Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dave Simons: Update

A quick update on Dave Simons. News has come to hand that Dave has been hospitalised with stomach issues. When I last spoke to Dave he had complained about an upset stomach but was in high spirits and appeared in good health. It is frustrating that the hospital is not releasing news about Dave's status in the short term, but I should have an update in the coming hours.

UPDATE: I've just received this email from Dave's sister, Bette, "I was able to talk with Dave briefly just a short while ago. He seemed to be doing better and the cause of his pain was discovered. The hospital was able to find a medication that appears to be helping. The conversation was short and details are sketchy. He will be staying the night so that his condition can be monitored. He was very weak but I did hear definite improvement over earlier this morning and certainly over yesterday."

As more news comes to hand I'll be sure to post it here. People are asking what they can do assist, the answer is easy. You can send messages to Dave via the Dave Simons Appreciation Society on Facebook and you can also check out the benefit eBay auctions. Just click on the previous sentence, or do an eBay search for the user name Help_Dave_Simons and bid away. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will be going to Dave, there's some great pieces up there and more to come, so don't be shy - bid away.

Dave never asked for help. But a few of us are offering it anyway. Want to help us help Dave Simons?

1) Donate cash directly to Dave via PayPal at davidlsimons@earthlink.net -- If you want to remain anonymous, PayPal Dave's art agent Bob Shaw and he will get the cash to Dave, every cent of it.

2) Donate art or signed books (with values of at least $10) for a series of on-going auctions designed to benefit Dave. Items should be sent to Dave’s art rep, Bob Shaw is establishing an eBay account solely to assist Dave (Help_Dave_Simons). Auctions will proceed as items come in; all money will go directly to Dave. Items should be sent to: Bob Shaw, PO Box 650, Derry, NH, 03038 - USA.

3) Contact Dave and commission a drawing. This keeps Dave active and you'll get a nice piece of art! Dave is swamped with commissions but is still taking on more. With this in mind I'd ask people to be patient as Dave gets to them all - rest assured that he will be able to complete all commissions put before him, so don't hesitate to ask.

4) Spread this message on blogs and message boards.

For more information, contact Daniel Best or Bob Shaw.

Clifford Meth has kindly offered to send cash via the sales of his own books. You can find details on this offer at his blog: If you want any of his books, send him a check payable to DAVE SIMONS for the price of the book. Cliff will cover the shipping.

Dave is somewhat surprised at the level of support he has been given and has expressed a desire to thank everyone who has made contact, donated immediately and arranged commissions with him.

Let’s all help Dave, a great fellow and artist who gives much and asks for little.

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