On February 27th, 2014, New York Times bestselling author Aaron Allston passed away at age 53. He was attending a convention when he collapsed suddenly, and was rushed to a hospital. The cause of death has been reported as a massive heart failure. In 2009, Mr. Allston had a heart attack and underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery. He was able to successfully return to writing, penning the 2010 Star Wars novel, FATE OF THE JEDI: BACKLASH. The dedication in BACKLASH reads: "To everyone in 2009 who helped me get through a very hard time."
Far Far Away Radio is hosting an auction in honor of Aaron Allston. This auction be for a 1st edition copy of FATE OF THE JEDI: BACKLASH, signed by Aaron Allston in 2010 at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida. The copy is in mint-condition and has never been read.
100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to the American Heart Association, to further cardiovascular research in memory of Mr. Allston. A donation to the American Heart Association can make an immediate impact. According to the AHA website, donating will allow you to join "in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers – heart disease and stroke. Your donation will support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk."
Mr. Allston was the beloved author of 13 Star Wars novels, including, perhaps most notably, five titles in the popular X-WING series. He was also known for his work as a designer for role-playing games. Let us use Star Wars to celebrate Aaron's life and to help others who are facing trials similar to his own. This is an opportunity to further Mr. Allston's legacy of kindness by reaching out to the countless people who need help getting through their personal hard times. We can make the world a better place, much like Aaron Allston did through his endearing personality and wonderful stories.
The bidding will start at $30, but we hope to blow that figure out of the water by the end of the auction. The more money raised, the greater your impact will be. Bidding will officially be closed on March 21, 2014 at 4:56:33 p.m. ET.
This auction is only open to the United States.