Mission Accomplished

2012-Aug-27 -> from the impossible-tasks department Tags: reglue kenstarks 

I never thought I would write this post.

Not because I didn't believe in the community, but because I don't have a huge following here on my blog.

When I wrote my last post, A Friend In Need, I outlined three goals that I wanted to accomplish for my good friend, Ken Starks:

  1. Purchase a new edge-lit monitor to alleviate the illness he was suffering as a result of the backlight on his old one.

  2. Cover his cancer medications for a substantial period.

  3. the surgery he required to save his life.

I'm proud to say that, thanks to a number of people who stepped up to help and the community at large, we accomplished all these goals and more.

Words can not describe the gratitude I feel toward each and every person who helped make this possible. I most certainly didn't do this alone. Here is a list of just a few people who were key to the success of this campaign:

  • David Rea - he put together the IndieGoGo campaign and was tireless in his efforts to seek out people to get involved. He was key in getting this moving. Thank you, David.

  • Zeb Swaim - a member of the board in charge of Reglue. He and his wife bent over backwards to promote this campaign. Thank you.

  • Matthew Hartley - anchor for The Linux Action Show, and key in getting the word out. He led a battle cry through the Linux community that brought in over $10,000 in a single day. Amazing. Thank you, Matt.

  • Maxx Daymon - a member of the community who helped get the word out. Thank you, Maxx.

  • Tony Huffins and the FANSS Organization - They helped get the word out, and run a great cause themselves. Thank you.

Over 1400 members of the community turned out and donated their hard-earned cash to help out somebody they've never met. Ken will not only get the life-saving surgery he needs, but through the efforts of this campaign, has secured the help of a surgeon who is willing to do the surgery for a fraction of the cost.

We made a difference.

We saved a life.

Thank you.

Thanks for reading!

I'm always interested in hearing what you have to say. Contact Me, I'd love to hear from you.

Don't forget to join in on the conversation in the comments section below.


By S.R. Guenter on Mon 27 Aug 2012 01:28:55 pm [ Reply ] Fantastic!

By Dave (tuxdude) on Mon 27 Aug 2012 01:40:04 pm [ Reply ] Hi Thomas,
Great news indeed. First time I have taken part in something like this and I am amazed at the outcome. It makes one feel good about the world to know there are some great people out there.

Just finished your first book by the way, Thought it was excellent can't wait for next installment.


By Thomas A. Knight on Mon 27 Aug 2012 02:23:47 pm [ Reply ] Dave: Glad you enjoyed it. I just started on the editing for the second installment last night (and have to update my progress bar below), and is set for a tentative release date of Jan 31, 2013.

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