My family once got an unbeatable gift: a Make-a-Wish trip to Leavesden Studios, London, UK, where we spent the day with the cast of Harry Potter. Yeah, we met a lot of fantastic people, a few of whom stayed in touch with us for years. The Potter cast and crew really were the nicest, most down-to-earth people you can imagine.
My son – here nicknamed Techwiz (because he’s saved my laptop innumerable times from the stupid things I do) was born with a life threatening heart condition. He had open heart surgery at the age of 10 weeks after a very harrowing start. Eventually, he developed Aortic Insufficiency and had to have valve replacement in 2014 at the age of 19. We nearly lost him again, but he’s well now.
Back in 2008, Make-a-Wish flew the six of us to England for five days and we saw so-o-o many sites. I so wish I could show you Potter pictures, but we aren’t allowed. So, I’ll tell you that we saw a lot of unforgettable things in London, and to ice the cake, my son got to indulge in one of his other obsessions: Egyptology. Since pictures in museums aren’t permitted either, I’ll give you this one, which was taken outside the Movieland Wax Museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It’s really, really old, just so you know.
Notice how excited he was by the animated dude? Reality was better.
We were blessed to have arrived in the UK at the exact time when some Egyptian artifacts were passing through. For one week. Only stop in Europe. Techwiz had adults gawping when he ran up to a huge column and began reading hieroglyphics aloud.
Have I mentioned he’s a phenom? Yeah, possibly-photographic memory.
So. Let’s talk about charity. If I had money, I would be buying kids Wishes, but I don’t. Maybe you’ll be at the mall this week and see a donation pot collecting for Wishes. Please imagine the look on my kid’s face when he found out he was meeting Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and many others. And drop a dollar in the pot.
Since I’m not well off, I like to write stories for fan charity compilations. The fan fiction community raises hundreds of thousands of dollars worldwide each year for charity, with authors, banner makers and editors donating their time and talent for worthy causes. Some causes may be small, like a helping hand for a beloved community member. Others are large, like Alzheimer’s, heart, stroke, suicide prevention and disaster relief. PDF’s of story collections are made available for as little as $5US. You can find a lot of fandom-supported causes here: http://fandom4causes.blogspot.ca/
Some of my charity works have been released (authors are allowed to share them about a year after the fundraiser is done) and you can now read them on my fanfic account:
For Autism Speaks:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8023439/1/Cats-and-Dogs (Rated: Mature)
For cancer research:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8864134/1/It-Shouldn-t-Happen-to-a-Cow (Rated: For Teens)
For the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8084889/1/The-Sad-Story-of-Woof (Rated: For Teens)
For Leukemia, Lymphoma and Sarcoma Research:
September 7, 2015: Fandom 4 Autism
You don’t need to be wealthy to make a difference. Donate your time today to make the world a better place. Everyone’s kids will thank you.
You can make a difference right now: please share your favourite cause’s link in the Comments. Be sure to say why it matters to you.