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We would not ordinarily share this but a tragedy has struck our family. One that is causing us to step back and look at our priorities. #SupportNews
The four brothers. Clockwise from the top left Don, Doug, Dick and Dave

The four brothers. Clockwise from the top left Don, Doug, Dick and Dave

A tragedy hit our family last week - one that caused us to stop, take a step back and look at our priorities.

As many of you may know, my husband lost his brother Dave about a year ago. Dave was a big, lovable guy, a lot like Dick -- both in looks and demeanor. Dave died suddenly of a heart attack a little over a year ago – it is still hard to accept. Unbelievably, just as Dick was moving through the grief from losing Dave, another tragedy hit his family. We learned last week that Dick's brother Doug, who had just spent a few days with us here in Los Angeles just after Christmas, passed away at his home in Nevada.

Both brothers were younger than Dick. Neither had an illness that we knew of. Both died suddenly, without warning, and neither had reached the age of 60.

Ordinarily, I would keep private business private. But I am writing this because I'm brokenhearted, I need help, I don't know where to turn, I'm scared, and because I believe Doug and Dave would approve. I know they loved their big brother just as much as he loved them and I want him to be around for another 30 years – like his Dad who is still thriving with his wife of many years in an active senior community in Florida. But it's clear to me that if we don't change something the outlook for our future together could be grim.

Aside from increasing our exercise program and adhering to a healthier diet, we need to take a look at changing our day-to-day operations at the LA Progressive. The work we do here requires that Dick and I spend an inordinate amount of time seated – much more than when we were employed elsewhere.

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Although the LA Progressive has a healthy readership stream, it doesn't generate enough revenue to hire additional help, which is why the two of us do so much of the work. But sitting sometimes for 12 hours a day -- everyday 7 days a week -- is taking a toll on our bodies. This has been apparent for a while now. But we can no longer ignore it . Something has to change.

So today I am writing to tell you that we are initiating a crowdsourcing campaign through Indiegogo to raise funds that will be used to 1) reconfigure our office so that it can accommodate treadmill workstations; and 2) purchase a couple of treadmill workstations. Treadmill desks allow you to work at your computer while you are simultaneously walking on a treadmill. They take up quite a bit of space, which explains why we have to have the office reconfigured. You can scroll down to see a brief video of the kind of a treadmill workstation in action. Click the image of the treadmill to participate in the Indiegogo campaign.

Since launching the LA Progressive, we have come to appreciate the wonderful community that reads and frequently comments on the LAP. We thank you for your support and are looking forward to many more years together.

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Please share this using social media. That is a tremendous help.

Thank you. The video below will show you how we intend to walk while we work.

Sharon