I need to ask you a favor

July 7, 2008 by Tim

Reposted from Saturday:

I’ve mentioned a few times that I play Warmachine, a miniatures
wargame. As a participant of the hobby, I’ve come to know the work of
some of the more skilled modelers and painters in the community. One
such artist is Dan “YoungWolf7” Smith. Dan is a member of a group of
painters called the BrushThralls(.com), and they’re some pretty
talented guys.

Last year Dan was diagnosed with thyroid cancer
and had to undergo surgery and treatment. To offset the medical costs,
Dan and the other BrushThralls decided to assemble and paint a 750
point Warmachine army, and then auction it off. It was codenamed
Project Rainy Day.

The auction was a great success (you can see the auction and finished models, all done by very skilled individuals).

Unfortunately,
the cancer seems to have returned. It looks worse this time, and Dan is
too weak to organize another fund-raiser. (here is his blog post from yesterday, which explains it in detail)

I’m
not going to ask you to donate. No, the only favor I ask of you is just
to look over the situation and then decide for yourself. I know
donating to an individual rather than an established charity is always
met with some skepticism, and rightfully so given some of the awful
stories you hear of people abusing the generosity of others.

I
don’t know Dan Smith personally. I’ve never even exchanged words with
him. But I have followed Project Rainy Day with interest, and I have
seen his impact on the community and how well-known and well-liked he
is, and I feel comfortable vouching for his cause. It wouldn’t be on my
front page if I didn’t think it was on the level, and if I didn’t think
there was a chance for us to really help someone out here.

There is a donation link at the end of this page.


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