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Memes for a good cause

This year I made some custom filmmaker themed art I wanted to simply give away to my friends. After getting a lot of requests for bulk orders, I decided to make an online store. There is a catch though, the money gained from running this store will go entirely to funding a passion project of mine.

In April of 2019, my wife’s mother, Susan, passed away due to Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). FTD is a brain condition that brings a gradual, progressive decline in behavior, language and movement. FTD typically onsets early in life with majority of cases occurring between the ages of 45 and 64 and the length of progression varies anywhere from 2 to 20 years. Loved ones are left to watch as motor functions, behavior and language skills leave the person they once knew as a shell of their former selves.

 My wife was working a full-time job, and acting as a full-time care giver to her mother who could not do anything for herself. FTD is greatly misdiagnosed which leaves very little support for people with this condition, and the loved ones caring for them. After standing by and witnessing all that my wife went through with her mother, I knew we had to do something, anything, to get more attention on this disease so that one day there can be a cure.

I decided this year to make a film called “Helplessly Hoping,” looking at a day in the life of a full-time care giver on the day her mother passes away. It’s a look at grief, and compassion, dedicated to the true story of my wife’s struggle with watching her mother rapidly decline in this disease and eventually pass away. Susan’s journey lasted 5 years from diagnosis. This is closure for us and more importantly, a way to help others dealing with similar issues within their own families; helping them to know that they are not alone.

My long-term goal is to distribute the film for 1 dollar per view and donate all the proceeds to the AFTD, “The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.” They are helping fund the research for the cure, and various support groups for the people dealing with this condition and the loved ones caring for them. Thank you for your interest in this funny fan art. Please know that your purchases are not only going toward our passion project, but going toward the research needed to help those diagnosed with FTD in finding a cure.

Love,

Graham & Rachael Robbins