“Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” Franz Schubert, the composer, apparently wrote that.
Three years ago I joined BlackBerry. Since that time I’ve connected with and befriended many of the BlackBerry community, especially the developer community. It’s a tight knit and fantastic group.
One of those folks is Morten Lindstrom, a Norwegian guy who somehow found himself living in Trinidad. I’ve met him at countless events, and we invited him to be one of our BlackBerry Elites. He’s a thoughtful, sweet guy, who always has ways to help BlackBerry succeed in the Caribbean.
Aside from the fact that the Caribbean is gorgeous, I could never figure out why he chose to live there. Trinidad is hardly the center of the tech universe, after all. He moved there to help people. As he said to me “The Caribbean being a developing region, with many smaller countries, it allows a small man like myself to bring knowledge, experience and energy from the outside world in to this region, and even a small man’s work can make a big impact. Being able to guide and empower the youth would require so many more resources abroad, much more than we alone could manage. Just being able to every day feel that my work has done good for somebody – it is all worth it.”
That’s why he, and his Jamaican born wife Nicole, live in Trinidad. To give back.
I’ve recently learned that Nicole suffers from sickle cell anemia. She’s dying.
There is treatment available in the United States, however. To buy that treatment, Morten has raised a whopping $250,000 from insurance, from his personal funds, bank loans and folks in his local community.
However, Nicole is too weak to travel to the United States to be treated. Morten is trying to raise an additional $40,000 to fund a local specialist to build up her body strength, to fund the travel, and to get her to the treatment she needs.
I tweeted about this when I learned about. My twitter peeps (mostly BlackBerry folks) collectively raised $4,640. Thank you. That’s a good start but obviously not enough.
Personally, I have donated $200. Here’s what else I will do: I will donate another $250 when the campaign reaches $10,000, $250 more when the campaign reaches $20,000, $250 more when it reaches $30,000 and $250 more when we achieve the $40,000 target. That’s another $1,000 I’ll contribute.
Morten also offered to work, if anyone wants to hire him. Unfortunately, I can’t hire him, otherwise I would. If anyone wants to hire, I’m sure that would be appreciated.
So please take up the challenge, join me in helping my friend Morten and his true friend, his wife, Nicole. Click to visit Morten’s fundraising page.
Note: I met Morten while employed by BlackBerry, but he’s my friend and this appeal appears on my personal blog page. It is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by BlackBerry.