Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[conventions|personal] Match It for Pratchett

You’ve probably heard that Terry Pratchett has early onset Alzheimer's. One of our most beloved writers is a very angry and frustrated man. As he’s said:
“personally I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance”
Terry has put his money where his mouth is, and donated one million dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.
“funding for [Alzheimer’s] research is three per cent of that which goes to find cancer cures”
Pat Cadigan has started a campaign to match it for Pratchett. The goal is to raise another one million dollars for Alzheimer’s research. To help Terry, and the millions of others who battle this disease.
“the number of people with the disease will double within a generation”
Thanks to lasirenadolce, I am teaming up with the Northwest Science Fiction Society to have a matching funds effort at Norwescon this coming weekend to raise $2,000 for Pat's matching funds campaign. (See my previous comments here.)

That's less than $1 per attendee.

We'll have signage and flyers around the convention directing people to donate at the NWSFS table in the registration area, and we'll be asking the pros to mention the drive in their panels if they feel comfortable doing so. As Pratchett said:
“I’d like a chance to die like my father did — of Cancer, at 86”

My thanks to Michael Ormes, the Northwest Science Fiction Society, and lasirenadolce.

Tags: charity, conventions, personal, seattle

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