Through the collective efforts of Atriots past and present, readers of Diane's blog, and other friends, we have managed to surpass the goal of collecting $1,800 to pay Diane's last month's rent at the care facility where she resides. At the end of the week, I will be mailing her a check for $2,200. I can't thank you all enough for your generosity, and for all the kind emails you sent expressing your love and concern for our friend in her time of need. Rest assured that your good wishes will be conveyed to her along with your financial contributions.
I have tried multiple times to compose this post, and each time I was overwhelmed. First, by the simply stunning outpouring of affection and generosity of those who care for Diane, but second, and somewhat surprisingly, by anger. This may not be the most appropriate place to express it, but it really makes me angry that this fundraiser even needed to happen. A dying person should not have to concern herself with these matters. Her friends should not have to rally to scrape together the funds for her last expenses. I'm so heartened, and so relieved that we were able to manage this, but what if we had not been able to? What, then? What would happen to Diane? What happens to all the "Dianes" out there who don't have a network like this? This is something that simply should not happen in a civilized society, and it makes me incredibly angry. I'm not sure what to do with that.
For now, I suppose it will be enough to be happy and grateful that we were able to bring some comfort and peace to a friend in her time of need.
Thank you for that.