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Friends of Ed Bryant
Ed is a friend of mine and he needs some help. I've known Ed a very long time and not only is he a fine writer (who isn't writing much fiction these days) but he's a very nice guy. Please read the following:

Edward Bryant is best known as a horror and science fiction writer, with numerous Nebula and Bram Stoker awards for his fiction. He is also known as a reviewer and critic, with his work appearing regularly in Locus Magazine and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies.

Perhaps more important, though, is Ed's reputation as a teacher and mentor. He has been instrumental in the careers of many successful writers and editors, several of whom have gone on to become award winners or bestselling authors in their own right. Because of this and his legendary kindness, Ed is beloved by many people in the United States and abroad, and that is the basis for the creation of this site.

Over the last few years, Ed has fallen on hard times due to financial complications from his heart bypass surgery in 2004, a limited income stream, and predatory actions by individuals who took advantage of Ed's kindness. At one point, Ed (who is also a Type-I diabetic) did not have funds available to purchase insulin and was in danger of foreclosure on his house. Thankfully, friends and caregivers stepped in to handle those troubles, but Ed is still facing a long uphill battle to satisfy his financial and medical responsibilities.

To that end, a third party trust fund has been set up for Ed at the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities. The PayPal donation button below goes to an account administered by the Colorado Fund. Please consider helping Ed by donating funds to the third party trust using this button. (the button can be found at the bottom of the page Friends of Ed Bryant )
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Ed's a great guy, and I'm glad to see so many people doing so much to help him.

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I wish I could donate some money right now, but it's bad timing.
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Likewise... but as soon as I get paid for teaching summer school, I'm in.

Ed is a human treasure, and I'm delighted to be able to count him as a friend.
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This is really horrifying--I owe Ed so much as well, but it's equally bad timing. Crap!
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Ellen, I am having trouble using that site. It won't process the PayPal payment, and there is no email address to contact, or to send a payment to separately. I suggest that they at least post their email address, so people can send directly from PayPal if necessary.

Do you know how to get in touch with them?
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Nuts. Yes, I'll alert Melanie Tem.
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I just donated a small amount and had no problem...
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Worked for me this time. They should still post the address in case others have trouble.

Thanks for posting this, Ellen.
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Yes, I'll let them know.
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I'm the webmaster for the FriendsOfEd.org site, and I'm not sure why PayPal would not allow you to process a donation. The link on the page goes directly to a PayPal processing page. The page has processed numerous donations already today, so I know it's working.

However, if you want to send a PayPal payment directly to the e-mail address, just log in to PayPal and send your donation to "donate@friendsofed.org".

I'll add that to the site, as well.

Ellen, thanks for mentioning this in your LiveJournal. You rock.

Stace Johnson
Webmaster, FriendsOfEd.org
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There is now a webmaster link and a direct donation address on the FriendsOfEd.org site. Thanks for your excellent suggestions!

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Do you know how long they can accept donations? I won't be able to right now, but I should be able to in a couple of weeks. Also, is it okay to repost this?
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I'm sure it's ongoing and yes, please repost wherever you see fit.
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Bryant is one of my favorite writers collected in your anthologies over the years. I have three diabetic relatives and am happy to donate what little I can to help him out. Thanks for spreading the word.

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every little bit helps. Here's hoping they're right. In any case, I know your efforts here do more than a little to help.
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