I picked up some pizza at my favorite pizzeria around 4:15 this afternoon. It turns out a man I see in the restaurant all the time was in the 6th car of the train this morning. He was absolutely in a state of shock. Fine but shaken.
One of the kids who graduated from the HS last year was on the train. She has a fractured spine and assorted other injuries. The beauty of teens is that they keep their phones handy even when they are involved in an accident and as such we know she is in pain, but she has stood and taken a few steps and is alive.
As the day went on we got news that a friend, Jim Ferrari, had been one of the men who died in the derailment. He leaves behind his wife, Francie, and his daughter, Becca, who is a sophomore in college. Neither of the women in this family drive. I cannot even imagine what these next few days, let alone the next few weeks, months, or years will be like for them.
There is a hopelessness you feel. The community wants to do something, anything, to make the family feel better. Food is what we do in times of grief. It's our go-to thing. But seriously, how much food can two people realistically eat? They are going to need rides to places; taxi money, car service money - that's what they will need.
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday). You can find out more about that HERE. I had already moved Coffee/Wine For a Cause to tomorrow for just that reason. It's why I host it.
All the proceeds from Coffee/Wine For a Cause collected tomorrow will go towards helping alleviate that bill for Francie and Becca. As you know, normally the CFAC monies are sent out to Amy, Jake and for a couple of months to my friend, Jen. For obvious reasons I made the executive decision to keep it very local tomorrow.
The fundraiser for Amy is always "on" and can be reached HERE.
Because you asked - Amy & Jake Update:
Jake continues to thrive and be a twelve year old boy. He is cancer free!
Amy, on the other hand, is still a medical mess. (Sorry Amy...)
This is from a post Amy wrote on November 20:
This is what I have. (click on the word here for the article)
Had no idea that only 16,000 people have them.
I cannot imagine wearing this thing for 8 years. Remember that song, "Take This Job and Shove It?" Some days I hum that song in my head. My lyrics are a little different.....take these batteries and shove it, I ain't wearin' them no more! :)
Seriously I am thankful every day for how well I feel with this pump
Amy has completed the necessary tests towards getting to the top of the transplant list. Now, it is a waiting game.
Jeff is sill unemployed.
Keep the prayers coming, the thoughts coming, the healing coming and if you can afford to, please consider donating.