Even more calls for medical fundraising: Jeanne Robinson, Bob Beerbohm
Hugo and Nebula winner Jeanne Robinson is undergoing treatment for a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. Various auctions are going up to raise money for her treatment, including a one-of-a-kind dinner with Harlan Ellison at his home in Los Angeles. Bidding ends tonight and is already over $1100. However, he probably still won’t read your script.
Bob Beerbohm is also in a pretty bad way. Quoting from Gary Groth:
Bob could be a poster child for our pathologically
dysfunctional and systemically cruel and capricious health care system.
He was in a serious car accident while leaving the 1973 Houston Comicon
and, as a result, he’s worn all the cartilage from his hip joints,
which means that when he walks, his hips are grinding bone on bone.
Naturally, his health insurance company dropped him as soon as he
complained about this because, they said, it constituted a “previously
undisclosed condition,” and they wouldn’t cover the operation he now
desperately needs. So, the bottom line is that he’s in continuous pain,
can barely get around on crutches, can no longer do all the physical
labor that his business requires (like lifting and carrying boxes of
comics), is broke, and needs you to buy some comics from him so he can
afford the $18,000 it’ll cost him in cold hard cash for this operation.
If we lived in a better world, America’s generous socialistic health
care would give him the operation he needs, or, at the very least, some
rich patron would come forward and write him a check. We do not live in
that world, and he needs all the help he can get.