By Stephanie Ciccarelli
February 23, 2009
Voice over talent and instructor Connie Zimet has been unwell for quite some time and needs your help.
Connie has ALS, and although she is facing a late stage of the disease, know that there is hope for her to regain the ability to communicate more easily with her family and friends through the purchase of a special machine.
I received this message and have been given permission to publish it here for the voice over community that you may take action and help Connie in a time of dire need.
I am sure most of you have heard by now that Connie Zimet is battling late stage ALS. At this point she is no longer able to move or speak, and requires 24 hour care.
Her son Zach has found a device that works with eye recognition technology that will enable her to communicate with her eyes via aid of a computer. To go through Medicare could take 6-8 months. She needs this device now.
It was brought to my attention that a lot of you out there would like to help, so I am asking to please reach into your pockets and send any donation you can spare to Connie, no matter how small, to help defer her escalating medical care costs and enable her to speak again with the help of this device.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, or Zach via email or by phone. Connie's address is 827 NW 79th Terrace, Plantation, FL 33324, and also has a PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connie sent me an email on June 7, 2008 asking all of her friends for prayers, believing that a miracle can still take place. At that point, she was still able to talk but this disease has not been kind.
If you are moved to do so, please help in any way you can. No donation is too small.
One American voice artist, who has described Connie as a light and an inspiration who has helped so many on their career paths, has suggested donating the equivalent of a session fee. For union members, that would be $300 to $375.
ADDENDUM - 1:15 p.m. EST: Since publishing this story today, I have been in touch with Zach Ziskin and he has shared that enough funds had been met to cover the cost of the equipment and Connie is now able to communicate with her eyes! Zach mentioned that they are very grateful for all of the donations and that the device has been a great help. They are still dealing with ongoing medical bills and care costs and appreciate any support that is offered via donations.