I wanted to update everyone on my livestream effort that took place over the weekend of March 5th, 2016. To catch people up to speed, my friend, Shelly, was diagnosed with colon cancer recently. She is scheduled to have her colon removed for further analysis to determine what stage the cancer is. Best case scenario, the cancer stayed within the colon. Worst case, the cancer spread and they begin chemo.
Shelly has suffered illnesses throughout her life due to an almost non existent immune system. She also has Crohns. She has also never asked for help before. This time she and her husband have asked for a helping hand. This is why I was livestreaming Bloodborne. I streamed for as long as I could (came out to be about 17-18 hours over Saturday and Sunday) to raise some donations for their GoFundMe Page. I wrote down the amount that the GoFundMe already had and then I took down the amount at the end of my stream. I also saw a few more donations come in afterward that came from good friends of mine. I am so proud of the GeekyFriedRice community. We have raised approximately $1,930.00 for Shelly and her husband. HOLY FRAGGLESNAPS.
I saw donations come in from everywhere: people who personally knew me, people from mutual communities and some from people who had never met neither myself or Shelly. I am absolutely floored by your kindness and generosity. Shelly also stopped by for a bit on Saturday to talk to the people in the livestream so they could “meet” who they were donating to and it was a surreal experience. At one point in her visit, we refreshed the GoFundMe page and saw the number increase and she just pointed at my computer in surprise. She couldn’t believe how many people donated to help her. And I told her it was worth it, she was worth it, and that I loved her. She gave me a big hug and it was an even sweeter moment because the chat was sharing that with us.
And I will openly admit that I could not have done this without you guys. So many people shared this news and so many people stayed with me while I streamed. I had a good 30-40 viewers at all times during the stream on Saturday. I am humbled. My twitter feed blew up with retweets and supportive replies and responses and I even found support from fellow Twitch streamers who hosted, raided and shared my channel to their audiences. They are all awesome and I encourage you to check them out:
SailorTweek (Thanks for keeping people entertained while I had dinner, lady!)
You guys helped out so much. I will forever be grateful for what you guys have done to help spread the word about Shelly’s story. All of you didn’t have to do anything, but you did and it means so, so much to me and Shelly.
To everyone who shared her page, donated, stayed with us during the stream, kept us fed (shoutout to Jordan Lucas for the pizza support), this weekend was amazing because of you. Shelly has a big surgery on the 18th, so all your well wishes, positive thoughts/prayers are appreciated.
You can catch my livestreams here.
I will continue to stream and bring as much awareness as I can to Shelly’s GoFundMe, but I just wanted to let you all know how special this last weekend was to me. You guys are amazing, and you are the heart of this community. Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.
Less than three you.