Before I get back to politics and begin the long, wonderful journey that will be the Obama Administration, I have a favor to ask. A truly great person could use some help and I'd like to see if you might be willing to come to his aid.
A couple of weeks ago, I learned that my dear friend and colleague, actor Will Schutz, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This is, as you may know, a particularly bad form of cancer to contract, but Will's spirits are high and he has vowed to fight it with everything he's got.
Naturally, at the time he was diagnosed, he had no insurance. (Pause to fume at America's current health mess. Breathe. Continue.) Now, after a stay in the hospital and the commencement of his cancer treatments, the bills are starting to pile up for my buddy Will. And we, his friends and colleagues, are making an effort to try to raise some money for him. As you may have guessed, that's where you come in.
I'm not asking for a lot. Any amount will do. Five bucks, ten...twenty. If you can do more, great. If not, please do what you can. Believe me when I tell you that this is one of the most generous, kind and loving souls it has ever been my privilege to meet and I am heartbroken to think that he has been dealt such a lousy hand. I don't go, hat in hand, to complete strangers for just anyone. This is truly a great human being, an amazing performer and a devoted friend.
If you can, please go to this site, http://willschutzpancan.chipin.com, and throw a few bucks his way. No one- and I mean no one- deserves it more.