THE JASPER JORDAN PROJECT
A message from End of the World Events member, Rory:
As the head of the charity involvement of Con-Geda, I am excited to announce The Jasper Jordan Project as one of our charity partners that we will be raising money for during Con-Geda. It was founded by fans of the show in the aftermath of Jasper’s suicide in “The Other Side.” Through their GoFundMe page they are helping to raise money for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
If you know even the smallest bit about me, the one thing you probably know is that Jasper Jordan is my favorite character on the show. From the start there was something about him that drew me to him, and I could see myself in the character. For the most part this is something that I’ve never experienced before. This continued as Jasper’s story progressed, and this character that I loved began to become my representation. I saw someone struggling with mental illness, the way that I have struggled with mental illness for a little over a decade now. At the end of season 3 I was in tears even before the end scene with Jasper at the rover because I knew how this story was about to end. I’d seen it so many times before, I knew people whose story ended that way, and I’d known what it was like to start to write that page of my own. Then it didn’t happen, and those tears became ones of relief. Maybe Jasper’s story would end differently after all. Maybe there was a chance at happiness. Maybe this would be a story to give hope to those of us with mental illness that our story won’t end in the way we are so often used to it ending. Only that didn’t happen, and I was reminded of how I’ve been shown over and over again that this is how my own story is fated to end.
This is why The Jasper Jordan Project is something that means a lot to me, because while Jasper was a fictional character, mental illness is a real thing that people struggle with, and something that is often stigmatized in both real life and in fiction. They said it best on the page for The Jasper Jordan Project, “Our struggle is not a sad side note in someone else's story. We deserve love, support, and healing.”
To learn more about The Jasper Jordan Project and to donate, you can check out their GoFundMe page here: The Jasper Jordan Project
Follow on Twitter: @JaspersProject
Learn more about the Anxiety and Depression Association of America here: ADAA
THE BATTLE SCARS PROJECT
"We all have battle scars." - Raven Reyes
A message from End of the World Events members, Rory and Michaela:
We are excited to announce the Battle Scars Project as our second charity partner that we will be raising money for during Con-Geda. It was founded by a fan of the show, and is named for the character of Raven Reyes who struggles with chronic pain. Through their GoFundMe page they are helping to raise money for iPain (the International Pain Foundation). All charity proceeds will be split evenly between the JJP and the BSP. Like the JJP the BSP is a charity that supports a cause close to The 100 fandom, as well as us here at Con-Geda.
I am chronically ill and deal with chronic widespread pain as a result, which is one of the reasons Raven resonates so much with me. Her struggle to overcome her disability and her journey to learn to accept it were so familiar, and nearly every scene of hers in season 3 made me cry. I developed my chronic illnesses about 4 years ago, and at the time of season 3, my symptoms were still severe and I was feeling a bit hopeless as to what my future would look like, as was Raven. Her story line in season 4 was also incredibly poignant and accurate, and the moment when Raven decided to fight to survive was such an outstanding moment of hope.
I am happy to say that I’ve been able to get my health under control this summer, but I still suffer from pain and fatigue, so I of course still find Raven incredibly meaningful. Lindsey has done an amazing job and kept her portrayal accurate to actual chronic pain experiences, which is rare in the media. The Battle Scars Project is important to me because it benefits the International Pain Foundation, which raises awareness for chronic pain. Chronic pain, especially amongst young people, is something that is largely overlooked in conversations about other marginalized communities, so raising awareness for it is a cause that is dear to my heart.
To learn more about the Battle Scars Project and to donate you can check out their gofundme page here: Battle Scars Project
Follow on Twitter: @BattlescarsPPC
Visit the BSP Website: BSP Official Site
Learn more about the International Pain Foundation here: iPAIN