Rally The Troops.

Family defined:


noun ?fam-l?, ?fa-m?-

A group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head : household

A group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship


A group of people, united.  A family.

That is how we tend to think of our EMS brothers and sisters.  They’re family.  Doesn’t matter if we’ve worked along side you for years, if we’ve met a few times or if we’ve never spoken.  This is just how it works.  We take care of each other.

Justin Schorr aka The Happy Medic is one of our people.  Some of you have met him, some of you haven’t.  But for anyone out there who reads EMS blogs or who has watched Chronicles / Beyond the Lights and Sirens you know who The Happy Medic is. He’s a good friend with a wonderful wife and two of the cutest little girls I’ve ever seen.  He’s out there working the equivalent of three full time jobs between his career, the blog and the Chronicles project.  He’s out there working so that we can move EMS forward. Plain and simple.

A few days ago it came out that one of his little ones was had something pretty scary going on medically and had been taken to the ER.  She had been admitted to the ICU and they weren’t sure when she’d be discharged.

Within minutes I received a DM on twitter from @JustMyBlog, the lovely author of the blog by the same name.  (And a quick little bit about JMB as I’m going to refer to her.  She is one amazing woman and I adore her like she’s my sister.  I think she may be my sister, actually.) She had quickly come up with a plan.

Let’s shower this little girl and her family with some kindness.  It’s what we’d do for our local EMS families if they were in the same position.

My response?  ABSOLUTELY.

Justin is family.  He’d do it for any of us. We may not be able to visit or bring over dinner, but we can certainly bring them some happiness!

From JMB’s post with a few additions from me:

The rules are as follows:

- The girls are young, keep that in mind.  I’m estimating, but I believe the one in the hospital is around two and her sister is 5 or 6.
- What to send? I know the economy is awful. So if you can’t afford much, how about making a card and mailing it?
- Whatever it is you decide to send, and whether it be for Happy, Mrs Happy, or the kids, please make sure it’s something they will want to keep. For example, no used teddy bears. (I added the emphasis – Epi)
- If you’re sending internationally, please make sure you’re sending something that will be allowed to pass through customs.
- Please include your name, Twitter handle, or the name of your blog in your package/envelope so that they know who they’re getting all of this stuff from.

Where to send it:

The address we’ve received is for a drop site.  If you’re interested in sending something, contact myself at Epijunky@pinkwarmdry.com or JustMyBlog at @JustMyBlog on twitter or through email at justmyblog@hotmail.ca.  We’ll get you the information.

Thank you for reading…  Be safe out there,


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