Dear Editor, On Sept. 19, I was fortunate enough to experience firsthand the outpouring of love and kindness from the Austin community. The Alamo Drafthouse and Barr Mansion, along with many friends, local merchants, and the Texas Culinary Academy honored me with an incredible dinner, movie in the garden, and silent auction. The money raised has assisted in paying medical bills plus meeting day-to-day living expenses while I continue my healing process. No amount of thank yous could express my gratitude, and the list of those who contributed time, money, and donations, as well as thoughts of support, is far too long to list here. However, three people must be mentioned as they have renewed my outlook on life. I will always be indebted to Virginia Wood and Cathy Cochran-Lewis for their incredible showing of friendship in making the event possible. And a special debt of gratitude goes to my beloved life partner, Greg Murphy, who gives me reason each day to live. Thank you, the people of Austin who have proven that it truly is a blessing to be here.