Hell on Wheels, AMC's Civil War-era Transcontinental Railroad-themed western, airs tonight and every Saturday night at 9pm. You can (and should) watch. But, wouldn't it be great to join the show's star, Anson Mount, on the set?
Mount is passionate about fighting a disease that affects the young sons of his friend from back home in White Bluff, Tennessee; Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and he's asking for the help of his fans, fans of the show, or anyone else that wants to see this particularly aggressive form of muscular dystrophy eradicated.
Through the website Omaze, Mount is taking donations in exchange for merchandise and opportunities that any Hell fan would, well, travel to hell and back for. But, as Mount told The Tennessean recently, "What's great is that everybody can buy a chance to win. It's not just the highest bidder."
Based on the amount of the donation, those giving can get everything from a 'Digital Thank You Card' from Anson Mount to dinner with the star. But, regardless of the amount of the donation, everyone that gives at least $10 will be automatically entered into the drawing for a flyaway to Calgary, Canada, where the show is filmed. The winner and their guest will join Mount on set and get the "Ultimate American Old West Experience."
Mount says "Our trek across the Great Plains is heading onward and you'll be riding along as an honorary member of the Hell on Wheels encampment." He promises a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and meet & greets with the cast, plus the chance to see scenes from the show's fourth season as they are filmed. But this 'ultimate' experience doesn't end there. "We'll go skeet shooting, fly fishing, and horse back riding before enjoying a 6 course dinner prepared by chef Ned Bell," Mount says via Omaze.
All the money raised through Mount's Omaze fundraiser will benefit the Fighting Duchenne Foundation that was founded by Mount's friend, Terry Marlin. Marlin started the foundation to raise money to aid research of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Marlin's two young sons suffer from the disease that typically affects boys and is most often diagnosed by 5 or 6 years of age.
Anson Mount plays Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier, on the show that's set during the time of transition from slavery to freedom following the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. Hell on Wheels focuses on the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad.