Sandra Tellis is a 45-year-old woman from Oakland, California. On Friday, Sept. 1, she was the victim of a terrible attack. She was beaten, tied up, and set on fire. She is in critical condition in a Bay Area hospital and is slowly recovering.

Sandra's recovery will be long and slow. Please help me in letting her know that people around the world care.

A medical fund has been set up in Sandra's name at Bank of America. The account number is 05555-42840. To make a deposit, you can go into any Bank of America branch and give that account number. Checks can be made out to the Sandra Tellis Medical Fund.

If you prefer to mail a check, send it to:
Bank of America
2546 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(Make sure to include the account number.)

Cards can be sent to the Tellis family care of Henry Lee, the San Francisco Chronicle reporter who has been covering the story. His address is:
Henry Lee
SF Chronicle
483 Ninth St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94607

On Friday, October 27, a wonderful thing happened. A number of local bands held a benefit concert for Sandra at the Uptown in downtown Oakland, and more than $600 was raised. (Please visit the diary section for more details.)

Rachael, who organized the event, and I are in the beginning stages of planning another event. If you would like to get involved or have any suggestions, please feel free to e-mail me at

Thank you in advance for helping in whatever way you can.

Peace, love, and happiness.