I've just learned that Stefán Karl (the long-time face of our beloved villain, Robbie Rotten), was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The subsequent surgery has left him unable to return to work for up to a year. He and his family are going to need help with medical bills and with getting by in the coming year.
Mark Valenti (scriptwriter and lyricist for the show) has set up a GoFundMe on Stefán's behalf. The goal is $30,000, and they've raised $26,267 in just over a month. That's fantastic, but isn't quite there, and my guess is they'll need more than that in the long run. Additionally, Julianna Rose Mauriello (Stephanie, seasons 1 & 2) and Chloe Lang (Stephanie, seasons 3 & 4) came together to record a short message asking for help.
Cancer is a pain I know too well; not only have two of my friends (successfully) battled breast cancer, but my dearest friend in the world passed away this May after her cancer, thought to be in remission after her own fight, came back aggressively. I know the struggle of surgeries, recoveries, chemotherapy and procedure after procedure as complications come up. I hope with all my heart that Stefán's battle is a relatively easy one (emphasis on "relatively") and that he can return to work and a normal life as soon as possible, but in the meantime, he has not only his surgery to recover from, but chemotherapy and radiation to get through as well, and he needs all the help we can give him.