[freegeek-e-newsletter] Special Announcements: Holiday Party and
Leo Westwind Fund
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Sun Nov 11 15:05:22 PST 2007
A special invite for our newsletter subscribers. I've combined both
messges into one to keep your email traffic low.
It's almost that time of year, geek lovers. The time that some revere
and some dread. That's right - we invite our friends, volunteers, and
loved ones to Free Geek for a big party.
So save the night of Saturday, December 8th for an awesome, fun, free,
private party to thank you for what you've brought to Free Geek in the
past year, and generally celebrate how cool we all are.
Joining in the celebration will be:
Beer and food
New Deal Vodka
A cute girl who raps about geeks and food
A super-cool DJ who's also a very official-sounding Free Geek Board Member
Details, for those who'd like them far in advance:
Free Geek Holiday Party and Leo Westwind Benefit!! W00t!
Saturday, Dec. 8th
@ Free Geek
1731 SE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
This year, we'll also be holding a live pie and art auction to benefit
the child of Free Geek collective member Michael Westwind. Leo Westwind
has been in and out of hospitals regularly in the past year to treat the
decreased liver and heart function caused by Alagille Syndrome. The
cost of these trips to his family has been upwards of $10,000. We're
asking attendees to consider bringing or buying a pie or piece of art at
the party to help the family. We're in the process of setting up a
Paypal account so folks can donate to the cause online. In the
meantime, if you'd like to donate straight cashola, stop into Free Geek
while we're open or send your check, written to "Leo Westwind Fund", to
Free Geek's address above. For more info on Leo, please read the
If you'd like to help set up for the party or have any questions, feel
free to send an email to events at freegeek.org.
Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood coolest non-profit
ever, and we'll see you in December!
We here at Free Geek don't often send mass emails. At the most, you
might receive a newsletter or holiday party invite a few times a year,
as we like to protect our friends' inboxes from overflowing.
But this time's different. Our Tech Support Coordinator, Michael
Westwind, has a child, Leo, who's going through lots of medical issues.
Leo's condition has worsened throughout the year, and he's spent the
last couple of months staying at hospitals and resting in bed at home.
Free Geek's given a lot to the community, and we're asking you now to
give to Michael and Leo - both important parts of our organization and
We're in the process of setting up a Paypal account so folks can donate
to the cause online. In the meantime, if you'd like to donate straight
cashola, stop into Free Geek while we're open or send your check,
written to "Leo Westwind Fund", to Free Geek at 1731 SE 10th Ave.,
Portland, OR 97214.
If you're short on cash, but would still like to help, I'll be sending
out info on that in a couple of weeks (make some art! or a pie!).
To learn more about Leo and the trials he and his family are facing,
Thanks for your time,
Shawn and the Staff Collective
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At age 12, Portlander Leo Westwind knows more about liver disease than
most of us ever will. Just a few weeks after he was born, Leo was
diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome, a genetic disease that primarily
affects the liver. As a result, he cannot digest fats and has trouble
assimilating fat-soluble vitamins, putting him at constant risk of
Despite all this, and a round of hospitalizations as an infant, his
health slowly improved, and for over a decade he led an active life that
included exploring Oregon's wilderness, learning gymnastics and rock
climbing, earning a blue belt in Taekwon Do, and enthusiastically
participating in Portland's bike culture.
This year, however, his health began deteriorating; currently he is on
bed rest, and sleeps much of the time; he can not walk unaided, and he
is experiencing a great deal of joint pain and body aches. His parents
and primary care doctors were determined to find the best possible care
for Leo, and after much research, sought treatment at Seattle Children's
Hospital. The specialists in Seattle are cautiously optimistic about
their ability to treat Leo, but that treatment is very expensive, as is
the travel back and forth from Portland. The family already owes
thousands of dollars for treatment Leo received in Seattle this spring,
and now are facing the possibility of needing to pay for a liver
transplant, which would cost approximately $300,000. Even if Leo does
not end up needing a transplant, his ongoing treatment and care will be
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alagille_syndrome or
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