Archive for January, 2010

Help me fight cancer

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Zach

My best friend has cancer.

At the end of June 2009 Zach found a mass in his abdomen.  Within the next few weeks and after a whirlwind of tests and appointments he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).  After a lot of prayer and thought, he decided to go with the agreesive treatment of surgery followed by chemo.  

Zach has already had one surgery, but the procedure  did not go as expected.  Over the past several months, he has been following an aggressive chemotherapy regime in preparation for an ambitious second surgery attempt.

Zach is 35 years old.  He has been married to his wife, Prudence, for over 12 years and together they have two beautiful daughters–Kate, who is 4 years old, and Zoe, who is 2 years old.  He is fighting for his life in way that inspires.  Zach has shown a strength, a courage, and a determination that I don’t think I’d have in the same situation.

Zach played in my band, the Bad Habit, from the very beginning.  Together, we have played shows all over the DC metro area, on the road, in the basement, and back in my (slightly ramshackle) apartment in Arlington.  Zach was one of the first (of only two) people to read Crescent, before it was a book, before it was a podcast.

For the next six weeks, I’m going to be donating all of my profits from Crescent to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/)

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Coping with loss, helping a friend

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Pip Ballantine said it so very well:

This year has not started how it was meant to. My dear friend, collaborator and colleague has found himself with the prospect of raising his child without her mother.

I know Tee wanted to keep this a private matter, but word hit twitter within hours and now the genie cannot get back in the bottle.

So here it is. The sharp end of life. The bit no one expects or wants.

I know that the wheels grind slowly on this and Tee and his young child are looking at significant bills after the death of his wife Natalie. So I have started this ChipIn account. Money will be going to Tee Morris’ paypal to first of all pay off these bills which loom and then into an account for his little girl.

I have gone on and on about community again and again. Tee has given selflessly to my podcasts and many, many others. He is the originator of podcast audio fiction. The first. A founder of Podiobooks.com and a writer of many books on social media.

The community has banded together to help Tee with the difficult financial burden he is now facing by putting together a fund to help him with the immediate costs and setting up a long-term trust fund for his daughter.

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