|Posted by Ms. M on January 14, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (5)|
Hello all - Your resident ghost-webmistress here!
This site is pretty dormant these days, due to David's decision a while ago to leave LA and go back to Pittsburgh to help his community in a less-public manner. However, I still believe in the power of the community we built, so once again, I'm here to plug David's latest fundraiser: AIDS/LifeCycle.
We made a significant impact when we banded together to donate to his brother's bike ride for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I think we can do it again.
For inspiration and explanation, I'll let David's words speak for himself:
It's a great mistake to think that HIV/AIDS is a disease that's been conquered. Or "taken care of". It's a sad mistake to think that now it only affects people in the Third World and developing countries. More than a million people in the US live with HIV. And although some rates are declining more than 35 thousand people were infected in 2015. It IS amazing what progress and what triumphs AIDS researchers and the fighting community have achieved. These are tributes to the incredible limits of human endeavor. What was called a plague, a sure death sentence is now a treatable illness.
I don't usually do these things: wave a flag for something I've not been personally hurt by, embark on a journey for something "Unrelated to me". And that's my mistake. I live in a neighborhood in Pittsburgh where HIV infections are still a serious problem. I spent the winter and spring of 2016 tutoring young kids in modes of storytelling and acting, learning as much from them and their parents as they did from me and I realized for them HIV is as real as unemployment, or the flu, or the violence that out of nowhere can invade their lives on a daily basis.
So I guess like most things I do: this one's for Pittsburgh. Help me give back to these kids in the Mon Valley who showed a middle aged actor what a thrill it is to hear out loud once more a lovely tale.
by David Conrad on Sat, Dec 10, 2016 @ 1:45 PM
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Hi guys! I'm so sorry that the site has been down lately. I have no idea why, other than having seen that our host had some security issues as of late. As soon as I caught it, I wrote to them to resolve it. Anyway, we are back up and running!
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Sorry for the ridiculous delay here -- school has left me swamped, so I'm doing a lot of catch up (while I'm supposed to be writing an essay...). Anyway, I just noticed this final update from David's brother Jamie about his fundraising efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so I thought I'd share it with you all. Note, our club got a direct thank you in the first paragraph!
On June 3, my brother David, our cousin Lawrence and I rode with the Team in Training crew in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, a 100-mile extended circle around Lake Tahoe, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (photo #1 below). LLS has cumulatively awarded over $800 million to find cures for lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma -- almost $77 million just last year. We rode in honor of my brother Philip, who died of lymphoma in November 2011, and so I was really gratified that, aided by David's fan club, I was able to raise $10,630 for that ride -- #1 in the DC area by a wide margin. Including Lawrence, we raised around $20,000, and the Tahoe ride collectively generated over $5 million.
Phil and I had several memorable adventures in southern Utah (including him teaching me how to ride a mountain bike -- see photo #2 below, from 1994), so when I learned that TNT had another century ride in September around Moab, UT, I signed up immediately. Again, I was amazed by the number of you who contributed -- many of you renewing members -- and I ended up raising another $2,785. (The numbers on the right are confusing -- LLS applied $6,805 to Tahoe and $6,510 to Moab.)
The Moab ride was September 22, and was even more spectacular than the Tahoe route, if that's possible. Photo #3, of me in my bike duds (actually Phil's jersey), is from the 30-mile point, in Dead Horse Point State Park, looking out over the Colorado River. I did a bunch of hiking in Arches and Canyonlands NPs as well, the latter the site of photos ##4-5 below (good thing Kathy and the kids were not there).
The nine months I spent training and riding this year were a moving and transformative experience for me, turning all the grief and anger about Phil's death into a constructive way to fight back against blood cancers and show some solidarity with others similarly affected. All of you who supported me made it possible. Thanks again. I know Phil (photo #6)(my favorite, from Olympic NP, 2007) is proud of us.
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Happy 45th Birthday David!
|Posted by Ms. M on June 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM||comments (4)|
For those of you who don't know, David, his brother Jamie, and their cousin Lawrence recently completed that century bike ride around Lake Tahoe (on June 3rd) that I told you guys about at the end of February. I recently got an email from Jamie and David that I assume went out to everyone who donated, and I would like to share that with you all:
On Sunday June 3, my brother David, my cousin Lawrence and I rode 100 miles around Lake Tahoe with Team in Training, the endurance sport fundraising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 149 of you stepped up and contributed an amazing $10,705 to our cause, making "me" the biggest fundraiser in the DC area and among the top 20 nationwide. Combined with the almost $9,000 that Lawrence raised, we collectively funneled around $20,000 toward the effort to find cures for blood cancers. The Tahoe ride overall raised in excess of $5 million for the cause. I'm deeply grateful to all of you.
The ride was also a chance for me and David to do something together that we'd talked about doing with our brother Phil, and to throw some kind of rock at the cruel fate that befell him. For that opportunity I'm even more grateful.
Oh yeah -- it was also a lot of fun. The weather was spectacular: low 40s at the start, mid-70s by the end, brilliantly blue and clear sky. The scenery was magnificent: differently but equally blue and translucent lake, snow on the mountains, etc. Our group started in the very first tranche at 6:00 am, so David, Lawrence and I were able to shoot up pretty close to the beginning -- meaning fewer bikes to contend with, no lines at the porta-potties, etc. The crossing over Emerald Bay ridge was the most dramatic part of the whole ride (the road at one point is the width of the ridge), and the ride down the fastest of four amazing downhills: 43.5 mph, and you could hear yourself as you zipped by the rock walls. We hung together till mile 80, when we wisely decided to each ride at our own pace up the 8-mile, 1,000' ascent of Spooner Peak. David finished at 12:30, Lawrence at about 12:40, and I rolled in at 1:06; avg mph 15.8. Below is us the beginning and at the finish.
In fact, it was so much fun that I'm doing it again -- TNT also does a century ride in Moab, UT on Sept. 22. So those who meant to contribute but didn't still have a chance, and if you feel really enthusiastic you can do so again! Send this link to your friends:
Thanks very much once again,
Dear Everyone At All who gave us even a dime for the Cancer Ride in Tahoe:
Many many THANKS. My brother Jamie ( yes that's his name- it's Scottish) my cousin Lawrence, me, and my buddy Rob all arrived in astoundingly perfect weather and rode the century and may I say rode it pretty quickly. I was impressed by the guts and will of my "elder" relatives; my cousin summoning up massive amounts of heart to push his 200 pound-plus, Stallone type physique up and over the whole 100 and my brother, who's finally found his sport, ticking off the miles with his natural cadence and fine form. And of course Rob who came all the way across the country with a tetchy bike (let's not forget driven by George who had a 101 temperature but was Rob's only way of arriving the final leg). Rob came with NO registration but got up at the crack of dawn the next day to wait in line with no assurance he'd be allowed on the course or that his bike could be fixed. Both worked out.
"For Phil", he said when he rolled across the finish line. Lawrence roared. Jamie smiled. I looked for the nearest patch of shade. For Philip Taylor Berry Conrad. Or for all of the "Phils" out there.
And that's really the point. The ride wasn't for cancer per se but for THAT person in all our lives who we've loved and lost or come close to losing. Then,100 miles is a joke. You don't even feel it really. When you're climbing a 9 mile hill at mile 89, dry heaving, and then you see the photos that the guy pulling in front of you has pinned to the back of his jersey; his mother and his brother's youngest child. His father. The pain, the physical stuff, there and then, seems inconsequential. We transcend together. We take all the sadness, the confusion, and the fury and burn it off into a beautiful gesture: making a bike go round. Flying on two silent, carbon footprint free wheels.
I hope all of you will do something like this ride. Yes for the money- to raise funds to fight this horrific "emperor of maladies" - but more so to experience that moment of kinship - of going out there and maybe trying to find the spirit of your brother or your child or your dad somewhere on the road and in the process running into all the people just like you who've suffered the same. We must admit to our common loss, our common tragedy to beat back this disease.
What a day. What a lake. What an organization.
Much love to all the folks who I've never even met who gave us money. Your generosity is humbling.
That's some powerful stuff, guys. I don't have a total count on how many from this group contributed, but I do remember seeing quite a few familiar names on the fundraising list, which was phenomenal to see from a webmistress' point of view. You really stepped up to the plate, which made me feel so good inside about what this website has become. You all should feel very good about what we helped to do! Having helped to make Jamie and David one of the top 20 fundraisers nationwide is absolutely amazing.
If you missed it in the letter, Jamie is planning on doing another ride at the end of September in Utah. Last I heard, he and Lawrence are definitely going, and David is considering. So, if you wanted to donate last time but couldn't, this would be a GREAT time for you to chip in! Or, if you're able, and feeling particularly generous, donating again even if you donated last time would also be really wonderful. It's for the same great cause, and in memory of the same great man. As always, please spread the word (and the link).
Before the ride:
After the ride:
|Posted by Ms. M on February 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM||comments (21)|
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:
|Posted by Cari on February 22, 2012 at 4:25 PM||comments (6)|
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David Conrad cast as a lead in an NBC Pilot!
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David was on Pittsburgh Today Live this morning to talk about POWER's event tomorrow night and also updated us on work. We listened to it over and over and we heard he will be on an episode of The Good Wife.