Greetings, Gather writers. It's Thursday. It's time to write.
I learned some heartbreaking news yesterday that many of you learned as well. Rob Appell, a longtime Gather member, lost his will to fight and passed away the day before.
Rob had lost a leg and learned to walk with a prosthesis. He battled depression, poverty, and a heartbreaking past; yet encouraged and inspired so very many people despite his misfortunes.
Rob loved people, freedom, cats, cooking (when he had enough money to buy the food to do so), the right to free speech, and cookies. A self-proclaimed "cookie whore," Rob was elated when someone sent him cookies. Homemade cookies or a package of store-bought Oreos....it didn't matter; Ron was delighted when they arrived. As a diabetic he doled them out in slow increments for his health and to make them last.
My heart aches at this loss. I know many of you knew Rob and share my sentiments.
If you had the pleasure of knowing Rob, submit your thoughts today in memory of him. If you didn't know Rob, but knew someone else who has recently passed, use today's forum to commemorate them.
I've heard there are no services; no official way to say goodbye. In light of Rob's generous heart, honor him or others who have passed by contacting a friend or family member. Let them know you care. Let them know that they are in your heart and on your mind.
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