OK, so I am 40 years old and have had a wonderful life. I have a wonderful wife and 2 fantastic children. I have a job I generally enjoy working with people I like. I love to draw and the medium of comics is my passion. Sometimes I have a hard time with depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks can be far too common.

Last week I found out I also have a tumor the size of a billiard ball growing into my brain.

I don’t want to alarm anyone. The next few months or so will be scary and include some rather serious surgery, but my treatment prospects and overall outlook is pretty rosy.

I expect I will come out the other side of this with a hell of a scar.

But when something like this hits you by surprise, you can’t help but reassess your life and your mortality. I need to draw more. I should spend more time with my wife and family. I need to help others as much as possible.

I also know that 40 years is too short a time.

Far too short to live the life I want, no matter how much I have achieved.

The likelihood that I will survive this and get to follow though on the rest of my life is high, but for far too many, that’s just simply not the case.

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW and provide support, respite and end of life care for terminally ill children and their families. Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Bear Cottage is a medically supported home away from home. It costs $3.2 mil a year to run the place, and it’s raised by donations.

To help support them, I have a page set up where donations can be made to go straight to Bear Cottage (I don’t get your money at any time) and urge you to consider finding something you can spare towards this great cause.

You can go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/colin-wells to make your donation.

To sweeten the deal, anyone who donates $20 or more will be able to get a single figure pencil drawing of the character of your choice. If you want something more, message me so we can work out an appropriate donation that you can make in exchange for the requested art.

They say “Where we cannot add years to life, we add life to years.”

I urge you all to help these fine folks help those who just quite simply haven’t got the years we’ve enjoyed, or will get to have.