One thing I really appreciate is that you all were concerned and prayed and no one asked (as I have seen on other EO newsgroups/lists) if my neighbor was Orthodox. You cared about a woman in need. Thank you all
We continue to pray for your friends, please be assured of that.
As for people in other places asking about whether the person in question was Orthodox, while I cannot speak for them (and certainly it can come across wrong), my first instinct was to think that they probably asked so that they could see if they could have them commemorated at Liturgy. If I'm not mistaken, while anyone can certainly be prayed for, only Orthodox can be commemorated in the Eucharistic Liturgy and prayed for in that very specific way. My guess is that they probably had this in mind (I would hate for my guess to be wrong, and the right guess to be something of a "we only care about Orthodox" nature; such would be atrocious).