Cancer is an ugly beast which leaves death and destruction in its wake. It doesn’t care who it goes after: a handsome little boy who has his Daddy’s eyes, a young woman with toddlers at home bravely hiding her pain from the kids or the grandmother is the cornerstone of the family. Cancer tries to mess with amazing friends like Drew Olanoff or Mike Kochansky. It comes like a thief in the night, attacking mercilessly that which we hold dear. I can guarantee that each and every one of you reading this has known someone who has been lost to some form of this disgusting disease. Cancer affects EVERYONE on some level. I am not a scientist or doctor. I cannot find a cure. I can, however, be me and help to raise money to help fund that cure by turning myself into Subservient Chris once again.
On Friday, May 13th – 6:00pm PST, several friends will descend upon my home and turn me into YOUR virtual slave. For a minimum ten-dollar donation, I will perform any completely crazy act you wish – within reason. I won’t do anything illegal, disgusting or degrading. In the past, I’ve been known to sing, dance, smear peanut butter on my face, place my dog on my head and wear a dress, high heels and makeup! I want you to be creative when thinking up your request, people. We are raising money for a very serious reason, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun while we do it! Give cancer a proverbial black eye by helping us gather donations for this very worthwhile cause.
My friends Liana and Michelle will once again participate in a race via Team in Training, and all proceeds from our event go directly to them. We will broadcast the entire thing live, and I’m sure many people plan to be around to record the insanity. You can begin sending your donations to [email protected] at any time, but please be sure to add a note to the PayPal form. Include your task for me or simply state you are donating to the cancer fundraiser so your contribution is easy to keep track of.
This year, our passion is much stronger to do as well as we can. Our efforts are being dedicated to our friend Derek Miller. Derek wrote and performed the Gnomedex song a couple of times, appeared as a floating head on the big conference screen a few years ago and is one hell of a great guy. A few months ago, Derek and his family made the incredibly tough decision to suspend treatment of his cancer and instead dedicate the rest of his time to living life in as peaceful a manner as possible. His strength, courage and humor during this time has been inspiring to so many of us. The end of his journey is quickly drawing near, but we will all continue to fight in his honor against this monster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Derek, his awesome wife Airdrie and their children during this difficult time.
UPDATE – Our friend Derek was freed from the confines of this life on May 3rd, 2011. His memory will forever live on in our minds and hearts.
Think of those you have lost… those who are fighting the battle…. those who have yet to begin their fight. Keep them all in mind and join us beginning at 6:00pm PST on May 13th.
For your enjoyment – and a sneak peak at what you can expect – take a few moments to watch the videos embedded below. They are some of the “best” moments captured during past Subservient Chris events… well, the best in someone else’s eyes, anyway. I’m not so sure about ever doing that whole peanut butter thing again, y’all!