Yesterday afternoon, some #StopRush/#FlushRush folks got a fund raising drive going to help out Richard C. Myer's family, who were threatened with eviction after his tragically sudden passing last month from a massive heart attack. I asked my Twitter stream to get on board with the effort. The goal was $1200, so they'd have enough money to pay two months and keep the nasty landlord at bay until Richard's death benefits arrived. The response was just fantastic. 

From Cowoman's update:

So far we have raised $3125.84; I am so happy I could cry. I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to do something small that made my year start off with such fulfillment and joy. Seeing Candy's face when I hand her your generous gifts will be more reward than I can express.

From Richard's wife to #Stoprush volunteers

To Stoprush: 
You all wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of me and Randy's hearts. I would love to join you all and keep Richard's web sites going.  I want to keep Richard's dreams alive. If you all need any help at all please contact me. I have a facebook page. 

Thank you all for saving me and my son's home. Richard was more then an activist. He was a wonderful husband, a great father, and my bestfriend. I will never in my life meet such a special man like him again, so please help me keep the the very thing he loved in life: the people he helped and loved—and his activist's work.

Thank you all so much. I will never forget such heros who saved me and my son's life.

Much love,

Candy myers

To all of you who responded, thank you so much for your generosity. Richard was a gift. He will be missed by so many.



Dear readers:
I rarely, as a matter of policy, make personal appeals, especially if they are for money. This one is not.
Darcy Doherty is the dearest friend of a Canadian family member of mine. His struggle with cancer has been heroic, thus far, but now, he's being denied an experimental drug—that has already been effective—on what is essentially a technicality.  While all such drugs are risky, and carry no guarantees, it is all but certain that he will be dead shortly without it.
I urge you to read his latest missive to family and friends, ready the news story in it, and sign his petition at the bottom.
Again, this is not a fund raising appeal. It's a petition to grant what may prove to be a life extending therapy to a gravely ill human who is hanging on to a thread of hope.  Your effort may literally safe a life.
Thank you.
Darcy Doherty writes:
Hi Everyone,
Not quite the improvement that I’d been hoping for.  As most of you know, my cancer has been quite aggressive of late and both my wife Rebecca and I have spent the better part of the past three months either searching for therapies or waiting in line for one.
Three of my oncologists all concurred the best choice for therapy is a new immunotherapy called antibody PD-I produced by Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). You might remember this is the same drug company that produced the immune therapy Ipilumamab that I had such a fantastic response to.  In early April, I was fortunate to jump on an antibody PD-1 trial in Tampa but unfortunately had to wait in line due to demand. In early May, I received the devastating blow that I’d been excluded from trial due to new, albeit small, brain tumors.
Rebecca has been actively pursuing BMS for compassionate use of the drug, to no avail. We therefore have decided to take my story to the media.
We will also be on the Global National News tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm and in the Globe & Mail in the morning.
If interested, please: