As you are aware, on Monday I shared the sad news that Jackie Dick, the mother of the family who lives in the apartment above me, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 44. If you missed the story leading up to this, you can get to it via the links at the bottom of this post. It all started when their dog bit into my upper thigh while I was carrying a coffee table to the dumpster.

Anyway, on Monday I asked if at least a few thousand of you would be willing to donate a couple bucks to help this family pay for the funeral (and be able to keep the original funds we raised for them), and you stepped up to the plate. Together, we raised (last count I got) $7,977.38. That’s amazing.

Thank you. All of you. For those of you who donated. And for those of you who shared the link and asked others to donate. I’m sure any additional donations would be greatly appreciated.

Tonight I just wanted to share a few photos of Jackie that Martin shared with me. In his words, they were his favorite pictures of her. Also, if you want to visit her obituary, you can do that here.





It’s a sad end to a battle that we all only recently became aware, but to which we all quickly became attached. I don’t believe there was a person among us who wasn’t hoping for a miracle for Jackie.

Rest in Peace. School teacher. Mother. Neighbor.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Several people who came in at the end of this story have asked me to post all the blog posts about it in order so that you could more easily come up to speed. Here they are:

The Dog Bite & the Family Above Me
The People, the Dog, and the Ass
Why I LOVE People
Decision Time
Why I LOVE People
The $10,000 Knock on the Door
Meet The Family Above Me
A Letter from the Daughter Who Lives Above Me
Tragedy Sideswipes the Family Above Me

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!