He has a cancer diagnosis but his disability pension is enough to defeat his state provided insurance. Now he himself needs the help of the community.
More details here: http://linuxlock.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/something-ive-been-putting-off-all-day.html and his partner's post above.
and here: Thomas A. Knight, who is setting up donations.
Enough has been raised so far to buy Ken an appropriate monitor - because of the effects of radiotherapy, he's been unable to tolerate using a monitor with backlighting.
One donor has also stepped in to buy a month's drug treatment.
Should efforts for raising funds for Ken himself be unsuccessful, all surplus funds raised will be ploughed back into the Helios Project (now known as Reglue following a recent merger with another local computer charity).
The Helios Project has been associated with Software in the Public Interest [SPI - also the umbrella organisation supporting Debian] for some years.
UPDATE2 - From Thomas A. Knight's blog referenced above:
By Thomas A. Knight on Sun 19 Aug 2012 07:33:49 am $11,000 so far, and still going strong. The outpouring of support for this is amazing. My most humble thanks to all contributors.
Even though we are still far from our goal, this has been far more successful than I ever thought possible. Thank you.
UPDATE3 - From Ken Starks, Sunday 26 August 2012
The amount of money needed has been raised. Donations to Helios Project/Reglue are welcome, as ever - but Ken's immediate needs are satisfactorily met and he himself doesn't wish to profit further from the community's goodwill. As he says, he can't thank us enough
More news at http://linuxlock.blogspot.com is due on 27/08/2012