wife and 5-year-old young daughter were found shot to death and wrapped in plastic and duct tape inside their Goleta Valley home. The March murders led to the arrest of business associate Pierre Haobsh. Haobsh is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office has yet to decide where to seek the death penalty.
The triple murder has been especially heartbreaking for Han's patients. " It was devastating to me. He was working on a cancer cure, said Kleczko. She said it was expensive and he was footing the bill.
Since March, Kristina's cancer has spread to her liver and she does not think conventional medicine can help her anymore.
In 2005 she tried chemotherapy. She had a mastectomy and reconstruction but the cancer kept returning.
Seh said Dr. Han gave her hope and improved her quality of life.
His former office manager Denise Del Bianco said, "Its a great loss for a lot of people and we are still trying to put something together that is alternative Chinese medicine."
Kleczko is trying targeted hormonal therapy that suppresses her estrogen, but it's not covered by her insurance. She hoped to go to Europe for non-toxic treatment.
"All of it is a band-aid, not cures, no cure for my cancer if I go the conventional route. That's why I try so hard to do what I'm trying holistic medicine, said Kleczko.
The party at Roy included a silent auction that included perfume, art and a Patagonia Jacket. The money raised will be added to the $13,000 already raised by a go fund me site,
To make a donation visit, www.gofundme.com/akurefork