A day or so ago there was a sudden photo of Coming Soon‘s Ed Douglas in the hospital. He’d been at Cinema-Con working when he found out he had acute leukemia. But of course, like most of us freelancers he has no health insurance. Thus, his buddies have set up a fundraiser page to help with mounting hospital bills.
Thing is, Ed is one of the good guys. I’ve known him at least ten years and had the occasion to hang out with him when he came to visit LA a while back. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone nicer covering the film beat. Ed has somehow emerged as one of the best in the business without becoming a pompous ass. He has been particularly supportive of what I do — and it ain’t easy being a woman in what is mostly a male-dominated industry. Ed has never once treated me like I was the lesser sex and has always been supportive and respectful. I don’t think I’ve ever told him how much I appreciated that. His illness has now made me realize what a tight family we have all become.
Ed is going to fight and hopefully he can pull out of this. But they’re raising money. $50K. Hopefully we can work together to get it covered. Here’s the link to the donation page.