MEPA and Fanforce members, Please take a moment to read the post below, and please excuse all the referece to the 501st Legion as I am too tired to retype the whole thing. I only as that if you can help, please do so. Albin Johnson is a very, VERY good friend of mine... one which I'd do anything for. And right now, myself, along with others in fandom (whether it be Fanforce, the 501st, or the Rebel Legion) are doing what we can to help Al at a time when he needs it. To the Fanforce moderators, I apologize if this breaks your Terms of Service in some way, shape or form, and I ask that you look within your hearts to help out as well. Please leave this message up, and please spread it as far and as wide as you can. It's time to put all our petty differences aside and show everyone what the a true force fandom can bring when we rally around one of our own. Thank you, Dion *******************My post to the 501st************** Hey guys, As you probably already know, Albin's youngest daughter, Katie, is in the hospital with a tumor in her brain stem. I personally cannot even fathom what Al and his family are going through right now, but this is something truly tragic. Katie is a 6 year old child, and a hospital can be a very, VERY scary thing at that age. I know, having spent alot of my childhood years in the hospital for operations to improve my hearing. Granted, my complications were minor as compared to Katie's. The only way to make that hospital room a little less scary is to FILL it with things Katie likes. Toys. Now, we obviously do not know what kind of toys Katie likes, and finding out, going out and getting them, and shipping them would take too much time. So our first idea was to get Katie a gift certificate to TRU to get her anything her little heart desires. While we still plan on doing that, we're also going to be attempting to raise money for gift certificates to resturaunts as well as supermarkets. Originally, the NEG, ECG, NER, OLG, Carida and Tyranus were all together on this. We are now asking the rest of the Legion to help us help Albin, Kathy, Katie, and Allie in their time of need! If you can contribute, whether it be a large or small amount, please do so. Rain, of Garrison Tryanus has been kind enough to set up an email account to receive donations at Paypal. THE CUTOFF FOR DONATIONS IS SUNDAY NIGHT! Please paypal your donation to rainmontes@h... If Yahoo garbles that up it's rainmontes @ hotmail.com (no spaces) The mailing address for checks or money orders is: Rain Montes 5525 Neddleton Ave Woodbridge, VA 22193 Please let the folks know who are sending checks and money orders to get them out ASAP. If two-day mail is an option, then it's suggested as well. ***IMPORTANT*** Please include a few words of encouragement for Albin and his family. If you're sending money via Paypal, just write something in the "Comments" area. If you're sending a donation via mail, then just jot something down on a piece of paper. I'm hoping we can include these in with the gift certificate. Any bit of encouragement will help at this point. Please, if you can donate to this cause, then defnintely do so. If it weren't for Albin, none of us would be here today, as part of the 501st, and more importantly, as friends and even family! We are the 501st Legion, and we take care of our own! No matter what the amount, big or small, it will help in a BIG way to bring a smile to young Katie's face, as well as the rest of her family. LETS MAKE SURE KATIE HAS A REASON TO SMILE! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at MerlynNY@a... Thank you all so much! -Dion Katie now has her own Webpage so you can all see updates and pictures! Donations are still being accepted as well.