In case Mariska is laying in her hospital bed, googling herself on the net, I just want her to know that I had decided to give her a Bob the Builder Award last week before it was released that she had a collasped lung. I don't want her to think this is a charity case award. :)
My family and our abnormally strong attachment to "Law and Order" is a blog for another day. But let it suffice to say that we LOVE it. This is Mariska Hargitay, daughter of Jayne Mansfield. She is the highest paid TV actress of $400,000 per episode as Detective Olivia Benson, one who investigates sexual crimes. She is part of Law and Order: SVU. She is one tough broad on the show, which I connect to (note to males--I am allowed to use the term "broad" because I am one...you, however, should not. What is a girl to do...it is the way with double standards). :)
When is the last time you felt so profoundly impacted by your day job that you did something above and beyond about it? I don't mean jobs where you protect endangered birds or education young minds about the environmental protection of the Earth....those passions are a given. Apparently Mariska felt something and is willing to put her money where her mouth is.
Mariska is the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation. She originally trained "as a rape-crisis counselor as research for her role but then started the foundation." It funds all -expense-paid-wellness retreats for survivors of sexual assult and domestic violence. www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
Go get 'em Mariska and get well soon.