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Last week we reported on the moving story behind Critical Care Comics, a new, Las Vegas-based organization that hopes to put comic books in the hands of hospital patients who can use the distraction and inspiration. At the time, I spoke with Jason Golden, the group’s founder about his plans for a fund-drive this past weekend. He was hoping to raise $450 to cover the legal fees around getting the 501(c)3 license needed to operate as a legitimate non-profit organization.
Jason emailed me yesterday to report on how the event went: “Saturday was a blast. The day started at 4 am with KTNV Channel 13 News escorted by Darth Vader (which was really a buddy of mine who owns the sweetest Darth Vader costume I have ever seen). The bands were all excellent; the comedians were great. The event lasted well past 11 pm.”
You can check out the KTNV interview with Golden (and Vader) at the channel’s website, but the important news is the success of the drive. Golden reports that they brought in over 4000+ comics and – through sales of homemade shirts and a bake sale – almost $500, enough funds to start the paperwork on the license.
Jason Golden’s life was saved by comics, and he wants to give othes the chance to have that same experience. A little while ago, hesent the following letter to some comics publishers, and it found its way to my inbox.
Near the end of my sophomore year in high school, I was diagnosed with Acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. It was a rather hard time for me. I was in and out of the hospital for over a year. Completely missed my junior year in high school. With the support of my friends and family, and the excellent care I received, I pulled through and live a normal happy life.
There were times though, in the hospital, when I was alone, depressed, and just downright feeling crappy. Two things helped me during those times: video games and comic books. Every Wednesday my parents would swing by my comic book shop and pick up my latest books.