Many in the hobby refer to it as a community or family. I subscribe to this, as I have met some wonderful people because I collect sports cards. I hope that you feel the same and that’s why I am writing this post.
Many of you know Rich Klein. He’s been a part of the hobby for decades. He’s worked for Beckett, works for COMC now, writes at SABR Baseball Cards and I believe has written for Sports Collectors Daily. I’m sure that there’s more that I know of, but they are slipping my mind at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night.
I’m not going to share anything too personal, as I am posting this without him asking or even knowing. He would never ask anyone to post something on his behalf. His wife Dena recently spent a week in the hospital due to complications with a disease. The have a Go Fund Me page to help with various medical expenses and I’m asking people in the hobby to step up and help out one of our own.
I’m not asking you to send $100. Imagine what $5 per person that reads this could do. That’s basically a pack or two of cards, depending on your tastes and budget. Maybe instead of that blaster you think about buying on your next Walmart or Target run, what about helping out someone out and throw that $20 to help with someone’s medical expenses? Reverse the roles. How thankful would you be?
From Dena’s Go Fund Me page:
“My name is Dena Medwed Klein and I have been struggling with a disease called focal segmented glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) for many years, which has caused chronic kidney failure. I have recently been placed on the kidney transplant list, and am currently trying to find a living kidney donor. Until I get a donor, I will be on dialysis .
My special-education aide salary doesn’t allow for much savings, and neither does my husband’s job. The money will help cover my time off work, the life-long medications that I will be taking, and the expenses that insurance won’t cover (both for dialysis and when I can eventually have the transplant). I have worked in special education for over 15 years and want to continue helping my students succeed.
In addition, if you are interested in being tested to be a match for a kidney donation, either check my Facebook page or go to http://livingdonordallas.org . I do not know exactly when dialysis will begin, but the doctors and I are hopeful that a living donor will be available soon. I am grateful for everyone in my life, and appreciate each and every one of you.
Every day is a blessing and I will continue to live each day to its fullest. Thank you for being a part of my life and for all of your support.”
What do you say, card family? Can we help out just a little? I think we can and hope we do. If you’re willing and able to help, you can click here or below to take you to the link. I know that Rich and Dena will appreciate any amount that anyone can donate.