Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Friends in Need

We got some bad news from our friends Doug and Lisa Jo Looney down in Bolivia. Doug and Lisa Jo are Catholic missionaries with the Maryknoll organization. They are Red Sox fans, so you know they are good people. Their three little kids went to school with Jane at Tierra de Ninos preschool. In fact, I first met Doug when I was walking into the school and he was walking out and we were both wearing Red Sox hats.

Anyway, Doug was experiencing some pain and went in to the hospital to have it checked out. Turns out that Doug has a tumor growing in him and it needs to come out.

Faced with major surgery and potential cancer treatment (they don't know what it is yet) in Bolivia or in the United States, they chose to send Doug back to the U.S.

As you can imagine, if you were sitting in a hospital bed somewhere in pain, and scared, it sure would be nice to have your family with you. It will cost the Looney's around $3,000 to get the whole family back to the States. Missionaries don't make a lot of money. They really need some help to pay for this trip.

I can tell you firsthand that Doug and Lisa Jo do a lot of good work in Bolivia. They don't walk around trying to convert the natives to Catholicism. That isn't what they do. Instead, they live in a very poor area of Cochabamba and do their best simply to help the poor people have better lives. Lisa Jo, a trained grief counselor, also spends a lot of time in local hospitals comforting people who are dying. It would be great if some of those Karma points could be cashed in now.

If you are at all in a position to help a very good bunch of people who are out in the world sacrificing themselves trying to make the world a better place, then please consider sending a little money their way. The money would ensure that the whole family can be together right now. Every bit helps. If you can't send money, then I am sure they would appreciate any prayers you can offer. They are good folks and they need your help.

Send checks to:

Lisa Jo and Doug Looney
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Bethany House
Maryknoll, NY 10545

Muchas gracias.

5 Comments:

Blogger Deb said...

Hi Jim,
This is where the internet excels, I think. I'm in a position to help because I tend an email list which sends out a weekly newsletter to a great group of caring people. I will link this post in next Saturday's newsletter.

Naturally, I can't promise anything will come of my efforts since contribution requests seem to escalate daily. Hope all goes well all the way 'round.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

So, what cities of Bolivia do you know?

11:15 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

Thanks for the info, Jim. I went to St. Bonaventure Univ. with Lisa Jo and just heard from a friend that they were back because Doug is getting treated. Now I can write to her at least knowing where to start!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Jim,

I am a friend of Lisa Jo's from St. Bonaventure. I would really love to touch base with her, but I do not have her current contact info. If you could, I would appreciate it if you could forward to me her e-mail address. Mine is petevan4@insightbb.com.

Thanks // pete

9:03 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Jim,
I am a friend of Lisa Jo's from St. Bonaventure. I would really love to touch base with her, but I do not have her current contact info. If you could, I would appreciate it if you could forward to me her e-mail address. Mine is petevan4@insightbb.com.

Thanks // pete

9:04 PM  

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