Dave and I first met when he commented on my blog in September 2012. I snorted coffee out my nose when he commented “You had me at Bunny and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” I loved reading about the Drive Thru Feed guy too. Awesome story!”
Curiosity lead me over to the BoFN where I discovered his post titled, Nipsey Russell, one of my all-time favorite comedians, poet, and game show regular. You never forget your first post. It’s still my favorite.
Dave’s unique qualities show through his writing—his charm, his charisma, his compassion—with each of his posts. Each post a celebration. He expresses himself with humor and passion and respect.
In his quest to become a neurologist, his spare time filled up with essays and medical school applications. The daily posting schedule dwindled. Those of us mainlining the BoFN suffered withdrawal.
In a masterstroke, Dave solved two problems with the finesse of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer painting the fence. He needed help. He, Rob, and Arto couldn’t do it all by themselves. He garnered a rabid fan base due to his prolific posting.
He invited several of us to join his group blog in at the end of December 2012 to go the distance with him. Brilliant.
When he disappeared from the blogosphere last fall, it created a silence so deafening it punched a hole in the wall.
He disappeared because a brain tumor sucker punched him, forced him on the ropes. Not one to throw in the towel, Dave fought back. He chose to use his experience to help others. Two surgeries later, he’s back in medical school part time while going through chemotherapy five days a month for another eight months.
The NBC affiliate in San Diego, California, covered his extraordinary story. You can hear it in his own words here.
Dave’s wonderful sister, Vanessa, set up a GoFundMe page. Dave is over halfway to his goal for medical expenses.
We of the BoFN want to get the word out. We even have a surprise guest blogger. We’ll share our favorite Dave stories in our own ways over the next two weeks.
If you have a favorite Dave story to share, let us know in the comments. We’ll be posting to his Facebook page.
Help us show support for our dear friend and leader, and “Rave for Dave” on his way to recovery.