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.
Now he internalizes his struggles and gets angry with himself. He puts himself down, slaps and hits himself and we are scurrying to check med changes and help him any way we can. He has been on the gluten free diet for over a month now. He hates it however because he can't have what his friends get in their school lunches. This 10 year old boy, at such a crucial time in his life, needs a morale boost. It's one thing to tell him about the successes of others out there, but if he could meet his hero, Stan Lee, I think it might just set him on a much better track. He would see that good things do happen. He would see that he is worthy of those things. That's not to say we don't tell him he's worthy every day, because we do.
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. I think that gives us plenty of time to ask for your help. Help us to give Denver a memory of a lifetime.
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.
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
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