|Shawn "Clown" Crahan
is preparing to embark on somewhat of an unusual documentary project regarding eating disorders.
Clown is currently searching for individuals of all ages affected with disorders such as anorexia and bulimia to film their story and help in raising awareness and fighting the illness.
"I don't want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal,"
the percussionist said in an official website announcement
. "What I am going to ask for next may be difficult for some of you to contemplate but I ask that you keep an open mind and to think about what an experience like this might have meant to you had it been available when you began your journey."
Crahan then gave specific details of his project, revealing that he is searching for the following individuals:
A man and/or a woman at least 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.
A man and/or a woman between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.
A man and/or a woman under the age of 18 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.
"I know how incredibly difficult these disorders are to live with, to speak about, and to have to confront," he said. "I want to be direct, honest, and unflinching in telling your stories of struggle and triumph, failure and success as you find your path to a healthy life."
The percussionist then gave his reasons for opting to film the documentary in the first place. "Why eating disorders?" he asked. "My path through life has brought me into contact with a number of women and men suffering from these terrible diseases and I feel compelled to do what I can to help.
"I warn you now that I intend to ask a great deal of you. I am not interested in telling only part of the story. I want to speak to you and film your story. I want to be positive but not condescending, to be honest, but not cruel. My hope is that your experiences will give the woman or man suffering in silence the strength to get help. My hope is that telling your story will empower you to gain control of your illness."
Crahan also admitted seeing the devastating effect of the disorders he is looking to document, adding that he is "not foolish enough to believe this will cure anyone."
Finally, the percussionist decided to end the announcement with a quote from C.S. Lewis, saying, "If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."
Those interested can reach Crahan via email at email@example.com. All responses will be kept completely confidential.