Follow THIS LINK to donate to Team Gullo as they walk for my Uncle (who recently was diagnosed with early onset of Dementia) and several others in our family and friends who have been affected by these conditions.
Thanks dudes... Time to get real:
Uncle Jeff and a wax sculpture of Hue Heffner
Uncle Jeff is such an extremely loving man. His family lives in California and until just before I graduated High School, we didn't really have much contact with him, his wife Kara, and his children (my supremely excellent cousins, Emma and Sam). When we finally got to fly out there as a family and holy cow. It was like, looking into a magic portal of genes. Their family behaved so much like ours in how they functioned, cared about each other, picked on each other, their jokes, their family meals... things they are really passionate about... everything. I remember distinctly thinking after the first day 'my god, it's like we never left home.' Uncle Jeff has always been really supportive of my comics and me going to Art school and Kara reads my stuff (and probably this blog right now) Emma and Sam are really into theatre right now and it's great hearing and talking shop about the frustrations of being a Stage Manager.
He was a film editor for some really all star movies and he really really I MEAN REALLY cares about putting together a great film. Even if it sucks, you can see his ability to weave a story out of utter shit. He was diagnosed with Diabetes when he lost feeling in both his hands. He ended up having to get a pretty intense hand operation on both hands which although was successful in saving his hands their mobility is highly limited. This prevents him from doing editing anymore, and many other things that he cares about. And now to hear this recent news... well, I mean the least I can do is write this. I regret a lot that I can't be home to help support my family right now.
He's my mom's baby brother, my uncle, a father, a husband, a son and much more, but he's also in need. So if you're reading this, I hope you follow that link and help donate to the cause. Thanks.