FINAL UPDATE: Even in these tough economic times, you came through to help out a guy having a tough time. Our latest tally breaks the $200 mark. Tonight at 6pm we'll close the account and send him the money, along with best wishes from you and from everyone at Talk Back Studios.
And more good news: Spirit Airlines has seen the light and decided to refund the original ticket amount along with "prayers and best wishes". (Quite a turnaround from their CEO's earlier "It's his own damned fault" stance.)
Thanks, thanks so much, for finding a little extra cash to make someone's life better. You are wonderful.