There is a nice story about Alicia on the front page of today’s Reno Gazette Journal.
A Beautiful Tribute to Alicia April 18, 2010
Bonnie Russell wrote this touching piece about Alicia yesterday entitled “Courage is a choice. A Courageous Woman of 28 is Dying.”
Twitter Saturday April 17, 2010
Twitter, I’m sorry I ever doubted you as a tool to connect people. What an amazing response from the this new community of online friends and well-wishers today, after Alicia’s story was picked up by a gentleman named Drew.
On Courage April 16, 2010
I’d like to end this busy week with a peaceful and touching note we received from one of the English teachers at Alicia’s high school (Granite Bay High School) wrote into the site today:
“…I wanted to share some thoughts about To Kill a Mockingbird (her favorite book) that relate to Alicia’s situation. In the novel there is an elderly woman, Mrs. Dubose, who was in a lot of physical discomfort. Atticus, as a punishment for Jem, his son, for chopping down her camellia bushes asks him to read to Mrs. Dubose each day.
I’d like to take a moment to address some questions about why Alicia’s family and friends have put together this site/are Tweeting about it/have set up a Facebook page.
Firstly, I want to reassure everyone that this endeavor is not only blessed and but encouraged by the Parlettes, especially Alicia. She has wanted to get back to writing and sharing her life and story with the audience who had expressed so much interest and engagement with her Chronicle series for some time. The response from the online community has been overwhelmingly positive – notes of love, friendship, inspiration, hope, joy, etc. – I think this interest in her story made Alicia want to share more about her hope, struggle, and faith.
There has just been an amazing outpouring of beautiful stories and comments shared on the Chronicle website and a flood of donations came pouring in this morning.
Thank you to every single person who has shared a note or story or made a donation. We are working to gather all the stories and posts we can and link to some of our favorites. Please keep an eye on this page for more stories and information soon.
Finally, a reminder to please forward press inquiries to email@example.com.
Be sure to check out tomorrow morning’s San Francisco Chronicle, in which a feature on our own Alicia Parlette will appear.
Important reminder: to protect Alicia’s privacy, if contacted by members of the media in the coming days, please refrain from sharing any details of Alicia’s health or whereabouts. Instead, direct all media to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also wish to visit the updated Contact Us section of the site to read the Parlettes’ official statement.
Thank you again for all your support during this difficult time.
Granite Bay High School (GBHS) class of 2000 (Alicia’s graduating class) very nicely put information about Alicia’s health condition on their reunion home page, as well as implemented a way to simultaneously purchase a ticket for the reunion festivities as well as donate to Alicia.
If you were part of the class of 200, please visit: http://gbhs2000.blogspot.com/
Journalism Community Responds to “Alicia’s Story” April 14, 2010
As I’ve been doing research on Alicia, I’ve come across responses to her series in the professional journalist community. When Alicia’s Story was being published over a period of several weeks in 2005, there were emotional responses from people who themselves had faced cancer or had lost a loved one, had been inspired by her writing, or just connected to Alicia in some powerful emotional way.
While I’m sure some in the professional journalism community connected or reacted in a similar manner, it was interesting for me to read critques (both positive and negative) about the series.
If you’re interested in reading some posts or professional discussions on the series, please see below.
Below the Fold (6/11/05): http://belowthefold.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/06/alicias_story_b.html
Citizen Paine (6/13/05): http://www.citizenpaine.com/2005/06/reaction_to_ali.html
Alicia mentioned in an American Journalism Review story about newspapers and stories about fatal illnesses ( June/July 2006): http://www.ijpc.org/Return%20of%20the%20Sob%20Sisters%20-%20American%20Journalism%20Review.htm
Thread on sportsjournalists.com about the series (July 2006): http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/index.php?topic=29078.0
Finally, an article in the Chronicle published some letters to the editor in response to the series (6/12/05): http://www.sfchron.com/cgi-bin/article/article?f=/c/a/2005/06/12/MNGJND7G5V1.DTL