“Alexander’s Journey: Dum Spiro Spero”

Hello Heughligans! Pull up a chair, have a seat, and get your eyes ready to read this long post. 😊

I would like to talk to you about a boy I met recently who has ties to the Outlander fandom. His name is Alexander Goodwin and he lives in England.  He has a remarkable story that his father captured in the book “Alexander’s Journey: Dum Spiro Spero”. Support from the Outlander fandom is part of his story. Alex is in remission from Ewing Sarcoma Cancer that was in his right pelvis and femur. It almost took his life. Through the global power of social media, Alex and his family found themselves traveling to Kansas and Missouri for life saving treatment. During it all Alex maintained his smile and positive attitude.  If you are on Twitter, then I am sure you have seen his interactions with Diana Gabaldon, Stephen Walters, Mark Hamill, and William Shatner.

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Alex and William Shatner at Planet Comicon Kansas City March 2019

 

Along with my Heughligan duties, I am the General Manager for a coffee shop located in a public library and I am a volunteer for Planet Comicon Kansas City (PCKC) as a Lead Superhero (Manager) for the Volunteer and Information Services. At PCKC I oversee three departments, one of which is our ADA Services.  During this year’s show I went to check on the ADA Services Superhero to see how things were going and see if she needed anything. I met her out on the show floor as she was escorting someone for the day. I look to my right and THERE WAS ALEX! I gasped! I was so excited to see him but tried to reel it in so I wouldn’t scare the young lad! We have followed Alex through our HH twitter account for the last few years. He and his Dad, Jeff, were at PCKC as special guests to William Shatner. Throughout the weekend I was able to take time to assist in escorting them around the convention center to enjoy the show.  Alex gifted me with a signed copy of his book, and I cherish it.

Alex must make many more visits to Kansas and Missouri for many years to come. He must return every 3 months for blood tests and for monitoring of his leg. There is a chance the cancer could return. Of course, these trips are not free and the medical insurance the family has does not cover Alexander’s treatment in the US. All expenses are paid out of pocket by the Goodwin family. Sales from the book help pay for Alex’s continuing treatment.

 

Jeff and Alex at PCKC

Alex and Jeff Goodwin

After I read “Alexander’s Journey” I was so moved, it got my wheels turning.  Since my shop is inside a library, I have a relationship with the Library Director. I personally purchased two copies of “Alexander’s Journey” and donated them on behalf of Heughan’s Heughligans to the library to be added to their catalog and placed on the shelves for patrons to check out on their own. This is a unique situation. Not everyone can donate books to the library and have them placed on the shelves.  They are usually put in a “to be sold” pile to raise funds for the library.

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“Alexander’s Journey” written by Alex’s father, Jeff Goodwin

And now I come to the reason for this post.  I have a challenge for you, Heughligans. We have done amazing things as a fan group and you often make us Admins proud with your support and generosity for Sam’s supported charities. I am hoping we can do more amazing things.

Here is the challenge… I want us to band together in our regional groups, go to your local library, speak/email with the Library Director about a “Request for Purchase”, and get Alexander’s Journey on the shelves of your library.

Book and library sign

Whaaaaaat? You say? Yes! I say!!…and no, this might not be an easy peasy thing to accomplish. As I stated earlier, I have a business relationship with the library my shop is in so I was able to speak with the Branch Director about tips and tricks on how make this happen. (See, I told you this was going to be a long post!)

Here is what you do:

So, GO! Get out there and work your Heughligan magic to spread the word of this boy’s uplifting and inspiring story! If you have questions, please email us at: heughansheughligans@gmail.com.

DG with Alexanders Journey Book

Picture via Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page

TOTE-ally Awesome!

Thanks to the phenomenal crew at Bonfire, we have now added TOTES to our line up for out 5th Anniversary Celebrations.  There are two different colors: black and natural.

Dimensions of the tote is 10 1/2″ x 14″ x 5″ (width x height x depth) with a 24″ handle.  There are so many ways to use this tote.  My favorite will be carrying my books home from the library!

As with the shirts, all proceeds from these totes will go to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

TOTES: https://www.bonfire.com/heughligans5thannytote/

SHIRTS: https://www.bonfire.com/heughligans-5th-anniversary/

 

Heughan’s Heughligans Celebrate 5 Years!

🍾Happy Anniversary, Heughligans!🍾

5 years ago today this amazing, loving, generous group was founded.
To celebrate we would love to present our annual charity tee…..

www.bonfire.com/heughligans-5th-anniversary/

Our fifth design features the tree of life- a symbol of a fresh start on life, positive energy, good health and a bright future. Things we wish for not only Jamie, Claire, and family in the upcoming season, but also for each and every member of this group.

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This year’s chosen charity is Youth Theatre Arts Scotland! YTAS transforms lives through youth theatre by providing inspiring opportunities for young people and by connecting, supporting and training the professionals who work with them. Find out more by visiting ytas.org.uk .

We are once again using Bonfire as our vendor of choice. They have the softest shirts and best customer service around!
This design is available on 6 different styles in an array of colors, sizes XS-3X (some sizes and colors are limited to certain cuts).

All items will ship WORLDWIDE and all net proceeds from this sale will be sent directly from Bonfire to YTAS.

This campaign starts today and will run for 2 weeks. Shirts will start shipping AUGUST 3rd.

We hope you love this design as much as we do. Thank you for being loyal Heughligans. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings.

Dram 4 Sam 🥃 Ends April 30th

♥️ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO DONATE!♥️

Welcome to Day 14 of our Dram4Sam campaign! Each year, in the weeks before Sam’s birthday, we encourage our members who are able, to donate the cost of a dram (whisky, soda, coffee, etc) to one of Sam’s chosen charities* in honor of his special day. This is Sam’s preferred gift and something near and dear to his heart.
At the time of donation, please be sure to leave a note for Sam to read when the totals are announced!
With your help we can raise funds to allow these awesome charities to continue their work for yet another year.
Thank you!!

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April 30th is Sam’s birthday, let’s show him just how much we appreciate all of his hard work and dedication.

To give to Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research): http://www.JustGiving.com/Heughligans

To give to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (the theatre company where Sam got his acting start):
http://www.JustGiving.com/HeughligansYouthTheatre

**video provided by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland**

*Just a reminder- because the Just Giving website is UK based, individuals outside of the UK may have their credit cards flagged for unusual activity. Please make sure check with your credit card companies prior to donating if you think this may be a problem.