October 31, 2008, 7:33 am

Army of One Needs Support of Many

Last night was a special night on the Doctor Anonymous Show on BlogTalkRadio. His guest was ER doc and law school graduate Symtym.

Fun show, some tech talk, lots of laughs.

And then a surprise caller. With a story.

A story that you need to hear.

*****

Robert Toland is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He’s fought for our country and defended our freedom for eight years.

Robert is in the middle of the photo, with his wife Melanie and their three daughters. Lilia is 5, Skyler is 2 and Morgan is 1 1/2.

On November 1st, this family will be taking a vacation to Disney World.

It will likely be their last vacation.

Robert Toland has colon cancer. He’s been told he has just a few months to live.

*****

Back on October 25th, Kevin Haynes, Service Officer in the American Legion, Post #1460, Machias, York emailed Grunt Doc.

It seems that the Christian Youth Corps, a group of young people working in western New York, had earned enough money to send the family to Orlando. But the one thing they could not arrange was a “Princess Dinner” with Cinderella. Money was not the problem. Trying to get a reservation quickly was.

Did Grunt Doc have any connections?

Well he found out that he did, as an anonymous reader came through !

The Toland girls will have a (complimentary!) special dinner with their Daddy (and Cinderella).

But it doesn’t end there.

*****

You see, Kevin was the caller to Dr. Anonymous last night.

And I’m not being facetious when I say there was not a dry eye in the chat room.

The Toland family heads off tomorrow for Orlando.

But their house will not be empty.

I’m not sure how much of this I’m supposed to say, but let’s say there will be some, uh, extreme makeovering going on at the Toland house while they are gone. Changes that will help make Robert’s life a little easier as he faces the end of his life’s journey.

*****

Would you like to help?

There is no way I can’t, having heard this story.

The way I see it, Robert has given eight years of his life in the service of my country.

Surely there is something that I can do for this “Army of One”.

If you would like to join me in supporting the Toland Project, send your contributions to:

ATTN: Kevin Haynes, Service Officer
American Legion Post 1460
9688 Main Street
Machias, NY 14101

(Note: Put “Toland Family Fund” in the comment section of the check.)

My check is “in the mail” today.

*****

The story of the Toland family will be shown on the Fox network (Not sure if it will be “Hannity and Colmes” or “Sean Hannity’s America”). I’ll post the dates and times when I learn them.

I’m thankful for men and women like Robert Toland and I will keep Robert and his family in my prayers as they face a difficult time. It’s the blogosphere that allows us to hear stories and help people that we never would have known otherwise.

The blogosphere is an amazing place.

I’m happy to be a part of it.

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20 Comments

  • Healthcare Today
    Healthcare Today

    October 31, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Army of One Needs Support of Many // Emergiblog…

    An Army Staff Sergeant who is dying of cancers gets a chance at a Disney World vacation with his family while his house gets a makeover….


  • Doctor Anonymous
    Doctor Anonymous

    October 31, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Great summary of this. And, thanks for the plug of my show.


  • Candy
    Candy

    October 31, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Kim, thanks for sharing this with us — and I agree 100 percent. This is the least we can do for this man who has served us all. My check is in the mail, too…


  • Nurse K
    Nurse K

    October 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hey Tolands—make a Paypal account for your fund and lots of blogospheric types will contribute…


  • Trusted.MD Network
    Trusted.MD Network

    October 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Army of One Needs Support of Many…

    Last night was a special night on the Doctor Anonymous Show on BlogTalkRadio. His guest was ER doc and law school graduate Symtym.
    Fun show, some tech talk, lots of laughs.
    And then a surprise caller. With a story.
    A story that you need to hear.
    ****…


  • rnden
    rnden

    November 1, 2008 at 2:21 am

    On assignment this weekend. My check will be in the mail first thing Monday morning. I will be honored to help someone who has fought for the freedom I enjoy. My freedom is next to faith and the love of my family of the things I cherish the most. Thank you Staff Sergeant Toland. May God comfort you and your family during your time of need.


  • Robin
    Robin

    November 1, 2008 at 6:15 am

    My check will go today. Thank you for sharing. I read what GruntDoc had posted, but didn’t get all the details ’til now.

    Kevin, if you read this, thank you for your service. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.


  • kayla
    kayla

    November 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    such a great blog i wish you all the best some how i found you when i was looking for stuff on our sons birth defect esophageal atresia, i wish you all the best.


  • Stemulite
    Stemulite

    November 3, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Fantastic piece! Robert, thank you so much for your service to our country.

    It’s easy to forget the fact that all our service men and women have every day issues to deal with in addition to the dangers of war. Makes me check myself when I get ready to complain about day-to-day problems.


  • Elect to Read Grand Rounds! // Emergiblog
    Elect to Read Grand Rounds! // Emergiblog

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    [...] the post I did on the Robert Toland family? Well, Kevin from the American Legion has sent in a link of some photos of the project taken while [...]


  • Tonya Harris
    Tonya Harris

    November 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Is this tax deductible and who do I make check out to??? Thanks God Bless!


  • MOVE THAT BUS! // Emergiblog
    MOVE THAT BUS! // Emergiblog

    November 12, 2008 at 11:31 am

    [...] It started over at Grunt Doc, picked up some steam at Dr. Anonymous’ radio show when Kevin Haynes called in with the story of Staff Sergeant Toland. I wrote about them here. [...]


  • Tonya Harris
    Tonya Harris

    November 12, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    yes I saw this compelling story and want to donate but do not know how to make the check out and if it is tax deductible. My company is willing to donate also and was questioning that. Please let me know asap so I can send the check out


  • Robin
    Robin

    November 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    The address is in the blog post above:

    If you would like to join me in supporting the Toland Project, send your contributions to:

    ATTN: Kevin Haynes, Service Officer
    American Legion Post 1460
    9688 Main Street
    Machias, NY 14101


  • Tonya Harris
    Tonya Harris

    November 13, 2008 at 5:37 am

    yes I see the address, the question was…is it tax deductible and who do I make the check out to???


  • Dennis Smith/rnden
    Dennis Smith/rnden

    November 13, 2008 at 6:58 am

    is the Toland family not worth the contribution if it is not deductable?


  • tonya harris
    tonya harris

    November 13, 2008 at 7:14 am

    It is for my company…they are a huge company and asked me to find out before they contribute


  • Kevin Haynes
    Kevin Haynes

    November 14, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Tonya:
    Thank you for your willingness to donate to the Toland Project. All donations are tax deductible. Make any checks payable to CYC-Toland Fund, mail them to Christian Youth Corps, 9575 Main St., Machias, NY 14101.
    If a copy of an ST119 or 501c3 articles are required by your company, please provide contact information to me at kevinhaynes@post1460.org and I will furnish requested documentation.

    Thank you Tonya…and all of you for your awesome support.

    Kevin Haynes, Service Officer
    American Legion


  • Charlotte
    Charlotte

    December 2, 2008 at 11:35 am

    if you would like to make a donation to Robert, email me at csiracus@genesee.edu for more information. I am his sister.


  • Tonya Harris
    Tonya Harris

    December 2, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Actually the RObert Toland Fund is now closed and we are moving on to other projects for fallen soldiers and terminally ill adults. There are no more donations being accepted for this family. The CYC is acpeting donations for other terminally ill adults so if you would like to donate to others please contact the CYC.


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