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Geek Culture / MOVE that BUS for AVERY!!!

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JHA
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Posted: 1st Jun 2010 23:56
Hello fellow TGC members!!

I know that I haven't posted here much, but there is a reason for that. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use Dark Basic Pro, or any other software package, for about 2 years now. Here is a little history as to why.

I am from Massachusetts and have 4 children and have been married since 1991. Of those 4 children, 2 of them are special needs, with one of them being very severe. His name is Avery and he will be 2 this month. He was born 2 months early, because my Wife had severe preeclampsia and was having heart failure, so they had to deliver him asap. Avery has spent months and months at Children's Hospital, in Boston. When he is there, my Wife is also there with him 100% of the time. That leaves me to care for our other 3 children. Needless to say, it is very difficult to have our family split apart from each other, especially since we home school the 2 children without severe special needs. If you are interested, you can learn more about Avery here:
http://www.theboldchristian.com/My-Ongoing-Trial.html

I apologize ahead of time if I am not supposed to post that link here, or the next one.

Well, Avery has been home now since January 2010 and we really would like to keep our family together, but our house was built in the 1920's and is in desperate need of repair and it is potentially dangerous for Avery to be here. So, my Wife and I decided to apply to Extreme Makeover Home Edition. When a friend of the family found out that we were doing that, she created a Facebook support page for us called "MOVE that BUS for AVERY!!!", which can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/MOVE-that-BUS-for-AVERY/122278731139197

As of this writing, over 2,200 people have supported us here and the page has only been up since Thursday of last week! We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that has been shown to our family.

I know this seems a bit self-serving and I apologize for that, but if anyone here has a Facebook account, would you please consider supporting our bid for a new home? We are not looking for any handouts from our supporters. We are just hoping that if enough people are behind us, that it may persuade ABC to choose our family, so that we can stay together.

We are eternally grateful for any help that any of you could provide.

Thank you SO much and may God bless you all!!

Joe Austin
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 00:58
I would, but I don't have facebook... But either way, I wish you luck .

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Done! I'm rootin' for ya!

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Joined

I wish for the best.

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JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 16:23
@ BlueKlayman - No sweat, I appreciate the well wishes!

@ Agent Dink & Mad Nightmare - Thank you both SO much. We really appreciate your support!

Joe
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 18:09 Edited at: 2nd Jun 2010 18:11
Joined and suggested to all
You and your family are in my prayers.
I will see if my priest can make a mass dedication to Avery.

JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 18:53
@ Master Man Of Justice - Wow! Thank you so much. God has truly blessed us, whether we are chosen or not, we praise him!

I know that you edited your post a little, but I agree with what you said first as well.

Thanks again,
Joe and Family
Master Man Of Justice
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 19:26
I didnt want to come across as being mean to Mad Nightmare.

JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 19:44
I completely understand! Thanks again!
Ron Erickson
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Joined.
Even if you don't get selected, your story is being read by many people. Your story and your faith during this trial are encouraging. Thank you for sharing. God bless you and your family. My prayers are with you.

Ron


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Master Man Of Justice
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 19:58
Too bad there arent clones of Ty Pennington

JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 20:11
@ Ron Erickson - I actually saw your post to the wall and replied to it before I saw your post here. Thank you very much Ron!!
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Joined.
JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 20:32 Edited at: 2nd Jun 2010 23:06
I saw you too Fred. Thanks!!

I have always loved the TGC community, since joining here in Dec 2003. I just wish I had a finished game to show for the time I've been here.

You guys are great! Thanks again.
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 21:10
I thought i responded to this last night...

I have had close friends in similar situations to you so your story touched me. I have joined up to show my support.

All the best mate and Good Luck.

JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 21:18
Thanks Oolite!! Much appreciated!

We hope that if we are chosen, that we could use this to help other families in similar situations. Being in Children's Hospital, in Boston, we have seen many families that could use a little help. We would like to create a foundation that provides money, handicap ramps, vehicles and whatever else they may need. We would also like to help fund a program that one of the Doctor's has going, where he actually makes house calls. He comes to our house once a month, which helps us to be able to stay home. SO many families could benefit from that.

Well thanks again everyone. We have truly been blessed!!

Joe
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 22:06
Gotcha. I emailed my wife and my family, so they should all pop up on facebook at some point. I'll also pass this around the office here!

Good luck on your endeavors! And let us know if you happen to get some airtime on ABC. My family will watch for sure!


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JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 23:06 Edited at: 2nd Jun 2010 23:08
That's awesome!! Thanks CoughMist!!

As soon as I know, whether we've been chosen or not, I will post it here.
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Joined.

JHA
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Posted: 2nd Jun 2010 23:36
Sweet!! Thanks! I am also a Blenderhead, as well as a TGC'er. Cool!
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I joined . Best of luck .

-SSG

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I invited all my FB friends. I read the blog you have set up. Your story is amazing and I can't even imagine the level of care you give to Avery. You are amazing parents and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

MISoft Studios - Silver-Dawn Gorilda is lost!

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I feel left out here everyone sounds like they believe in God "/. But in case, I will, and I hope God gives you what you wish for, and provides you with lots of luck and hope .

-SSG

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Posted: 3rd Jun 2010 01:16
Joined. I wish ya luck, guys.

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JHA
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Posted: 3rd Jun 2010 03:00
@ Insert Name Here, Agent Dink and SikaSina Games - Thank you SO much!!


Quote: "I feel left out here everyone sounds like they believe in God "/. But in case, I will, and I hope God gives you what you wish for, and provides you with lots of luck and hope .

-SSG"


@ SikaSina Games - I don't want to get too far off topic here, but my website is Christian based and there are articles on there, that might help you with that decision. I will link directly to the articles, but there is also a Forum where you can ask questions, if there is anything that you have been wondering about. I can't promise you that I will have all of the answers, but I believe I can help you make an informed decision.
Here are the articles: http://www.theboldchristian.com/Quality-Christian-Articles/

And here are the Forums: (These are brand new, so no-one but me has posted there yet.)
http://www.theboldchristian.com/phpBB3/

I apologize, if I have overstepped my bounds here. God has been very present in my life, but I didn't see him until I was able to see life from a different perspective. Maybe, that is all you need too. God bless!

Joe
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Joined. Best of luck to your family!


Check out my videos!
Ron Erickson
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As a warning to anyone who may be tempted.... do NOT turn this thread into a religous debate. THANK YOU!


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Posted: 3rd Jun 2010 03:58 Edited at: 3rd Jun 2010 04:17
I don't have FB, but I sent the link to the story and the FB page to the people that I know, that have facebook. I wish you the best of luck, I'll make sure to keep you in my prayers.

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Joined! I wish you the best of luck.

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JHA
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Quote: "As a warning to anyone who may be tempted.... do NOT turn this thread into a religous debate. THANK YOU!"


Definitely not trying to get a debate going there. Just trying to offer some information that might help. I know it's a hot topic that would not be appropriate to get started here. I won't post the links again. Sorry Ron!


@ CoffeeCoder, budokaiman and AndrewT: Truly appreciated!! Thank you so much!
Ron Erickson
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Quote: "Definitely not trying to get a debate going there. Just trying to offer some information that might help. I know it's a hot topic that would not be appropriate to get started here. I won't post the links again. Sorry Ron!"


I think your links were fine and nothing that you posted pushed against the lines of the AUP. The problem is the slippery slope that can quickly occur from follow-up posts. That is what the warning was against. So, no worries.
BTW, I had a quick look at your site. You have some very good, helpful information there. If I get some time, I may join your forums

Ron


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JHA
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Good! Didn't want to be starting trouble.

It would just be you and me on the forums, but I guess you have to start somewhere! Thanks Ron!
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Quote: "I didnt want to come across as being mean to Mad Nightmare."


Sorry if I said anything that offended anybody!

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Quote: " I don't want to get too far off topic here, but my website is Christian based and there are articles on there, that might help you with that decision."


I do believe in God to some extent, but I don't worship him or anything, and I'm always open to religious discussions, I won't back out unless it gets to a 'we're gonna convert you whether you like it or not'. I'm not biased towards any religion and I don't know what my friends and whatnot would feel like if I became Theist (I'm Agnostic/Atheist).

Anyhow, sorry if that sounded a bit harsh (it wasn't written to mean that) and let's return to the thread :

I read a quick bit on your experience on your site and I must say, you have had a lot of luck and miracles to go that far. I do hope Avery is fine and that your family is healthy too . It sounded like a very heart-throbbing experience you've had, and it's good to know that you are still overcoming your problems and fears. Once again, I wish you luck and hope .

-SSG

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Quote: "Sorry if I said anything that offended anybody!"

@Mad Nightmare - You said nothing that offended anyone. It's all good!


@SikaSina Games - No harm done. All is well. Thank you very much for your support. God bless!! My offer to the forums is still open, should you or anyone else have any questions.
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Quote: "Sorry if I said anything that offended anybody"

No no no, not at all, just a minor grammatical nitpick i seem to do alot now. I hate that about myself, i have loose lips, which is why the edit button was created
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Joining now, wish you and your family all the best, hope that everything works out for you. Your story is truly touching, and you can rest assured i will be passing this on to all of my friends and family on facebook.

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Forgot to say as well, I invited all of my friends and I think around 12/210 of my friends have joined .

-SSG

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Joined.

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JHA
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@ Asteric, Cyborg ART, SikaSina Games and bond1 - I really love this community!! I wish I could be part of it more often.

I do have a passion for creating games and even started teaching my 15 year old son at one point, but things just started getting too hectic, so we had to stop. Unfortunately, he hasn't really shown much interest since then. He's a player, not a creator I guess.

Anyway, thank you all SO much for your support! You are all appreciated very much!!
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joined.

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JHA
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Thank you Very much Travis!!

We have over 4100 supporters now, which is almost doubled since I first posted about this here!

Thank you ALL for the support. My family is grateful to you!

Joe
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My family has accounts there, but I don't myself, so I'll just let them join there

JHA
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Thank you Metal Devil123!!

I appreciate you forwarding it on. That's how it snowballed in the first place, so I'm cool with starting another avalanche!

Thanks again,
Joe
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Your welcome! always glad to help a good cause.

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joined. All the best.
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Done, best of luck dude

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I joined the group, wish you the best of everything!

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Long long time no see, forum!
Hey Austin family, we're backing you up
I pressed the 'Like' button and sent a message on your wall, is that correct?

Anything else?

Good luck,
- Try

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