A friend needs help

When you run a site like CultTVman, you meet a lot of wonderful people.   You make a lot of friends.   I am very fortunate to have gotten to know so many great model builders, artists, authors, and film makers.   Every once and a while, someone hits a rough patch.   They might lose a job, a family member gets sick, a loved one passes.   When something like this happens, people come together for support.  We lend a hand if we can.

Right now a fellow modeler, Lora Johnson needs some help.   Lora was born with very rare birth defect and has had multiple surgeries throughout her life to fix the problem.    The medical term is for the birth defect is “fourth branchial cleft malformation.”  If you want to understand more about this, you can Google it here.    Despite many surgeries, the problem has been aggravated  and it has now become a life threatening issue.

Lora is in the unfortunate situation of having no health insurance and no job at this time.   She needs to raise a significant amount to cover the costs of surgery to correct the birth defect.  The good news is that she has found a surgeon who can fix the damage.   She has set up a Go Fund Me page raise the money she needs to have the surgery.


Many of you know Lora Johnson.   In the past, she was known by the name Shane Johnson.  She authored a few  popular Star Trek books including Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise and Worlds of the Federation.    In the Star Wars universe, Shane wrote the Star Wars Technical Journal.  Shane Johnson is also well known for a series of popular Christian themed science fiction novels including Ice, and The Last Guardian.    

I’ve known Lora Johnson for close to 20 years.   She was a contributor the site in the early days and she wrote a chapter in my second book, CultTVman’s Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Science Fiction Movies, featuring the Planet of the Apes Icarus.  You can still find some of her models on the CultTVman website.

If you can help, I encourage you to contribute at her Go Fund Me page.

If you would like to know more about Lora Johnson, the Chicago Now website has a recent profile of her.




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