A month or so ago, I was contacted by friend and fellow word slinger Aaron Rosenberg about a very special project. Two friends of his, Ryan Macklin and Jessica Banks, are in the process of spearheading a fundraising effort on behalf of another friend’s daughter.
Eight-year old Gwen is a high-functioning autistic. Because of this, she requires special needs at her school…needs which for one reason or another were not being met, necessitating drastic action on the part of Gwen’s parents. In addition to seeing to Gwen’s educational and other needs, they’re also challenging their school district for their actions (or lack of same) with respect to their role in the whole affair. To be honest, I’m not able to relay this story the way it needs to be told, so I’m just going to shut up for a minute and let Ryan tell it to you:
RyanMacklin.com – Fighting for Gwen
As for the fundraising portion of this effort, this is where I and some other folks come in. As Ryan and Jess say:
“We feel strongly about not just asking for handouts. If you recall the efforts that Elizabeth & Ryan have done in the past, we’re about giving something when we’re ask. For Fighting For Gwen, we’re working with a number of authors to deliver to you stories in your inbox every other week (with some bonus weeks), including Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch, Kenneth Hite, Cam Banks, Josh Roby, and a few surprises. These stories will start coming to donors in March.”
Aaron asked if I was willing to join a growing number of writers who were donating stories for this effort. As it happened, I was in the process of completing a reworking of an older story of mine that I realized was appropriate in tone and topic for this. It’s a story which was published several years ago in a local small-press magazine, and after revising it and doubling its original length, I’d originally planned to submit it to a few markets and see if I could entice an editor with it. After Aaron contacted me, I instead decided that I would donate it to this cause.
As with fundraisers managed through platforms like Kickstarter, this one also offers a series of tiers and incentives:
- For ten dollars, our Comma tier, you’ll get one month of stories in your email.
- For thirty dollars (Period), you’ll get three months of stories.
- For fifty dollars (Semi-colon), you’ll get all six months of stories.
- For seventy-five dollars (Colon), you’ll get all six months of stories, and at the end you’ll get them in a nicely laid-out PDF.
- For one hundred dollars (Exclamation Point!), you’ll get all the above and a special, custom story & illustration from Gwen or Connor (Jess’s Asperger son).
Please visit Ryan’s “Fighting for Gwen” page for complete details on the effort. As of this writing, Ryan and Jess have managed to raise just over half of their goal amount of $10,000. With the first of the stories set to start being distributed next week, they’re doing their best to get the word out.
Hence my gentle plea to you kind folks who take time from your day to visit my little blog: Please read Gwen’s story, and if you’re able, make a donation. Feel free to spread this link to your friends, as well. I’ll do my best to provide updates on the effort as things move forward.
On behalf of Gwen and her parents, Ryan and Jess, the other authors and everyone else involved in this effort, thanks for reading. 🙂