There are so many people leaving notes of support in the comments section of each post on this web blog. Yesterday Erin had a chance to actually look at this web blog for the first time. I’ll paste in her comments for everyone to read (not everyone knows you can add “comments” to each post). I also wanted to share with you the comments left by Ed Ritter who was in Air Force ROTC with Sam when Sam was a Senior in high school and Ed was a frightened little freshman. Ed’s comments were so touching and really capture the true nature of Sam’s personality:
Ed’s Comments: Sam is a Hero. There is no other way to describe him. I remember my first experiences at Casa Roble. Sam was among the only upperclassmen to ask my name, and he was the only one who remembered it. His straightforward and genuine kindness and concern did wonders for me in my first semester of high school and beyond. I’ll never forget those few nights I spent on the Neria’s couch talking with him, or playing on the JROTC basketball team that he coached. These are all treasured memories. This tragedy could not have fallen on a man or family less deserving of its burden.
I will continue to send my prayers daily. To the Nichols’ and the Neria’s, you have my greatest respect and my deepest condolences. Sam, Erin, Ali, and Mrs. Neria, you have touched my life in so many ways and always for the better. You are all role models and heroes to me. Thank you so much Mr. Neria for bringing this blog to us.
Here is what Erin said after reading this web blog yesterday for the first time: Thank you all for your love and prayers and support. I’m truly overwhelmed by the scores of people who are praying with us for Sam’s recovery. I just came from seeing him and he looks so good. His beautiful face was untouched by the blast, so he looks as great as always. More importantly, his vital signs have been stable for days, and he is receiving the top medical care in the country. I firmly believe that Sam will wake up soon, whole and healed. Our mantra around here is “faith overrules fact.” I love Sam with all my heart, and I will never be able to express in words my gratitude for your prayers. Please keep the faith and pass the word.
Note from Erin on flowers, gifts, etc. being sent to her in Bethesda: Erin mentioned she is occasionally receiving flowers and other gifts and she is very touched by these acts of kindness. But—she is unable to have flowers in Sam’s room and there are various charitable organizations who are providing for all of her needs. She asked that if you would like to contribute anything, to please see the charities listed in the “blogroll” on the right side of this screen. The three organizations that are paying for Erin’s hotel, monthly bills and airfare for family visits are:
The web sites for these three organizations will allow you to make a one time contribution or set up a monthly donation.