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Help a BoM Member in Need

Discussion in 'Sorcerous Sundries' started by Taluntain, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    [​IMG] Ladies and Gentlemen of the Boards o' Magick community:

    For those of you who may not have followed 8people's blog, you should be aware that her condition is making it difficult for her to properly attend to her studies at the university. She needs an electric wheelchair and doesn't have the means to cover the expense herself.

    When we have a member in need, we like to do what we can to help. That is why we are asking for people to donate what they can to help defray the costs of a new chair. We're not telling anyone that they need to do this, and no one will think negatively of anyone who doesn't participate for any reason whatsoever. That being said, if you do participate, please understand that you will have 8people's heartfelt thanks and the good feeling of helping someone else.

    We asked 8people to put together a brief summary of where she's at, which we reproduce here:

    I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Type 3: Hypermobility. This means I have a genetic condition that affects the soft tissues in my body - mainly the tissues holding my joints together. It is a condition that has got worse as I have gotten older and now affects every joint in my body. I ended up on crutches at a young age where I kept falling over and five years ago ended up in a wheelchair where walking was getting too difficult. I have now reached the point where I can no longer push myself in my chair and I can no longer lean on crutches.

    I'm living on my own to attend university and my immobility is getting in the way of my studies, I am often too tired or hurting to be able to have my full attention in class. I need an electric chair that can handle the awkward roads and paving of where I live so I can get to my university and other places around the town.

    A new wheelchair would make a huge difference for me, so I would be incredibly grateful for any help towards it.


    While 8people has indicated that she intends to pay everyone back, please understand that she is on an extremely tight budget and that it may take quite a while or in the worst case, not be possible at all. Consequently all donations should be considered as such and not as loans.

    Initially the idea was to collect donations directly to 8people's PayPal account, but as she's hit some snags with setting that up, we'll be accepting donations to the SP account and forward her the money afterwards.

    The full cost of a suitable wheelchair for 8people's needs is very large; in the region of 10k USD. While it is unlikely that we'll be able to cover more than a portion of that expense, we're aiming at collecting at least $1000 to get her started.

    For my part, I'll start it off by donating $50 and setting up 8people with a lifetime SPS account. Additionally, all the BoM members who donate and don't have a custom avatar/portrait + title yet (or want to change) will be able to select them as a small thank-you from the SP team.

    * * *​

    Now, to sum up this long post in a few words:

    1. We are collecting donations for a new electric wheelchair that one of our members, 8people, needs to be able to move around without too many restrictions.

    2. Donations collected to the SP PayPal account will be forwarded to 8people.

    3. Please list your BoM user name in the donation notes so that we know who to thank!

    4. Donate via PayPal here. Having a PayPal account is NOT required to donate.

    If you would like to send money to 8people some other way, please contact her via a private message.

    If anyone has any questions, please post them in this thread.

    Thank you!
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
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  2. Kitrax

    Kitrax Pantaloons are supposed to go where!?!?

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    But...I've already offered my services to make her a motorized wheelchair that could cruise along at a modest 3mph....or 100mph with a pull of a leaver. :p

    I'm kind of poor since I did my X-Mas shopping this week...but I can spare $20 right now. :D

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    $20 has been sent...
     
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  3. Silvery

    Silvery I won't pretend to be your friend coz I'm just not ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

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    I'll be offended if you even attempt to pay me back!

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    Just a thought Tal, could you update us on the total?
     
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  4. Montresor

    Montresor Mostly Harmless Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder

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    I promise not to be offended if she tries to pay you back, Silvery! :p
     
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  5. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    [​IMG] Silvery, definitely, I'll be keeping this thread updated as donations come in.

    Currently $20 has come in from Kitrax, $100 from Montresor and $100 from Silvery.

    The current total is $270 (along with my $50).

    We're off to a great start!
     
  6. Saber

    Saber A revolution without dancing is not worth having! Veteran

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    I hope what I sent helps, 8!
     
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  7. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    $50 from Saber now makes the total $320.
     
  8. Kitrax

    Kitrax Pantaloons are supposed to go where!?!?

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    Oh great...now I look like a cheapskate! :rolleyes:

    I'll send more once I get paid!!!
     
  9. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Any kind of donations are very welcome, even if only $5 - every bit helps!
     
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    Total needed

    If I may ask, what is the total needed for the little lady to have her chair free and clear?
     
  11. Blackthorne TA

    Blackthorne TA Master in his Own Mind Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    I don't know that a specific chair has been identified, but in the original post it was estimated to be in the region of $10K for the type of chair she needs. Perhaps 8people has something more concrete in the way of a figure...
     
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  12. Deathmage

    Deathmage Arrr! Veteran

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    Times like these, I'm really proud to be a member of this community.
     
  13. Silvery

    Silvery I won't pretend to be your friend coz I'm just not ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

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    That's just brought a bit of a tear to my eye! It is an amazing group we've got here. Even though the majority haven't met, we're friends as opposed to just people who have a common interest.
     
  14. 8people

    8people 8 is just another way of looking at infinite ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

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    [​IMG] Hi guys, I just want to thank everyone for their support. I really don't know what to say.

    As for the final cost, I'm still looking around and asking questions, but so far the total Tal posted has been one of the most reasonable. That is, for a chair that can handle the city where I live without me requiring further assistance.

    I'm currently trying to arrange a few things that will help ease up the finances on my end and my family is helping to put aside money for me in the New Year. Have been given a mountain of paperwork! :lol: I have finally been able to get the university to accept my proof of disability and have spoken to a financial advisor who believes I may be entitled to help paying for my rent which will allow me to put more of my own money towards this as well.

    I honestly cannot thank you guys enough, you have done so much for me.
     
  15. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Thanks to a $100 donation by Gaear, our total is now $420! :)
     
  16. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    [​IMG] Kilted Crusader has added $30 to the cause, which brings the total to $450!
     
  17. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Thanks to a VERY generous donation of $200 by Blackthorne TA, the total is now $650! :thumb:
     
  18. Silvery

    Silvery I won't pretend to be your friend coz I'm just not ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

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    Hmmph, gonna have to wait 'til my tenents pay their rent to beat that! :lol:
     
  19. Cap'n CJ

    Cap'n CJ Arrr! Veteran

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    Chipped in a little, here's hoping we reach the magical $1000 mark!
     
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  20. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Thanks to Cap'n CJ's $50 contribution, we're now at the $700 mark!
     
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