Heckle Gus For A Good Cause

ColdFusion developer (and CFUG manager) Steve Gustafson is on a diet, losing weight to help raise money to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) by accepting pledges for each pound he loses between 12/10/2004 and 6/29/2005. To pledge, check his progress, or post a message (heckles or encouragements), visit Gus’ Heckle Diet.

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    Steve Gustafson

    Thanks for promoting my pledge drive to fight ALS. The drive is inspired by my friend Pete Farricker who was stricken with ALS and passed away 3 1/2 years ago.
    He was truly inspirational. Pete wrote his own eulogy, and I’d like to share a quote from it:
    "You are probably wondering what great insight I came up with during my illness, because Lord knows, I have had plenty of time to think. Well, other than discovering that barbecue ribs really back up the old plumbing, there was never one crystalline moment when everything became clear. Never a moment in which I solved life’s great mysteries. Believe me, I waited, but it just never happened.
    "Instead, it was the never-ending gifts of love that came my way, which convinced me that the main reason why we’re all here is to simply love one another. We all have what seem like complicated lives, and we often get caught up in the daily minutiae of work, family and school. . . . It’s love that makes us strong–and it’s love that solves the mysteries."
    You can read more about Pete at
    And please visit the Heckle Diet and make a pledge, however small.
    Steve Gustafson

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