We interrupt this vacation break …

… to bring you this important announcement.

You guys know I love you, and that’s why I try hard not to fatigue you with my causes. As a critic commented about me, “Beware her next cause.”

At the same time, you must realize that if you had my audience and this little virtual soapbox right here, and if you only used it to write about sluts and dukes of fug and dread lords and boy mayors and SMOKING HOT ABS (hiya, Daniel), while ignoring people that need help, you would feel a bit empty.

I receive DAILY emails from people seeking my help and I do my best to take care of them on the back end, without involving you (Hiya, Skippy. Maybe you want to do that thing I need you to do for that sick girl? [finger guns]) But sometimes, I just want to bring your attention to things that I care about.

That’s why I wanted to be sure to do two things before I really do take my two weeks off.

1. Declare Burgher Ian Rosenberger the next Awesome Burgher for his recent work in Haiti. You guys, he has been volunteering in Haiti since the earthquake. He is a world traveler, but had never been to Haiti prior to the earthquake, five days after which he sent a tweet saying, “Trying to get to Haiti.” He has been going back and forth between Pittsburgh and Port au Prince since, where he is working to help Haiti and Haitians. And he’s been doing it so quietly that I have threatened him for months to blow the lid off of his do-goodery.

Today seems like a good day to do that.

You might know Ian from KDKAwesome or from the Palau edition of Survivor. I’ve met Ian on a few occasions and he showed up at that Treehouse meeting in support of Amy, which made us fast kindred spirits (h/t Anne Shirley). Maybe someday we’ll be bosom friends. (God help you and your empty life if you’ve never read or watched Anne of Green Gables).

Also, Ian might be a giant. Super easy to find in a crowd, I’ll say:

And he’s adorable:

Tall, handsome, and a good heart. Hell, let’s call him a Smokin’ Hot Burgher, too.

2. The second thing I wanted to do is to encourage you to support Ian and the doctors at Allegheny General Hospital who are working tirelessly to bring a 19-year-old Haitian to Pittsburgh for life-saving surgery.

You can read about Tassy’s story here. You’ll also learn about an event being held August 26 at the Priory to support the effort to raise the funds to bring him here to save his life. I just learned about the event and Tassy’s story today and I didn’t want to wait until my return to bring it to your attention, should you, like me, decide you wish to attend the fundraiser.

That’s also the site where you can read some of Ian’s blog posts about his trips to Haiti. Things like:

Four months ago, I shared a ride through downtown Port-au-Prince with a boy in the back of an old pick up truck. I was a long way from Pittsburgh. It was hot and the kind of dusty that doesn’t wash out.  It sits on you like ash…a dusty that makes everybody sort of ghostly and worn out looking. It was the kind of of dusty that only comes when a city falls down.  As we rode in silence, separated by only a few feet and several boxes of canned goods, I couldn’t help but notice a sizable tumor on his cheek, about the size of a tennis ball, roundish, below the skin; but definitely there, defiant.

It’s a sad story to read.

If this sounds like something you’d like to support, you can read all about it and maybe buy a ticket to the event and you and I can chitchat there about how awesome and tall and generous Ian Rosenberger is, and also so we can pat those Pittsburgh surgeons on the back for what they’re trying to do to save Tassy’s life.

It is one life, but like Ian says, if you have a chance to save it, wouldn’t you?

So, that’s what I wanted to say. And NOW, back to our regularly scheduled vacation break.


But if you do, I’ll be here.


  1. Daniel
    August 9, 2010 1:58 pm

    Ian’s from Beaver County… HE’S NOT A BURGHER!!!

    Just kidding.

  2. ScareHouse Scott
    August 9, 2010 2:30 pm

    A few more awesome Burgers who have done a tremendous amount of work in Haiti for the last few years just returned from their latest “short-term” mission: http://haitih2o.org

  3. Politicalpartypooper
    August 9, 2010 4:57 pm

    Enjoy your vacation, Ginny! There’s nothing better for you than Relaxercise. And no, you can’t steal that. I make up words for a living.

  4. Mike
    August 12, 2010 6:25 pm

    I worked with Ian at camp and remember playing frisbee with him (well, I was on the sidelines with the first aid box), he was impossible to guard! And, you know, an awesome person.

  5. Angela aka Guins
    August 14, 2010 6:11 pm

    Catching up after MY vacation (husband wanted to chase and kick the knowing bastards in St. Patrick’s park, but we thought better of befouling holy Irish land) and just wanted to say double yay bc he’s also a Penn Stater!!