Tom Alderson's Recovery
Our good friend, Tom Alderson, has experienced many heavy burdens recently, but more-so now than ever he needs our help. Sunday night, Tom suffered an incredible amount of physical injury and trauma to his head and other parts of his body. Currently hospitalized, he is going to be spending his 24th birthday laid up in a hospital room hooked to machines and barely being able to do much of anything for himself on his own. The injuries he has sustained are so severe, that they will be keeping him out of work for an undetermined amount of time and he has a long road to complete recovery ahead.
This is an extremely rough time for his family, friends, but most importantly himself. Those of you who know Tom know that he is a genuine, kind-hearted, funny person whose legitimate love of hardcore has made him a staple in our scene in many ways. What you see is what you get with Tom and he has never tried to be anyone but himself which is a rare trait amongst people in a world who strive to belong anywhere they can at any cost. As many people have stated on many social media sites, Tom would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it whether he knew you or not and what has happened to Tom is the exact opposite of what he could even remotely deserve… And so, it is time for us as a community – friends, family, acquaintances, members of the hardcore scene – to pull together and do what Tom would do for anyone else if they ever needed it.
There has been an extraordinary amount of people asking how they can help - from donations to general support - to help relieve the mounting medical bills, expenses, and stress and we are setting up this GoFundMe for just that purpose. Anything anyone could offer, from pennies to dollars, will go straight to Tom and every little bit counts.
We’ll keep everyone updated on positive progress, but we do ask that everyone respect Tom and his privacy during this difficult time. He will talk when he is ready, willing, and able to do so. Even if you can’t donate, send you prayers, positive thoughts, and well wishes his way. He needs them now more than ever.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and GET WELL SOON TOM!!
This is spot-on right now. Thank you to everyone who comes together as a community and supports others through a difficult time. August 9, 2015 Feeling Fed Up With Humanity In The World And In Ourselves by Madisyn Taylor It is natural to feel let down when we see our fellow humans behaving badly, return the focus to your own life. From time to time, we may all feel fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on next door. There are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply not capable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of awareness. Often it seems as if people are actually geared to handle things in the worst possible way, repeatedly. At the same time, none of us wants to linger in a judgmental mood about our own species. As a result, we might tend to repress the feelings coming up as we take in the news from the world and the neighborhood. It is natural to feel let down and disappointed when we see our fellow humans behaving in ways that are greedy, selfish, violent, or uncaring, but there are also ways to process that disappointment without sinking into despondency. As with any emotional response, we honor our feelings by feeling them fully, without judging or acting on them. Once we’ve done that—and we may need to do it every day, as part of our daily self-care—we can begin to consider ways that we might help the situation in which humanity finds itself. As always, we start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of the failings of others to renew our own commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all capable of the best and the worst that humanity has to offer, and remembering this keeps us in check, as well as allowing us to find compassion for others. We may find ourselves feeling compelled to serve people who are suffering injustices at the hands of other people, or we may begin to speak out when we see something that we don’t think is right. Whatever the case, the only thing we can do is pledge to serve the best, rather than the worst, of what humanity has to offer, both in the world, and in ourselves.
I've tried to make a donation, but at least twice I got the notification that there is an issue with the fundraiser's account, not sure what is going on. In any case I really do hope that Tom will make a full recovery!!!
A mailing address is confidential but, your well-wishes are great. Thanks so much!