A Litany of Hope: Helping Ours (Shatterstar fundraiser)


#1

This is a community. I kind of hate that term, FGC, it is just so damn…clinical. The truth is that we are a collective, comrades, a camaraderie who found themselves through a genre that spent some time neglected by popular gaming culture. That made us strong in the best possible way, it made us cohesive in a manner that other communities don’t quite have. We take care of our own; above all else we do this. Whether online or offline there is really strong bond to this hobby. Some of you may not have experienced it but you will. Others know exactly what I’m talking about because they’ve been there. Right now one of our own needs some help. Shatterstar, long time poster here in Shoryuken, has cancer. This isn’t a plea to help him, although he could damn well use it, this is to help him accomplish a goal that would help him too.

In the land of long ago, before Street Fighter 4 and Broken Tier, there was one community t-shirt with the oddest thing on it: Negro Install. Guilty Gear XRD was recently released so some of you may be familiar Sol’s Dragon Install move where he powers up. These shirts were definitely meant to power you up. I never had a chance to buy any of the shirts. The one time I could it came between looking fly or paying college tuition (made the wrong choice and ended up with a degree). But for some of the older members, this was the shoryuken exclusive brand. Here’s a link to an old thread with some of the t-shirt pictures:

Shatterstar (or Shatta as he is known to a lot of us in the forum) spent time working on his health some years back. Because of his predisposition to diabetes, he got his weight down from over 300 pounds down to 179. Once he reached his weight goal, things fell apart. It started with vomiting, being unable to eat, and diarrhea. His health update consisted telling us doctors didn’t know what was wrong. Things escalated last year when he looked for better help. After a series of questions, the fact that his mother had died of cancer became an intense flag. Some tests later, it went from suspicion to fact: He has cancer.

The thing about cancer is that it isn’t quite a battle; it is closer to an endurance race. You need to have a rugged determination just to deal. My wife’s aunt went through cancer three times; she tells me that the second one was particularly funny because that’s when she learned that she had an ovary left. That woman could’ve pistol whipped dirty harry with his own gun if needed. When you have cancer, you need to have grit. Let me tell you, Shatta has a damn load of it. He has grit, he has problems, he has a colostomy bag because of some cancer related surgeries and he has some damn strong hope. That’s one of ours: grinding teeth and a strong light.

He is one of ours. He may not have intellectualized to the level I am here, but I’m sure he knows we would help if asked. This entire time he never asked us for a damn thing. The whole time he spent giving us updates he’d been hard at work on some things. They turned out to be this:

This community learned to hustle out of necessity. For Shatta this isn’t just a hustle, this is also about being grateful. Two charities have helped him with donations for some of his hospital bills and gift cards. He set up a fundraiser here:
https://www.crowdrise.com/intheblacklabeldapparel/fundraiser/bishopwagner

The way it works is simple: we donate so he can make the t-shirts and sell them. Meeting certain goals means he has the funds to do more with the designs which in turn are sold to raise money for the charities that have helped him out. We donate to him, he works on the t-shirts which in turn gives him work while putting back into charities. Even if he can’t make the goals, we do what this community does: help our own. Our own could use all the help he can get. When the worst thing you get out of donating is helping out somebody with cancer, there is very little reason not to do so.

If you’re wondering I’m writing this on his behalf, well, it is mostly because his hands look like this:

Spoiler

http://i.imgbox.com/TMZ8O0IK.jpg

It took him a good 3 weeks get those t-shirts done. Between his hands and the days where he wasn’t quite all there, a lot of us were pretty impressed by the speed of it. His hands have definitely taken a beating; one of our other members had to point out all the spelling mistakes he had originally on his fundraiser page too. That’s what chemotherapy does to your hand and he is still full of that damn courage and filled with grit. Please help. Help because he is still alive and kicking ass, help because maybe you’ve been there, help because you love fighting games and all that jazz but help, most of all, because that is one of the major things we do for each other. Outside of money matches, trips to Evo, 500,000 dollar pots and shady netcode, we take care of our own and our own definitely needs our help.

Some useful links for those who want to know more:

His fundraiser page: https://www.crowdrise.com/intheblacklabeldapparel/fundraiser/bishopwagner

Him discussing the part of his situation:

And the story told in his own words:

And definitely not least, the two charities that have helped him out:

http://www.hope4yawc.org/


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#2

Gonna try to get this on the front page.


#3

We all have Shatta in our prayers and hope he makes it through this tough chapter of his life. I hope that everyone that can will find a way to donate whatever they are able, even if it is isn’t anything more than their time and faith.


#4

I have $20 to my name right now, and he just got half of it.

I’ll also pass this around as much as I can.


#5

Only two posts? Srk i am disappointed. Copy/paste the link to his fundraiser page and spread it around. Lets put some hype behind our people.


#6

Will be donating later today after work.


#7

Bumping it so everyone can see it


#8

Gave what I could, it was the least I could do.


#9

NEGRO INSTALL FOR LIFE. Will be donating to the cause soon.

EDIT

This will probably do well in General Discussion, just a thought.


#10

You got this shatta. I haven’t known you as long as a lot of these guys have, but we look out for our own. We’re all behind you in this and that isn’t going to change. A lot of people in your position wouldn’t even have the willpower to get out of bed in the morning, let alone keep us updated about your health AND make these badass shirts.

Will DEFINITELY be donating once my next paycheck drops soon here.


#11

What can I do to help?


#12

Thanks for making this post and bringing it to people’s attention. :tup:


#13

Shatta’s a damn good guy. He more than once offered me some shirts but I worried being so white, wearing a “Negro install” shirt.
Hang in there.


#14

Right now spreading the word so we can get as many people donating as possible is priority number one. His last post spoke about having to go back to the hospital because of a possible infection.

Since he cant really champion his cause we gotta pick it up for him. I know d3v was gonna try and get something in the front page, depending on how that goes i might try to hit up IPlayWinner and eventhubs. More people we reach the more chances at donations. Tweeting the hell out of this would help too.


#15

Well here is some inspiration right here. Was wondering what happened to you guy.


#16

I love this dude man…I pray you heal and make a full recovery


#17

stay strong brother.


#18

Cancer is horrible, best of luck dude.


#19

Fuck cancer. Shatterstar, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there!


#20

If you guys wanna an easy way to tweet this stuff, here’s one for the thread:

https://twitter.com/Pertho14/status/578797520920260608

And here’s one that goes directly to his fundraiser page:

https://twitter.com/Pertho14/status/578797872507813888