Quick witted. Smart. Fun. Articulate. These are just a handful of words that describe my colleague Michael O’Connor Clarke. In fact, the last time I saw MOCC (as we affectionately call him) he was larger than life arguing how social media has ruined marketing to a packed room at MESH 2012. It was the highlight of the conference.
I’m talking out about this because just a few weeks after this inspiring performance, MOCC was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, a disease that is very aggressive and inoperable (a disease that has taken the lives of too many people near and dear to my heart). He has been hospitalized for several weeks and is putting up a good fight – tweeting, Facebooking and emailing as we would expect.
I have never met them, but his wife and three children are constantly in my thoughts. Michael is the sole bread winner in their family of five so this sudden illness has hit his family harder than most. Keeping up with the regular running of a household, when financial circumstances change unexpectedly, is a tough additional burden on a family that is already dealing with the news that their husband and father is facing a difficult prognosis.
If I had the means, I would help take this financial burden away, but sadly I do not. So, I’m turning to all of you lovelies, my “village” of people, and asking if you are able to make a donation (even a small one) I would be so grateful for your support of my friend.
This terrible situation could not be happening to a nicer person.