|Happy with just cardboard|
At this point the project is still on: Stan Lee is still scheduled for New Orleans.
I know, I was going to start posting the memoirs but something far far more important has surfaced. I'm hoping that some of you out there are willing to do something to help out.
Many of you who read my work regularly, know that my son and I have a high functioning form of autism. Though I went through life undiagnosed and through chaos, I'm doing all I can to make sure that my son doesn't have the same hard time.
So far that has been fairly successful. He has a great team of teachers and doctors, but he's had a hard time lately. Big changes have hit his life and he's struggling with them. It is now believed that he has to learn how to control child bipolar on top of autism. Yes, it is more than possible to have both.
|Note the arches!|
Stan Lee's name gets real excitement out of my son. For a school project in 3rd grade, he played the part of Stan Lee for his class's "living wax museum". In this he would stand in front of his desk and people would come and poke his shoulder. Then he would recite some of Stan Lee's biography. He hates being poked, people. But he did it for Stan Lee.
Now we live in Monroe, Louisiana and Stan Lee is going to be at the New Orleans Comicon in November. That creates a once in a lifetime chance to take my son to meet his favorite celebrity Stan Lee right here in the same state we live in. But we need help to make it happen.
I also know that Stan Lee loves to help out young artists. He could to that in this case with a handshake and my kiddo is a very talented little visionary. See that picture up above? He was in 2nd grade when he did that with just cardboard. He still builds things out of his room that are mind boggling. Stan Lee knows heroes better than anyone. Well, this is about my little hero!
Just to show that I'm willing to make my own sacrifices I'm doing auctions now too like THIS.
So how can you help? You could start here:
Or you can order artwork from my Cafepress store or my DeviantArt page. We won't get much from the sales but every little bit will help and you'll have something nice to show for it.
This is totally for my son. If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bless you for even considering aiding this project. I don't know how else to show he really is deserving. OOPS... here is the cost breakdown of making this work. The target number we are trying to hit is 435.00. Yep, just 435. Well, it's not such a small amount when you see the breakdown. That cost covers the following:
Convention tickets for Denver and one adult (can't send a 10 year old autistic in by himself after all) and that's tickets at the door. Not ordered ahead of time. So 140 dollars.
Gas estimated at 80 dollars.
Hotel stay of 180 dollars.
And with Stan Lee.... his autograph is 55 dollars and a photo with him is 80 dollars.
So what we are asking help with only covers getting kiddo that autograph and photo... it gets one adult and him through the door and into line. If either of us adults wants more that is our responsibility.
Now if you want to send him to the con with anything extra for his own use, you may specify and arrangements are completely open. If we can just cover that 435, it would be a massive door opener and get him to meet his hero. You can visit the New Orleans Comicon website HERE.
A lot more on why he's worthy HERE.
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE As of 9-20-2012! Please read!: Today we took Denver to the hospital program. The average staying time for the program is 7-10 days. That's really awesome news and I hope that's how this lands. The offer quite a bit out out patient programs as well and I think we will want to be involved in those. So the project can totally go forward. There's even more reason now than ever. When we are in that line and I get him to meet Stan Lee, I intend to tell Denver to remember it because awesome things can and do happen. END UPDATE
UPDATE: 55 received 9-4-12 THANK YOU BOTH!!
UPDATE: A very cool person shared this to Stan Lee's Facebook page. Very cool, you know who you are and we thank you!
UPDATE: 7.77 donation received 9-11-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 9.89 donation received 9-12-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 25.00 donation received 9-12-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 9.12 donation received 9-13-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 9-14-12... another awesome person has contacted me and made many awesome suggestions as well as (this person) is actually going to bat and contacting people of the Convention itself. You know who you are and we thank you! We're blown away.
UPDATE: 10 dollar donation received 9-14-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 25 dollar donation received 9-17-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 25 dollar donation received 9-20-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 5 dollar donation received 9-24-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 5 dollar donation received 9-28-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 25 dollar donation received 9-29-12 THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 75 dollar donation received THANK YOU!!!!
UPDATE: 20 dollar donation received THANK YOU!!
UPDATE: 2 more donations in so THANK YOU! and that's as of 10-4-12
UPDATE: Another donation received from a person who's really going to bat so GREAT BIG THANKS, you know who you are! That 5% charge from Paypal is vexing but please don't worry about it. This is going very well!
UPDATE: A new donation breaks the 300 mark!
UPDATE! THE ENTIRE AMOUNT HAS NOW BEEN COLLECTED!!!! THANK YOU ALL YOU WONDERFUL AND SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE OUT THERE! I'M ETERNALLY GRATEFUL! THERE WILL BE PHOTOS AND ALL SORTS OF AWESOMENESS!!! THE DONATION BUTTON WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE WE LEAVE. IF YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE JUST TO HIS TIME AT THE CON YOU MAY.