Friday, August 16, 2013

WIRTW #284 (the “help if you can” edition)

I’ve never used this space to ask anyone to donate to anything. This week is an exception.

My niece had a scare. After months of knee pain, doctors found a 6 cm mass on her tibia. We feared the worst. After Wednesday’s surgery we received the best possible news—a benign giant cell tumor that had eaten away her leg until her tibia resembled Swiss cheese. She is on the road to recovery, which includes long and difficult rehab coupled with the risk that her repaired and rebuilt leg could fail.

She also faces crippling out-of-pocket medical expenses that will saddle her family for years, which includes my 1- and 2-year-old great-nieces, and her husband, a veterinary resident who’s taken an unpaid leave of absence to be with his family.

If you want to read the entire story, jump over to, a blog/donation site we established to help my niece and her family. All help, thoughts, and words of encouragement are appreciated. Thanks for reading.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:


Social Media & Workplace Technology

HR & Employee Relations

Wage & Hour

Labor Relations