Monday, August 29, 2011

Etsy tragedy

leaves and shadow by Roberta Warshaw
leaves and shadow, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I was feeling quite sorry for myself today,

What with Hurricane Irene spoiling my Labor Day week vacation in California. I woke up thinking I should be at the airport right now, blah, blah, blah.

And then I read this:
Julie Ann was the team leader for one of Etsy's street teams. it is called DUST, an acronym for Down Under Street Team.

The story is beyond heartbreaking. Apparently she was accompanying her ill daughter on a flight for medical treatment when the plane crashed, killing both her daughter and the pilot. Julie Ann hung on for two weeks and then died over the weekend, the day of her daughters funeral.

I know that sad things happen all the time but this was someone from the Etsy community. Even though I didn't know her I still feel very sad.

My thoughts and condolences go out to her family and loved ones as well as her team members.
There are various fund raising events happening over at her team web site to raise money for her family.

I have promised myself that I will stop feeling sorry for my lost trip immediately.


Robbie said...

What a sad story...but you are right...we have to be thankful for what we have and not feel sorry for what we don't have.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Yes, exactly.

Chris said...

Sorry about your missed trip! We definitely should be thankful for what we have. Life can change in an instant. I've known Julie-Ann for close to seven years from a group originally on ebay. It's been a heartbreaking couple of weeks.