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A humble plea to a welcome pair of newcomers to TD Garden

 My followers remember this well. My simple plea to the Celtics Carsen Edwards for a card to be sent to my grieving great grandson, Carson Thomas Lane. - who had recently lost his 25-year-old mother to Cystic Fibrosis.  The response was staggering. Carsen Edwards, Marcus Smart and the entire Celtics organization stepped up. 

It all made a huge difference. Carson turns 11 years old today, and I love this kid. His teachers label him as a "leader" and "kind" to others. He tells me, "I love my life!" (Excuse me as I wipe away a few tears).

I am humbly making another plea for a 19-year-old youngster - Damien Merchant. Like Carson, his mom died when he was very young, and his father all-but abandonned him soon thereafter. Ironically, and tragically, he suffered a horrific, life-threatening accident on Father's Day, June 18, 2023.

Damien is now in his ninth day of hospitalization at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and has undergone the first-of-many surgeries to repair traumatic leg damage suffered when he accidently stepped into the blades of a stump grinder.

My plea is to the "new guys in Beantown" - Kristaps Porzingas and Jordan Walsh. Just as Marcus Smart's simple tweet turned the tide in Carson's favor, I am humbly asking for the same from the "Long Latvian" and the "Defensive Ace", Jordan Walsh. Just a tweet to add to our GoFundMe fundraiser - which has amassed a few thousand dollars in just two days,

On Father's Day - as I knealt beside Damien awaiting the arrival of EMT's prior to being lifeflighted - he asked me if he was going to die. I insisted that he wasn't - and he survived. He is facing awful times in the near future. He just needs a break. The GoFundMe link is below:

Carson Thomas Lane - 4 years after mom's death


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