View Full Version : Area 55 / PacerDigest Lee Eddins Memorial Fund?

08-09-2012, 09:54 PM
Hi everyone.

So we've all seen in the "Roy Hibbert is a class act (http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthread.php?74843-Roy-Hibbert-is-a-class-act)" thread that Lee Eddins, the 12 year old boy who loved Roy Hibbert and was terminally ill with Leukemia, passed away while Roy was boarding a plane to go visit him as his dying wish. Just a terrible, tragic story that has truly touched my heart.

It got me to thinking... Area 55 auditions are rolling around again. I've been brainstorming ways to "out-do" my 2 previous 15 minute long joke-entries, and had a few ideas. But honestly, after reading about this story and what Lee's family and Roy are going through... It all seems so pointless to be doing something "funny" instead of something helpful.

So here is my idea for my Area 55 audition tape, as well as a memorial fund.

Instead of the normal silly shenanigans, I'd like to dedicate my audition to Lee and to his memory. Since it's obviously very important to Roy that his memory and his causes be remembered and well taken care of, I thought perhaps I could also start some sort of fund for either Leukemia research, the Eddins family, or whatever is appropriate.

My thought was that I would donate $55 dollars to (whichever) charity up front, and then donate 55 cents to the charity for every made Free-Throw that Roy hits all season, and perhaps $5.50 for every Pacers playoff win or something like that. Based on Roy's previous FT #'s, this will probably work out to be around $100 donated via the Free Throw makes, and HOPEFULLY quite a bit more from the playoff wins!

But where I think this memorial could really go viral is if others in Area 55 and PacersDigest will pledge to take part as well. Who known, maybe we could get the Pacers and FSI involved as well?

I don't want any credit or acknowledgment for doing this. I love the Pacers and Roy, and would be very happy to continue making silly Area 55 videos for the next decade. But this just feels like a "Bigger" impact type thing to do. I don't have tons of money, so I can't really pledge big bucks or anything, frankly the 150-200 dollars from my ideas above is a huge stretch for us... But it also feels like the right thing to do.

So, how do you all feel about this? Good idea? Bad idea?

If I can get a good number of people to jump on board I'll begin looking at making plans to go-ahead with it for my Area 55 video and beyond.

RIP Lee.

08-09-2012, 10:03 PM
I'd be willing to donate something to it.

08-09-2012, 10:24 PM
I have a little over a hundred bucks in my acct for the Pacers foundation fund from the T shirt sale!

08-10-2012, 12:01 AM
Great idea, TMJ! I do love your auditions for Area 55, though, because they always make me smile. I can feel your love for the Pacers shining through them. I know that even with the seriousness of the situation, you will make it awesome.

I searched the 'net and found the CNN interview with Roy after he found out about the little guy. Here is the link. Roy is a very special man and the Pacers should thank their lucky stars for a player of his caliber. You can definitely tell that Roy is shaken up by the Lee's passing away before he could surprise him and it sounds like he is going to dedicate the season to him.

I hope this link works:


08-10-2012, 09:34 AM
I'd be in for it.

I'd suggest a Leukemia or, better still, a marrow donor drive charity. Maybe RobfromPacers can help do some research for who is the best and we can unify with the Pacers Foundation.

08-10-2012, 04:39 PM
Great idea, I think this is a great way to pay respect to Lee Eddins and Roy.

08-10-2012, 04:59 PM
After thinking and praying about this, and chatting with my wife about it last night, I have decided to go ahead with this idea.

More details to be forthcoming...

08-11-2012, 07:12 PM
After thinking and praying about this, and chatting with my wife about it last night, I have decided to go ahead with this idea.

More details to be forthcoming...

Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful thing, I'm sure plenty of others will donate as well.

08-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Alright folks, here is the my Area 55 video for this season:

It's quite a departure from the silly tone of the last two... But as I've described in this thread, there is something "bigger" at stake here.

I hope you will all consider donating to the memorial fund.

The website is VERY much under construction, but can be found here (as explained in the video)


If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact me.

Trader Joe
08-24-2012, 09:26 AM
Kind of off topic, but congrats on the second rugrat. What are you going to name this one? Gimley? ;)

Also, great work, I look forward to seeing what this can do.

08-24-2012, 09:32 AM
Good work - I signed up!

08-24-2012, 09:48 AM
Thanks guys!

The site is VERY under construction, but I do lots of web design work, so I'll pull out some cool stuff given a few weeks :)

Trader Joe: Gimli is a cool name ;)

08-26-2012, 08:13 PM

My full length video is now available on the area55 site.

Would appreciate votes, but MORE than anything, would appreciate support for
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08-27-2012, 06:10 PM
Leave an empty seat in area 55 for lee.

Major Cold
08-27-2012, 08:48 PM
Leave an empty seat in area 55 for lee.
Better yet call the seat Lee's seat and put the ticket on auction for each game. I would place a few bids.