I might have….overreacted.

— Reid (to Luke)

News and Updates | 20 November 2010

A quick couple from the ESS.com forums and Facebook today.

  • Eric and Jenny Sheffer Stevens are doing a charity run TOMORROW, Sunday, 21st November, to benefit God’s Love We Deliver. Details follow below for anyone (in Eric’s word) “not charity’ed out” who’d like to sponsor them (or any other runners!).
  • Also, Katie Davies has announced a multi-part interview with ESS to be posted on her blog during the week of November 29-December 3.

A news item to file in the “truth is stranger than fiction” archives, the UK papers today are abuzz with a story about an airplane which “exploded into a ball of flames” near Birmingham airport. On board were two passengers and a liver designated for transplant, all of whom (which?) were rescued and survived – and apparently the transplant was conducted successfully and the recipient is in stable condition.

According to the Telegraph:

Eyewitnesses said it was on fire as it came into land. …A brave air ambulance pilot was able to cut the fuel line in the burning jet before rescuing the two crew members trapped on board….Foggy conditions made the rescue mission extremely difficult…The pilot of the Cessna, a 58-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage…(Another) Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance pilot bravely entered the burning wreckage, using his aviation and technical knowledge to locate and cut the fuel supply to the engine and make the patient more accessible to the fire service…Following the accident, emergency workers faced a race against time to get the organ to its destination, but managed to deliver it undamaged.

Truly heroic and pretty amazing. Bleeping train!

Last, if anyone has news on what Van is up to, let me know! This is an equal-opportunity blog – I just haven’t found much to report!

So, about this charity run…

I’ll just quote the post here for anyone interested in helping another good cause. From Facebook:

Founded in 1985 when one woman began delivering food on her bicycle to a man dying from AIDS, God’s Love now cooks 3,600 meals each weekday, delivering them to clients living with life-altering illnesses in all five boroughs of New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, their children and to the senior caregivers of our senior clients, without regard to income, and we have never maintained a waiting list. Because we believe the combination of hunger and serious illness is a crisis, we deliver food within 24 – 48 hours of first being contacted.

You can view Eric’s original message on the ESS.com forumBut he basically says he’s done is his third or fourth time running, and that he apologizes for the short notice but he lost track of time while filming Silent House.

I believe Eric signed up too late to get his own sponsor page, but you can find Jenny’s page by following this link.  FYI, I tried searching for both Eric and Jenny and couldn’t get them to show up. There is a Jennifer Stevens recommended, but I actually don’t think that’s JSS.

And as an added incentive to check out the charity, the GLWD site happens to be displaying a photo of Eric on their sidebar! https://www.glwd.org/race/


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