The inaugural fundraiser to help the MPN Research Foundation.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Birth Of Near Death Productions & Shirts

Each ticket purchased will receive an awesome t-shirt at no extra charge.

The artwork has been done by Iron & Emotion - owner Jen Iron has been doing incredibly great work for years. Her work really stands apart in a crowded market space, and I am blessed that she is helping me.

The front of the shirt is simply the logo design which you see on the web page. The back of the shirt is essentially a list of major sponsors:

We also included the MPN Research Foundation in our list. Even though they are the recipient of all proceeds, I felt that it only made sense to acknowledge them on each shirt. Lack of space elsewhere moved us to this idea. I'm quite pleased with the work Jen has done.

"Near Death Productions" was a spur of the moment idea from me, but I think that it fits nicely. I have, after all, come near death two times since July 2015 thanks to this cancer, spending time in the ICU ward on both occasions; once in a medical coma and intubated. I am also, in an important sense, near death now as I write this update. It could come at any time - again, thanks to this cancer.

I want to remind those of you who are suffering from this cancer and feel unable to do anything to help others: I am physically unable to do much. However, I was still able to find a way to make a contribution.

I want to remind everybody of at least one more thing. Maybe you think I'm a total asshole. Maybe you think I'm the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe you don't bother to even think of me.

Running underneath all these maybes is a certainty: this cancer has taken so very much from me. My dreams, hopes, aspirations. Any money. My career. My friends: many of my friends no longer wish to be near me.

It has stolen my health in what is supposed to be the prime of my life. I have gone from training for strongman competitions to struggling to  get around the house.

There's a saying that I had heard prior to my diagnosis: "There but for the grace of God go I." I was able to parse those words, but I never truly understood their meaning.

Now I do.

Remember: I might mean nothing to you. But somewhere, somebody does mean something to you, even if you can spot only fleeting glimpses of that somebody in the mirror.

I want to remind everybody that: "There, but for the grace of god, goes that somebody."

I think Near Death Productions is a good reminder of such things.

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