Dan Scharfman, a much-loved colleague and friend, suffered a very serious heart attack earlier this week, and is currently in a medically induced coma at Mount Auburn Hospital. My thoughts and prayers go out for him, and his loved ones, and his community.
Dan is a revered figure in the local world of mission-based organizations and nonprofit technology assistance providers – a consultant’s consultant. He serves as vice president of information solutions at Baird Associates, and as a member of the board of the Belmont School Committee. He is an inveterate punster, a classisist, a devoted family man, an avid long distance runner, and a brilliant practitioner in the field of nonprofit technology. It’s extremely unusual to find a colleague who is as at home under a client’s desk, trouble-shooting a PC that has crashed, as he is addressing a the distraught, technophobic board of a nonprofit that is facing a major information systems implementation. But Dan does that, and more.
Yesterday, I spoke at length to his close colleague and friend, Doug Baird of Baird Associates, about Dan’s condition. There isn’t much news to report; not much is known about Dan’s prognosis yet. However, there is much material for reflection; Doug and I found ourselves musing on the inherent injustice of a universe in which Dan, who is not only a exemplary human being, but also a fitness fanatic who trains for 100 mile races for fun, should be stricken with a heart attack.
However, I believe in the power of human prayer and human good wishes for someone who is suffering. It’s another phenomenon that we don’t understand, and may never understand. It certainly isn’t like ordering a pizza that is guaranteed to arrive exactly on time and with just the right toppings. But prayers and good wishes do work for the better, and I invite you to join me in tapping into the power of love and healing on Dan’s behalf.
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