Help Gahan Wilson find his way

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Help with cartoonist Gahan Wilson's memory care

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My name is Paul Winters. I am Gahan Wilson's step son

With this campaign, I am raising money for Gahan's memory care.

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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.

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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.

37429322_1551627769878067_r.jpegNancy Winters, Gahan Wilson, circa 1967


37429322_1551627830384044_r.jpegGahan Wilson, Nancy Winters, 2018

Memory 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.

Thank you.

Paul Winters


37429322_155162865977563_r.jpegPaul Winters, at the New Mexico ranch, 2019
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Happy Sunday.

Great day today with Gahan. We salute you!
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Never heard this podcast before. Made my heart smile to hear him.

https://youtu.be/ZLbgaqjiI3k
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I should be putting up more updates. If anyone is reading these, you may have noticed a lapse in communication. I had some surgery last week and yesterday was the first day I felt able to even attempt hitting the keys with my fingertips. Getting better every day.

I will be visiting Gahan tomorrow. I shall send an update after that. Be well, and thank you for caring about Gahan. This whole thing still kind of blows my mind...That so many people would take the time and give treasure to someone else.
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Echos

Gahan is doing well. He has adjusted to the memory care facility he is in. So well that I am afraid to move him. The doctors say that a physical location move for patients is very difficult. So, for now, he stays.

I see him often and he has friends there. It is a lot like visiting a pre school for kids. They are all there, doing their best. Literally, waiting for their mommies and daddies to pick them up.

He sits with one woman quite a bit. I've written about her before. He calls her Nancy. She doesn't seem to mind.

By being there so often, I have gotten to know many of the other patients.

They make me think of echos. It is still them, just a little different.
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