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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Gahan continues to do well.

He enjoys his daily espresso and cookie very much.

We joke around and have some laughs (mostly from him).

He is good company.
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I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has donated to Gahan.

Gahan is officially on private pay now, so we are using the funds to pay for his care. The State rescinded his care a week after my mother died. Not really sure why they did so, since, they had both been on State Aid for some time. We would have had to have filed an appeal and followed the bureaucratic process to see why they removed him.

Anyway, thank you, for your support.

Gahan is doing well and he has settled in to the place he is at.
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We went to see Gahan yesterday. On the way, we stopped at Starbucks to pick up some coffee. When we got to the facility and parked, I could see Gahan seated next to an old woman in the little garden area that is fenced off with a tall, black, wrought iron fence. The barrier keeps the memory care patients from wandering off.

When one approaches the entrance to the building you can see this little garden behind another patio that is by the front door. My mother and Gahan used to sit in the sun on the benches that are next to the wrought iron fence. Behind them, the memory care patients would sometimes walk about. My mother would comment on them as they staggered around. Usually, there was an old lady with long grey hair, "You don't want to be in there," she would say as the old woman walked slow circles.

A month after my mother's passing, Gahan is there (in the memory care). As I looked through the fence at Gahan, I could see that it was the old woman with the long hair that he was talking to. I know her now, from my visits to see Gahan. She always wants to leave with us and I have to fake her out so that I can open the locked doors to the memory ward.

I watched them talking, just as I used to watch Gahan and my mother sit and talk in the sun. I called Gahan over. He doesn't know me on sight, but if I call him over he brightens up and heads my way. This day, with a black, wrought iron fence between us, Gahan said "Hi".
"You want to have some coffee?" I asked.
"I'd love to, but I'm stuck in here," he replied.

The old woman followed. Beside him, her grey hair blowing in the wind, she said, "I was telling him I can be someone else if he wants me to."

I think that she said that because he was telling her about his wife, Nancy, who he can't find.

These people, our people, all of our family members that are facing Alzheimer's, are really very courageous. And sweet.

I went inside and took Gahan out to the front, where we had some coffee. We had a good time. We talked about Matisse.
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