Our friend David used to be Ray’s boss back in Chicago.  We both like him a lot.  He’s a wonderful guy who’s got a beautiful wife and an adorable young daughter.  He’s also got a cancerous brain tumor that has been carved out of his head more times than I can count. 

David went in for surgery and found out just six weeks after virtually all of the tumor was removed, it had grown back and is now approximately 2” x 4”, occupying significant parts of both his right frontal and temporal lobes.  Without some way of stopping that growth, the doctor thinks he may have a couple of months left to live.

I can’t handle this on my own anymore.  After losing so many people to cancer and seeing friends and family fight against this disease,  I just can’t muster up the strength to send positive vibes out to them. 

Will you help me?

Whoever is reading this…can you just for a second, shut your eyes and visualize yourself as a beacon, a radio transmitter, broadcasting a signal of hope and reassurance for David?  Send it out to everyone you know who’s in need of help. 

I believe in the power of collective positive thought.  Some people may call it prayer and others may call it hogwash.  Whatever you call it, I don’t care, just please say a little prayer for my friend David and his family.  Maybe if we all concentrate on emitting a positive vibe we can change the world. 

I will forever be unapologetically disgustingly optimistic.

Since I am on the subject of favors, I’m going to ask another one.  Last year Bisbee held its first annual Mule Mountain Relay for life.  The Relay For Life is an event to help the American Cancer Society raise money to fight cancer.  We had a goal to raise 20K for our first try.  We raised 33K instead.  This year I am the Online Chairperson (I maintain the website) and I’m walking the Relay on a team.  Please consider donating to our cause or find a Relay for Life in your area and get involved.  If you feel so inclined to support our local effort, you may donate directly to a participant, team or the event itself.  Go to Mule Mountain Relay For Life for more information. 

The theme this year is Making Cancer History.  Each Team is picking a historical event.  Our team is Woodstock Revisited.  As a participant, I’m listed as Cobban Barnett.  I don’t get any money, prizes or accolades for raising cash.  I just get the satisfaction of feeling like I’m actually doing something when deep inside I feel so helpless watching the people I love wither away and dissolve into my past. 

I’m asking people I don’t know to donate money for a cause I believe in.  I understand it may sound tacky and I apologise for that.  If you do not feel like donating money to our event, please find a Relay For Life in your area.  Find anything and donate time or money or old clothes. 

My cousin Margaret was 41.  My friend Steven was 39.  David is not even 50 and has a little kid.  All three of them in good health with a promising life ahead.  It’s just not fair.

5 Thoughts on “I Need Your Help

  1. Sending as much positive vibes as I can to your friend.

  2. Kerry on 11/02/2008 at 9:40 PM said:

    Sending a positive local bright white light from W Loop to your friend!

  3. I will do more than that Cobban. I will burn Sage for your friend and pray for his family and for you. You’ve been through so much.

    My thoughts are with you.


  4. Jim on 12/02/2008 at 4:47 PM said:

    We’re sending the most positive vibes and the happiest thoughts to your friend and his family. And to you and Ray as well.

    I know what it’s like to go through such difficult times. One can’t help but to be positive. What else is there?

    Big hugs, Jim and George

  5. “Another world is not only possible, she is already on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing…”

    – Arundhati Roy

    This would be the world without bigotry, poverty, ignorance and yes, without cancer, too. I hope your friends improve.



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