A friend to many in the blogging community got some terrible news this week. Lisa at Clusterfook has developed cancer for the third time. She fought and won … twice … but now it’s in her organs. That’s bad, if you didn’t know that already. Her friends Karen and Miss Ann are organizing a raffle to help her fulfill her last big wish — taking her daughters to Disney for a week of good memories to help overshadow the difficult ones of the past few years.
I thought, why not go to the source and ask for some help with this goal?
In March, many of us mommybloggers were contacted by Disney with an invitation for an all-expenses-paid kid-free holiday to enjoy the Magic Kingdom and talk to them about how better to connect with bloggers. I’m not going, because I’m swamped with radiation, taking care of my kids, and starting up work on my new Women in Planetary Science website, but I do appreciate the invitation. There was also some scheduling trouble with this event, and so other mommybloggers aren’t going either. But it seems to me that the news at Clusterfook and the Disney invitations might just combine to be the perfect storm.
Why not ask Disney to sponsor Lisa’s trip with her family? I sent my contact the following email on Thursday morning:
Thank you again for the invitation to visit Disney mid-April. I regret
that I was unable to go, since I am so busy right now with my kids and
my business. You did ask for ideas, though, and I have a simple idea
that could bring you and Disney lots of goodwill in the blogging
There’s a mommyblogger out here (Lisa) who has just been diagnosed
with cancer. For the third time. This time, she received the news
that we all dread — the cancer has spread to her organs and
throughout her body. (You can read about it at
http://clusterfook.com/2008/03/31/dear-blog-friends/) Some of her
blogfriends are in shock and want to do something to help her. They
found out that her fondest wish is — get this — to take her young
daughters to Disney before it’s too late. (Read this post by Karen
here: http://karensugarpants.com/2008/04/02/angry/). There’s a vast
network of moms that would like to help her (she got 135 comments in
the first 2 days!) and are scrimping and saving themselves to help her
raise the money to go to Disney with her kids.
My proposal to Disney is this: Would you be willing to sponsor her
visit? Would you consider offering the family free lodging and
tickets for a week or so so that they could have this special time
I suspect that dozens of bloggers would write about Disney’s
thoughtfulness on their blogs in gratitude. Me, for instance. I get
1500 hits a day, and I’m by no means one of the largest bloggers out
Please consider helping us help our friend.
Michelle responded right away and said she’d see what could be done. This is what I got back from her, several days later:
Thank you for your patience. I spoke with a member of the Disney
Community Relations team here and they suggested you reach out to a
special program we work with in situations like these, called Compassion
Partners. This is a great program that offers individuals confronted
with a life-threatening or terminal illness complimentary admission to
several theme parks in Central Florida. This might be an option for your
mommy blogger friend.
Contact Donna Tafat, the Compassion Partners Program Coordinator, at
407-396-1114. I am hopeful that she can assist your friend in fulfilling
Thanks for reaching out to us.
Well, maybe Donna Tafat can help. I don’t know. But it seems like a weird response, just after they “reached out” to bloggers to find out what makes us want to write about them.
Posted originally at Review Planet.