A Personal Note

10 Jan

There is no new book review today. That is because my family has been struggling through a crisis and I haven’t had the energy to read or write much. Since the day after Christmas, my 26-year old nephew has been in a coma. Things have been rough and his body has been deteriorating. The decision was finally made to fulfill his wish to be an organ donor. This evening, doctors will perform tests to make sure Richie’s organs are still healthy, and then they will harvest them for the Gift of Life organization. His final gift will be to pay it forward to another family in need.

Throughout all of this, the elephant in the room has been that my family has very little in the way of financial resources. Which means that once Richie does pass, they can’t afford to have a funeral for him. Richie was a vibrant young man with a large family and circle of friends. He deserves a memorial, and his loved ones deserve a chance to say goodbye. No one should have to worry about money during such a difficult time. So, I have set up a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for my nephew’s funeral.

If you have the inclination to help out a vibrant, loving, struggling family in southern New Jersey, I ask you to please consider making a donation to the fund. If you’re not in the position to donate money, even sharing the link could help out. Funerals are expensive–but if we can find enough people to give just a tiny amount, we can make it happen.

The campaign can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/654uxg
Richie Long and his daughter

I will continue to post updates as we have new information.

Hopefully I will have new book-related content ready for Monday morning. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.


2 Responses to “A Personal Note”

  1. Karen January 23, 2014 at 1:36 am #

    I am deeply sorry for your loss…(HUGS) to you and your family…in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Destiny January 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thank you. It’s always hard to lose one so young. We did get word yesterday that his kidneys were able to help two different people, though–a man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s. I’m glad that his final act was to give the gift of life to people in need.

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