Below, a repost from abigail89
and please know all her heartfelt words are mirrored in my own heart. . . I think you all are awesome. Really, words cannot express how much I am touched by what this fandom banded together and achieved. It was really important for madam_minnie
to be able to go and you all helped make possible. My heart is literally exploding with love and gratitude for this entire fandom.
Forgive my lack of eloquence, I have had hardly any sleep in days due to a number of issues. Am still on the road, internet connection is sporadic, but I do have my phone that I can check emails with. I'll be back home tomorrow and capable of normal communications.
Just--thank you to everyone from being wonderful! Know I love you!
FOR EVERYONE WHO RE-POSTED OUR FUNDRAISER MESSAGE FOR ANNIE & MINNIE ON YOUR LJ, PLEASE POST THIS:
As of 6:45pm EDT, you all have contributed $2,411.29 to our fund to send madam_minnie and tqpannie to the service to celebrate the life of simons_flower, Trisha Hogan Masen. I have transferred all but a small amount to Minnie, since she handled the arrangements. They have purchased plane tickets to Seattle, booked a car and hotel room in the same hotel as Trisha's sister and best friend. She and Annie will meet up in Phoenix and will fly in and out of there, leaning on each other for badly needed support.
I cannot tell you how overwhelmed and amazed I have been at your kindness and generosity. It's been. . .life-affirming. Gifts have ranged from $5 on up to $100, and loads in-between, from all over the world. You opened up your wallets and bled. For some of you, it hurt. But you just couldn't not give. Every time I got an email notice from PayPal, I just shook my head in delight and disbelief. Is this the same group of people who occasionally wank and take great pleasure at hurting each other from time to time? Is this the same fandom that blew itself up over a petty issue like which fictional characters in a series of children's book should marry?
Please know that every amount donated is celebrated and deeply appreciated.
Your messages have been very sweet; I'm printing them out and will send them to Annie and Minnie in the coming days. The common theme was "How could I not contribute. What is so astonishing is the number of people who didn't even know simons_flower/Trisha, never friended her LJ, never read about her struggles with her health, her pride in her daughter, her unique outlook on life, never read her wonderful stories over multiple fandoms. You all contributed simply because you were moved by the outpouring of shock, sadness, and love for a woman who many of us knew to be talented, funny, smart, wise, loyal, and loving and in the end, left us way too soon.
Thank you seems so inadequate, yet it's all I got. I have seen the face of God this week, and she looks just like YOU. Y'all rock the universe.
Go in peace.