Everyone has a cause in which they believe. If you have any doubt of this, take a look at Facebook after the landmark decision made last week and you will see many, many examples of people who believe in a cause. However, how often do we actually do something, outside of changing a profile photo or commenting on a post, to contribute to that cause? Most people stand in solidarity but their stand doesn’t go much further. Then, you have people like Kevin Doyle. Kevin isn’t a movie star or a celebrity; he isn’t a civil rights activist or a political personality. Instead, he is simply a good person, doing a good thing, in memory of a woman he loved.
Kevin’s story starts off as many others before him: after a year of wedded bliss, his wife, Eileen Shige Doyle, a former cancer survivor, was made aware that her cancer had returned in the form of Metastic Adenocarcinoma. After another year of fighting like hell, Eileen lost her battle with cancer on November 7, 2012. As you can imagine, Kevin’s life was torn apart.
From that day forward the sun does not rise for me, everyday is November the 7th, my candle has burned out. Eileen was the most amazing person I ever knew, she was so beautiful, so thoughtful and she was loved by everyone who knew her. Eileen was the center of so many lives just as she was in my life but while our time together here on earth was so very short my devotion to her is life long and I can’t imagine my life without her.[sic]
For some, the loss of a loved one can act as a negative catalyst, throwing a dark light on anything positive. For Kevin, however, rather than succumbing to the darkness, he has used the memory of his wife to make others happy. You see, Eileen was an artist, and often a guest at various comic conventions, and created some of the most adorable characters you have ever seen. While her original art is gone, or too precious to let go, Kevin has continued to create art with her characters proudly displayed. Some of this art is available at the various conventions that Kevin still attends, while other pieces are specifically created to gift to children who are battling the disease that took his wife from him. In addition, he is also in the final stages of putting together Eileen’s Little Angels Foundation, a charity focused on children, and this is where you can help out.
Kevin’s dream is to visit children’s hospitals so that he may teach the children how to draw some of Eileen’s adorable characters using a variety of mediums. In addition to stirring their creativity and providing all the materials with which to do so, Eileen’s Little Angels Foundation would also leave “a wide variety of gifts featuring Eileen’s hand drawn artwork, such as coloring books, bandanas, and comforters, and also a wide selection of removable vinyl wall decals in various characters and sizes.” Considering that, for many of these children, the hospital is their home, providing the chance to truly make the room a place to brighten a day is a noble goal.
Kevin is a member of the 501st Legion. For those that are unfamiliar, the 501st Legion is the largest group of Star Wars cosplayers on the planet. Currently, they boast over 5,000 members across more than 40 countries. Their mission?
“The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.”
Alright, cool enough.
As a member of the 501st, Kevin has the unique opportunity to raise awareness for his cause and, just as importantly, funds for his cause. On June 6, Kevin began a 501 mile walk from Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, CA, to San Diego, CA. IN FULL STORMTROOPER GEAR. Yeah, that isn’t the easiest thing to do during normal circumstances and considering the recent heat wave, this is a massive undertaking. The plan is to reach San Diego on July 9, just in time for San Diego Comic-Con and if things keep up, it looks like that goal may be reached. His other goal, however, the goal that truly matters, has quite a ways to go. Presently, Kevin has raised about $2,726 towards his goal of $35,000 and with only nine days remaining until he reaches San Diego, every single dollar counts at this point.
Today, help a cause that is absolutely amazing. As mentioned, every single dollar counts and I am sure there are more than a few of you that have some change rolling around your car and/or between your couch cushions that you could donate to a great cause.
If you are interested in reading Kevin’s story and donating to this wonderful cause, click here to be directed to the Crowdrise fund. Also, check out Kevin’s Facebook page for photos of this incredible journey.
If you want to read a bit more about the cause and to donate to Eileen’s Little Angels, click here.
This is an opportunity to help out in a very real way and it never hurts to make a deposit to the Karmic Bank. Not to mention, you really have to give it up to a man who is willing to raise money by putting himself at personal risk, just so that he can brighten the lives of children who definitely need a bit of happy in their lives.
Are you ready to help make a child smile?
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