The Hope And Battle Scars Campaign

$5,000 goal

Campaign created 5 months ago
The Hope and Battle Scars Campaign is not only inspired by The 100, whose characters all struggle with some degree of disability, whether born or developed, but also by its founder, Evelyn Ulrich, who has a rare physical disability.  We can relate and connect with their struggles, and their positive ambitions to help the world.

Lots of people have told me (well my parents and family specifically) that due to my challenges that I wouldn't be able to walk, function, or have a life worth living for.  

But here I am, and I am doing everything that they say that I wouldn't or couldn't do, and much more.  And despite the cruelty life has thrown at me on numerous occasions, I am happy.  I guess I didn't let it get to me.

On The 100, disability, like all the other minorities are unbeknownst or it does not matter in the narrative.   All everyone tries to do is survive in a world that was left tortured after a  devastating nuclear war.  Their struggles are sometimes difficult to watch, but speaking on my part, it is a real struggle, but you have to pull through them and live life the way you need to.  

We all want the chance to live, love, conquer, share, and be loved, whether we are challenged or not.    It's simply human nature and compassion.  In writing and on screen, it's a beautiful thing to watch, and The 100 is one of the only few shows that outlines disability in a positive and empowering facet.  No other show on television that I can think of has done it this way.  Sure, disabled people are featured, but not the way it's supposed to be projected.  And, it's a real shame because there are thousands of positive directions the writers can make for their characters.

Realistically, life does not give you that all of the time.  It's frustrating because when you want to fight a certain battle, you are often struck down just because you are challenged.  Or others harass and belittle simply because you are different.

It does not have to be that way.

Often, and sadly, not enough goes to the disabled.  They are often put into facilities that don't always meet the unique needs of each individual after their parents' or guardian passes or there is no one else to take them in.  This is sad, but there is hope for them.

The Ray Graham Association ( http://www.raygraham.org/ ) is a Chicago-land based 501 non-profit who offer those with special needs a chance to thrive in their lives.  They are given residential housing with experienced caretakers if needed, employment training and job placement, recreational activities, family support, life skills that are necessary, and so much more.  

Having chosen this particular nonprofit is a personal understanding.  Having been a part of it for so many years, whether it's helping or making their day a little better, it's remarkable at how these people are striving. 

$10,000 may seem like a lot, but it is not when you place the figures into perspective.  The money that you donate will go into the association, and will equally be divided among the services that Ray Graham offers.  For example, $2K will go into the repairs of the apartment/condo complexes that the individuals reside, another 2K will go into the therapists that are vital for the ones with mobility limitations, another will go to the supplies, and so on.  

No matter the amount, it is beyond the gratitude of Ray Graham and myself.   If for any reason that you cannot donate, just sharing the campaign via social media, your own blog or site, or the old-fashioned way, word of mouth, will help just as much and just as appreciative.  I will not profit in any of the donations made here; the money raised will go directly to Ray Graham.

Hopefully, if this one is a success, then Hope and Battle Scars can help other disability non-profits around the globe.  No one or Fankru should be turned away in the world.

I will also be working on exclusive The 100 themed art that will be designed onto different items that you can purchase.  50% of the proceeds of each purchase will go to the charity.  An update on this will be available soon.

Of course, this GoFundMe page will be present on the Grounders Source website where it will be tracked, and others will be able to see its potential.

If you want to assist or help the campaign, please contact me, and we can accommodate the goals.

Lastly, the name of my campaign comes from the battle scars that we get from life, and hope is the light that we want and fights for.  Put them together, and you have the story of many people.

In the words of Raven Reyes: "We all have battle scars."
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Official items featuring The 100 characters, Raven Reyes and Emori in adorable Chibi form. More unique designs will be added. Additionally, 50% of proceeds will benefit disability non-profits. Click the link to access and purchase.

https://society6.com/hopebattlescars

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$5,000 goal

Campaign created 5 months ago
Funds raised will benefit:
Ray Graham Association for People With Disabilities
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Lisle, IL
EIN: 362411166
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