As you know, a portion of my book proceeds goes to The American Cancer Society. And…you may or may not know this, but my husband and I have the Arizona Pain Train fundraising going on, too.
Yep. We even have a FB page (CLICK HERE to check it out).
The AZ Pain Train is where we participate in endurance events and raise money at the same time. Hence the name AZ Pain Train! LOL. The first event was us riding our bikes across Iowa for Ragbrai back in July of 2012.
You guys helped us raise over $3,00.00! That one was geared mostly toward my Mother inlaw who’d died that October and my step-mum who’d been diagnosed only a month earlier.
This year, I’m trying for my first ever marathon. Yep. I’ve never run one. So, while starting my training after a major abdominal surgery, I thought this might be a good event to pair up with AZ Pain Train.
This year, my focus is on my dear friend, Frank Redman. He was diagnosed with a inoperable brain tumor. Young guy with young kids. I’m so sad by this. So, I figured since I can’t control that dang disease, I’m gonna try and raise money for it.
I met Frank back in 2009 when I attended my first ever national writing conference. We met through the speculative fiction groups as we both write that genre. Sure, mine was romance and his wasn’t so much, but still.
We hit it off. Even had the same agent for a while. We’ve been through some ups and downs in the writing world together, and I am thankful to have him as a friend. He’s rock solid. Loves his family above all. Such a treasure.
So, this is for you, Frank. I’m sure you’d rather be out exercising and doing other things than radiation and chemo. So, I am dedicating my marathon on October 26th to you!
There are some more people near and dear to my heart that I will be spotlighting over the coming weeks as I prep for this endurance event. So stay tuned. Let’s join together and send out healing thoughts and prayers for those dealing with this terrible disease. You can donate to my fundraiser HERE. Spread the word. Let’s raise tons of money–you never know, the dollar you donate or help get to donate might be the one to help find a cure!!
Thanks for your support.