Thursday, November 13, 2014

Books for Teens with Cancer

Hi everyone. I’m going out on a limb here, and giving something a try. Before you continue I want to ask 3 things of you. Please consider each one!

1.     Read this entire post to the end, even if it doesn’t go any further than you just reading it.

2.     PLEASE share this post, with an encouragement to others to get on board, even if you can’t help the cause yourself.

3.     Prayerfully consider donating here:

OK, so you’re probably wondering what this is all about. Most of you know two things about me. First, my daughter was diagnosed with cancer at 3 years old and was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Second, I am a writer. My books are generally geared for the young adult crowd.

During the first week of January we will be returning to St. Jude in Memphis for Emma’s 2 year off-treatment checkup (she’s been in remission for 4 ½ years now!). St. Jude treats upward of 5,000 kids a year, including teens. Many of these patients are in Memphis for long stretches of time (sometimes 2 months, sometimes 9 months, it just depends). What I would like to do is take a box of my young adult books and hand them out to the teens who are being treated while we’re there. My goal is 50 books, but I can’t do it alone. It costs me roughly $10 per book. If I can get 49 other people on board who would donate $10 each, we could take 50 books to give to the teens who are fighting cancer right now. But I will take whatever number I can get—if we get 10 donations, I’ll take ten books. On the flip side, if we get 100 donations, I’ll take 100. I want to stress, I won’t make a penny off this. Also, if you are a writer, and you’d like to donate some of your own books, feel free to contact me about that. I’d be happy to bring more.

Sharing is vital to the success of this idea. If I share it with all of my friends, and even half of you share it with yours, it will reach so many more people. These teens are fighting for their lives, and they’re isolated from their friends and normal life. A box of books isn’t much, but it’s something, and books are what I know.

If you feel even the slightest pull on your heartstrings for this idea, I hope you’ll consider not only sharing about it, but also donating. Again, you can donate here: Thanks so much for reading!