I rarely use this space for anything other than Lost-related news and theorizing, but my mind has been elsewhere and my heart is heavy.
Last week, an acquaintance lost her daughter unexpectedly. Heather Spohr and her husband Mike are parents to adorable Maddie, who passed away at only 17 months old. Some of you might already be familiar with this story, as it has traveled far and wide via Twitter and was featured in this LA Times article.
*Update: the services were held today (April 14) for Maddie, and both Heather and Mike posted amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful thoughts about their daughter, along with this video.
The Tribute to Our Madeline from Mike and Heather on Vimeo.
Heather is a fellow blogger, and best friends with my co-worker and good friend Jackie. I mention this because Heather has been Jackie's unwavering rock ever since she was diagnosed with brain cancer. That's what kind of people Heather and Mike are; family, warm, generous, loyal. So I did not hesitate to contribute a small amount of money to help alleviate the cost of the services.
I realize that this is not the best time to request donations from anyone, but in the spirit of the holiday, I felt today was an appropriate time to do so. If you can spare even $5-$10, please visit March for Maddie, where there are links for both donations and Heather's March of Dimes walk on behalf of Maddie. There is also an address to send cards or gift cards (for groceries, etc.).
So here is what I'm offering, to encourage donations from fellow Lost fans: if you donate money in ANY amount, sign up for a March of Dimes walk for Maddie or turn your Twitter or blog purple in her honor, please leave a comment below with your name & email address. You will be entered to win one of the following from my personal collection: 10 Lost t-shirts of various styles & sizes, a Lost soundtrack CD, one autographed Sterling Beaumon (young Ben Linus) t-shirt or a John Locke action figure. Because I am covering all shipping costs, please note that this is open to residents of the U.S. only (but of course anyone in the world can make donations).
*Please continue to make donations if at all possible. I will be drawing names from a hat on April 30, and post the names of those who won items shortly thereafter.
Thank you in advance; I appreciate your support, thoughts and prayers for Maddie.