BRIAN KEENE NEEDS OUR HELP
Brian Keene's resume is ridiculous. Seriously. You can go to his website and read all about it. I won't copy it here because what I want to focus on in this space is Brian as a person, father, boyfriend, entertainer, hustler, supporter, friend, chronicler, bully destroyer, and mentor.
Here's the thing: Brian helps a lot of people. He helps them with connections, signal boosts, his podcast, his time, and even with money. He is deeply involved with Scares that Care and just a couple of weeks ago put together the 2nd Annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene Telethon, which was sponsored by Serial Box. Here's what happened:
Our goal was to raise $20,000 in 24 hours for the Scares That Care 501c3 charity.
This year, Scares That Care is helping SAWYER (an 8-year old girl who is on her second relapse of Anaplastic Ependymoma), BRIAN (a little boy who was burned in a household accident), and HOPE (a Navy veteran and a single mother of two who is battling Stage IV breast cancer).
At the end of the 24-hour live broadcast, we had raised $21,591.
Those words were taken from Brian's website. And he didn't do it alone. No, he did it surrounded by great people. Why? Because good people pull good people to them like magnets, and Brian is one of the good ones.
Listen, there's this weird feeling you get when a friend of yours is in trouble and you can't do a thing about it. Brian suffered an accident two days ago and is sitting in a burn unit right now with 2nd and 3rd degree burns in his arm that will require a skin graft and 1st degree burns on his face. And he can't type. Yeah, the writer can't write. Also, here's a little thing we rarely talk about when it comes to your favorite authors: none of them have health insurance or a 401K or any of the things that normally come from having a stable 9-to-5 gig. Writers like Brian depend on book sales and contracts to pay the bills and put food on the table. If they sell a million books and get a movie deal, great, but that is rarely the case. When they sell fewer books for a few months because the economy sucks, they're fucked. When checks get lost or come late in the mail, they struggle. When a press folds or something else happens, they feel it in their pockets immediately. This is where you come in. There is a GoFundMe for him. You can find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/brian-keene-burn-fund [Another way you can help Brian is by buying his books; links are below. -Ed]
Brian will be fine. His humor is still there. He will keep giving us the books we love. However, that won't happen this week, and it won't happen before he's handed a hospital bill that makes me all kinds of angry at this country's healthcare system all over again (I haven't had insurance for the past four years, so Brian's situation hits too close for comfort). Take that money you were gonna spend on a bland coffee and send it to him. The more coffees we send him, the easier it will be to get over this and get back to the keyboard, which is where he belongs. Thank you.
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