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To surprise "Papa Merlyn" with a power scooter to save wear and tear on his feet and keep Merlyn mobile in an around Montrose.

Robert (Bobby) "Papa Merlyn" Pagano, has been hailed as "Houston's Favorite Queer Witch" by many in the community. Anyone who visits the Montrose area with any regularity will recognize him since he walks everywhere, and is always out somewhere being around friends and making new friends. He is also a regular guest on the weekly KPFT "After Hours" queer variety radio show.

Originally from New York, Merlyn found a home in the Montrose community of Houston and has been adopted into the extended families of many of it's residents.

It's an understatement to say that Merlyn stands out in public. Due to a birth defect called spina bifida, he walks/hobbles along with the help of a walking staff, and his pagan beliefs and love of Sci-Fi among other things inspire his unique attire. His welcoming attitude and willingness to befriend anyone has made him a popular friend to many in the area. His guidance and counsel to the younger LGBT community has helped many find the right path and make the right life-decisions.

Along with his 15+ year fight with HIV and after several recent medical issues affecting his feet along with other medical problems affecting his overall health and energy, he is now finding it harder and harder to get around on his own. It's not easy for someone used to being so independent all of his life to now rely on others just to get out of the house.

The idea was brought up to panhandle for the Merlyn Mobility Fund... The goal is $5,000.00 (after fees and expenses) to secure a power scooter to save wear and tear on his feet and keep Merlyn mobile in and about Montrose. Any remaining funds will be used for additional items he needs for mobility or to improve his quality of life.

Since Merlyn doesn't have a computer or actively use the internet, we are hoping to keep these fundraising efforts a secret and surprise him with the scooter later this year.
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