Special Request from Source Comics & Games

I received in an email this morning a heartstring-tugging request on behalf of Source Comics & Games. They’ve recently found out that one of their long-time customers and dear friends, Robert Scott Aiken, AKA “Roadkill the Troll” (or Roadkill, as he loves to be called), has been diagnosed with a very aggressive brain cancer. Doctors have tried surgery and are treating him, but are only able to slow the growth.

In an effort to help him fulfill his last wish, The Source will be collecting and matching donations to help send Roadkill and his wife Susan to Disney World, where they had their honeymoon.

This morning, I spoke with Bob, manager of the shop in Falcon Heights. He’s known Roadkill for about 20 years now, as a phenomenal human being who has always been generous and helpful. An asset to local conventions like CONvergence and Minicon, he’s an avid gamer that loves the sci-fi genre, such as Star Trek and FireFly. Roadkill is also an amazing artist, creating costumes and working with materials such as PVC to recreate Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Bob told me that Roadkill and his wife are truly a couple that were meant to be together, that the room lights up when they’re around.

In the cut, I’ve copied the email sent out. Please pass it on to your friends and family in the area, and as it states below: …if you are of a faith whatever prayers or acknowledgments you could offer in support Roadkill and Susan would be profoundly appreciated.

From the Midwest Comic Book Association email list:

Hello Everyone,

Today we received a special request from the good folks over at the Source Comics & Games and they asked us to send out this e-mail. It’s a truly sad situation and we told them we’d be happy to pass this lengthy message along…

Quite possibly this is the most difficult e-mail we’ve ever had to send out. It’s about very bad news, it’s about courage and ultimately hope.

Our very dear friend Robert Scott Aiken AKA “Roadkill the Troll” a fixture and blessing in our personal and professional lives over the years has been diagnosed with an extremely deadly form of brain cancer. We can’t begin express to all of you in our community how this makes us feel and how it will ultimately affect us. We love this man like a brother.

In typical Roadkill fashion he has expressed pity ” on the poor disease that comes after me”. His courage and noble heart are quite simply the stuff from which legends are born and life lessons are learned. It is our profound hope that as he fights the battle for his life that he truly understands that he does not now, nor will he ever stand alone.

While fighting the good fight, Roadkill has expressed a wish that he, and his wife Susan, return to the spot where they had their original honeymoon, Disney World (of course!) and that is why we are writing to you, our community of family and friends, today. We come to you, hat in hand, to make a couple of humble requests.

First, if you are of a faith whatever prayers or acknowledgments you could offer in support Roadkill and Susan would be profoundly appreciated.

Second, as of this moment, the Source has initiated operation “Traveling Trolls”. We are inviting all of you to help us assemble the financial resources they need to make their dark days ahead a little brighter and the opportunity to step up and stand with one of our very own.

We’ll be collecting money at the store for the next couple of weeks to give to Roadkill and Susan. 100% of all proceeds will go directly to them. In addition to making our own donation, we at the Source will also be matching any monies you folks are kind enough to offer. Donations of cash,check, credit cards and Troll food will be accepted in person or over the telephone. You can send it, call it in or get it to us anyway you can. Time is of the essence!

Finally, for those of you who may not know Roadkill and Susan personally, at the bottom of this e-mail (see below) [HV: I’ve not included this for length], I’ve enclosed a note from a good friend of his that pretty much sums up how we feel.

Thank you for your time, thoughtful considerations for allowing us to share this with you.

Your friends,

Jerry, Bob, Nick, Hans, Chad, Burl, John N., John K., Dan, Greg, Pat, Tim, Greg, Shawn
1601 West Larpenteur Ave
Falcon Heights, MN. 55113


1 Comment so far

  1. Lex (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    Thanks for posting this. Roadkill is a good friend of mine, and his illness is terrible news. The Source is doing a wonderful thing by matching donations!

    The Source also has flyers for a benefit for Roadkill being put together by his workplace, Asian Foods:

    November 17 4PM to 8PM at Alary’s Bar, Downtown St Paul, 139 East 7th St $20.00/guest – food and
    beer included, there will also be a raffle.

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