As some of you in our community may know, Vicki Cosgrove -- one of the first grassroots organizers to get behind my campaign early on in 2004 -- is now experiencing a very difficult family crisis. Vicki's husband, John, is suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease.
John is a gentle man who is both hard-working and honest. I first met John, Vicki and their children in 2004, when Vicki joined my write-in campaign for Congress as a relentlessly dedicated volunteer. John's support for Vicki's activism made it possible for her to join our campaign full-time as a staff member in 2006, dedicating much of her life and family time to my eventual election to Congress.
As one friend has written, Vicki "could never have been as committed and effective without the complete and total support of her husband and children. Vicki's activism has truly been a family affair."
While John is scheduled to undergo exploratory surgery this week, the good news is that the McNerney community, the grassroots, and the netroots are rallying around Vicki and her family in this time of need.
Several supporters have contacted me, wondering how they can help. As you may know, this health crisis will have a great impact on the Cosgrove family financially. As a result, I would heartily recommend supporting Vicki, John and their children with a donation in whatever amount you can afford. I have made a personal contribution to the Cosgrove family and I would encourage you to do so as well.
If you would like to support Vicki, John and their children during this difficult time, please click the following PayPal link to donate. This account has been set up by the Cosgrove family and any contribution is welcome, no matter the amount:
If you do not feel comfortable contributing online, you can also send a personal note or write a check to Vicki's family (payable to "Vicki Cosgrove") and mail it to our campaign headquarters mailing address. I will make sure it gets to her ASAP:
P.O. BOX 12022
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Or you can email your personal note for Vicki to email@example.com and I will forward it to her.
Thank you for your consideration of this personal request.
As we await further news on John's condition, please join me in keeping Vicki, John and their children in our prayers.
Member of Congress
P.S. We have set up a special page on our web site for Vicki. If you would like to spread the word via email, please direct your friends to the following link: