As if everything crazy going on in the last hell week wasn’t enough, life keeps kicking the ass of good people. All time nice guy, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai writes that his wife Sharon is in the ICU with a serious illness…please send them good thoughts. Sharon and Stan are both the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet anywhere on earth and they deserve every drop of good karma going their way.
And another all time good guy Ed Douglas has just been diagnosed with leukemia. Ed is known as a writer and film critic for Coming Soon where he writes the Weekend Warrior among other things. Ed is also a friend I have known for more than 20 years, a great guy that I have shared many ups and downs of life with, and countless con moments across the nation. Both myself and Ben are sending all the love and good thoughts his way that we can.
As if being diagnosed with leukemia wasn’t bad enough, Ed has no health insurance. I don’t want to hear any lectures here. In all the civilized nations, only in America is it accepted that if you don’t have enough money for insurance, you die or lose everything you own. It’s a f*cked up system that kills good people and ruins the lives of others.
Anyway a fund has been set up for Ed, and many have given generously. If somehow you hadn’t heard the news yet, here’s the link.
I won’t be updating these stories, but just keep Sharon and Ed in your thoughts.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.