Here are three quick updates to remind all of you how amazeballs you are:
1. THE TARDIS URN
You may remember this post from last month, asking for artists to make an urn for one of our readers.
Kevin and his wife Tashi were looking for a ceramicist to make a TARDIS shaped urn for Kevin. Kevin is 27 years old and dying of a terminal brain cancer.
Your response was overwhelming. They received so many offers that it took weeks to review them all and make a decision. But this week, they chose Rebekka Ferbrache.
Quite a few of you emailed to suggest Rebekka, but before I could contact her, she emailed to volunteer her services.
Not only does Rebekka make all kinds of beautiful things, she even made a TARDIS urn for another family! She was the perfect choice.
In addition to all of the offers of help that Kevin and Tashi received, many of you also sent gifts of perfume, soaps, toys and all kinds of great Dr. Who-themed swag to keep their spirits up. It helped more than you know.
Kevin and Tashi are working on a video to thank all of you, and I will post it as soon as they send it.
Speaking of awesome Dr. Who-themed swag, take a look at this:
Dearest Queen of the FJL-kind,
My husband and I are avid readers of Regretsy and your mailbag post for Tashi and Wash had us both crying like babies. We are so similar to them, in age and interests. I want to be able to help!
My friends and I have a geek-themed Relay for Life team and we often hand knit gigantic Doctor Who scarves to raffle off for the team. I would love to donate one to benefit Kevin and Tashi. I would do a straight sale off my Etsy page, but I think an auction or raffle would work great as hand-knit replica scarves are expensive (I’ve sold them for over $100) and somewhat hard to find.
Thanks so much!
This is what Julie sent me:
Doctor Who season 14 replica scarf (screen-accurate)
9 feet long plus tassels
100% wool, hand-washable
Smoke free home
Garter-stitch scarf, handmade like the original
This scarf took a month to make, and used almost $100 in yarn.
So here’s what we’re going to do.
I am going to take secret bids for this scarf today and tomorrow. Whoever comes up with the highest bid by Sunday at midnight PST, will get the scarf. All proceeds will go to Kevin and Tashi.
Click here to email your highest bid
And if you don’t want the scarf but would like to support Julie for being so generous, you can visit her Relay Page and give her a little love.
2. LORNA AND DIAMOND
Earlier this week, we had our first April’s Army sale on WePay. Our goal was to raise enough money for Diamond, a four year old service dog owned by Lorna. Diamond needed a new harness, jacket and boots.
Well thanks to you fat bastards, we raised more than TWICE what Lorna’s family was hoping for. Diamond is going to have the best harness a bitch can get. SEE WHAT I DID THERE
She’ll also be getting a pair of custom boots and a jacket, so she’ll be ready for anything.
What does this mean for Lorna? Well, I’ll let her tell you:
When my conditions started getting worse and I began looking into the best mobility harnesses to help me, I was pretty bummed about the prices I saw. We wound up with a cheapy option that started falling apart. It was not safe for Diamond.
I started spending more time home and not going out, because I no longer could walk without assistance. My depression worsened, as I loved being outside.
But now it’s going to be all better because of all of you!
I can’t even think of a way to express my gratitude to everyone who made this happen. I am just so happy, I’m going to be able to go for
walks, go hiking in the woods, and bird watch again. Those simple things are things that make me truly happy, and it was heartbreaking to think I’d never be able to go out and do those things again.
3. ZOMBIE WINNER
Remember this contest from earlier in the week?
We asked you to draw a sketch for a proposed painting or illustration of a Zombie Colonel Sanders, chasing and eating other undead corporate mascots. The finished product would be a gift for the husband of one of our readers, with a $150 cash prize going to the winning artist.
Because she could not choose between her two favorites, we put them up for a vote, and decided to let you pick the winner. Close to 14,000 votes later, the winner turned out to be Brianmnemonic, with this vision of the undead fast-food apocalypse:
Congratulations Brian, and thanks to everyone who entered!