Ron Thornton Medical Expense Fund
Ron Thornton is one of the fathers of CGI animation for television and an Emmy-winning visual effects artist and supervisor. Beyond that, however, he is one amazing human being who is a delight to work with or just to know. He loves life, lives it with energy and wry wit, and with an incredible appreciation of friends.
Ron has been ill for some time, and is now in the hospital in critical condition. He and his wife, Lada, need help with medical bills and expenses that are piling up.
I'm setting up this fund for them, so that I and his many, many friends and colleagues can help them at this time of need. Lada and Ron will be deeply grateful for any assistance, and so will I. I love Ron and Lada. I think everyone who truly knows them must.
Please help, if you can.
For those who may be coming here who don't know Ron, here's an introduction to him from Terry Naas:
"Do you remember the pioneering science fiction TV show Babylon 5?
This is the man who made it happen.
At a time when spectacular computer generated worlds were reserved for big budget cinematic extravaganzas, Ron Thornton brought the power of CGI to television.
He learned his trade in the pre-computer age, and delighted you with amazing imagery in classic episodes of Doctor Who and Blake's 7.
He was among the first who saw what computer graphics could bring to television, and he broke new ground when he created the unimaginable (at the time) effects of Babylon 5.
If you enjoy the visual experience of science fiction on television, whether you know it or not, Ron Thornton is part of your history.
If you knew him personally... even if you never saw one of his shows... you'd also know that he is an amazing human being. He's a delight to have a conversation with. He loves life, and he lives it with an exuberant energy and a dry British wit, always looking out for others as he makes his way through the world.
He's also a mean gourmet cook..."
I thank everyone for their contributions to this fund. It is still open for the expenses and assistance that Lada needs at this time of loss.
Ron was back in the hospital for a time, and is now in a treatment facility. He has good days and days when he is pretty ill, and does appreciate calls or visits on good days. If you send emails, Lada will get those to him when he is up to reading them. I will be checking with them to see if there is a contact I can share here.
From Ron and Lada:
Lada and I just want to thank all of you who contributed to the GoFundMe Campaign.
You have all made a HUGE difference to us, and we are more moved by this outpouring of generosity than we have words for. We are quite simply awed and humbled by the response. Bless you, bless you all.
We don’t have all the bills in yet, but this will go such a long way to taking one worry away from us, as we continue to deal with these very pressing health issues.
I hope that by the time you read this, we will have insurance in place so we don’t get blindsided again.
I apologise for us not thanking each of you personally at this time, as we concentrate our energies on working with our doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
Once again… Bless you and thank you all, from the bottoms of our hearts.
Ron Thornton and Lada Butina
Again, many, many thanks to all those who have contributed and who have shared the news. Ron and Lada are quite moved by this outpouring of both generosity and of kindness and affection in the many contributions, messages and posts.
Ron was part of my childhood, first ever motorbike ride I ever had was clinging to his waist. My parents would have had a fit. Stay strong and my thoughts are with you and your wife. xx
Really sad to hear he died.. I did not know. Dunno what to say.
I met Ron when he came in to design the miniatures for Max Headroom. Back in the days when everything had to be real, we made an entire miniature city that lasted brilliantly throughout the series. Rod had a fantastic eye for design, great energy to get things built and a wonderful sense of humor which he shared with the entire crew. We went on to do many VFX together like Highlander II and together we rode the digital wave into television VFX. We've truly lost one of the great talents in the VFX business and one of the nicest, most creative people I've worked with. RIP Ron...
We will keep praying for you Ron! You will overcome this challenge!
Thank you for fuelling my imagination with all your wonderful effects work. Wishing you all the very best in your fight.
I agree Paul. If he lived in Canada like I do it would be free. Even transplants are free up here. I remember health insurance was 85$ a month for Americans in Chicago in 1984 - that same healthcare now is $1300 a month. Why? Greed. I am really happy that so many people have helped out in such a short time.
This is fantastic news!!!!!!!!!