THIS WAS ORIGINALLY A FORM EMAIL MESSAGE. I REPOST IT HERE WITH NO OTHER INTRODUCTION OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT A CHAIN LETTER/POST. THE REAL PERSON AT THE END OF THIS IS IN FACT A DEAR FRIEND. SHE HAS HL AND IS DOING ALL SHE CAN TO HEAL & BATTLE THE CANCER IN HER TINY BODY. SHE HAS NO INSURANCE AND UPON ADVICE OF HER DOCTOR WHEN SHE WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED SHE COULD NOT KEEP HER JOB.
WE, HER FRIENDS & FAMILY, ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO SUPPORT AND TO DRAW ATTENTION TO VARIOUS FUNDRAISING EVENTS THAT WE'RE HOPING WILL HELP TO DEFRAY HER SOME OF HER MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO EITHER CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS WEBSITE LINKS AND/OR PASS THIS ON TO OTHERS.
WE THANK YOU GREATLY FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE.
(Please forgive the impersonal nature of this --and if you have already heard about this auction, I'm sorry for bombarding you--but I do feel very passionate about this cause and need help in getting the word out to others)...
We have launched a literary auction
) to benefit Jennifer Derilo, who is currently battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Jennifer was diagnosed with Hodgkin's a few months ago, and is now undergoing treatment...WITHOUT health insurance (the debt began just for her to get diagnosed). She is 32 years old.
We would like to defray some of her medical costs, and make an awful and tragic situation a little less so, and thus the auction.
Will you please help us spread the word?
The following blog post acts as a portal/pointer to the auction on eBay:czilka.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/literary-auction/
The Rumpus recently covered this auction:therumpus.net/2010/09/bid-in-this-lit-auction-help-a-cancer-patient/
And so did the LA Times Book Blog:latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/09/friend-literary-prizes-cancer-care-auction.html
The eBay auction includes offerings from writer friends, (the list
includes but is not limited to, Mat Johnson, Yiyun Li, Elmaz Abinader, Daniel Alarcón, Lac Su, Randa Jarrar, Justin Chin, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Alexander Chee, Chris Abani, and many others). These offerings include signed books, private manuscript
critiques, advice sessions, help with graduate school applications, a customized personalized artist book, opportunities to have a character named after you in their next book, art work, and readings. Even if you don't know Jennifer personally, the items have great value!
The auction will be up for a few more days, with half the auctions
ending next Tuesday (9/14) evening PST...and half the auctions ending next Thursday (9/16) afternoon PST.
If you would like to make a direct contribution and bypass the auction, the paypal account for THIS auction is teamjender AT gmail DOT com
(email@example.com). Even if you do not contribute, please help by getting the word out!
Thank you so much for your help and support!