I am going to stick this post as the first post for a few days. If you have read it, just skip forward to new posts.
Thanks to those that have contacted me to make deposits via PayPal. I will post an update of the PayPal transactions.
UPDATE September 26, 2011 – Made three deposits today to Hal’s account in the amounts of $100, $25, and $25.
UPDATE September 27, 2011 – Made two deposits today to Hal’s account in the amounts of $500, and $100. This is the message I got with the $500 deposit.
Please do not reveal our identity if possible – and we will be sending more as it is available. We love Hal and he’s been there and lifted our spirits many a day with his blog. Curmudgeon or not, we think he’s a real marshmallow in the center of his heart. We wish him only the best.
I think this carries the sentiments that most of us feel. Those of us that really know Hal, love him. I think that is what we all want Hal to take away. While money always helps, it is knowing that others want you to stick around and continue enriching our lives that has the real value.
UPDATE September 29, 2011 – Made two deposits today to Hal’s account in the amounts of $50, and $50. One of the deposits had a message for Hal.
To Hal, Dear Hal, Thanks for your positive imprint on the world and your courage to tell it the way you see it. We wish you the best in your fierce battle against a formidable for. Cheers, Joel and Kris Cunningham
UPDATE October 1, 2011 – Made one deposit today to Hal’s account in the amount of $20. This was an individual that saw me yesterday and said he wanted to contribute.
UPDATE October 3, 2011 – Made two deposits today to Hal’s account in the amounts of $300 and $20. The $300 deposit has the following message.
Howdy Don – so glad you are there to help move things along for Hal – hope he’ll be able to get his cash register now and be able to tuck a few coins away for the PC stay. Will send more if we can. With love to our Hal… L&C
UPDATE October 6, 2011 – Made one deposit today to Hal’s account in the amount of $100.
The original post follows:
I received the following email today.
From……: Bonnie Williams
Assuming there are customers of The Bookmark who live in David, you may want to post the following:
As many of you already know, our friend and neighbor Hal De Mun of The Bookmark in Dolega is undergoing a medical crisis. His colorectal cancer, for which he was treated several years ago, has returned, in his words, “with a vengeance.” He is facing travel to and stays in Panama City for treatment through the public health system. Hal subsists on social security and the meager profits from his bookstore, whose sales have plummeted with the advent of electronic readers, and is unable to afford the associated costs of travel and accommodation.
Not only has Hal provided a valuable service to the community for many years by maintaining a laudable inventory of English language books, but many of you may not be aware that he also has been generous in supporting charitable and civic endeavors such as Bid 4 Boquete, Hospice and Health Foundation, Amigos de Animales, the new Boquete library, etc. It now is our turn to support Hal in his time of need. Contributions, large or small, can be made directly to his bank account, as follows:
Name: Harold De Mun
Account #: 0101036573
No deposit slip is required; just give the name and account number to the cashier.
I was going to post a similar notice, but Bonnie beat me too it. Following lunch today, I stopped by the BOOKMARK and spoke to Hal. I had read two of his recent posts on his blog and was aware of his situation. Here are the two posts, that informed me of his condition. Post one. Post Two.
Hal and I have a fair amount of history together and I consider him a friend. I set up the BOOKMARK blog for Hal and continue to do the admin work of authorizing new comments.
I have always been a staunch supporter of Hal’s through his last battle with cancer and I have told him that I will do anything now, that is within my power to do.
To that end, I will also make my PayPal account available to anyone that lives outside of the Panama area that would like to help Hal in his time of need. In this case, if you notify me that you are making a deposit, I will make a like deposit in Hal’s HSBC account and email you a copy of the deposit receipt.
As Bonnie said in her message, Hal has been a pillar of support for others. It is time we give back to Hal. Chiriquí Chatter will make a deposit in Hal’s account. I encourage my readers to do the same. I think Hal’s orneriness brought him through his first bout with cancer. I pray that the same orneriness will serve him just as well this time.