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Geeks helping geeks helping brains

Did you hear about our little extracurricular gift-giving project in December? The one that Consumerist blogged so nicely about? Let me explain.

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

See, in mid-December we heard about a certain young Browncoat couple named Wash (oh yes, that kind of Wash) and Tashi. Just a few months after they were married, Wash was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme--terminal brain cancer--and he underwent two brain surgeries to remove an apple-sized tumor when he was only 25 years old. Most patients are given months to live, but that was two years ago.

From Tashi's blog posts, we learned that Wash was having a difficult winter, and we decided to send them some geeky holiday cheer. It's the least we could do for fellow Browncoats, and it's not that unusual for us to send goodies just 'cause. (We're soft-hearted like that.)

But it's really, really unusual for the recipients to alert the presses before we'd even received their thank you email! Just as their note hit our inboxes, we got appreciative tweets and kind words from those who had already read the story on Consumerist, and as we worked to keep up with the responses we thought we should keep the warm fuzzies going somehow.

So we asked Wash and Tashi if there was any particular charity near and dear to their hearts that would welcome a $1,000 donation from ThinkGeek. It didn't take long for them to reply with someone doing very special work.

Thus we'd like to announce our first $1,000 monthly donation in 2012, given in honor of Wash: GrayMatters Foundation, founded by Lanette Veres.

Lanette is a brain cancer survivor and her turtle logo says it all: Brain tumors stink! She works to bring brain cancer patients cheer and comfort with gifts, cards, and hospital visits because she's been there, too. In 1998, she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma, and by 2007 she'd had five surgeries, and she's been reaching out to patients ever since. That's how Wash and Tashi got to know Lanette.

Our donation is going towards goodies delivered to GrayMatters' Brain Buddies, and we hope it brings a smile! Brains are very important to us--and not just because we're zombies--and it's heartening to know that Lanette is out there doing good work.

Thanks, Lanette and the GrayMatters crew for your work, and thanks, Wash and Tashi, for bringing it to our attention!

As for our February donation, you can probably guess what it'll be if you've been following our donations for the last two years. If not, we'll just leave this link here.

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meaningless icon! Thank you ThinkGeek!
Vanya Santa Cruz said this 2703 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you. From Brain Buddy Vanya
Vanya Santa Cruz said this 2703 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awesome guys. Life ain't easy after dealing with brain tumors.
edMN said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! Brains. Matter. Brains matter. Brain matter. Brain matters. Brain Smatter. Thinkgeek matters. Yeah.
Reubus said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! Like.
beverlywu said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys are awesome! Lanette is wonderful and I know she will make great use of your donation! My son, Isaac, is a Brain Buddy and he loved the box he got from Brain Buddies. I'm so glad she will be able to spread more cheer to others!
braintumorlife said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! I had thought that you guys should support brain tumor charities, and this is a great one. My son also has a GBM, and I bought a ton of stuff from you guys for him and his siblings for Christmas. Lots of smiles! Thanks for having such cool stuff and for paying it forward. If you want to go the extra mile, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is also a great charity that is trying to find a cure.
scifish said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you, ThinkGeek. My mother runs a Brain Tumor Support Group near you (Fairfax) through the National Brain Tumor Society. I just e-mailed her a link to this blog so she will know how awesome you all are!
risforrose said this 2702 days ago.
meaningless icon! That's awesome! Also, love the Princess Bride quote!
Darth_Tiki said this 2697 days ago.
meaningless icon! Princess Bride ftw
Darth_Tiki said this 2697 days ago.
meaningless icon! Good job TG!!!
TARDISpilot said this 2695 days ago.
meaningless icon! I read this back when you posted in January and today while surfing the web, I ran across a post request for Wash. (I was searching google for refunds with paypal and by some odd stroke of fate, I found Tashi's request. Wash is dying and he about 3 months left to live and his request is to have his urn be a Tardis. Several marvelous people have replied and pointed her towards your site, you sell a cookie jar that may make this possible for Wash's request. Could you do one more thing for them? They are such an amazing couple and I feel bad that cancer is cheating them of a lifetime together. Here is a link to the blog with her request : http://www.regretsy.com/2012/03/13/from-the-mailbag-30/#comment-369221 You guys are truly amazing!!
pinkclaymonkey said this 2660 days ago.
meaningless icon! @PinkClayMonkey Oh my goodness. I'll definitely see what we can do.
Raevyn W. said this 2660 days ago.
meaningless icon! Actually, Tashi's updated her blog to mention that they actually have a TARDIS cookie jar already, but it's just not right for the urn. They're looking at offers from various artists for which urn they are going to request. I'm so sad for them. All I can do is send them happy waves of geekiness.
Tripledge said this 2654 days ago.

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