Thank you to all the friends and family who have sent their love, prayers, and thoughts to Tom during his illness.

Tom was struck ill in Berlin while on the latest Charalambides European tour.  He is still in the hospital, but is getting stronger every day.  His mom, Lorena, is there, looking after him and learning how to make her way in a foreign country that she really wasn’t planning to visit this year.  I am so proud of her!

Lorena and Tom, Christmas 2007

It’s hard to express how relieved we are that Tom is on the mend.  Now we can focus our energies on making sure he can manage things once he gets home.  To that end, Tom’s bandmate Christina has established a trust fund to accept donations on Tom’s behalf.  Donations will be used to cover Tom’s current and future needs as he focuses on regaining his health.  Please check it out at www.HelpTomCarter.org, and give if you are so inclined.

Friends of Tom’s are also offering benefit events you may be interested in attending.  The next two are July 16 in Easthampton, MA, and July 20, in Philadelphia, PA.  Click here for more information.

I would like to recognize all of Tom’s friends for being so generous with their time and talents to help Tom out.  Of particular note, I would like to recognize Christina Carter. Your giving spirit has been a bright light in a dark time.

I will close with another picture Tom — from the same time as above, modeling the socks I knit him.  It’s hard to think about wool socks when it’s eleventy hundred degrees outside.  But I am really looking forward to knitting a new pair, and seeing Tom wear them in good health.