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Update #14 Preview: Matthias Olmeta - A new photographer revealed!

Update #13: Christophe Gilbert - A new photographer revealed!

Update #12: Véronique Vial - A new photographer revealed!

Update #11: Horst Stasny - A new photographer revealed!

Update #9: Greg Gorman - A new photographer revealed!

Update #8: Billy & Hells - A new photographer revealed!

Update #7: Erich Lessing - A new photographer revealed!

Update #6Kristian Schuller - A new photographer revealed! 

Update #5: Christian Jungwirth - A new photographer revealed! 

Update #3: The Book as a present - gift box design sneak preview!
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Find us on Facebook and take a look at our website www.closecalls-kurvenkratzer.com

We, Martina, Raphaela, Karin and Sigrid, are a team of four women trying to make the book project Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer a reality.

After Martina’s own experiences with breast cancer she came up with the idea to create a book for and about people affected by this illness. Quickly she found herself surrounded by three women - her sister Raphaela, her aunt Karin and her long-time friend Sigrid - all more than eager to be a part of what then became the book project Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer.

"My name is Martina. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 32. My own experience with this disease made me want to publish a book about this illness and share it with other people affected by breast cancer.

Why, you may wonder? I had help from family, friends; all the people around me. But somehow people overlooked the fact that Tom, the man at my side supporting me, was really challenged dealing with all of it. He would have also needed some help and support at the time. This is not a rare occurrence and not limited to breast cancer, but a common phenomenon in relatives of people diagnosed with a severe illness."

Today, post-therapy, I would love to give patients and people, who had or will have their lives touched by breast cancer, something I would have needed myself. That is why the four of us have decided to start the ambitious book project Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer.

 

Our plan is to produce a 23cm by 28cm (11” by 9”), bilingual, hardcover coffee table book, beautifully designed, written and arranged, printed on high quality paper, filled with moving stories and inspiring photographs of people dealing with breast cancer.

Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer (English version) or Kurvenkratzer (German version) is a collection of stories about breast cancer. 25 people and their loved ones talk about the emotional impact of their breast cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatments in an honest, sometimes blunt and very comprehensible fashion. The topics discussed range from everyday challenges and treatments to fears, expectations and hopes to life changing realizations.

Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer‘s main message is "With cancer there is no such thing as ‘the one and only way to cope’". Instead of trying to squeeze all possibilities into one single, correct answer, it illustrates a multitude of possibilities.

Our book is meant to be informative and inspiring. It is meant to break taboos. It is meant to create awareness and force people to actively think about cancer.

We aspire for Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer to be more than a book, more than just a collection of stories - it will be a portrait of 25 different ways of living, ways of fighting and ways of succeeding. It will be a beautiful and inspiring piece of art in its own right.

Together with 25 talented and renowned photographers we plan to highlight the individuality of every chapter by having each of the 25 participants portrayed by a different photographer in her or his individual style.

Lupi Spuma (http://lupispuma.com/), Raoul Lechner (http://www.captured.at/), Christian Jungwirth (http://www.christianjungwirth.com/), Kristian Schuller (www.kristianschuller.com), Erich Lessing (www.lessing-photo.com), Billy & Hells (www.billyundhells.de), Greg Gorman (www.gormanphotography.com), Horst Stasny (www.stasny.at), Véronique Vial (www.veroniquevial.com) and Christophe Gilbert (www.christophegilbert.com) are just a few of the talented photographers we have on board.

To keep the stories and message of our book as authentic and honest as possible, we would like this publication to be as free and uninhibited as possible in its creation. This is why we hope to finance the print of our book via Kickstarter and this is where we need YOUR help!

Our goal of $73,200 CAD includes:

  • Printing costs for 1,000 bilingual Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer
  • Production costs for photography, design and layout
  • Costs of writer / editor

And with your help we hope to achieve much more than that!

For our stretch goals we wish to print 2,000 copies of our book (1,000 in German & 1,000 in English – so no more bilingual) and produce an e-book version as well!

We greatly appreciate your support! Following are some of our really great rewards that we have in store for you:

  • An acknowledgement of your support by including your name and picture on our website.
  • An acknowledgement of your support by including your name in Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer.
  • An acknowledgement of your support by including your name as part of our forward.
  • A first edition of our wonderful coffee table book Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer.
  • Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer as a present in an elegant gift box, including a special hand-written note on a limited edition print.
  • Your motivation for helping this project will be printed in our book.
  • Limited edition prints – signed by renowned photographers.

And so much more! Please see the PLEDGE SECTION to read all the detailed options!

We hope to motivate 3,000 people to back our project. This will mean that 3,000 people will have actively thought about breast cancer. With this action of supporting us, many people will have spread the word and will have helped to create more awareness for cancer!

We’re thankful for any kind of support you can give, however small it may be – and even if you don’t have any money to spare you can still help! Please share our video, Kickstarter page, Facebook etc.! A huge part of helping us reach our goal is spreading the word!

If you believe what we are doing is important, valuable and interesting please share it! Email it, tweet it, post it, blog it! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook for project updates.

Thank you so much for taking the time to familiarize yourself with our project, for actively thinking about cancer and for your help and consideration!

All the best to you and all your loved ones,

Martina, Raphaela, Karin and Sigrid

Risks and challenges

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach”. – Tony Robbins

That is what we plan to do. Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer will be our first coffee table book. Although combined we have a lot of experience in project planning and management, product launching, business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketplaces, consulting and coaching and professional photography, we have to remember that this is our very first publication in this magnitude.

The concept is crystal clear, we understand the subject, we know the strengths and core message of our book. We know most of our protagonists and their stories and have the commitment of many accomplished photographers to support our project with their amazing talent and determination.

25 stories, 25 different people, 25 texts, 25 photographers. This requires a huge amount of time commitment on all contributors involved. And since it is our first coffee-table book, we can only estimate the time necessary very carefully and cautiously, but we are positive that we have planned in enough of a buffer to finish our book on schedule.

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    The INSPIRATION:
    Our first edition, hardcover 23cm by 28cm (9" by 11") bilingual coffee table book version of Close Calls by Kurvenkratzer, plus an acknowledgement on our homepage including your photograph (optional).

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    The "Early Bird" LIMITED EDITION PHILANTHROPIST:
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    The same as the Philanthropist. IN ADDITION, each chapter will be signed by the portrayed person. Shipping to Austria and Germany included. For shipping anywhere else in the world ADD 10 CAD

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    Our first edition, hardcover 23cm by 28cm (9" by 11" ) bilingual coffee table book version of the book in a gorgeous gift box including a personalized, handwritten note on a 15cm by 21cm (6" by 8") limited edition print of a photograph featured in the book.
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    The ALTRUIST: the Inspiration + the Philanthropist all in one amazing package.
    Not only will you receive our first edition coffee table book for yourself, but also another copy as a present for someone special in your life in a gorgeous gift box. For more details see Inspiration + Philantrophist.
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    The "Early Bird" LIMITED EDITION ALTRUIST: the Inspiration + the Philanthropist all in one amazing package. The same as the Altruist, but both bilingual coffee table books will have each chapter signed by the portrayed person. Shipping to Austria and Germany included. For shipping anywhere else in the world ADD 24 CAD. (184$ equals ~124€)

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    The CONTRIBUTOR: the Inspiration + the chance to get your words printed in our awesome book! We would love to know and share what encouraged you to support Close Calls. Your statement (300 characters) will be included on our double-page spread in the opening pages of our book. Shipping to Austria and Germany included. For shipping anywhere else in the world ADD 10 CAD

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    The MOTIVATOR:
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    The INITIATOR: the Altruist + you’ll be explicitly mentioned in our foreword as one of the six initiators that really made this book possible.
    PLUS we want to invite you and one of your loved ones to spend a weekend with our team in Styria, Austria (Fri. to Sun.). This includes accommodation at the beautiful Sattlerhof Wine Estate in Southern Styria (www.sattlerhof.at/en). This region is famous for its beautfiful landscape, picturesque vineyards and most delicious food. Anticipated travel time is spring 2015. . (3,800$ equals ~2.564€)

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    The GUARDIAN ANGEL: the Altruist plus in addition, you will also be explicitly mentioned as our Guardian Angel, who is fundamentally responsible for making this book a reality.
    This comes with an optional group workshop (duration of one day) including a Coaching with Martina - a trained and certified systemic coach - in your hometown (Europe, Canada or USA - venue will be provided by the backer). Anticipated time is fall 2014 or spring 2015. (8,000$ equals ~5.399€)

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