In 1992, the creator of Rocket Raccoon had his life changed forever- now his caregiver is asking for your help
Bill Mantlo was a prolific comic creator before a hit-and-run accident in 1992 caused him to be in institutional care ever since. Mantlo created several characters during his comic career including Rocket Racoon, Cloak & Dagger, the Micronauts, and Rom.
It may come as a surprise, however, that despite creating enduring characters that have appeared in video games, toys and billion dollar movies, Mantlo’s healthcare needs have outstripped his caregiver’s ability to provide.
Bill Mantlo’s primary caregiver is his younger brother, Michael, who has chosen to ask for help in bringing his big brother home to live out the rest of his days with family. Michael launched a GoFundMe campaign on Thursday to help make up some of these budget shortfalls. However, Michael clearly stresses that all donations will assist him pay off his own debt, and that the money raised will not go directly to Bill.
Here’s how Michael makes his case in asking for your help.
“I have been attempting to bring my brother home from the nursing home he has been placed in for the last 10 years. It has been a difficult struggle, filled with numerous pitfalls and obstacles, but I gave my word to him that I would do everything in my power to make it happen so that he could live out the rest of his life with dignity, and peace. It has become painfully obvious to me in the last few months that the powers that be will not let that happen.
“As for me, being retired and living on a fixed income, this ordeal has become a financial nightmare. I have nearly bankrupted myself in my attempts to build a home for my brother, and arranging for his necessary care. The reimbursements from his money sources don’t come anywhere near covering all that I have sacrificed for him from my own funds. I have been playing credit card roulette in order to finance everything I’ve done for him, and now it has overwhelmed me. I am nearly $100,000 in debt, and the piper is demanding payment.
“I have never been one to beg, and I’m having to swallow hard on my pride here, but if any of you can find it in your hearts to help me, I would be eternally grateful.”
Fellow comic creators and admirers of Mantlo’s work have already responded in big numbers, already raising over $30 thousand at the time of this writing, but there’s still a long way to go before hitting the $100 thousand goal.
You can visit Michael Mantlo’s GoFundMe page here.