If you have even a few coins left over at the end of your paycheck, this would be a worthy cause...
Thursday November 13th, 2008 two members of the Shire of Isles in the Kingdom of Caid were seriously injured. Lord Caius Laevus/Wilhelm Caius and his wife Carla were severely burned escaping the Tea Fire in Montecito, CA.
They were airlifted to the burn ward at UC Irvine Medical Center with extensive second degree burns. Lance is a long-time heavy fighter and the leader of the Isles war unit, the Hand of the Hunt, and Carla fights rapier.
The good news is that they are expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that they may be in the hospital for up to two months, and have probably lost all of their possessions. They were renting a property in the area closest to the fire, and the house was completely destroyed.Visit the Lance and Carla Burn Fund to learn more and donate!
This verse was posted at the MySpace SCA Group:
Lance and Carla
Their hermitage was more than quiet
The wondrous devices of convenience and communication silent
Only the soughing of the trees serenaded the hours.
Suddenly, blossoms heralded the approach of a dragon
And the wind became the mighty steed it rode
Bearing down up their home with horrible hunger
Devouring all in its path.
Lance grabbed his love, his life
Carla ran with him hand in hand
When the beast roared over them
and kissed them with fire
Though the agony of flesh and muscle
was hotter than the dragon’s kiss
Lance did not give up
He knew the only way to safety
for his Carla lay a field away.
Hand in hand they did not give in
and from some well deep inside
Lance found the strength and the will
To manage the path down the hill.
Into the hands of help he rode
Though all those things they loved
and cherished are now ashes
The one they loved most still dashes
Hand in hand, sword and shield,
Their love and life to the dragon would not yield.
UPDATE 12/16/08 from Noozhawk.com:
Movie Night Raises Funds to Help Couple Burned in Tea Fire
"The event on behalf of Lance and Carla Hoffman, who remain hospitalized, brings in more than $8,000."