As I mentioned the other day, I will be turning into Subservient Chris again this New Year’s Eve. In the past, all of the money donated during the event has gone to the IRC network that I am associated with. The folks at GeekShed are an awesome group of people, many of whom I’ve worked with for years! This year, though, we’re doing things a lot differently. GeekShed is only keeping a small portion of the monies raised. I brought my awesome assistant Kat in during this video to talk to all of you about what we’re doing this year – and why.
Cory Carrier became a member of the Lockergnome community before there even was a community. He was quite young when he first started showing up. Despite his age at the time, he became a very important contributor to what we were doing. His intelligence, maturity and sense of humor pulled people in towards him. His compassion and huge heart kept them there.
Cory lived his life with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, spending his days in a wheelchair and even hooked up to a ventilator to help him breathe much of the time. However, Cory never let MD stop him, or hold him back. He never let it define him, nor how he lived his life. He loved life, and it showed. He laughed in the face of his disease, naming himself Gimpi in our chat room, and Krippl on Twitter.
Sadly, we lost Cory back on October first, due to complications with the H1N1 virus. Cory’s loss devastated myself and our community, but none more so than Kat. She and Cory had a special bond. He referred to her as his “Internet Mom”, and she claimed him as her “son”. She loves to tell stories of his wicked sense of humor, including the times he would scare the life out of substitute teachers in high school. Apparently, Cory had a button on his wheelchair that when pushed would emit a loud, high-pitched beeping noise. When he had a sub, Cory would push the button and then slump over in his chair. He cracked himself up all the time, and brought smiles to those around him.
In Cory’s memory, we are donating 75% of this year’s donations to the Tucson, AZ chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They worked with Cory and his family for many years. Cory raised money for the MDA tirelessly, even serving as the Ambassador at least once. This is the best way that we could come up with to honor his memory.
Join us on New Year’s Eve beginning at 10pm Eastern time. For a minimum ten dollar donation, I will perform random crazy acts at your request… much like the Subservient Chicken. Even if you cannot be with us during the event, you can still make your donation (and request!) ahead of time. Simply head to my live page, and scroll down below the video and chat box. You’ll see the place where you can enter your donation information.
Thanks so much to Kat, who has worked tirelessly putting this together this year, and spreading the word around the World. Let’s work together to make this event one that will never be forgotten… and one that will hopefully help the MDA continue the amazing work they do with patients and their families.
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