There’s someone I’d like you to meet.
You know when you come across someone with a talent so obvious you can’t help but marvel at them? A person that can take something as simple as a lump of clay or a block of wood or a chunk of foam and turn it into something simply stunning? Someone that leaves you knowing you could never do anything like it? A rare soul you leave knowing without a doubt he or she is one of a kind?
Now, I’m not saying he’s perfect. Far from it. He is human, after all. But this guy, well… he’s just not your run-of-the-mill dude.
This story goes way back.
When he was just a little kid, his mom had to hide the tape and glue and literally tie her scissors to her drawer just so they wouldn’t disappear during his frequent attacks of creativity.
As he got older, it was not at all unusual to find elaborate Lego battleships or crazy (functional) contraptions scattered about his very messy bedroom.
In high school, he didn’t just slap a few Tinker Toys together to go with his history paper. Instead he built an intricate, perfectly scaled model of a stagecoach so impressive it still sits in his parent’s family room.
And it wasn’t long after he graduated and headed off into the “real” world before he started returning home with company. Not girlfriends, though he’s had his fair share of those. These were eerily realistic-looking creature puppets, reminiscent of something you’d find on Sesame Street but aimed at a far tougher crowd.
This is a guy who graduated from the Art Institute in Pittsburgh and instead of buying a fancy new sports car (though he does have an old Bronco he loves), he got himself an industrial sewing machine.
He has worked for places like Paramount Parks and Studio Displays creating backdrops and props you’ve probably seen on TV commercials, in theme parks or in some fancy lobby somewhere.
This is a guy who starts building something like this…
And turns it into this…
You might not recognize him here…
But perhaps you know this guy…
No, I’m not talking about Stan “The Man” Lee, creator of Spidey and so many other Super Heroes … though given a chance he could very well be in that league. (If you’re curious about this Spiderman project, you can read all about it here.)
This guy is not nearly so famous. This guy is a lot like someone you know.
He’s the favorite uncle of his nephews, primarily because he loves to share his time and talents (and lots of Captain Crunch and Star Wars movies) with them anytime they’re together.
He’s the dad of this adorable first grader who just caught her very first fish this summer.
He’s the husband of this gal, who’s pretty creative in her own right and in addition to being a great cake decorator is hoping to venture into her own jewelry designing business.
He’s a typical guy with a goofy sleeping schedule, a habit of driving his sisters crazy and a definite stubborn streak.
His name is Rob.
He just turned 38 a month ago.
He’s my little brother.
And he’s fighting cancer.
Yeah, sometimes “real life” really, well… sucks.
Here’s where I’m hoping you can help out.
Log Your Memory will celebrate its First Anniversary on October 8th. It just so happens, that’s also the date my parents are helping host a fundraiser for Rob and his family in Polson, Montana.
I’ve been wanting to plan something special for Log Your Memory’s anniversary … and then today after visiting with my mom, it hit me.
You see, Rob just completed his first full week of chemo and it was as tough as you might expect. He’s currently employed for a taxidermist and has already missed quite a bit of work because of his treatments and the cruddy way they make him feel, not to mention the 120-mile round-trip jaunt to the hospital. His family’s budget is pretty tight as it is and this new interruption in their lives is making things much more difficult, to say the least. With at least several more weeks of treatments ahead, the future is pretty unsteady.
Log Your Memory is all about capturing “real life” and embracing the things that are really important to us … the good AND the bad. So what better way to celebrate our anniversary than by choosing someone each year who could use a little extra help … and then providing that for them.
So this year my goal is to help Rob.
Starting today and for the following five Mondays, I’m asking you to make a donation toward my brother’s cause via the red “Celebrating Real Life” box on the front page of the Log Your Memory blog. It might be just a couple bucks. It might be more.
In exchange, each week I am offering a special download which will be made available to everyone who makes a donation that week. This little goodie will only be available for that one week and will be sent via an email link to every person who makes a contribution that week, no matter the size. (Please allow a day or two after making a donation for that link to arrive.)
This seemed like a fitting gift for our first week…
This is a one month gratitude journal in the form of a mini album. If you donate to our cause this week, you will receive printable PDFs for the cover and interior pages, as well as instructions on how to put this little book together.
My goal is to raise $1,000, to be presented to Rob & his family when I head to Polson for the fundraiser my parents are doing on October 8th … Log Your Memory’s First Anniversary.
I’d sure love your help.
Please make a donation this week if you can … and forward this story to everyone you know. You can even add the widget to your own site, if you feel so inclined. Thanks in advance for your support and if nothing else, take a few moments today to be grateful for all you have.
I know I will.