David Conrad: The Blue-Eyed Wonder of Pittsburgh

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Please Read - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Posted by Ms. M on February 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Hey guys - I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, and I wanted to apologize for that. College life is very busy, and it keeps me on my toes with very little free time to spare. I'm so grateful to have Cari around to keep things running smoothly on a day-to-day basis! I'm glad that she's been keeping you guys updated on things like the NBC pilot and the Allegheny Observatory film (both of which I'm super excited for!). 

Now, for something a little more somber... What you're about to read, I've been quietly sitting on for months. Any of you who know me personally know that this hit me pretty hard. For the rest of you, I sincerely hope you understand why I had to keep this information under wraps - it was not my place to share what is sitting below. However, this letter came through from David via the old GW Twitter account today, so it is clearly now allowed to be open knowledge, and thus I wanted to draw your attention to it. I know that it's tough out there right now, but I implore anyone who is able to please consider making a donation. It's for a good cause - a good cause, in this case, sparked off by a terrible personal loss that should never have to be felt by anyone.

Onto the words from David:

Dear Ghost Whisperer Nation

(Army, Alumnae, Sisterhood? You're all these things aren't you?),

 

I've never reached out like this but maybe some of you have experienced a similar loss. My brother Philip died this past November of a particularly awful kind of cancer. He was my mentor, my surrogate dad, my coach when I was young, my simpler soul, and the fiery engine of our family, teaching my oldest brother Jamie and I what "heart" really is.

 

I spent five years on this TV show with Jennifer imagining what it was like to lose a best friend, a lover, a parent, a child. I watched countless examples brought to life by hundreds of actors and I was always struck by how- even though we'd done it again and again- when it came time for the crossing over scenes everyone; the crew, the cast, hell the drivers and the guards, would get a little hushed. And then there were the letters. From small towns and cities, from places I grew up near to mt villages in Japan, people telling us "I lost someone that way. I remember them so..." It was always humbling.

 

What did I know? Not much. My own brother is then taken away and your letters, your notes, your attention and your stories have taken on new meaning.

 

So my big brother Jamie and I are going to try and do a lot of those athletic things that raise money for medical research. Our first one is a century bike ride (100 miles) this June. There's a link at the end of this letter. We're riding for a foundation that has raised many millions of dollars. None of it of course goes anywhere near me or Jamie. We're just guys on bikes paying our own way. Anything you'd contribute would go to research to keep someone from having to experience the agony and disbelief so many of us have felt.

 

Here's the link:

http://pages.teamintraining.org/nca/ambbr12/jconradwo4

 

Much Love,

David Conrad

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16 Comments

Reply steelergirl
12:03 PM on February 28, 2012 
Good luck David. If the army of GW fans would each give a dollar, we could raise hundreds. We will all be thinking of you and Jamie on that day. God bless.
Reply JuliaOz
6:29 PM on February 28, 2012 
Thanks for sharing that very moving letter, Ms. M. Steelergirl is right- if each person gives even a small amount, we really can make a difference. God bless David, Jamie and all of the family.
Reply Waltraud P
8:40 PM on February 28, 2012 
I have read your item and I will give a donation the next day or so have you send this item to spain and england
Reply Sharon H.
6:43 AM on February 29, 2012 
Count me in on this one. I will be donating shortly. Many prayers and good luck to David and Jamie in their efforts to participate in the century bike ride for this event. God speed, sweet David, as well of the rest of our fan-site members!
Reply Waltraud P
10:25 AM on February 29, 2012 
Hi Ms I have donate funds today I thought there where more than 307 fans of david conrad
Reply Ms. M
10:51 AM on February 29, 2012 
Thank you all who have donated thus far -- Jamie's page just hit their goal of $5,000, with the total now having reached $5,100! This is amazing, considering that when I donated yesterday, my donation brought the total at the time to $4,400. Let's keep it going, shall we?

And Waltraud, I was citing the number of people on this specific website. I'm sure there are many, many others out there who are just not part of this particular community. :-)
Reply dilmad2
11:26 AM on February 29, 2012 
I am so sorry to hear about the loss in the Conrad family. I have made my donation and will pass this information on to others!!!
Reply Malette
1:27 PM on February 29, 2012 
So sorry for your loss David.
I know hard a death of a loved one can hit you. My dad died suddenly of a heart attack 19 years ago, but still after all these years it feel like
I lost him just yesterday.
Love & prayers to you and your family.
Reply Agarn
1:55 PM on February 29, 2012 
So sad and yes, most of us have suffered similar losses. For a few years now, I've been donating (sponsoring a friend) to the Pan Mass Challenge (cycling across Massachusetts) for a friend who gets together with hundreds of others and crosses MA on bikes together to raise money for cancer research.

I'll do the same for David and his cause. Thanks, Ms. M., for letting us know about this and for keeping us posted.
Reply EgyptianTigerlady
4:20 PM on February 29, 2012 
My heart goes out to you and your family David....May you find strength and comfort in knowing that your brother is with you always, though you may not see him....you will be able to feel him. I myself am fighting Lymphatic System cancer myself. I maynot be able to ride 110 miles, I will donate what I can to help in this fight. May the Goddess Bless you alway.....I hope to meet you someday. before I cross myself.
Much Love
Beth
Reply marilena
7:49 PM on March 3, 2012 
mi dispiace, moltissimo per la morte di tuo fratello, caro david ti sono vicina con il cuore e la mia anima il mio pensiero va a te...le mie piu' sentite condoglianze....e tanto coraggio alla vostra famiglia...spero che la ricerca della malattia abbia buon esito........
Reply JuliaOz
9:58 PM on March 3, 2012 
Just wanted to also send my best to Egyptian Tiger Lady. Please know that there are people thinking of you in this difficult time. Take care.
Reply Patricia Roy
3:20 PM on March 4, 2012 
Thank you for sharing this personal and moving entry! I think some of us can relate to losing a loved one to cancer I know I can! My thoughts and prayers are with you David and the rest of your family!
Reply Janice Johnstone
7:36 PM on March 6, 2012 
David, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Continue to pray, God will be there for you always.
Reply EmMa
11:05 PM on March 10, 2012 
Thanks for sharing David's personal and touching letter to us. My heart goes out to David and his family. I can very much relate to his loss of a loved one to this terrible disease. I also lost my 16 yr old niece to leukemia and my parents to other types of cancer.
David, may God give you and your family the strength to overcome this difficult time and may the happy memories of your brother that you keep in your heart, be the source of comfort and healing. May the light of the risen Lord shine upon him and grant eternal rest of his soul.
EgyptianTigerLady, you are also in my prayers. May God grant your prayers of supplication for strength, courage, faith and hope for healing.
Yes, you're right steelergirl, even a dollar will make a lot of difference!!!
More power to you, David and Jamie.....take care because we care, though you may not know a lot of us in this forum!!!
Reply Waltraud P
7:28 PM on March 11, 2012 
Hi I notice there are quite a few german fans of david conrad on this webside being german myself i know if they saw that article they would be more than glad to help I b elieve they can now see ghost whisperer in germany on cable