My friend John once told me, “To have good friends, you have to be a good friend.” I’ve really taken this seriously in all my relationships as I’m in my forties.
Now, as I sit here in my Lisbon home, the weight of my friend Allan’s situation is heavy on my shoulders. I can’t help but reflect on the gravity of life’s unexpected turns. My friend Allan, a beacon of vibrancy and passion, is now confined to the sterile surroundings of an ICU room at UCLA Hospital, fighting a battle that none of us could have foresaw. As a Navy SEAL, I’ve lost too many friends in the war, I’ve become all too familiar with loss, but this situation is different, this is preventable. At just 40 years old, Allan is in dire need of a heart transplant, a reality that pierces my soul with its sharpness.
Allan is not just a friend; he’s been a brother in the journey of life. His ability to light up any room with his infectious laughter, one-liners, and boundless energy is something that words can scarcely do justice.
Behind the camera, Allan is a maestro, a videographer with an uncanny ability to capture the essence of a moment, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. Our flights over New York in my RV6, with the cityscape and Lady Liberty sprawling beneath us, were made all the more memorable by his zest for life. And who could forget the thrill of getting buzzed by my friend in his Navy F18 jet over Long Island? Those moments of sheer exhilaration, the roar of the engines, the rush of adrenaline – they’re imprinted in our memories, a testament to the adventures we’ve shared.
But perhaps the most poignant memory is the recent honor I had in officiating his wedding to his beautiful wife, Jenna. The love and devotion in their eyes, the promise of a lifetime of togetherness – it was a moment of pure joy, a celebration of love that now stands in stark contrast to the corridors of uncertainty that currently envelop them.
(Author’s Photo: Allan and Jenna’s Wedding in Santa Barbara, CA)
In this critical hour, Allan needs more than just our prayers and well-wishes; he needs our tangible support. The road ahead is fraught with challenges, medical expenses that mount with each passing day, and a future that hangs in the balance. This is where we, as a community, can step in and make a difference. It’s a call to action, a plea for humanity, to rally behind Allan and ensure that the next chapter of his story is one of triumph and recovery.
Let’s come together and contribute to his GoFundMe page, each donation a lifeline, a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. Let’s show Allan that he’s not alone in this fight, that the warmth of human kindness can outshine the bleakest of predicaments. It’s not just about saving a life; it’s about preserving the spirit of a man who embodies the very essence of life itself.
Let’s make a difference. Donate now. Let’s bring Allan home.