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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Thank you to everyone who donated to Gahan's gofundme. The response was amazing.

We have stopped taking donations. We think that we have raised enough to take care of Gahan.

Negotiations have begun again with the State and we believe that in a few months time, he could be back on State aid.

Gahan is doing well. He retains his sense of humor and he is well cared for with constant support from his family.

This is, and continues to be, a hard road. I'm sure there are many of you out there who have gone through this (or, are going through it).

Again, Gahan's family thanks all of you for helping.

We will keep the campaign up (without taking more donations) so that we can continue putting up the updates.
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Gahan continues to do well.

He came over for some fried chicken and we had some fun. He is still a very unique soul who sees the world through a different angle than most. Instead of coming out in his cartoons, now, his genius is revealed in his conversation. His words and commentary on something as basic as a ride in the pick up truck are sometimes extraordinary. I will share the next one he lays on us.

He drew a small drawing. He called him a "western guy".

Thank you to all of you reading this. Thank you for helping in his care. It is greatly appreciated. I know one thing...Gahan would be floored by the outpouring of love and support he has received.
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Gahan was very upbeat today!

He drew a cartoon. It was wonderful to watch him draw again. He still has a fine and delicate line that is very nice.

He has been talking about how happy he is to be alive. I think he channeled it into his drawing. He called the creature a "happy monster".
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Sunday at the Art Museum

Took Gahan to the art museum. Just like old times, long ago, in New York City, where we were known to visit all of the great repositories of fine art.

He had a great time. So did Patty and I.
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