Okay, I admit it -- most of my life, I've been angry. However, in my defense, I'm usually angry at stupidity, corruption, and incompetence. Given those targets, I tend to have my hands full. As you may know from reading my columns, I tend to take on the causes of the little guy and am rarely impressed when my opponent is some big shot or government agency. Frankly, bring it on!
Today, however, I'm furious and enraged about something quite different. According to the contents of a website that I just visited, this is what I learned:
Elisa and Nathan Bond, two artists both full of charm, humor, talent, zeal, love for each other and their families, are a couple one feels lucky to have in their life. Together for more than six years, Elisa (36) and Nathan (38) currently reside in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with their 18 month old daughter, Sadie, and their dog Griffin. They are extremely passionate people and talented in their own way - Elisa, a former teacher and aspiring actress, and Nathan, a painter -- they bring their wide-ranging talents, energy and creativity to their day jobs. Elisa through real estate as a broker at Corcoran and Nathan as an educator at Parsons.
Sadly, both were diagnosed with aggressive cancer within just days of each other. Elisa is combating stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and Nathan is fighting stage 3 rectal cancer. This young couple - so young and energetic, committed and passionate, dedicated to family and community - has given so much to so many in such a short time. And now, as they face their biggest challenge in life, they need your help and support.
The road ahead for both Elisa and Nathan is long, difficult and complicated. Between a year of multiple rounds of chemotherapy for Elisa, and months of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgery for Nathan, all while caring for their young daughter, their fight is going to take energy, commitment and a tremendous amount of support.
Truly, there isn't a lot that I can add to this compelling and heartbreaking story. My father died from cancer at the age of 46 after several years of battling his illness. If you -- as a family -- have not been through such an ordeal (and I hope that none of you ever experience such pain), then you are lucky.
I don't know the Bond family. Never even met them. Just heard about their story today. Frankly, that's enough motivation for me. I hope it's enough for you too.
If you can find it in your heart, please visit the above sites and help this young couple and their child. Those of you to whom I have given free legal advice to over the years, if you want to repay my kindness, make a donation. If you simply enjoy reading my daily ravings, you could consider a donation as your annual subscription.