[[Fundraiser Link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/forcheo]]
Since writing Wednesday’s post in honor of Cheo, I’ve had over 800 views on this blog. That’s almost 20% of all the views I’ve ever gotten in the one and a half year history of this site. Never in a million years would I have expected to get this kind of reach. Not to mention all the #ForCheo tags and beautiful stories about all of your acts of kindness that have continually flooded my Twitter timeline. It just goes to show what kind of impact Cheo’s passing had, and how many lives he touched.
Yesterday a customer in the drive thru at work offered to pay for the car behind him. Then that car followed suit. And the next. And so on for a good dozen customers. When the last car in the line got to the window, I told her that the car in front of her had paid for her order. Her jaw dropped and she just lit up, saying how no one had ever done that before. I told her about Cheo, about how the Tribe had been committing random acts of kindness the day before in his honor, but how it seemed to be spreading. She smiled and told me, “perhaps that’s his way of letting you know he’s still with you all.” I nodded as I blinked away tears. I certainly felt so.
And that feeling carried on with me that evening. I can’t explain how or why, but suddenly I had the urge to create a “Fuck Pants/#ForCheo” shirt. 30 minutes after sharing the design with the Tribe, I had 3 orders. Then I noticed the company we were ordering the shirts from had a fundraiser option. What better way to continue spreading the word while simultaneously helping a good cause?! Anya wanted the charity to be one that helps homeless LGBTQ+ youth, as this was a cause very near to hers and Cheo’s hearts. After some research, we decided to go with the True Colors Fund, a program co-founded by artist Cyndi Lauper which “works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, creating a world where all young people can be their true selves.” You can read more about True Colors Fund and how they’re changing lives here.
“Cheo always rooted for the underdog, in everything,” Anya told me. “He always wanted to uplift those who were downtrodden. When he proposed, he didn’t ask if I would marry him. He asked if I would let him make me happy for the rest of my life. He was special.” I couldn’t agree more. And I’m so honored to play a part (however small) in ensuring that his kindness and compassion lives on. But I can’t do it alone. I’m calling upon you again, Tribe, family, friends, all my readers new or old. Whether you knew Cheo or not.
We need to purchase 46 shirts/hoodies in order for these to be printed! The widget below will take you directly to the campaign, though if you wish to share (I hope you will!) the link is as the top of this post for easy access. Can’t afford a shirt, or want to make an additional donation with your order? There’s an option for that too! You guys pulled through for me when I asked you to spread the word about #CheoDay. Now it’s time to help #TrueColorsForCheo! We can do this. <3
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I’m not sure if funds raised can be viewed before the order window is up, but I will do my best to keep you all posted on any progress or updates as they come!