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Here's the The Lowdown from DN Journal,
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The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

Domain Community Rallies Around Donna Adams as the Industry Pioneer Faces Life Threatening Health Crisis

Donna Adams (Mahony) was already a well established, highly respected member of the domain investment community when I stumbled upon this business back in 2002. Donna was one of the first female domain investors and was always one of the first to welcome and support newcomers (like me) when they showed up at DNForum.com, a site that was then the central gathering place for people who had an  inexplicable passion for domain names.  

Succeeding in the domain business was (and is) much more difficult than it appears to be from the outside, so newcomers desperately needed someone to show them the ropes so they could  avoid wasting their time and money along the way.  Donna was among the very best advisors, always generous with her time and resources. 


Donna Adams (Mahony)

Donna has always been a giver by nature but now she needs a little help of her own. She's not the kind who would ever ask for it, so one of her friends, Brian Gilbert, took it upon himself to sound the alarm, quickly drawing support from dozens of others who have been so positively impacted by Donna over the past two (or more) decades. Donna was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension several years ago, the same disease that led Brian's late wife, Charlotte (also a beloved member of the domain community and one of Donna's closest friends) to a heart/lung transplant and ultimately her untimely death early last year.

Now, Donna needs life-saving surgery of her own, and she has a chance to get it at the #1 treatment facility for this disease in the world. The problem is there are many expenses not covered by insurance that are obstacles that need to be removed from her path to recovery. So, yesterday Brian started a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help cover those expenses. Within hours, the modest goal of $7,500 had been surpassed as dozens of donors rushed to Donna's aid (a testament to how many people she has positively impacted along the way). 

As of this writing the total has crossed $10,000. Still, if you have ever needed medical care you now how quickly uncovered costs can spiral out of control. For anyone who can help with a few dollars I would encourage you to add what you can to Donna's account. She already has more than enough stress on her plate and not having to worry as much about mounting expenses will give her some well deserved peace of mind. 

In any case, whether you can contribute monetarily or not, I hope everyone will visit the GoFund me page to read Brian's meticulously detailed account of  the treatment journey Donna will be on for the next two months. It requires trips back and forth (with a helper) between Donna's home in Arizona and the treatment facility in San Diego.  It will not be an easy gauntlet to run but we can all make it a little bit easier just by dropping Donna a note, or leaving a post, telling her what she means to us and how  much we are rooting for her in this battle!  A positive attitude and support from an Army of friends are the most powerful weapons anyone could have in the kind of fight Donna is in now. 

(Left to right): Donna's friends Mike Robertson and Brian Gilbert 
with Donna Adams (Mahony) on a recent visit to her Arizona home.

(Posted March 3, 2020)  

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