Fundraiser for Vile Rat's Family Announced

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Didn't he have some sort of DoD life insurance policy?
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Even if he did, that isn't the point. For doing nothing would be an insult to Sean's name. Helping his family out, of whom he cared so much, honors him, which I think everyone wishes to do
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raise 2 children, may pay the college for both of them, pay the debts on a house..... costs you over half a million. so every help is welcome.
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Done, thank you Mittens for sharing this with the EVE community.
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Sent what I could. Not as much as I would have liked with a new baby myself but will try and send some more before the benefit ends.
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Donated and I've made a post on The Spoony Experiment forums with all the details for the fundraiser (I'm a mod over there).it's not much but that's all I can do.
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there you go hope it helps
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Donated, and encouraging everyone to do the same - every [s]rifter[/s] sum counts, my friends.In Seleene's words: "Sean made the world we all *play* in much more dangerous while simultaneously making the world we all *live* in that much safer." RIP Sean, fly safe VR.
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Im going to get so flamed bout this.Thing I dont understand is. Even Sean was cool dude and part of our community, I feel disturbed helping out only his family, while simultaneousily there are three other families from same insident and on top of that about 3 billion other families in trouble from different reasons whereever. I respect ya Vile, but aint going to donate. I rather send my euros to some organization helping wider amount of ppl out.
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The point of the fundraiser is for an individual who you have had direct contact with. Noone is asking you to donate but you misunderstand what a "fundraiser" is. You are comparing this to a "Charity" which it is not.The biggest difference is that a Charity does assist with a large group where as a fundraiser is directed at a more personal issue. In this case, one of our fellow eve players.
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Maybe there are fundraisers for the other three people involved. I don't know.I knew of Sean, and Vile Rat. I can help here. I may not be able to help with the others, but i can help here.
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Do you want a break down of financials?O_oGive, or don't give. I know what I'm doing because I'm able to. There isn't an onus on anyone. You don't have to do a thing. But some people want to.Don't rain on their efforts eh?
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Jesus almost 40k already. You guys are awesome :unsmith:
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The second Kesper tells me in Jabber he has children, I say "Let me know the second they make a fundraiser" because I knew there was going to be one without a doubt. Watching the total rise in leaps and bounds the first night was just a testament to how much he meant to everyone in Eve and that we're willing to help out a family in need.
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I'm suprised DBRB isn't jumping on tthia one, co-announcing a fleet.... lolololololololoolol
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There is also the very real chance that any personal Life Insurance he had will not pay since he was killed in the line of duty in a combat situation. Nothing can replace a Father and Husband, there will always be a needs, and I hope my small contribution can help them,
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This is not like donating to charity, this is like sending flowers to the funeral. When someone who is meaningful to you dies, it is natural to want to DO something. If you lived in the same town as Sean you might go to the ceremony, send flowers, or take food to the family, If he died on a public street in your town you might leave flowers or other token at a roadside memorial. It is human nature to want to pay your respects to the dead.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...Most of us can't possibly go to the ceremony. Even if we could, having thousands of internet people show up at the wake would be a burden, not a comfort, to his family. Likewise, thousands of internet people sending flowers might be touching, but would ultimately leave the family having to dispose of hundreds of pounds of dead flowers. A fundraiser on the internet allows us to pay our respects in a useful way. We get closure, and Sean's family gets something they can actually use. The fundraiser website showing total donations acts as a memorial marker on the internet.Is it rational? No. We all understand that there are more needy people in the world. Humans are not rational robots. Sometimes we do things just to make ourselves or others feels better.
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Really some people should just grow up. It's not a scam, it's real people with real names and addresses doing real good work. Donate or shut up.
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Dude, if you can't differentiate between a video game persona and the real life people behind the avatars then maybe its time to step back a minute and re-evaluate your life. The simple fact that Sean Smith was a vital member of Goonswarm Federation, yet in real life dedicated himself to making the world a better place is testament enough to the quality of character of many of the people who play this game.
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I guess we will see, if it's legit i donate. I know what goons a like, when that hits 100k i bet a goon will keep it for them self, i hope this not to be true but i can see it happening.
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Unfortunatley eve makes all of us beome jaded. Now, i do not believe any of the goons have any bad intentions with this fundraiser and i believe in its legitimacy. Im just saying its a harsh response for him questioning it, which eve as taught us to do. I donated what i could and i am truly saddened by the loss of Sean. I hope nots' comment was probably not appropriate for this website but i do underdstand where he comes from. RIP Sean.
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I tried to donate, but outside the USA and don't have a paypal account- is that the only way I can donate- paypal?
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that's a very dumb statement and it seems you're getting in-game and out of game confused.out in the real world, scams have real world consequences. inside eve it's actually permitted to be as much of a douche as you can be.if you think just because people are douches in-game, they are douches out of game then you should probably never ever play a multiplayer game ever again. But at least rest assured that even if people have the exact same bad character in and out of game, different T&C / laws apply.in short, really? rethink what you wrote there.I consider the response to this sort of fundraiser an example of the awesomeness of people (despite their in-game behaviour).

When news of Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith's death broke, there was an immediate call from the Eve community, from Somethingawful, and from a nation in mourning for a place to give, to donate to, to do something in response to the terrible events of September 11th.

Goonswarm Federation and the moderators at Somethingawful have worked with Vile Rat's widow to arrange and set up this fund. All proceeds go directly to Heather Smith and will help provide a brighter future for their two small children.

We ask you to not only give generously, but help spread the word of this fundraiser through Twitter, Facebook, and whatever personal contacts you may have. Even if you cannot give much, helping to spread the word will help the family.

Thank you. 

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The Mittani
Goonswarm Federation CEO, Space Tyrant. Likes yoga, Alaskan Malamutes, bacon, and delegation.