Peace, Groove, Tears – and Paying It Forward

WarningI am asking you for a donation.  If you want to know why, read on.  If you want to help assuage strangers’ grief, read on.  If you want to pay it forward, read on.

As I sit at my keyboard and type these words, one of more than 500 posts I’ve written, I do so with a very heavy yet hopeful heart.  I hope that this becomes my most viewed post of all time.   And with your help, it will.

My heart is heavy because my friend, Marty Knepp, died of a sudden illness on Thursday, April 30th, leaving behind his wife, Sandy, their three children, Ellin, Daniel, and Aubry, as well as two shell-shocked parents whom I know well.  Marty also left behind a group of devastated friends, a river of tears yet an untold number of lives that he made better, just by being Marty.

The picture below has been making the rounds on social media because it encapsulates Marty’s essence:  he had a joy for life, music in his heart and a smile just for you, if he had seen you ten years ago or ten minutes ago.  That was Marty.

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What I am asking you to do is to donate whatever you can (to date, the largest amount has been $1,000 and the smallest, $5) to a fund so that Marty’s grieving family can put him to rest without additional financial worries to add to their mountain of grief.

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It’s popular now to talk about “paying it forward,” but in real life, I see less and less every day.  I am guilty of going through the day mindlessly like a robot myself, but what could be more meaningful than helping people whom you will never meet, yet are aware of their agony – and assuage at least one percent of their worries?  What could make you feel better – in this instant – than just by donating, showing the power of love, of mindfulness and of generosity?  Five dollars is not too little.

I also get that there are many people who are in tight financial situations themselves.  You can still help.  At the bottom of this post, like all others, are social media sharing buttons:  you Like this page, tweet it or otherwise use your social media networks to increase our reach for a heartbreakingly wonderful cause.

It’s not hard.  Just do it.

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