The artist Bob Almond--a friend of mine and a bigger friend to the artists in our the industry--asked me to post the following note that he received from Jim Sanders III (who inked for DC and Marvel on such books as Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Sensational She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, and DC Who's Who).
Right now my health and living situation keeps me from doing much. I went from child to child's home over the last 2 yrs; now in a cheap hotel and broke... Last November, they told me my kidney transplant had failed and I have been on kidney dialysis 3 times a week since. In February our youngest daughter, Jane, who was 21, died from a condition commonly associated with the spina bifida she had... This past weekend I was admitted to the hospital because I couldn't breathe and found out I had congestive heart failure on top of everything else. These last 12 months have been, by far, the worst year of my life.
Hero Initiative helped me thru a 7 month unemployment stretch 5 or 6 yrs ago, as well as buying us a van for Jane for her appointments, so when I went to them about a year and a half ago when everything went south, they said that they had to help new clients since their funding was low, which I totally understand. If you can help every little bit helps. My paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for answering me and taking the time to talk. It's frustrating when you see that someone saw your message and they don't answer back. It makes me feel like I am beneath contempt. Be well an be blessed. JIM SANDERS III
I don't know Jim personally but I don't have to to hear what he's going through.
In response, Bob has started a charity auction to benefit Jim Sanders III
On Saturday, November 9, the non-profit Inkwell Awards will hold auctions for one week to help Jim. If you have a donation to offer, please immediately contact Inkwell assistant director and auctioneer Michael W. Kellar at email@example.com to inform him of what you'd like to send along with a good lo-res scan of the item and full description of it (original art? published? signed? condition?) Remember to sign the item if you are the artist who worked on it and pack it securely. Mike must receive items by November 8. The Inkwell Awards will send all auction profits to Jim and will pay for the eBay fees.
Jim reported to Bob that this assistance will help him relieve his present, dire financial circumstances and allow him and his wife to move to his brother's home in another nearby state where he plans to tackle commissions and work again. Updates will be posted at the Inkwell Awards site.
Please ship all donations to Mike Kellar, Inkwell Awards, 110 Ferry Road, New London, NC 28127. Straight monetary donations can be sent directly to Jim at his Paypal account of firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your attention.