Tens of thousands of science fiction, fantasy and comic book fans will descend on Atlanta this Labor Day weekend for Dragon Con. While fans celebrate the exploits of their favorite fandom heroes, the staff behind Dragon Con is also participating in heroics of their own — combating lymphoma, the immune system blood cancer.
Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – Georgia Market is the official charity of Dragon Con for 2015. Dragon Con will match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised at the charity this year. LRF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community.
Attendees can help by either donating an item or bidding on one of the many donated charity auction lots. The donated items will be available for viewing at the Charity Events Booth in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Friday, September 4th and Saturday September 5th of the convention. You might find a unique comic book, movie prop or artwork you’ve always wanted. And your winning bid will help those combating lymphoma.
Last year, Dragon Con and its attendees raised more than $115,000 for the 2014 official charity, Atlanta Community Food Bank and collected 535 pounds of food.
Dragon Con attendees can also be heroes in their own way, by donating blood, as part of the largest convention-based blood drive in the country. Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive donors who give blood will get a t-shirt. The blood will assist 110 hospitals throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. In 2014, more than 3,800 donors gave 3,292 units of blood.
Look for volunteers from LifeSouth around the convention. Donor heroes need to be at 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo I.D. Donate blood in costume and feel extra heroic.
Learn more about Dragon Con’s charities and how you can help.