Heroes Needed!

Emru Townsend, founding editor of fps magazine and an active member of the animation community, was recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. As none of his relatives are a match, he is now relying on outside donors. We were contacted and asked to help encourage other animation professionals and enthusiasts to join a bone marrow registry.

Townsend has built a web site, www.healemru.com, offering information on how to join the bone marrow registry. His sister and other family members and friends have also created and distributed various posters for people to print and post in their community. They can be found at www.healemru.com/publicity.php. In additon, leading animation software company Toon Boom has a dedicated page for Townsend at www.toonboom.com/community/voice.php.

According to his bio, Emru Townsend sees the connections between Japanese and American animation, stop-motion and CG, the art and the industry, the fiercely independent and the relentlessly commercial. He has been preaching his Unified Animation Theory worldview since 1989. Those of us who have seen Emru in action know that he is remarkably passionate about the art of animation and has championed this art form in various platforms in the past. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope we can all join forces to help him find a donor as soon as possible.