Actress Karen Black’s recent cry for crowdfunding help was because her health insurance, though pretty solid, did not cover experimental cancer treatment in Europe. In the case of comingsoon.net writer Edward Douglas, there is simply no health insurance at all.
Douglas, a fixture at Hollywood press junkets and most recently on assignment at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, was diagnosed last week with acute leukemia. Today, he has been expressing his heartfelt thanks on Twitter for a giveforward.com campaign started on his behalf. In a very short amount of time, more than $25,000 has been pledged to pay for his cancer treatments.
Sampson explained to FishbowlLA via email how he came to know Douglas. “Ed and I sort of came up together on the New York scene as websites began to flourish in the late 1990s, early 2000s,” he recalls. “Internet journalists never got treated very seriously by Hollywood studios, so we always got stuck on junkets with college newspapers and the like. Since then, he’s always been that face that I look forward to seeing at a work event and also look forward to seeing outside of work.”
Get well soon, Mr. Coming Soon. And to the 470+ online donors at press time who’ve made this thing move at light speed, bravo to each and every one of you!