Friday, September 12, 2008

If you can...

... please help a colleague of mine.

Lori Hall Steele is a gifted professional freelance writer with over 3,000 articles to her name. She is a 44-year-old single mother of seven-year-old Jack. And she is suffering from an unholy combination of Lyme disease and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and is days away from foreclosure. Stuck in a hospital room, attached to a machine that is helping her breathe, there isn't much she can do about it - but we can.

This is not an urban legend or an internet scam - this is someone whose work I know and respect, and the horror of her situation gives me chills.

If you have a dollar to spare, please visit Save Lori's House and make a PayPal donation. Any amount, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated, and put to immediate good use.

This has nothing to do with knitting or crochet, and I promise I won't turn this board into a constant barrage of sad stories. But again, the fact that while she is quite literally fighting for her life she has to worry that her son is about to be displaced due to her crappy insurance company and her mounting medical bills - as a mother, II just can't imagine how that feels.

Bloggers on all sorts of topics are spreading the word about Lori as best they can. If cute photos of quirky cats can reach millions in days, I hope this topic can to. This is a real, visceral thing we can do via the internet - we can't save someone's life, but we can at least help to give Lori some peace of mind about those she will leave behind, sadly, sooner rather than later.

Thank you.

Mary Beth


Karen said...


lipknit said...

Your post has touched my heart

Norma said...

Oh, how awfully tragic. Off to Paypal.

Rabbit9 said...

My sympathies to her and her family in this time and I am blogging to spread the word.