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    Default Firefighter with Multiple Sclerosis

    I am calling upon my many friends here to show their support for one of my firefighters.
    Matt Olson has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. With this type of MS, there are no periods of remission. It is also characterized by gradual progression. There may be periods of leveling off of disease activity and there will be good/bad days. This type also attacks the spinal cord but will migrate to the brain.
    Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis affects 10 to 15 percent of all MS patients.
    I was chief of department when Matt got on. He came to us from another department, so I asked that chief about Matt. He told me that Matt was a real ďcowboyĒ and to keep an eye on him.
    Well, I kept an eye on Matt and what I saw was someone totally committed to our cause, someone who would hump hose, overhaul and clean up when we got back into quarters. He helped out at every fundraiser that we held. He made all of the meetings and was in the top ten for training hours every year.
    We took a couple of road trips together and if you didnít know how to take him, you might think that he was opinionated. He was one of our work horses.
    Thatís why it is so emotional for me to see how this disease is taking that away from him. His motor skills are rapidly disappearing. He needs to steady himself against something when he stands, his gait is very slow and stiff and it is going to worsen.
    I know that it is killing him that he canít be more active, but he is going to remain with us, because the support is what he needs.
    In February, 2006, we will stage a benefit for Matt; not so much to raise money, though he will need it, but more to let him know that we love him, support him and will be with him always. He loves being a firefighter and in my mind, he always will be.
    What I am asking you to do is to send me your words of encouragement and hope, so I can pass them to Matt. It would mean a lot to us.
    And if youíre interested in helping in any other way, you can let me know that, too.
    You can email me at rockysroom@winco.net.
    Thank you.
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    Art,

    You will be getting something from me ASAP. I can't send right now as I'm going to be walking out the door shortly and I also want to check on something before I email you.

    I am so very sorry to hear about Matt's diagnosis, he will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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    Chief,

    Note to Matt in your Inbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbfdco1
    Chief,

    Note to Matt in your Inbox.
    Same here. Good luck and best wish to brother Matt
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    I realize that this isn't one of those fun topics that we like to discuss and I also realize that it's hard for some to put into words their thoughts, but just something as simple as "hey Matt; you're in our thoughts" can do wonders to lift a person's spirits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    I realize that this isn't one of those fun topics that we like to discuss and I also realize that it's hard for some to put into words their thoughts, but just something as simple as "hey Matt; you're in our thoughts" can do wonders to lift a person's spirits.
    CR

    Put yourself in this young man's shoes. What would you like to hear? What could boost your spirits?
    To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    I realize that this isn't one of those fun topics that we like to discuss and I also realize that it's hard for some to put into words their thoughts, but just something as simple as "hey Matt; you're in our thoughts" can do wonders to lift a person's spirits.
    CR
    CR, You've got mail...attached note at the bottom for you.
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    CR; an e-mail from the Tundra is in your in-box. Edit if you feel it necessary; I'm never quite sure what to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROOKIELZ
    CR; an e-mail from the Tundra is in your in-box. Edit if you feel it necessary; I'm never quite sure what to say.

    Uhh, Chief.....what she said.
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    Art

    You've got email.

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    I am starting to see a little activity in my inbox.
    Hopefully, if I'm on your "Buddy List", you'll see this and send a little something.
    It is my intention to keep this in front of everyone by responding every day until Matt's benefit.
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    Speaking from personal experience, I can whole-heartedly agree that receiving greetings and messages from the awesome BROTHER/SISTERHOOD on these and the IACOJ forums is a very special and moving experience.

    When I was very ill for 6 months and facing gall-bladder surgery a few years ago, I was very touched when I was the receipient of many "get-well soon" and "you're in our thoughts" type messages that a forum member arranged and organized into a lovely document I'll always treasure. It meant the world to me to get messages from "strangers", who, although we had never met (YET!!) will be friends for life.

    Please send your best wishes to Matt, I guarantee it will touch his heart.

    Art, you can expect something from me for Matt in the next few days.

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    Can anyone spare a department patch for a quilt for Matt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    Can anyone spare a department patch for a quilt for Matt?
    CR
    Don't mind one from Mississippi, do ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    Don't mind one from Mississippi, do ya?
    Not at all. I'll PM you my address.
    I am calling on all crusties. I have it posted at the other site, too.
    Patches to make a "comforting comforter" for Matt.
    Please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    Can anyone spare a department patch for a quilt for Matt?
    CR
    Chief, that was included in part of the mail I sent you.

    Please PM me with an address, and I'll get a few VT department patches your way...
    Quote Originally Posted by ThNozzleMan
    Why? Because we are firemen. We are decent human beings. We would be compelled by the overwhelming impulse to save an innocent child from a tragic, painful death because in the end, we are MEN.

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    Sorry, no patches to send....
    SOP's won't allow it
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    As I said, I will be making a daily plea for letters of support and department patches.
    Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    As I said, I will be making a daily plea for letters of support and department patches.
    Anyone?
    CR
    PM me where to send a patch and I'll get you one coming. Best wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    As I said, I will be making a daily plea for letters of support and department patches.
    Anyone?
    CR
    Chief,
    PM me I have a DOD Fire Academy Instructor patch that I will send you.

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