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TOPIC: American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins June 24th

American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins June 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #1

Greetings everyone

I am putting up a Golden Ticket along with a number of add-ons into a charity auction running just over a week beginning June 24th. Details and the link are at the bottom of this post. All auction proceeds will go directly to the American Stroke Association Indianapolis chapter to fund stroke research and education. Additionally, I will match the winning bid amount in an additional donation to the Stroke Association (up to $10K).

Stroke education and research became an important topic for me after losing my mother to a stroke early this year. Her entire life, she always gave and helped others - ranging from volunteering to help elders to church and ASPCA work. It was important that I do more to help others as she did. This auction is a small part of those initiatives.

I decided to do something gaming related to raise money and awareness after running across D&D books a few months ago that she had bought me when I was about 10. It was the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons DMG and PHB. She had written my name and address in the inside cover along with our phone number so people could return them if they were lost. Despite what was being publicized about D&D ruining kids and promoting "devil worship", etc at that time - she supported my desire to get into gaming. The gaming experiences then through now helped mold who I have become. That's why I decided that doing an auction tied to gaming would be a fitting way to honor her and help towards an important cause.

Why Stroke awareness and research?
800,000 Americans have strokes each year resulting in 140,000 deaths (5% of all US deaths annually). Contrary to popular belief – strokes hit people of all ages: 34% of all strokes happened to people under the age of 65 years old (10% of all strokes happen to people under the age of 45). Additionally, 1 in 3 people have conditions such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or are smokers – these conditions are the leading causes of stroke. Strokes are something that will impact us either personally or through loved ones.
Stats that are critical to know:
- Only 38% of Americans can recognize the symptoms of a stroke
- Most people are unaware of treatments for strokes that are time-critical – application of stroke treatment drugs can reduce the impact of many strokes by more than 90% if applied immediately (at most, within 3 hours but the earlier the application – the more significant the impact the drugs can have)

Something as simple as promoting the concept of remembering the FAST acronym can save lives.
Face – Ask the person to smile – does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Ask the person to lift both arms – does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Response time impacts both survival rates and reducing the impact of the stroke long-term. Note the time of the first symptom – this will impact how treatment is handled.

It's something we can make a difference in just by helping to educate each other.

As for the auction itself...
It is being run through the American Stroke Association on their Greater Giving page. The auction begins at noon EST on Monday running until July 8th at noon EST.
What is being auctioned off?
1 Golden Ticket (with a slot already reserved for E3)
add-ons:
10 charms of transmorph used for the run
100 2019 treasure draws (10 tokens for 10 draws each)
odds and ends tokens: Boots of the South Wind, 5th Tooth of Cavadar, Shoes of the Sneak, +2 light crossbow of stunning, Canteen of Quaffing, 10 Potions of Condensed Healing
Additionally, I am making quite a few tickets for sold out GenCon events open to the winner if they want them (at no cost). These include:
2 True Grind runs (up to 3 tickets and 1 ticket, respectively) (Friday night and Saturday early afternoon)
A pair of tickets to 2 different Call of Cthulhu Black Letter events (Thursday morning and Friday afternoon).

Please create an account and sign on to the web site below to bid in the auction. Thank you.
indyheartstrokeauction.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse

Fred

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Last edit: by Fred K.

American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #2

Awesome I'm glad you're doing this Fred. I had the pleasure of running with you in one of BeLinda's groups and you told me all about this. Also glad I could help you with future gencon hotel grabs ( www.genconhotels.com if anyone wants to also get that sick website).

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #3

Sorry on the dates - it is correct to be JUNE 24th rather than August 24th. Thanks for catching that folks!

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #4

Fred,

This is an incredible auction and cause. I truly hope you get over the expected value for all of this, so the association can benefit as much as possible!

I look forward to running with you and the winner on the GT run!

Wade
First ever death in True Horde
"Well, with you guarding 2 players, that means you take 90. Are you dead?"
-Incognito

My token shop/trade thread: Wade's Wide World of Wonder 

My Current Paladin Build 

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #5

Wow, Fred. This is pretty amazing and a great thing to do. I hope the bidding exceeds expectations.

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 1 day ago #6

This is a great thing to be doing. And thanks for sharing information regarding strokes and how to be aware of the symptoms. Also thanks for sharing the personal info.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 19 hours ago #7

Good Job Fred,
I hope this works out well.
When a Falcon's Strike breaks the body
of its prey, it is because of timing.
Sun Tzu
Art of War 500 B.C.

D&D, been playing 35 years
GenCon, been going 23 years Straight
True Dungeon, been playing 16 years Straight and all 4 events last year.

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 4 weeks 19 hours ago #8

Fred, condolences on the loss of your Mother. Thanks for sharing and for being so generous with the auction, I hope it raises a ton of money for the charity.

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins August 24th 3 weeks 5 days ago #9

The auction is now live! Please step up - 100% of the proceeds are tax deductible and benefit an i portant cause.

Also - keep an eye on what is listed as more will likely be added. The CoC tickets, for example are now approved by You Too Can Cthulhu. I am working on adding more!

Fred

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins June 24th 3 weeks 5 days ago #10

I'm pretty sure I just raised my own bid like 3 times in a row, I'm terrible at this ;).

It's inspiring to see someone bringing about something good from something bad.

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins June 24th 3 weeks 3 days ago #11

Time for the regular bump for the auction! Remember, it's for a great cause, it's tax deductible and the winner gets not only the golden ticket but 100 additional treasure draws (value $400), additional tokens worth a few hundred dollars, and tickets to events worth a couple hundred dollars as well!

The Golden Ticket run is an amazing event - I can't recommend it enough!

Fred

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American Stroke Association Charity Golden Ticket Auction Begins June 24th 3 weeks 1 day ago #12

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