Help with cartoonist Gahan Wilson's memory care
My name is Paul Winters. I am Gahan Wilson's step son
With this campaign, I am raising money for Gahan's memory care.
Randy Winters, Gahan Wilson, Paul Winters
Cartoonist Gahan Wilson
For years, cartoonist Gahan Wilson has delighted viewers of his cartoons with a unique look on the world we all inhabit. He has a way of pointing out new facets of everyday things you thought you already knew everything about.
In a funny way, he kept us all in check. His cartoons were published for over fifty years in PLAYBOY. He was also a contributor to THE NEW YORKER, The National Lampoon, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many other publications. Gahan Wilson is suffering from Dementia
Gahan is suffering from severe dementia. We have helped him through the stages of the disease and he is currently not doing very well.His wife, Nancy Winters, just passed away
My mother, and his wife of fifty three years, Nancy Winters, passed away on March 2, 2019. She was his rock. His guide through the world. While we all helped with his care, it was my mother who grounded him. He is currently distraught and out of sorts with the world.
Nancy Winters, Gahan Wilson, circa 1967
Gahan Wilson, Nancy Winters, 2018Memory care is needed immediately
Gahan and my mother had been residing in an assisted living facility in Arizona. With my mother's passing, he must move to a memory care unit.
There is a saying,
"How do you make God laugh?"
"Tell him your plans."
For many years, my mother and Gahan and I had joked about what to do when they got older. Living on a ranch was the solution we all came up with. Back then, it was more a joke, since they were not of that age yet, but in the past year, I decided to get a ranch and make it happen.
My wife and I found a ranch in New Mexico. We were to all move there at the end of March, 2019. We had selected a ranch with lots of acres, a beautiful home and a casita "guest house". The plan was to have my mother and Gahan get set up at an assisted living facility and spend some time there and the rest with us at the ranch.
We are still going to the ranch, where we will spread my mother's ashes. Gahan will be in our care at the casita, and we will also find him a memory care unit in Santa Fe since he also needs daily medical care.
Memory care is wildly expensive. More so than assisted living. If we could cover the cost ourselves, we would. We can't, and Gahan and my mother did not save for anything like this. We are asking his fans to help us, help Gahan.
That's what this is all about. Making the rest of Gahan's days as wonderful as they can be.
I know this is a sad story, but it is only the end of the story that is sad. My mother lived a wonderful, full, life. She was a published novelist, she wrote articles in too many magazines to mention. Gahan, of course, is one of the greatest cartoonists to have ever picked up a pen.
Paul Winters, at the New Mexico ranch, 2019