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Auction To Support A Good Cause!

(I'm stealing perdiccas' pimp post. Hope you don't mind sweetie!)



megmatthews20 is an awesome person and a great writer. However, she's currently dealing with a heavy issue and is in need of some help. Let her explain it in her own words.

megmatthews20 in hope_in_sight: I was born with Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder. The connective tissue in my body is weaker than the average person's, and therefore I was never allowed to play in sports or run because my aortic valve was dangerously prone to dissection. I will also never be able to deep sea dive or go sky diving or mountain climbing because people with Marfans are also prone to spontaneous pneumothorax (lung collapsing) and the risk is too great. I've learned to live with the health set-backs...

But I've always been particularly upset by the affect Marfans has had upon my eyes. The tissue in my eyes cannot hold the lenses in place like normal healthy eyes can, so my lenses float, moving every year, and drastically changing my vision. With my glasses on, the best I have ever been able to see is 20/40. I sit in the front of the class and am unable to read anything written on the blackboard or the overhead. I can't see more than a handful of stars in the sky even on the darkest night. And I can't tell that someone is waving at me from across the room...

I know that this has held me back in a lot of ways all of my life. I even had to take an extra year in grade school because of it. I want to change all that with a surgery that will give me the ability to see so much more with a clarity and precision that I've only ever dreamed about.

That is where the funds come in. I have already paid off my left eye surgery (unless something unexpected should occur during the procedure and I have to pay more money).

I need funds to pay off my right eye surgery, which will be at least $1525 dollars since it includes an extra charge for correcting my right eye's astigmatism.

I have no money this year. I spent the last three years working as a caregiver for my mom. I had to drop out of school this year to be around her full time when her cancer came roaring back with a vengeance. She passed away in October and my sister and I were left with no money and no life insurance. I just spent my last funds getting back into school and my bank account is down to about a hundred dollars.


How can you help?

In three ways:
1) SELL YOURSELVES, YOU WHORES! Anything and everything goes, fanart, fanfic, podfics, home baked brownies, strippergrams, icons, LJ layouts, yourself as a slave for a week, second hand books & DVDs. Can you crochet? Make earrings? Read palms? Fanvid? Every little bit helps, so offer yourself up to the masses and let them have their way with you. :)

2) PIMP!!! Whores are only as successful as their pimps, and we really need to spread the word far and wide. Are you active in fandoms beyond Heroes? Encourage your flist to join in the fun and goodwill. Post to comms (with mod permission of course). Drag people in off the street and get them LJ accounts to take part!

3) SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! The bidding will run from Dec 1 - Dec 11th. Buy, buy, buy as much as you can. Bidding wars are totes encouraged. Skip your latte for the week and throw that money at the auction instead. It's a super good cause for a super good person who deserves some happiness to round out a dismal 2009.

BUY ME!

I am selling myself three times over. I'm easy but I'm not cheap! ;-)

1. Heroes fanfiction of at least 1500 words. DETAILS
2. Any fandom fanfiction, or crossover, or sequel of at least 1500 words. DETAILS
3. Platter of homemade cookies and candies for the holidays! Or, you know, just for eating. Because they're cookies, and they're good for that whole eating thing. (You know you want some.) DETAILS

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jaune_chat
Nov. 25th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
The sign ups for people selling are from now until Dec. 1st. From Dec. 1st to the 11th is the bidding period. Go to hope_in_sight and read the profile page to learn about the bidding process. Basically you comment on the entry of your choice with your bid, and if you want to outbid someone, comment to their bid so they know they've been outbid. Then you pay via PayPal at the end of the time period and tell the seller you've won (all on the honor system).
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ewinfic
Nov. 25th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Um, how do we do this without it becoming a very large legal problem?
jaune_chat
Nov. 25th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Sweet Charity did this for years, it's ok, I swear! Basically you're donating the money directly to the person who needs it, 'cause you're cool like that, and then, as a side effect, someone writes you a properly disclaimered piece of fanfiction or sends you some cookies or something.

Edited at 2009-11-25 01:33 pm (UTC)
perdiccas
Nov. 25th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for pimping! I'm totally gonna try and buy you again after how excellently you delivered at Sweet Charity! *hugs*
jaune_chat
Nov. 25th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
*Waggles eyebrows* I'll go warm up the paddles, shall I? ;-)
miss_miso
Nov. 25th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up! Just a quick technical question: since I'm not from the states, how do I pay if I win (or if I just want to give a donation?). Does Visa work? Or does that just present a security issue?

Edited at 2009-11-25 08:24 pm (UTC)
jaune_chat
Nov. 25th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Since this charity is using PayPal, it's all electronic money, so it will convert, I believe. You can use a Visa with PayPal, if I'm not mistaken. You might want to ask Perdi, as she's is also a not-states person and has done this stuff before. I've done Sweet Charity, where the currency has come in in multiple kinds of currency (British, American, credit cards) and it all comes out in the wash. That's what PayPal is for. Or you could ask PayPal directly or check their FAQ; the answer must be there somewhere!

(You log on to PayPal and pay to megmatthews20's e-mail address, the instructions for doing so are in the profile of hope_in_sight.)

And, in addition, you're a peach. Just so you know. Don't let anyone tell you differently! :-D

Edited at 2009-11-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
miss_miso
Nov. 26th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the info ♥! I've now been introduced to the wonders of PayPal (I know, I know, I'm slow). And I've discovered that linking your credit card apparently causes problems at the recipient's end with fees etc, so I'll avoid that. You learn something new every day. So, you can start bidding/donating on the 1st, huh? I'll have to restrain myself from buying your fics outright - I know that kind of spoils the fun for everyone else :)
jaune_chat
Nov. 26th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Bidding wars are highly encouraged, and all the better for Meg if everything goes for more than their buy-out price! ;-)

(Yeah, PayPal is pretty cool and safe, and hecka convenient.)
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