Thanks to fate, my recent experience here led to the inspiration of a small idea that might help generate some much-needed funds and press coverage for the cause of CCSVI.
And this thread of yours, Cheer, is a way I can pitch to you my idea to see if you like it, know what to do with it, know if it's a good idea or not, etc. I had been wondering how to get in touch with you!
I would like to help in any way I can, and since my ways are very limited these days, I'm always excited when, from out of the clear of a very blue sky, an opportunity to give back suddenly appears as if it had been carried to me on its very own special sunbeam.
My idea involves having my brother be a voluntary guest speaker at a CCSVI fundraiser in the NYC area (or Albany area). He gives fantastic presentations all over the country to all types of groups all the time. He could start his talk with some remarks about any of his past police cases (or by giving a full-blown Power-point presentation w/wo Q&A after).
Then he could talk about the different ways that mental health issues can affect families (with firsthand accounts) and how most MS patients (and their families/caregivers) will face these issues at some point in their life (it's a presenting symptom in ~10% of cases). My brother is part of my crisis team.
If any doctors happen to be there, my brother could wrap up his talk by thanking them for helping (I envision a spot light on our good doc with a special TIMS' round of applause).
To generate interest, I'm picturing a special flier put on the bulletin board of every single police precinct throughout the entire city... I do happen to have an idea for something to go on the flier to help *grab* the attention of police officers.
I'm really just trying to brainstorm right now... sadly, I cannot offer to do much else, although ten years ago, I would have been all over something like this. The fundraiser would need to be planned by others (are any already planned?) The flier would have to be designed by others, etc.
BUT, I can still pick up the phone to call my brother.
If you get a chance, could you give me your input/ideas?
If this post does nothing other than to let you know that you and Jeff are in my and my family's thoughts, then my time typing this post has been well worth my effort.
EDIT: I may have worded the above improperly, and to avoid any confusion whatsoever: My brother NEVER accepts fees of any kind for anything he ever does related to criminal work, NEVER.
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on Mon May 17, 2010 3:40 pm, edited 2 times in total.