Time to Step Up and Help Some Fellow Truckers


An unhappy Lou

Ever been in need and wished someone could help you out? Well that’s where a couple of our fellow truckers are right now. They need our help so it’s time to step up, folks. 

The people in question are Lou Obadal and Heather Pontruff. So what’s going on? Well, Lou has had back pain for months, but being the macho trucker (like we all think we are) and needing the money, he toughed it out and kept driving until it totally took him down. I’m no doctor, but it has something to do with a couple of herniated discs. That just sounds painful.

So we’re looking at a case of bad timing here folks. No insurance, no workman’s comp, and to take the proverbial knee to the junk, the company they worked for cancelled their contract after Lou got injured. Ahhhhh, yes. There’s nothing quite like an employer who sees you through the hard times. For the full story, check out Heather’s article called, Your Back Doesn’t Always Have Your Back. If you’re a super-generous person and you’ve already decided to donate to the cause, well God bless you. If you need convincing as to why you should help Lou and Heather out, the price you pay is having to read on. Actually, I hope you do.

So why should we help Lou and Heather? Well, because there’s that whole “Do Unto Others” thing to consider. There’s also the fact that they’re fellow truckers and if we can’t take care of our own, then who will? Well, wait a second here. Actually, Lou is the “official” trucker. But anyone who knows Heather knows she’s really a trucker too. She may not do the actual driving but she rides along with Lou, takes care of most of the business stuff and still manages to do lots of good in this world. What kind of good? Well I’m glad you asked.

First of all, let me say that Lou and Heather had absolutely nothing to do with what I’m about to say. Knowing them, they’ll probably be shocked and humbled by it. All they asked of me was that I help spread the word by retweeting the link to their fundraising site. While I’m doing that whenever I get a chance, I think these two truckers deserved a whole blog post. And let me tell you why:

  1. Because Lou and Heather are funny. Just check out Heather’s YouTube Channel for verification of that. My personal favorite is the one where Heather is tormenting a totally wasted Lou. Funny stuff.
  2. Because they’re nice folks. For instance, Heather can have a completely opposite viewpoint from you and still carry on a civilized conversation that doesn’t turn into name-calling. Case in point; we both think each other’s spiritual beliefs are nuts, but we can have heated debates about it and still walk away friends. Not being a meanie is always a plus in my book.
  3. Because Heather speaks out for truckers. I especially appreciate the fact that she writes in-depth, well researched articles about today’s trucking issues. And that means yours truly doesn’t have to do any research. I can just wait until she posts an article on her Web site, Trucker’s Voice, and then retweet it with the words “yeah, what she said” tacked onto the end of it.
  4. Because they’re our Twitter buds. I know she’s active on Facebook and other social Web sites too (check out Trucker’s Voice for all the places you can find her).  While Heather does most of the tweeting, Lou pops in every now and then. What is it with husbands and boyfriends that don’t tweet? Perhaps Heather and @raysunshine77 could explain this phenomenon to us. I’d ask @ChrisandCasey (cancelled Twitter account) too, but Casey seems to have dropped off the face of the planet. I’m hoping the boys at the space station will snag her with one of those cool robotic arm doohickeys before she slips past them.
  5. Because they are two of the most generous people I know. In 2010, they started an organization called Trucking Santas to help provide a decent Christmas for families who weren’t going to have one. As part of this program, they also adopted three facilities within the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. They tweeted some heartwarming pictures of their visits to these facilities last Christmas season. Now how many of us can say we’ve done that? Don’t expect me to raise my hand. I’m busy twiddling my thumbs, looking around non-chalantly, and whistling.

So what do you think? Are Lou and Heather worth dipping into your checkbook? I sure think so. You don’t have to give a lot, but I’m sure there won’t be any complaints if you do. :-D I’m sure anything will be appreciated. You can be a proud sponsor when you donate or do it anonymously. You can even hide the amount you give. Better hurry though. The fundraiser ends on May 27! Quite frankly, if I’d realized it ended that soon, I’d have done this earlier. My bad. But please don’t let my procastination issues keep you from helping to reach their goal. They’re just over halfway there! Donate now! And please pass the word along to whatever social networks you belong to. Let’s get this puppy moving!

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About Todd McCann

I've been truckin' since 1997. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it. Speaking of being fickle, my wife, affectionately known as The Evil Overlord was my co-driver for 9 of those years. And yet somehow, I'm still alive. ;-) I do the Trucker Dump blog and podcast, which is about a trucker's life on the road and anything else that tickles my innards. And I take myself very, very seriously. If you're still reading this, you can find me on: Twitter | | AboutTruckDriving.com
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7 Responses to Time to Step Up and Help Some Fellow Truckers

  1. Ethan Clarkson says:

    It’s always heart warming to see people helping each other out. I hope the best for Lou and Heather. It’s hard times and the people in the most need seem to get the “knee to the junk” first. It’s been awhile since this post any updates?

    • Todd McCann says:

      At the time I wrote the post, Lou’s return to trucking was uncertain. Since then, Heather mentioned on Twitter that Lou’s trucking career is definitely over and he’s starting to accept the fact. Other than that, I’m not sure what’s up. Heather isn’t nearly as active on Twitter as she used to be. Can’t say I blame her though. I imagine she’s got her hands full.

      Thanks for stoppping by. I’m sure they’ll appreciate your concern.

  2. Zapric @ Truck&TrailerNews.com says:

    I’m a bit late to hear about this I think. I feel sorry for them.

    Anyway, its great to see another trucker stand up for other truckers in need. Thanks for putting up this great post and spreading the news

    • Todd McCann says:

      I’m not sure how much help it was, but I was happy to do it. Lou and Heather give back way more than most of us ever have. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

  3. RFX, Inc. says:

    Being in the trucking profession for as long as we have it is always painful to see a fellow trucker have to step down and away from the steering wheel due to an injury.

  4. FreightBroker says:

    Hi Todd! I hope Lou is okay now. I will tell my friends about this and repost your blogsite. Have a great day!

    • Todd McCann says:

      Lou is recovering, but unfortunately his driving career is over. Heather says he’s beginning to accept the fact so that’s good.

      And hey, I thanks for promoting the site. Although it isn’t my site. It used to be run by a friend and I was doing some guest posting to help him out. My real Web site is the About Trucking Jobs Blog. Yes, I know that’s a horrible name for a blog. LOL A new site with a rebranding of the blog is in the process. And more. If you want to check out more of my 80+ blog posts, check it out the current blog at http://abouttruckingjobs.wordpress.com/

      Thanks for stopping by.


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