Kris Overstreet, who runs White Lightning Productions, has gotten some bad news about his grandmother.
Today the cardiologist reported that her aortic valve- which has been progressively calcifying for several years now- is very nearly blocked. And, at the age of 95, she is (in the cardiologist's eyes) not a candidate for surgery to unblock or replace the valve. . . We can't afford a nursing home (that is, not without losing the house, the land, and pretty much everything else, thank you so much Texas Medicaid regulations).Any of you who have ever faced down a nasty medical bill, or watched a loved one go through something similar, know precisely where he's coming from.
Here's why Kris is so important to us at Anime Hell, and why he should be important to you as well: Kris donates the prizes we give away at contests. When we say "Friend of the Show", we mean it. This is someone very dear to us and seeing him go through not only the emotional anguish but financial issues as well is just criminal.
So, how can you help?
I'm not going to put up a "donate" button, as that gets very complicated and there's all kinds of bureaucracy involved in something like that (also, taxes are weird about it), but you could go to the WLP website and, ya know, buy something. It's a win-win scenario! You help out a guy and you get some swag in return! Hell, there's a t-shirt born from the Anime Hell line at A-Kon in 2010.
You can also listen to Kris on Dementia Radio, Wednesdays from 9-11 Central.