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20 August 20th, 2010 UPDATE: Eric Sheffer Stevens fans raise funds for Doctors without Borders!

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Now, here’s a way to do something with your grief and turn it into something positive for others!  The fantastic fan base of As the World Turns, Eric Sheffer Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver) had an inspired member of their fan forum come up with an idea to set up a fundraising campaign with the proceeds going to Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres to show what the incredible character Reid Oliver has meant to all of them.  From what we hear: Eric himself suggested the charity, once he heard what his legions of fans wanted to do in his honor.  How cool!

On-Air On-Soaps has been told by the campaign organizers that the fundraiser launched on Aug 19,  has now received over $5500.00  in donations, all in just two days.  If you’d like to check out their efforts click here!

In addition, the ESS group on their landing page has a very nice mission statement!  And, here is a portion of that below:  ”As Reid has been a hero to many, we can follow suit and be heroes as well while honoring Eric and his incredible talent. Many have asked how they can send gifts to Eric to show their appreciation of his talent.  Eric has expressed that while he is grateful for the thought; his preference is that folks send him their good thoughts.  This is a way to satisfy both while supporting a cause that is of vital importance on a global level.  How appropriate given the fact that Eric’s fans are all over the world and this is a charity close to his heart.”

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  1. bluemirror144 says:

    I am so moved by this opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. The fans of Reid Oliver and his portrayer are angry and grieving over one more brilliant gay character–unapologetic, sexy, brilliant and adult–being sacrificed for the happiness of a straight, much less epic, much less compelling couple. Luke deserves his happy ending, and the fans who discovered Reid and ESS this year deserve a denouement that is groundbreaking, rather than a fulfillment of a cliche. Being able to give money to Doctors WIthout Borders gives us something to do with our frustration and sadness. Thank you, Michael, for posting this article, and thank you, Eric, for being an inspiration.

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  2. Mary Pariseau says:

    Thanks Michael for sharing the story. It felt great to make the donation today in honor of Eric Sheffer Stevens. His portrayal of Dr Reid Oliver has touched so many lives from all around the world. He is a brilliant actor and I have enjoyed watching the LuRe storyline.

    Being able to give to Doctors Without Borders has given us all a way to show everyone how much we love the character of Reid Oliver and to thank the man who portrayed him, the wonderful Eric Sheffer Stevens.

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  3. traciamc says:

    I couldn’t have said it better than blue did. We as a fandom are devastated that our couple is not only being destroyed at the end of the show, but we’re upset at the cavalier attitude that Chris Goutman and head writer Jean Passante have shown to the fans, both of Luke/Reid and Luke/Noah. It’s ludicrous and we’re angry. This was our way of being able to focus some positive energy to help others and show our support and thanks to the brilliant acting of Eric Sheffer-Stevens and the epic character of Dr. Reid Oliver. We look forward to seeing him in more roles in the future! Please help us in supporting Doctors Without Borders! Thank you Michael for helping us spread the word!

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  4. L says:

    I’m a relatively new soap fan (all thanks to ESS, Reid and LuRe), and I am ashamed to admit that in the past, I was guilty of mocking soap viewers due to stereotypes and so forth. Never again – I’ve never known a more intelligent, fun, diverse and passionate group of people, and in all my years of fandom, this is the first I’ve been in where the fans have channeled their frustration and pain, as well as their love for a show and character/actor into such a positive activity that will benefit so many people. I’ll be donating myself as soon as I get a chance. Thank you all for a wonderful time these past few months, thanks to ESS for bringing such a great character to life, and thanks to the people involved for thinking of, organizing and spreading the word for this charity drive.

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  5. Colleen says:

    Michael, Thank you for helping us to make folks aware of the effort in honor of Eric. Folks have been searching for a way to show their appreciation and, given how humble Eric is, have found it hard to do so in a tangible way. By recognizing what he has meant to the fan base through donations to Doctors without Borders, that desire has been satisfied at the same time that a truly deserving cause will see a boost to heir fundraising effort. Given the fractured nature of the soap fan base, i could not be more proud to be part of the effort that has supported LuRe through its ATWT tenure. They are the most positive and generous group of folks I will ever know.

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  6. Sandra says:

    This is a testament to the power of Reid Oliver as brought to life by Eric Sheffer Stevens: rage and disappointment over something we can’t control are channeled into something positive that can truly make a difference. Thank you Eric, the Reid fans who organized and made this possible, Michael for spreading the word, and Doctors without Borders for helping make the world a better place. Reid Oliver lives forever!

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  7. Michael says:

    Reid and Eric’s fans are the most amazing people ever. I realized that the first time I went on Reid’s fanpage on facebook. Eric must be proud to have such wonderful fans.

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  8. Jana says:

    Thank you for writing this. It makes me feel so positive and very proud to be Lure fan. All the best Michael.

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  9. [...] columnist Michael Fairman has picked up the story and there is great viral buzz. Even if you can’t or don’t wish to [...]

  10. marisha says:

    Thank you Michael for your article and supporting our cause! It’s an honor & privilege to be part of this group of amazing people. We come from all over the world and share our love of the character Dr Reid Oliver and the talents of Eric Sheffer-Stevens. We have been blessed with Eric’s brilliant portrayal of the original Dr Oliver. We may be heartbroken at the treatment of our beloved Reid & Luke but we will not let our devastation be our only response. We are instead focusing on the good times we’ve shared and the friendships we’ve gained. We are trying to turn our pain into something positive that will help such a worthy cause. What a great way to honor Eric who has had such a positive impact on all our lives! I am so very proud of this fanbase!

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  11. Teri says:

    As a fan I am so proud to be in such amazing company. September 17th is rapidly approaching and as heartbroken as I am, this makes me feel that somehow it is all worth it. No matter what happens in the end Eric Sheffer Stevens as Dr. Reid Oliver made an indelible impression on our screens and in our hearts. Michael, thank you for helping us honor a brilliant actor and a truly gracious human being.

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  12. gus says:

    This fandom never ceases to amaze me.

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  13. Jeff says:

    I have been a long-time fan of ATWT and of the soap genre in general. I’ve always known soap fans to be “fanatic” yes but also some of the most good-hearted and devoted folks you could want to meet. I have loved every minute of Nuke and LuRe had me from the moment Reid Oliver answered Luke’s first phone call. This is just a fantastic way turn some real grief into some real positive action. To me this effort in honor of Eric makes losing my beloved ATWT family a little easier!

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  14. Wendy says:

    The character of Reid Oliver has touched my life and I am very happy to have the opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. I am proud to be a part of the Fan Base that supports Eric and his character of Dr. Reid Oliver. I cannot wait to see Eric in future roles. Thank you Eric for being the amazing person and actor you are. And thank you Michael for posting this story.

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  15. tess says:

    It was wonderful to support a cause Eric is close to. He as Reid has really entertained us not forgetting the character of Luke. Though its sad how it all ends but atleast the contributions will make a difference where CG could not.

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  16. [...] graciously agreed to support the efforts as well. The story has been picked up by soap columnist Michael Fairman as well as AfterElton blogger snicks. Even if you can’t or don’t wish to donate, you can still [...]

  17. Karen (limeybird2) says:

    I am honored to be numbered among his many fans & i have already donated to this worthy cause. Today i went to a birthday party for a friends boyfriend & couldn’t come up with what to give him, so i decided i’ll make another donation in his name to this worthy cause. He was so touched by that, & he was glad we were doing something so worthwhile for a great cause.
    When i told him how much was raised already he was floored that for just getting it started we had amassed that much already for 2 days.

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  18. Pup says:

    Thank you for the article. The generousity of the fans have left me speechless.
    Eric will be proud to have such a giving fanbase. Nothing gives us greater joy than helping those in need.

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  19. GAELYN THOMSON says:

    i am fowlling eric sheffer stevens footsteps don’t think of yourself think of others

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  20. GAELYN THOMSON says:

    i all ready gave 210.00 to doctors with bardors to honner eric sheffer stevens i also do anything anything to meet him i am so in love with him

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