Friday, August 10, 2012

Tournament Update #13 - Cyril van der Haegen

I first found out about Cyril van der Haegen on a post on Star City Games' website. Cyril was diagnosed in 2011 with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a form of leukemia that has his immune system destroying his platelets in his blood, as well as smoldering myeloma. SCG is raising money for his hopeful cure and I reached out to him to let him know of the tournament and my 5K race that I am doing with all the money going towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which will help find a cure for him and so many others. Cyril has done over 30 cards for Magic: the Gathering, including Braid of Fire, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist and Maelstrom Archangel. This donation is extremely unique. When he found out about this fundraising event, he wanted to help so much but knew he couldn't donate a lot since he's trying to raise money as well for his own illnesses. Instead of nothing, Cyril sent artist proofs of 31 out of his 34 cards, which are all signed and include recent reprints. Three of the cards - Circu, Dimir Lobotomist, Maelstrom Archangel and Hada Freeblade (Worldwake GameDay edition) - are actual playable signed cards.

I'm really excited about this lot and hope that you guys and gals will be too. If you want to help Cyril and learn more about his health problems, please go to his account. I think all Magic players should help the artists that supply the art to their favorite cards.

The event is getting closer! Only a few more weeks! I know people have asked about possible side events that might happen and those are up in the air. If they do, it would possibly just be one side event that would probably be a few rounds/single elimination. I'm going to play it by ear on this one and let you guys know when it gets closer. I still have a few more things to announce (two more artists and some non-Magic related stuff) and that will happen within the next week or so. Once all the artists have sent their donations, I can officially announce what we are doing with everything and what the prizes will be. So keep watch for that update as well!

Until next time!

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