I’ve wrestled with how to describe the importance of the ALS Association since we began our Daily Dose Days.
The truth is, it’s best summed up by one person with whom most of us share a common link, as much as we do with Bruce or each other. Melissa Reagan Smith was the bond between so many of Bruce’s following – above all others, and including the band themselves. As Bruce’s assistant, Melissa would answer your mail, go out of her way to help, and never make it seem like any trouble – because it simply wasn’t.
Melissa fought ALS (or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) with the courage and dignity that we knew she would, and several of your donations in similar projects have been specifically made to remember our friend. That’s a great testament to you, and to Melissa.
She started our community, right in the very beginning. Here’s one account of her selfless generosity, shared by David Day a few years ago:
“I’ll never forget that my 50th birthday just happened to be on a Saturday night at the Biltmore. A few of us were at the Inn having a meet-up, and the wait staff came up and presented me with a silver platter. I took off the lid and there was an envelope inside. I opened it just thinking it was another birthday card, but… Melissa had taken the time to track me down and send me a little birthday surprise! And, what a great surprise it was!”
Our fundraising for the ALS Association is in memory of our friend Melissa.
The finals words are from Melissa herself, shortly after her diagnosis:
“Never forget to enjoy each day even if your life isn’t exactly what you want it to be. The blessings are always there though sometimes we have to look a little harder”.
To donate to the ALS Association (DC, MC and VA Chapter), please use our JustGiving page or the PayPal button on the right.
– Si Twining.