Help Us Keep Our Home

Hi, I'm Ed Goodwin IV from Merrick,NY, though if you're in the MLP fandom you probably know me as Spike Firemane or "that wood-carving guy." Since joining the fandom in 2012, I have donated my handmade art to charity auctions at such conventions as BronyCon, Everfree Northwest, BABSCon, and Ponyville Ciderfest, among others. You can find examples of my work at

I wish I didn't have to reach out like this, but the situation is dire. My mother and I are in danger of losing our home.

Here are the facts:

• I myself am on disability because of back issues, unable to lift the required amount or stand for long periods of time as required in my field.
• Recently, I've been working as an unpaid caregiver for my mother who has both had a stroke and recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
• Between our standard expenses, a $16,000 property tax bill, and the newly-added cost of my mother's chemotherapy, facing seizure of the house.

So, in the words of Princess Leia, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope.” I know it’s a big ask, and I never wanted to have to depend on the kindness of the community, but that’s where my mother and I find ourselves…in a story that’s practically a cliché nowadays. Everything raised wil be used to remove the debt and keep our home!

Thank you for reading and considering my plea. Please help if you can, or at least boost the signal for me if you can’t.

Ed Goodwin IV, aka Spike Firemane
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Ed Goodwin IV 
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