WHAT? We’re raffling two tickets, side-by-side, to the Saturday, July 4 Fare Thee Well show at Soldier Field. (Section 429, Row 29)
WHEN? Raffle tickets available onsite Thursday, July 2, from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, all proceeds go to No Surrender Against ALS — Bru Crew
ENTRY? $20 each or 3 for $50
DETAILS: We will be picking the winner* during intermission of the Jack Straw show, (Chicago’s premiere Grateful Dead cover band), approximately 11 p.m. *Winner doesn’t have to be present.
Online: Raffle tickets are available online now through 8 p.m. (CST) on July 2. Here’s what you MUST do to be eligible:
1. Visit No Surrender Against ALS — Bru Crew and enter the amount you wish to donate. We will tally up how many raffle tickets you’re eligible for, based on the amount.
2. In the comments section of the donation form, you MUST enter the following:
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
YOUR PHONE NUMBER
3. Once your donation has been received, you will get an e-mail containing your raffle ticket(s) number. This is a manual process on our end, so please give us an hour or two to process and assign your raffle number.
This Thursday, July 2, is Ryan’s 39th birthday. While it’s true that no one truly knows how many birthdays they have left, Ryan has a better idea than most.
In January 2014, months before people began dumping buckets of ice over their heads or movies about Steven Hawking were winning Academy Awards, Ryan was sitting alone in a doctor’s office and learning that he has 2 to 5 years to live.
What he’d thought was simple nerve damage in his wrist from a biking accident, turned out to be amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a.k.a. the most inhumane, horrific affliction I can imagine.
I don’t want to tell you a sob story about how his wife gave birth to their first child seven months after his diagnosis, when he could no longer use his arms to hold him; or how he is now confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, or perform simple tasks like eating, bathing or wiping his ass; or how he has to stay in a hotel when he visits his parents because their house – his childhood home – can’t accommodate his wheelchair.
What I do want to tell you is that ALS is expensive. I mean, a certified home healthcare work is upwards of $200 per day, not to mention the cost of handicap modifications to his home, an electric wheelchair, breathing machines…you get the point.
That’s why this Thursday night, to help my friend Ryan, we’ll be at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, raffling off two tickets to the July 4 Grateful Dead show at Soldier Field. Under better circumstances, one of these seats would’ve been his. Now, for a relatively small donation, it can be yours.
I wanted to do a raffle for two reasons. First, I want to help offset his mounting medical expenses and a raffle seems like a good way to get a lot of people to give a modest amount of money. Second, I detest scalpers, and don’t think it’s fair that the ticket should go to the person with the fattest wallet. Everyone has a chance, and even if you don’t win, you’ll have enough karma to get you through the rest of 2015.
If you’re still reading this, and can’t make the raffle or can’t stand the Grateful Dead, but would like to help, donations of all sizes are gratefully accepted. Just visit No Surrender Against ALS — Bru Crew.
Fare Thee Well,
Jamie (and Ryan)