Albert J. Thiel - Fundraiser

As many of you have probably heard, Albert Thiel lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, April 23, 2017. His family needs our help as they have...
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    As many of you have probably heard, Albert Thiel lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, April 23, 2017. His family needs our help as they have been financially devastated due to his exorbitant medical expenses. Randi Horlick started a gofundme campaign about 4 months ago to help them. Sadly, the campaign has only raised a meager $2855.00 of it's $20,000.00 goal.

    We are hoping our amazing R2R family can help this incredible man's family by donating to the fund - No amount is too small!:

    https://www.gofundme.com/albert-needs-our-help-and-support

    A little background:
    Albert was a well-respected businessman, author and speaker who helped revolutionize reef keeping in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was a kindhearted man with a passion for reef keeping who freely gave of his time and shared his knowledge with hobbyists on message boards, reef forums, and in person. Over the years, he spoke at several MACNA conferences and numerous aquarium society meetings here in the U.S., as well as abroad, in England, France, and Germany.

    He was born and raised in Belgium and in 1979, moved to the United States. In the mid 1980’s, after working for large US companies, Albert started his own business, Thiel AquaTech, which originated or brought to market many of the supplements and equipment we still use today. The company was sold in 1996.

    Albert authored several reef keeping related books, a monthly newsletter, and many articles for U.S. magazines Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH) and Fresh Water and Marine Aquarium (FAMA), as well as several foreign publications in English, French and Spanish. He also published many articles in Aquarium Society Newsletters and other vehicles under the pen name “The Blackfriar”.

    Printed Books and Newsletter:
    • 2013 - Nano-Reef Aquariums, The Optimum Guide for the Nano-Reef Hobbyist
    • 1993 - Ten Easy Steps to a Great Looking Saltwater and Reef Aquarium
    • 1989 - Advanced Reef Keeping I: A Comprehensive Guide to Setting Up Your Reef Tank
    • 1989 - Small Reef Aquarium Basics: The Optimum Aquarium for the Reef Hobbyist
    • 1989 - The Trickle Filter
    • 1988 - The Marine Fish and Invert Reef Aquarium: Advanced Techniques & Instrumentation
    • “Marine Reef: The Newsletter” – A 16 to 24 page monthly publication that ran for 5 years.
    Albert would not want anyone to be sad for his passing - only to celebrate his life and continue with his ideals by helping each other the way he was so willing to help everyone he could.


     
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    Very saddened by this loss. Albert was also one of our own here. Let's come together and raise some money to help his family.

    Thanks for putting this thread together.
     
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    Done!
     
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    Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
     
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    Wow my mom lost her battle to cancer just the day before April 22nd. I know the pain his family is going threw. I'll donate
     
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    I will miss hearing his passion about reefing. I loved his podcast as I learned so much from him on Nano Reef Hour. It is time to buy his book and help out his family. God bless them.
     
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    I'm a true admirer and will definitely donate.
     
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    Thanks for bring this up I wish I could do more
     
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    My grandmother lost her battle with cancer April 15th, I will donate to help the family.
     
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    done, i still have the blue book i got in 1992. from snail mail to forums, always willing to help.
    True hero of the reefing world
     
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    Done !
    Cancer sucks :mad: Lost my brother who was also my best mate to it just before Christmas :(
     
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    Done His books helped inspire me to the reefer I am today :( RIP Al
     
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    Seldom has one man done so much over so many years to influence help and mentor others and bring so much to the hobby a true pioneer. Albert encouraged me to improve my reefkeeping skills and that of so many more over decades. When he asked for help it was easy to give just as it is easy to give during his and his families needs now. Please help return his favours in the Olympics way you can by donating to this worthy cause. RIP my friend.
     
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    Were there any thoughts to getting maybe some vendors together to do some auctions/sales/packs for donation to the fund?
     
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    Seems a very good idea to me.
     
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    I´ll put a link to this at the Swedish Reef forum.

    Is there any possibility to make a Pay Pal account for the founding - it could make it easier to get support from people around the world.


    Sincerely Lasse
     
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    Thank You Lasse! We will look into your Paypal suggestion.
     
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    Thank you for sharing this with us!
     
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    He will be missed. Thanks for linking the GoFundMe!
     
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