Help For a Friend In Need

$31,074 of $35k goal

Raised by 143 people in 9 months
William Walker Reeve  Stayner, ON


Help for a Friend in Need

By Dylan Reade, Edmonton Alberta
 

In 2012 Bill Reeve was diagnosed with prostate cancer and advised that it had likely been spreading through his system undetected for six years.  After four years of treatment,  additional tumours have been discovered throughout his body, and it is optimistically hoped that recent surgery will extend his life span another two to five years.

 

Bill has been a giant in the IMAX, 3D and Large Format communities for three decades, having played major leading or supporting roles over dozens of film projects.    Many in the large format industry have relied on him over the years and benefitted from his enthusiasm and technical brilliance in problem-solving during the long period that he served as Customer Service representative for IMAX Corporation.  Many more have experienced first hand the almost legendary tales of his unique problem-solving abilities — tales of taking apart door hinges in a hotel room to machine them into replacement camera parts, or dismantling a bicycle for components to fix a broken gyrostabilizer on a ship at sea.   And many others have benefitted from his energy and dedication as a Director of Photography, Director and Stereographer.  As a businessman and by his generous commitment to sharing his expertise Bill is also responsible for having nurtured the careers of many in the Toronto film and 3D industry.

 

While he has been continuing to fight the cancer, Bill has suffered the collapse of his marriage, the insolvency of his 3D production company, the death of his oldest son, and a recent inability to work due to the ongoing effects of treatment and health.  Faced with bankruptcy, overwhelming debt and an inability to cover his basic needs, his situation has become one of steadily mounting strain.

 

This appeal is launched by family and friends with the hope of providing Bill with basic comforts and transportation and to remove the uncertainty around even finding stable accommodation.  

 

Many thanks to all who are able to return the generosity that Bill has given of his time, commitment and dedication to their projects over so long a worthy career.
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Update 19
Posted by William Walker Reeve
13 days ago
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This Day has been one of the most incredible moments in the past two years. I posted this plea and said a prayer of hope that I would find the way to Berlin by the goodness of friends and associates. Only two minutes after setting this solution idea to work, my phone began pinging with donations. I am so thrilled at the response and the thought of it all coming to fruition. So Lucky to have friends and associates that care. Every bit will help secure a better experience in the 3 weeks with my Children Lenny and Amelie. Thank you all that have or are still considering donating to this self serving cause and the betterment of quality time with my children. God Bless,
Will
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Update 18
Posted by William Walker Reeve
14 days ago
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I am so beside myself with humble need to say this. I live on a basic minimum disability pension and trying to find enough money to buy air fare to Berlin to see my Lenny and Amelie in July. It has been a year and half since I have been with them. The cancer is in my bones now and the outlook is poor but I challenge it with prayer and positive thinking. I'm baring my soul to ask everyone to possibly contribute a small amount to the Go Fund Me funding site to help me raise another $2,000 This will just barely cover three weeks in Berlin with my kids and return to Ontario. Heartfelt best wishes to all.
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Update 17
Posted by William Walker Reeve
3 months ago
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I'm facing a life changing condition in next weeks. The tumor activity PSA level (Prostate Significant Antigens) indicator has jumped from 15 to 138 which is very serious. Over this month I will be scanned from head to toe to find out how much and where the tumor activity is parked.
I'm making my final mark in life by restarting Archery Longbow building. Anyone interested in a custom made to order, Reflex De flex Longbow please visit www.eugeniacustombows.com Would be a great pleasure to make a unique hand crafted made to order bow for anyone of my supporters. Happy new year to everyone.
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Update 16
Posted by William Walker Reeve
5 months ago
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It is remarkable how so many close friends and colleagues have helped me through these past weeks. I am so very grateful for all the help. I'm in stage four now but pushing ahead and praying for a cure against the so called "in curable"
Life's Quadrangle
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Jordi Llompart
9 months ago
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Hi William. Give me a call or send me and email to chat. Spanish-African 3D magic tale connection needs your smile and crazy comments !!. Jordi

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James Hyder
9 months ago
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A friend in Hollywood had this suggestion: "You should have Bill reach out to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. They are able to provide help to industry people in need. " https://www.wrpioneers.org/

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James Hyder
9 months ago

FYI, Bill, of the 1,800 people on my e-mail list (I was mistaken, it's not 1,700), 554 opened the message, and over 100 have clicked on the link, so far.

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James Hyder
9 months ago

FYI, Bill, I sent out an e-mail blast this morning to the 1,700 people on LF Examiner's mailing list. I hope it helps.

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Robert Haist
9 months ago

Hi Bill, Hope you are doing ok today! If you would like to talk, please leave your phone number. I would love to chat with you.

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$31,074 of $35k goal

Raised by 143 people in 9 months
Created July 28, 2016
William Walker Reeve  
$200
Anonymous
12 days ago
PT
$400
Peter Thillaye
12 days ago

All The Best Bill

AR
$50
Alain Rousseau
12 days ago
$200
Anonymous
12 days ago
SM
$100
stu macfarlane
13 days ago
$100
Anonymous
13 days ago
$100
Anonymous
13 days ago
$1,000
Anonymous
13 days ago
BW
$100
Barbara Willett
13 days ago
$50
Anonymous
13 days ago
Jordi Llompart
9 months ago
1
1

Hi William. Give me a call or send me and email to chat. Spanish-African 3D magic tale connection needs your smile and crazy comments !!. Jordi

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James Hyder
9 months ago
1
1

A friend in Hollywood had this suggestion: "You should have Bill reach out to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. They are able to provide help to industry people in need. " https://www.wrpioneers.org/

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James Hyder
9 months ago

FYI, Bill, of the 1,800 people on my e-mail list (I was mistaken, it's not 1,700), 554 opened the message, and over 100 have clicked on the link, so far.

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James Hyder
9 months ago

FYI, Bill, I sent out an e-mail blast this morning to the 1,700 people on LF Examiner's mailing list. I hope it helps.

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Robert Haist
9 months ago

Hi Bill, Hope you are doing ok today! If you would like to talk, please leave your phone number. I would love to chat with you.

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