If you follow my Twitter feed @SaintAmish, you’ve probably noticed I post a lot about cystic fibrosis. There’s a very good reason for that. It’s my baby boy, Devland Conner Allen. We got the news just about two weeks after Devland was born that his blood work came back with positive genetic markers for cystic fibrosis.
While that was a very difficult call to receive, a lot of things started to make sense. Devland was always hungry, but didn’t seem to put on any weight. He had terrible gas that woke him up screaming. He would “make” almost immediately after he ate because his food was going right through him. If he wasn’t nursing, he was crying.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. It also affects digestion and results in malnutrition and poor growth in children. Cystic Fibrosis affects 33,000 Americans and over 70,000 people worldwide. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. There is no known cure.
My son Devland deals with more things on a daily basis than a toddler really should. He tolerates his meds and treatments like a champ. This two year old sits still for hours per day hooked up to a nebulizer and percussion vest to clear thick, sticky mucus from his lungs so he can breathe. He takes 30-50 pills per day just so he can digest his food. Meals, diapers, treatments, and meds are meticulously documented. A sneeze or cough sends him to his pediatrician’s office, and can land him in the hospital for two weeks.
Devland Conner’s initials really were coincidental, but in retrospect, they couldn’t be more appropriate. Real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.
As parents of a child with cystic fibrosis, my wife and I support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their search for a cure. The CF Foundation is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high-quality, individualized care and helping people with CF live better, more enjoyable lives. Nearly every CF drug available was made possible by the Foundation. People with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams, but their lives are still cut far too short.
Why am I telling you all this? This job has given me a very unique opportunity to rub elbows with some of the absolute top creators in the comics industry. I had an idea earlier this year to start asking some of the creators I meet if they’d be willing to sign books or donate books to be auctioned off benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Lots of them said yes.
We have loads rare, hard to find, signed, and just plain odd items up for auction from creators like Cullen Bunn, Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Christopher Sebela, Cody Sousa, Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, David F Walker and more.
That creator variant of Regression #1? That’s from Cullen Bunn’s personal stock. He only had 300 made. He signed this one and sent it to us for auction.
The 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank bundle that Matthew Rosenberg sent us? If you look really closely, you can make out that #4 is an impossible to find, insanely rare “1 Kid” variant. The #5 variant is one of only 200 numbered copies printed for SDCC.
Christopher Sebela sent us his first proof of Short Order Crooks. First PROOF.
There’s a first print of Redneck #1 that Donny Cates signed for us. Those sold out on the very first day of release.
Things From Another World chimed in with signed items from Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Marquez, and David F Walker. Third Eye Comics sent us a bunch of signed Matt Rosenberg books.
So many creators and vendors have been incredibly generous and we couldn’t be more grateful to them. As a result, we have an insane collection up for auction.
If you have a minute, go browse the listings at 32auctions.com/dcs_heroes
The auction closes today, the 30th of September 2017 at noon thirty Pacific. A bunch of the items up for auction are still way, way under fair market value. There are some great deals to be had, and an opportunity to add some insanely rare items to your collection. Can’t find anything you like but want to contribute anyway? There’s a donation button at the top of the page. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.