CPUWIZ Medical Fund

$15,335 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 22 months
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Albert Yarusso
on behalf of Roman Scharnberg
 AUSTIN, TX
A friend of mine, and a long-time classic gamer, Roman (who goes by CPUWIZ online), is having a tough time with a recent illness.  Several months ago he was struck with a condition from hell called Peripheral Neuropathy (Google it, you won't sleep well after).  Recently his whole body started to shut down, forcing him to spend a week in bed, followed by dozens of tests to diagnose the illness.  Last week his doctor called after hours and told him to go to the emergency room immediately or he would die.  Roman had to spend 10+ hours in the emergency room, hooked up to 3 IV's etc., whilst many of the doctors look pretty puzzled and scared.  By the end of the night, there were at least 12 staff members flurrying about.  Most of this time Roman has not been able to work, and the amount of money for all the doctors and ER is going to be substantial, and the tests are far from over.


The trip to the ER was a result of his potassium levels being dangerously low (hypokalemia). This page shows that normal levels are 3.6 to 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), and CPUWIZ's was 2.2, below the level that is "life-threatening and requires urgent medical attention". 

Medical and other bills are piling up quickly, and Roman hasn't been able to work to help pay them.   I am looking to help raise some money for Roman to help pay the medical bills to help him through this tough period. 


Roman has been involved with AtariAge for over a decade, helping to moderate the forums and assisting in other areas.  He's created many  of the circuit boards we use in the homebrew games we sell, and he's released many interesting hardware and software projects of his own to the community.   Roman has also helped to raise funds for others in the community in the past. 

Roman  has been a professional game developer for the past 30 years and has quite a few titles under his belt. Odds are good that you've played one or more of the games he's worked on!  Some of the games he's contributed to include: 

ShapeShifter
Pac-Man World 1 & 2
Dead To Rights
Saints Row 2
Darksiders
Mafia III
...and many more

This is the first GoFundMe campaign I've ever setup,, and I'm hoping members of the classic gaming community can help Roman during this difficult time.  

Thank you!!
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Greetings! Roman asked me to post this message from him:

"Funny how life is sometimes ...

How, just when you are feeling your most vulnerable and very alone, something happens to show you, very clearly, that you are wrong. That you are NOT alone, and that there are people - some of them people who've never even MET you before, or that you haven't seen in years - who actually CARE. Care enough to just GIVE you some of their own hard-earned dollars, so that you can focus on what you need to do, which is to try and get better. Amazing. Just mind boggling.

You people are all AWESOME, and I can't even tell you how much your support means to me. The very best kind of medicine. Cathi and I both want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone, and especially to Albert for thinking to set this whole thing up in the first place, and Brian for making up for me not having a Facebook account. ;) (Gotta admit, it's been very cool to see some of the old names that have popped up here!)

Lesson learned from being on the receiving end of something like this is that it really DOES make a difference. A big one. I'll remember that."
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$15,335 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 22 months
Created January 25, 2017
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$100
Anonymous
18 months ago
TT
$75
Toilet Tunes
18 months ago

via atari controller sale GW

RT
$90
Robert Tuccitto
18 months ago

Multi-Cart Auction Donation :)

LB
$25
Luis de Barros
18 months ago

I wish you all the best and hope you are feeling better. Thank you for all your work to the Atari community.

PD
$25
Peter Dell
19 months ago

Get well, soon!

$50
Richard Grounds
19 months ago

Roman thanks for all you do for the community. Especially the kind thing you just did for me.

FA
$25
Fort Apocalypse
20 months ago

Just said a prayer for you, man. Get well!

DJ
$1,000
Darrell Spice, Jr.
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

It was awesome meeting you in Vegas for CGE 2010, get well soon!

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