I started blogging about raising Sienna while battling depression and anxiety just over a year ago. In that time my relationships with my parents and sister have improved. My depression and anxiety have lessened somewhat, though they still make appearances. I’ve spoken in front of 200+ people at the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans about my depression and received a shocking standing ovation. I’ve seen my work published on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and WhatToExpect.com amongst others. I’ve even been published in a book: Dads Behaving Dadly: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood. And the fact is, none of this would have happened had Oren Miller aka A Blogger and a Father and the founder of the Facebook Dad Bloggers group, not graciously invited me in and urged me on.
It was a fight for me to put myself out there, but it’s nothing like the fight Oren’s facing right now as he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. So us dad bloggers have rallied around one of our leaders, one of our own. One dad blogger set up a fundraising site on GiveForward with the goal of raising $5,000. Within days it has surpassed $20,000. But $20,000 can only go so far towards medical bills and taking care of Oren and his family. We need more. I’ve given as much as I can and I hope others will be willing to do the same.
Too many of us, including myself, are bystanders when it comes to things like this. We see fundraising pages and we click on by…until we’re suddenly in the position of NEEDING a fundraising page. I won’t do that with Oren because magic happens when you stop being a bystander. If I give, as I did, and then I write this post which causes someone else to give and/or share the post, we could create a snowball effect and the amount we can raise for Oren or someone else in a similar situation can snowball.
Oren hates being in this situation. It’s not easy for him to ask for help. It’s not easy for any of us to do so. But it’s time. He needs our help. A good friend of mine, a person who changed my life in significant and astounding ways, needs our help. Join in the snowball. Help make it grow to the point where it could fill the Grand Canyon.
Oren Miller needs our help.