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Honeymourning: A Posthumous Honeymoon

Organized by Anna Carlson
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Help me raise money so I don't have to go on my honeymoon alone!

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All funds raised will go to Anna Carlson, the organizer for Paying for my friend to come along to support me..
$5,660 raised
202 items sold of
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$20
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, Unisex - Stone Blue
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Stone Blue
Organized by Anna Carlson

About this campaign

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On July 3rd, 2013 my husband and partner of ten years, Ryan Davis, died suddenly, just four days after our wedding. It’s been an incredibly hard two years since, during which I’ve really struggled, trying to build a whole new life. In an attempt to get a new outlook, close the chapter of my life that “should" have been, and finally make a fresh start, I’ve decided to take the cross-country train trip we’d planned as our honeymoon. I want to bring a close friend along for support because I know there will be times when it will be overwhelming to be on this adventure without my other half. I’ve created this T-shirt sale to help defray the cost of bringing her along. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope that, if it speaks to you, you’ll consider buying a shirt and help me get my life back on track (pardon the pun).

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Anna Carlson and I was lucky enough to marry a man that I loved deeply, and with whom I had built a true partnership over the course of a decade. Having the love and support of another person who understands you completely can give you the strength, energy, and courage to meet whatever challenges life presents. In the years Ryan and I shared prior to our wedding we’d encountered a fair ration of "for better or for worse" circumstances, and had managed to come through it all with an even stronger bond. We weren’t perfect, but we had shared our very best and worst experiences and had built a foundation based on deep understanding and respect for one another. We could be ourselves 100% without fear of misunderstanding or undue judgment. Together, every experience was enriched, made more multi-facetted, just by the act of sharing it. As we prepared for our big day we were looking forward to a whole new chapter (not to mention making some new little characters). I’d felt ready to take on whatever lay ahead knowing I had his faith and love in my corner.

Although I think I’ve been pretty good at putting on a brave face, it takes all I have to try and act like I’m living something resembling the life we'd shared. I can hardly describe the depth of longing and the emptiness that lingers. I know that I am not alone in my grief. The outpouring of love and sympathy shared online by his friends, colleaues, and fan since the announcement of his passing demonstrates the lasting mark he left on people all over the world, many of whom had never actually met him.

Shortly after Ryan’s death, his friends from Giant Bomb (a game review site he’d helped found) VERY generously started the sale of a T-shirt intended as a benefit for me. For reasons beyond any of our control that benefit had to be canceled and refunds issued to those who’d participated. Now, as I raise a glass to another tragic anniversary I’ve decided to sell my own shirt. For those familiar with it, I regret that I am unable to offer the originally proposed design, but I’ve noodled around and come up with my own creation that I think he’d really enjoy. It is vaguely reminiscent of some of the pieces of Monorail and Tomorrowland ride concept art that had hung in our home. My goal in selling the shirt is to help cover the cost of bringing my close friend Zoe along. Her gift of time and support (when she could, and probably should, be seeking gainful employment) is so generous, I couldn’t allow her to additionally incur travel expenses for a trip she’d have no reason to undertake on her own.

Our route takes us coast to coast, beginning in Seattle in early September, crossing to Boston (stopping to stay with friends and family along the way) before turning back westward. I've even included a stop in Toronto to satiate Ryan's desire to finally get me out of the United States. If you have any recommendations of fun things to see and do along the way I’d love to have them. Feel free to share them with me on Twitter @HoneyMourning (an account I created for just that purpose) or with my traveling companion @SomeZoeLane. Thank you again for your time and support on this journey.
(If you'd like to know more about Ryan and his work here is a link to the site he helped to create: http://www.giantbomb.com/ryan-davis/3040-93335/)

Supporters

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I hope you can build some new, wonderful memories on your trip!

Michael 1 item

As with many others, I never met Ryan Davis. But that man was pivotal in my life. Ryan helped me through some extremely deep depression with his humor and discussions and I will always be indebted to him for that.

Rodney Lasseigne Jr. 1 item + $25

Ryan and GB have impacted my life greatly. What better way to give back than to help out the one he loved most :)

Jesse Marciano 1 item
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