Special Update: Bill Hemmer

I am extremely excited to share some great, blog-related developments with you guys! Today, I logged on to my blog’s account to find that the stats had risen considerably! I clicked one of the links that had led people to my blog, and found this:


It’s an article by Kevin Allocca, editor of TVNewser, a blog on mediabistro.com. The latter is a Web site “dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry.” He actually wrote about my blog, and about my recent entry dedicated to Bill! This is an exciting step forward for the blog, not to mention what it means in terms getting the word about Spina Bifida out there. I invite you all to copy the link and share it on your Web sites!

And now, the gravy! I E-mailed Bill Hemmer today as a follow-up to the blog entry about him. Without beating around the bush, I asked him specifically what I should tell my readers. I said, ” My readers are anxiously awaiting your response” [as to whether or not he would be willing to become our “hero!”].

He replied exactly ten minutes after I sent him the message! (Bill is nothing if not prompt!)

Well, without further ado, here is his reply, verbatim:

Laura –

Tell your readers:

“You are one special young lady!  I am honored to be asked.  And I am considering your offer.”

How’s that?

–End of message–

Needless to say, I’ve been on Cloud 9 since I read this! I think I actually cried a little, just because it is overwhelming to finally receive a hopeful “maybe” after being overlooked countless times, and receiving one polite rejection. It has seriously been an emotional journey thus far, to say the least.

But it isn’t over yet, not by a long shot! Now, since I cannot simply sit on the fence while I wait, and Bill does deserve the time he needs to reflect and figure out whatever logistics this would entail, I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts from here on out more on promotion of the blog, especially by writing to talk show hosts. I am looking for day-time, night-time, and everything in between! We need every chance to get the message out to the public. One thing I am still doing is contacting the administrators at Valencia Community College, my former alma mater. I received an E-mail reply from Dr. Sandy Shugart, Valencia’s president, who was very encouraging and promised to promote this with others, and gave some very good advice.

So, that’s the latest scoop for now! I want to give a warm shout-out to Hellen Villarroel, who has been following the blog and providing some truly encouraging feedback! Dios las bendiga a tí, a Cindy, y a Verónica!

Love, Laurita

P.S. Stay tuned for the “Day 32” entry!  ;-)


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3 responses to “Special Update: Bill Hemmer

  1. Wenchie


    Daryn Kagan also picked up on your blog and it’s entry…

    She blogs about it and what she thinks about Bill, too.


  2. Paola

    This is so great! Like I said before, I have a good feeling about this! :)

  3. Julie

    Would you be interested in coming to Stetson University to speak, on behalf of the Association of Disability Advocates? Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in and we’ll work something out.

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