On Monday, I went to Lilli and Loo to celebrate the life of fellow blogger David Marc Fischer. David is author of the extremely helpful blog Gluten Free NYC (It’s still up and will still be useful for you GF peeps). He died very suddenly and unexpectedly about a month ago. It’s an understatement to say it was a shock personally as well as a blow to the GF blogger community in NYC and in the blogosphere.
When I started my blog in August 2006, there were only a handful of regularly blogging GF NYC folks and David Marc Fischer was one of them. Erin of GlutenFreeFun, Kelly of Celiacchicks, Catherine of AGlutenFreeGuide and David Gluten-Free NYC welcomed this non-celiac Allergic Girl with open arms (for which I am still thankful).
Since then I would see David at celiac disease events or we’d exchange stories of links through our blogs. The last time I saw him was at the Columbia Thought Leaders Conference and we discussed taking a trip out to Pomegranate in Brooklyn for the GF Passover goodies. (Here’s David’s very helpful resources for GF Passover goodies).
I didn’t know him well and clearly that was my loss as was evidenced from last night’s tribute from Erin, Kelly, Ben (thank you again for reading the yizkor), Dr. Peter Green, Cynthia and many others. I feel a special pang during this time of Jewish renewal in the celebration of the New Year. It’s a time for reflection, for goodbyes and for looking ahead.
So, thank you David for your tireless celiac disease research, your bloggy support of me and my blog and your general menschy-ness. Your voice will be missed.
For those of you who would like to make a donation to the Celiac Disease Center in memory of David – here is the info:
Go to: https://giving.columbia.edu/giveonline/
At Select a School or Division: use the "Select a School or Division" drop down box, and select
Celiac Disease Center
Enter Gift Amount
Click on NEXT
When at the next page, select "In Memory"
In the Honoree Information box that pops up, enter Honoree name: David Marc Fischer.
There is also a box to enter reason for gift and contact information.
Donations can also be mailed:
Please make checks payable to: Trustees of Columbia University
Please note on the memo line that the donation is in memory of David Marc Fischer
Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032