Marta Gonzalez

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Hi Marta, Thank you once ag…
Hi Marta,

Thank you once again for your donation to help John Spinello, the inventor of Operation, get his oral surgery. Because of people like you, he has had his first surgery and is doing well! John, his family, Peggy and I, all really appreciate it.

You may have heard that Peggy & I are making a documentary film about this adventure. We have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the rest of the funds needed to finish production. We want all our Crowdrise donors to know that none of the money you helped raise for John’s surgery is being used for the film. Peggy Brown and I have $25,000 of our own money in the production and we are committed to making a non-profit film worthy of telling John’s unique and inspiring story. You can earn some great Operation themed perks and become a producer of the film here: 

We received over 1,500 email from fans of the game in support of John. Dozens of those email were from people in the medical field. Nurses, doctors and yes, even surgeons wrote to thank John for creating a game that they credited in part, for attracting them to the field of medicine. We even received a letter from a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medical School who wrote to tell John that Operation inspired him to create a surgical device that sets off a BUZZER in the Operating room to alert the surgeon when he or she is getting too close to delicate nerves. This device has been used in nearly a million surgeries around the world!

Thank you for considering to help us tell John's story after 50 years of anonymity.

Seize the Play!

Tim & Peggy
3 years ago
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Thank you again for donating…
Thank you again for donating to our campaign for John Spinello, inventor of Operation. Although we reached our goal, John's financial needs are still great, so we've launched an additional contest. If you thought about buying an autographed Operation game over at WAIT! You could win one by joining our team and raising just $50! Here's the contest:

The first 300 people to join our team and raise $50 win a FREE Operation Game signed by inventor John Spinello.

The team member with the Highest Amount of Online Donations Wins the Grand Prize - An Operation Themed Prize Pack Valued at $300!

Once there, hit the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button under our profile picture.

Please email us if you need help with anything.
Thanks so much.

Tim Walsh & Peggy Brown
4 years ago
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THANK YOU! We truly apprecia…
THANK YOU! We truly appreciate your gift to John Spinello. Peggy & I assured John that we’d be thanking each donor directly, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Becasue of you, we surpassed our goal of $25,000! The financial hardship extends beyond John’s medical needs, so we greatly appreciate for your generosity beyond the goal. At this writing, we are approaching $32,000!

After John sold his game for $500, he built a successful warehouse company in Chicago. In 2008, when the bottom fell out of the market, John lost his largest customer and then his business. Having borrowed money against his house to try and save his company, John was forced to file for personal bankrupcy.

Today John still works at 77 years of age, earning less than $20,000 per year. Any gifts of appreciation and thanks you send will go a long way to help John and his family.

If you haven't done so already, you can head over to and write a "Dear John Letter" of encouragement to a man who gave so many of us, so much fun. He is loving the letters and memories that are being shared.

Gratefully Yours,

4 years ago
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Marta Gonzalez
Marta Gonzalez
Miami, FL United States
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