Tuesday, May 16, 2006


DQ reader John DiMinno sent me this request and I am happy to write about it.

John is a leader in a gaming clan called 21st Stealth Squadron. Another member of that clan is Soulcommander (Larry), who you might recognize as one of the key figures in publicizing the problems with Starforce copy protection. Larry found out recently that one of their clan members, RickRuck, has a debilitating disease called ankylosing spondylitis, which is a painful, progressive rheumatic disease.

When Larry discovered this, he set up a website, and here's the description: This website is dedicated to raising funds to fly Rick van't Hart and his fiance Tamara from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Orlando Florida for a dream vacation. Rick or RickRuk as he is known to most of us in the gaming circles, has a medical issue called Ankylosing Spondylitis. This illness will eventually cripple Rick and has already started to hinder his ability to live the life of a young 23 yr old.

You may know someone with ankylosing spondylitis, or maybe you just want do something to help out a fellow gamer. In either case, here's a link to the website:

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