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EDIT: Both campaigns have ended, and the Indiegogo was shut down at the last minute. Apparently there is more to the story than first believed, but friends of Chloe are going to let us know when or if she feels up to it.

Please don't troll or turn this into a flamewar (again...). Obviously there is more to the story, so sit tight folks.

As for the donations from Project Zomboid, the Indie Stone announced that if the situation remains as murky as it was before, they will donate the $4000 raised to Doctors Without Borders. They've also said that they've worked it out with Desura so anyone who wishes a refund will be granted one. However, the refund will come out of their own pocket, as they don't want to dip into the donations to do so. Pretty classy in my opinion.

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Hey. I came across a story earlier today that seemed quite sad.

You should probably read the full version, but essentially an indie developer named Chloe, who made the free (and awesome) Homesick, is actually sick. She has metal poisoning thanks to a piece of shrapnel lodged in her body after a car accident three years ago, and it will eventually be fatal without the necessary surgery. As many of you know, healthcare isn't free in the US. She's exhausted every option to fund her surgery (insurance, malpractice suit, medical loans, etc) and has now started an Indiegogo campaign to try to raise the necessary money to pay for it.

Some fellow indie developers have come out to support her. Notably, The Indie Stone is making a donation and supplementing it with all the proceeds from Desura sales of Project Zomboid for the next three days (Chloe is a member of their forums). Mike Bithell is also donating the proceeds of all direct sales from Thomas Was Alone and is also trying to organize an indie bundle or Because We May-ish thing or something.

If you've considered buying either of those games but never got around to it, now would be a great time to do so. Both include a Steam key as well, if Steam is your thing (Well, Zomboid still needs to launch on Steam, but you will get one).

Before anyone asks if this is a scam, which I agree is a pretty valid concern, the campaign has since been privately verified by Indiegogo (they froze the campaign after a few people sent them emails about the possibility of fraud, but have since concluded that it is legitimate).
Post edited April 13, 2013 by PenutBrittle
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Post edited May 16, 2013 by Momo1991
It's a shame she couldn't have had that accident in the future when health care is available to all.

I can't afford much, but I think I can pitch in something. I'm really lucky to be in a position where my home state has had guaranteed acceptance health insurance for quite some time.
Post edited April 03, 2013 by hedwards
Thank you million times for posting this information here. You are the best, OP.
Thanks for the OP.

Mind you it does open a can of worms for Indiegogo about what really should be allowed to be put up for crowdsourcing...
Wow, that's terrible...and some American have the nerve to boast it's the best country in the world?
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nijuu: Thanks for the OP.

Mind you it does open a can of worms for Indiegogo about what really should be allowed to be put up for crowdsourcing...
It is a for a good cause. This deserves the attention of the crowd.
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nijuu: Thanks for the OP.

Mind you it does open a can of worms for Indiegogo about what really should be allowed to be put up for crowdsourcing...
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lorek: It is a for a good cause. This deserves the attention of the crowd.
Thats fine. I understand it.



However it does set a precedent.....
It's crazy that someone who needs a life saving surgery has to go to court several times to get it. Really hope things work out for her.
Thanks for posting this. I was going to buy Project Zomboid some day, might as well be now! I hope others do as well.
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MikeMaximus: Thanks for posting this. I was going to buy Project Zomboid some day, might as well be now! I hope others do as well.
I was going to, but my card doesn't work on Desura. Contributed directly to the indiegogo instead.
I hope i can find couple of extra cash on this 3 days period, $8 isn't much. Desura even offered to deduct all of it's fees for the sales. Very nice gesture by them.
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McDon: Wow, that's terrible...and some American have the nerve to boast it's the best country in the world?
America does have its good points, but healthcare (even under Obamacare) is NOT one of them.

BTW, I wonder if she can travel?

Here in Thailand we have world-class doctors and world-class healthcare -- in fact, some of the best private hospitals in the world. Millions of people, and tens of thousands of Americans, come here every year as they get better treatment than at home and at about 20 percent of the cost. She may want to consider funding her treatment somewhere like Thailand. Even including $1,000 airfare and a few hundred dollars for living expenses while here, it would be FAR, FAR cheaper than in the US.
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wormholewizards: I hope i can find couple of extra cash on this 3 days period, $8 isn't much. Desura even offered to deduct all of it's fees for the sales. Very nice gesture by them.
I'm only able to afford $5 so that's what I threw in.
I had to watch my uncle die needlessly because nobody could afford his surgery. One of my relatives went to prison. He was doing all sorts of shit in order to fund my uncle's surgery. It didn't do a lot of good, my uncle had already passed away at this point. I myself have a bad history with doctors, and precious little trust. At the behest of other GOG members, I sought medical attention a few months back. The short version is that it didn't amount to much more than a bill, a waste of time, and no real answer as to why my health has gone to shit and if there's anything that'll fix it.

I've given what I could here. Not much, but every bit helps. Hopefully the money isn't much of a concern by the end of this campaign. We live in a good age, to have access to internet crowdfunding like this. Even I could probably get funding if I had any idea what I'd actually do with it, but money doesn't seem to be the root of my problems these days.

Hopefully this Chloe will find a doctor that manages to make things better rather than worse. I suppose when you have shrapnel lodged in you, having some incompetent leave their wedding ring in it's place would still be a preferable state of affairs.