Friday, May 30, 2008

Starting Something Big

Okay cyber-readers, I need your help.

With all the publicity that I'm trying to do for my book, I got a very unexpected call from a good friend of my father's.

This is man who lost a son to cancer years ago, and feels strongly about my book getting out there to help other patients laugh and see the brighter side of things.

He offered to buy $500 worth of books to be given to patients, and then he said that if ArtScroll would offer him a discount he'd give another hundred. ArtScroll said they'd definitely do a discount for people wanting to donate books.

Another pal of my fathers loved the idea and also pledged $100.

Now we're all thinking about spreading the word and trying to raise money to get my book out to hospitals and to Jewish patients and their families free of charge. It does mean money though.

We are trying to raise (for starters) like $1200 which will give us about 80 books to work with. 80 books doesnt sound like an awful lot, but having been on the other side, I will tell you that if someone had given me a humorous book about my situation when I was sick, it would have meant the world.

We are hoping my book will mean the world to 80 patients out there- maybe more.

Will anyone care to join the quest?

4 comments:

admirer fom afar said...
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Admirer From Afar said...
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admirer from afar said...

i'll bli neder give another $100.
plse email me at (removed email addy) to let me know where to wire it to.
hava a gr8 shabbos, and keep up the good work.

Bas~Melech said...

Not sure about the $$ yet, but I just want to mention (though I'm sure you've already thought of this) that if the number of sponsored books is limited, you can make some of them stretch farther by putting them in strategic places instead of giving them to individuals. For instance, the library at Camp Simcha (would probably need several -- books tend to fly off the shelves there!), the lending library of Chai Lifeline, and I believe many hospitals have small libraries of reading material available to patients. You could give some to oncologists to lend, too.