Please Help One Of Our Own

glennfamilyphoto260Glenn Cameron was one of the first people I met in my first digital agency gig.  I had just arrived at K2 Design, one of the first publicly-traded digital agencies, by way of Young & Rubicam.  My colleagues at Y&R had insisted I was insane for leaving the security of an established Madison Avenue ad agency for a young startup.  At the time I was nervous, entertaining the notion that maybe I really was crazy for leaving Y&R.

One of the guys who showed me I made the right decision was Glenn.  When I met him, he was running sales, and he exuded this confidence that immediately reinforced the notion that I had boarded a rocket ship that was going to take my ad career to the next level.  Glenn was the type of guy who everybody liked.  He was a good listener who knew how to sell consultatively, and he was always smiling.

Glenn and I hit it off really well.  He would start relationships, selling K2’s website-building capabilities and building a new client roster.  I would come in a bit later, developing paid media and promotional plans to help clients get the right traffic to their new websites.

It was always confidence-inspiring to hear Glenn getting on the phone with prospects and doing his thing.  I sat just a few feet away from him in the office, and it was captivating to watch him cultivating new relationships, and get a preview of what accounts I might be working on six months or a year after Glenn introduced K2 to a new client.

Always smiling.  Always building relationships.  That’s how I like to remember Glenn.

Unfortunately, in June of 2012, Glenn was diagnosed with “Frontotemporal Dementia,” (FTD) also known as “Pick’s Disease.” FTD is a progressive and irreversible cell disorder that leads to tissue shrinkage and reduced function in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, which control memory, planning and judgment; emotions, speaking and understanding speech; and certain types of movement. Life spans of those diagnosed with FTD range from 6-8 years.

Glenn has deteriorated rapidly.  He can’t work, drive, or maintain social or professional contacts and is now receiving full-time, at-home care from his wife, Jodi.

Caught off-guard by both his diagnosis and the speed of his decline, Glenn’s family is enduring severe financial hardship, including the foreclosure of their house.  As full-time caregiver to Glenn and sons Trevor and Austin, Jodi has been unable to maintain her real estate license, meaning their only source of income is Glenn’s Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, Glenn’s family has not been able to provide any financial support.

Glenn’s friends and loved ones are raising funds to help Jodi offset expenses and keep the family above water.  I’ve seen what this industry can do when it pulls together, and I’m proud to announce that we’re just a few thousand dollars away from reaching our fundraising goal of $20,000.  But we can still use your help.  If you can find it in your heart to spare a small contribution to Glenn’s family, we would be most appreciative.

Please click here to donate.

We thank you.

Tom Hespos
Publisher, The Makegood