Martial Artist and Authors join Forces to Assist a Cancer Patient

ProvoKickathonFlyer-967x1024Today I am writing this blog post while waiting in the surgical lobby area as my daughter is being prepped for brain surgery. This is the time in the poem “Footsteps in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson where the Lord is carrying me. Dr. Sanan will remove part of her brain tumor, as much as is safe to do so, and perform the biopsy. This is a necessary step to determine what is the next step in her cancer treatment plan. I have to admit that I wait with fear and trembling in spite of  prayers and good wishes expressed by others and the brave front that my daughter wore going into pre-op. I want to extend my thanks for the support and tireless efforts so many friends, family and perfect strangers have given in behalf of Serena in her Journey to healing. Many yard sales, craft sales, and other kinds of fundraisers as well as cash donations have assisted to pay for her treatments over the past six months. Even today there was a two thousand dollar deductible that was covered by friends – angels on earth. More such angels are gathering this coming Saturday to Kick Out Cancer in Serena’s behalf at Memorial Park on 800 E. Center St. in Provo, Utah. Sensei Nathan Boyd is hosting a Kick-a-thon for Cancer! He invites all interested Ninjas and Ninja want to be’s to come and kick, and those who want to support them to sponsor them. For more details contact him at            801-373-4844 or at Provo USSD. or email SenseiNate@gmail.com. Nathan Boyd is offering $50.00 gift certificates to his martial arts studio for lessons to event participants and cancer fund donors. Deirdra Eden has kindly organized the Book Signing that is happening at the same event. Many authors who I’ve not had the privilege to meet yet are coming to support the cause.  There is room for more authors if you want to participate please contact Deirdra at guidedhope@gmail.com. Here are the authors that have signed up so far: Book Cover Poster

Other Items available at this event include a quilt that will be up for raffle, and a bake sale. There will be free drinking water for everyone. Bands will be performing throughout the day. Living Scriptures will give a free DVD to each family that attends the event and donate a portion of their sales to Serena’s cancer fund. Turbo Scan / Heritage Makers will offer discounts on photo scanning and preservation and contribute a percentage of their sales to the cancer treatment fund. If you are in or near the Provo area this Saturday, August 18th, please drop by and enjoy the fun and help contribute. If you are unable to attend but still want to donate you can do so on-line on the Provo USSD Website: http://www.ussdprovo.blogspot.com/p/cancer-kick-thon.html . THANK YOU!

Kick-a-thon & Book Signing Cancer Fundraiser

SerenaMy daughter has a brain tumor. Family and friends have gathered round to support her since her diagnosis the first week of February 2012.  We have appreciated all the support we have received in various venues on-line and in the Mesa and Tucson areas. She has tried to keep everyone in the loop with email. On Saturday August 18th, 2012 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Memorial Park on 800 E. Center Street in Provo, Utah our friends and family in Utah are holding a Kick-a-thon for Cancer!  All are invited to attend and participate. Donations accepted as well as sponsorship for kicking. For Sponsor details contact Sensei Nathan at Provo USSD (United Studios of Self Defense) 801-373-4844.

Several authors will also hold a book signing.  Some of the participating authors so far include Karen Hoover author of the Wolf Child Saga, Cheree Alsop of the Silver and Shadow series books, Kathy Atwood of Maybe It’s a Zebra, Margaret Turley of Save the Child, Chaplain Michael Benedict of Twilight is Dawning: Anthology of the Later Years, and Paulette Inman – writer and black belt martial artist.  All authors are invited to participate at this event. IT IS FREE. There is no table fee or profit cut, though you are encouraged to donate to a cancer fund for Margaret Turley’s daughter who is battling brain cancer.

Authors who want to participate may contact Karen Hoover at luv2writepoems@msn.com or Deirdra Eden at guidedhope@gmail.com

Living Scriptures will come and give ever family a free DVD. They are donating a percentage of their sales to Serena’s cancer fund. This will be so much FUN!!! Local bands will play music throughout the day and a bake sale. Come show us your ninja skills and kick at this event, sponsor a kicker, help boost their energy with a treat, donate to the cancer fundraiser, meet authors and get your personally signed copies, and enjoy the music. Please spread the word and we’ll will see you there.

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

brain_cancer2Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in:

  • Children under age 20
  • Males up to age 39
  • Females under age 20

Every day nine families across America learn that their child has a brain or spinal cord tumor and three families will mourn a child they lost to a brain or spinal cord tumor. Brain cancer has a wide variety of symptoms including seizures, sleepiness, confusion, and behavioral changes. The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor’s size, location and rate of growth and age of the patient. General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include:

  • New onset or change in pattern of headaches
  • Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
  • Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Confusion in everyday matters
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
  • Hearing problems

Support Organizations: The Brain Tumor Foundation’s focus on early detection with an MRI. (My 31-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with a 6 cm astrocytoma. The neurosurgeon told us the tumor has been there for years. She didn’t start showing any symptoms until she had some seizures the week before she was admitted to the hospital. The MRI and CT scan revealed her brain tumor was the cause of the seizures.) The National Brain Tumor Society takes issues to capital hill and raised money for research programs. Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation states their mission is to improve treatment and quality of life of those children affected with brain tumors. The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation create awareness and raise money for pediatric brain tumor research. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is dedicated to eradicating brain tumors and supporting affected families. National Seizure Disorder Foundation – a large percentage of brain tumor patients experience seizures. This organization can help in that area. Brain Tumor Clinic at National Cancer Institute Information on Brain Tumor Vaccines

Writers Wage War Against Cancer

Book Launch and Silent Auction 11.4.10While I was traveling to work one day in the news broadcast the Parker Jensen, story about a mother who was refusing chemotherapy treatment for her son. Because I am a nurse, I asked myself why a mother would decide against the best that medicine could offer for her child. This inspired the journey that led me to write my novel   Save the Child.

To hone my writing skills I took several writing classes and completed the Crafting the Character Based Novel, Polishing the Character Based Novel and Publishing the Character Based Novel Courses taught by Pamela R. Goodfellow PhD. At the completion of this MFA program Save the Child was launched at the Goodfellow Publishing Book Launch Celebration on November 4th, 2010 that featured eight authors – Dr. Goodfellow’s graduating students.

As we planned the event we noticed that each one of us had experiences with cancer.  Pamela had lost her spouse to esophageal cancer. Barbara Lofgreen – one of the original eight authors had stage IV lung cancer. Louise Laughlin’s husband was an esophageal cancer survivor; she lost her sister and sister-in-law to cancer, and had several other family members who were cancer patients or survivors. Anna Arnett lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Burns lost her sister to cancer in May of 2010. Lisa Finder’s brother and sister-in-law were cancer survivors and she had recently founded the White Lions Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancer therapies. I lost an uncle to cancer, my cousin had ovarian cancer, and an aunt and uncle were survivors of cancer. At the beginning of my career as a registered nurse one of my past nursing instructors died of cancer. Throughout my thirty-four year career I’ve cared for numerous cancer patients both in the hospital and at home. The awful disease of cancer tied our group together even more tightly than the bonds we formed as students, and fellow writers.

We decided to hold a silent auction to raise money for cancer research during our book launch celebration. We wanted to make a difference in the war against cancer and called ourselves: Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. (WUFC) Lisa Finder said: “The opportunity to touch the life of another person in a way that makes us both better is given to me every time I meet someone with cancer. This weekend I had three people ask for help in their battle with cancer, an illness that remains beyond our current means of medical help. I see White Lions Foundation as a way to reach past the tips of my own fingers and join hands with the world to lift us out of the fearful tragedy taking the lives of cancer victims every day. Together we can embrace the positive elements of the earth and heal one another. I have lost count of the number of lives I have watched be taken by cancer and I hope one day the need to count these loses is stopped altogether. We must rid the face of the planet of this devastating illness.  The Goodfellow Publishing book and fund raising celebration is a great opportunity to share my love of writing with an event that highlights my passion to stop cancer.” White Lions became the WUFC fiscal agent.

After our first fundraiser, we didn’t want to stop. Our passions were stirred when we lost our classmate, Barbara Lofgreen, to cancer in January 2011. We continued holding book events to contribute funds towards cancer research. In the first year of our existence we raised over $6000.00. At the time I’m writing this article we are preparing for the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser to be held on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Our group has grown to over fifty members. Twenty-eight WUFC authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event.

One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. I think that is the cause that so many in our group are either cancer caregivers, patients, survivors, or have lost someone to cancer. We will continue to hold cancer research charity events in the future as our way to battle against the numbers: This year, more than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 7.6 million people around the world will die from cancer.

As a nurse with thirty four years experience I have always wanted to help find a cure for cancer. Now that I am a full-time writer I finally feel that I am working to achieve that goal with Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. I am honored to be associated with these kind and generous people who are also wonderful authors. Writers Unite to Fight Cancer strive for better tomorrows by donating to cancer research today. Together we can make a difference.

Writers Unite to Fight Cancer next event is the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. We chose two Arizona based research programs to be our designated charities for this event. Each will equally share 100% of the net proceeds from this historic event: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, collaboratively with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD and The University of Arizona Cancer Center natural product research program directed by Dr. Leslie Gunatilaka.

Lisa and I invited Daniel Rubin ND, FABNO to be our Keynote Speaker. He is also serving as our Medical Director for this event. We are honored that Arizona Senator Jerry Lewis agreed to be a guest speaker. CTCA offered to send Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO – naturopathic oncologist and Sharon Day, RD – nutritionist. Jude LaCava, Fox 10 News Sports Anchor and cancer research supporter, will serve as the Emcee for the first half of the program. Francis Battaglia, president of KFNX News Talk Radio 1100 will cover the second half.

The remaining members of the original group of eight WUFC Authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event: Anna Arnett, author of Lolly’s Yarn lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Lee Burns, author of Retirement Sacred or Scared lost sister to cancer May 2010. She also lost a close friend to cancer December of 2010. Louise Laughlin, author of I Must Be Dreaming, Santa Goes Shopping and Libby’s Vacation, lost her sister and her sister-in-law to cancer. Her husband is an esophageal cancer survivor. Cindy R, Williams, author of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today, has a brother whois a testicular cancer survivor.

New WUFC members for this eventinclude Five to Thrive co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist who  both are cancer survivors.  Their sponsor sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event. Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC authors at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn. Betsy Love wrote Identity. Betty Webb is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and From Heaven to My Heart, God’s, Journey With Me. Beverly’s mother’s mother, mother’s brother and her mother all died of colon cancer. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist who is also a cancer survivor.  Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.  Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat. David Arnett is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Lee Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes science fiction novels. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Nancy lost her sister to cancer May 2010. Theresa Sneed is the author of No Angel. Theresa’s son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?

Writers Wage War Against Cancer with the Pen

Square WUFC Logo With Wording 500x500While I was traveling to work one day in the news broadcast the Parker Jensen, story about a mother who was refusing chemotherapy treatment for her son. Because I am a nurse, I asked myself why a mother would decide against the best that medicine could offer for her child. This inspired the journey that led me to write my novel   Save the Child.

To hone my writing skills I took several writing classes and completed the Crafting the Character Based Novel, Polishing the Character Based Novel and Publishing the Character Based Novel Courses taught by Pamela R. Goodfellow PhD. At the completion of this MFA program Save the Child was launched at the Goodfellow Publishing Book Launch Celebration on November 4th, 2010 that featured eight authors – Dr. Goodfellow’s graduating students.

As we planned the event we noticed that each one of us had experiences with cancer.  Pamela had lost her spouse to esophageal cancer. Barbara Lofgreen – one of the original eight authors had stage IV lung cancer. Louise Laughlin’s husband was an esophageal cancer survivor; she lost her sister and sister-in-law to cancer, and had several other family members who were cancer patients or survivors. Anna Arnett lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Burns lost her sister to cancer in May of 2010. Lisa Finder’s brother and sister-in-law were cancer survivors and she had recently founded the White Lions Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancer therapies. I lost an uncle to cancer, my cousin had ovarian cancer, and an aunt and uncle were survivors of cancer. At the beginning of my career as a registered nurse one of my past nursing instructors died of cancer. Throughout my thirty-four year career I’ve cared for numerous cancer patients both in the hospital and at home. The awful disease of cancer tied our group together even more tightly than the bonds we formed as students, and fellow writers.

We decided to hold a silent auction to raise money for cancer research during our book launch celebration. We wanted to make a difference in the war against cancer and called ourselves: Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. (WUFC) Lisa Finder said: “The opportunity to touch the life of another person in a way that makes us both better is given to me every time I meet someone with cancer. This weekend I had three people ask for help in their battle with cancer, an illness that remains beyond our current means of medical help. I see White Lions Foundation as a way to reach past the tips of my own fingers and join hands with the world to lift us out of the fearful tragedy taking the lives of cancer victims every day. Together we can embrace the positive elements of the earth and heal one another. I have lost count of the number of lives I have watched be taken by cancer and I hope one day the need to count these loses is stopped altogether. We must rid the face of the planet of this devastating illness.  The Goodfellow Publishing book and fund raising celebration is a great opportunity to share my love of writing with an event that highlights my passion to stop cancer.” White Lions became the WUFC fiscal agent.

After our first fundraiser, we didn’t want to stop. Our passions were stirred when we lost our classmate, Barbara Lofgreen, to cancer in January 2011. We continued holding book events to contribute funds towards cancer research. In the first year of our existence we raised over $6000.00. At the time I’m writing this article we are preparing for the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser to be held on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Our group has grown to over fifty members. Twenty-eight WUFC authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event.

One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. I think that is the cause that so many in our group are either cancer caregivers, patients, survivors, or have lost someone to cancer. We will continue to hold cancer research charity events in the future as our way to battle against the numbers: This year, more than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 7.6 million people around the world will die from cancer.

As a nurse with thirty four years experience I have always wanted to help find a cure for cancer. Now that I am a full-time writer I finally feel that I am working to achieve that goal with Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. I am honored to be associated with these kind and generous people who are also wonderful authors. Writers Unite to Fight Cancer strive for better tomorrows by donating to cancer research today. Together we can make a difference.

Writers Unite to Fight Cancer next event is the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. We chose two Arizona based research programs to be our designated charities for this event. Each will equally share 100% of the net proceeds from this historic event: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, collaboratively with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD and The University of Arizona Cancer Center natural product research program directed by Dr. Leslie Gunatilaka.

Lisa and I invited Daniel Rubin ND, FABNO to be our Keynote Speaker. He is also serving as our Medical Director for this event. We are honored that Arizona Senator Jerry Lewis agreed to be a guest speaker. CTCA offered to send Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO – naturopathic oncologist and Sharon Day, RD – nutritionist. Jude LaCava, Fox 10 News Sports Anchor and cancer research supporter, will serve as the Emcee for the first half of the program. Francis Battaglia, president of KFNX News Talk Radio 1100 will cover the second half.

The remaining members of the original group of eight WUFC Authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event: Anna Arnett, author of Lolly’s Yarn lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Lee Burns, author of Retirement Sacred or Scared lost sister to cancer May 2010. She also lost a close friend to cancer December of 2010. Louise Laughlin, author of I Must Be Dreaming, Santa Goes Shopping and Libby’s Vacation, lost her sister and her sister-in-law to cancer. Her husband is an esophageal cancer survivor. Cindy R, Williams, author of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today, has a brother whois a testicular cancer survivor.

New WUFC members for this eventinclude Five to Thrive co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist who  both are cancer survivors.  Their sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event. Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC authors at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn. Betsy Love wrote Identity. Betty Webb is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and From Heaven to My Heart, God’s, Journey With Me. Beverly’s mother’s mother, mother’s brother and her mother all died of colon cancer. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist who is also a cancer survivor.  Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.  Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat. David Arnett is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Lee Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes science fiction novels. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Nancy lost her sister to cancer May 2010. Theresa Sneed is the author of No Angel. Theresa’s son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?

Authors Participate in Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on 2/12/2012

2.2Many genres and award winning books will be featured by Arizona authors  in the Writers Unite to Fight Cancer (WUFC)  Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser at the Arizona Biltmore. This charity event will be held on February 2nd, 2012 from The authors will contribute a dollar per book sold at this event to the cancer research.

Two books that will be represented at this event have been designated as Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects.

  • a)   Arizona Way out West and Wacky written by multi-award winning authors Conrad Storad and Lynda Exley. The Library version of this Five Star Publications book, Arizona Way Out West And Witty, won the 2012 One Book Arizona Kids.
  • b)  Addie Slaughter – The Girl Who Met Geronimo written by Susan Krueger Ed.D and Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.

Several of the other Arizona authors participating in this event have won state and national literary awards:

  • Cindy R. William’s book Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today received the 2009 Arizona Glyph Award and 2010 Southwest Book Award Finalist. Her other writing awards include: Honorable mention in the 77th &79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and 1st place in 2008 Arizona American Mother’s Association Literary Contest.
  • Conrad Storad’s book Don’t Ever Cross that Road (An Armadillo Story) received “Arizona Young Reader Award” nominee for 2006 and Southwest Books of the Year–”Best Reading for 2003.” Sonoran Desert A to Z – Coloring/ Learning book was designated the 1999 “Best Book by a New Publisher” by the Arizona Book Publishing Association (ABPA). Don’t Call Me Pig (A Javelina Story) was also chosen as Governor Napolitano’s “One Book for Every First Grader” giveaway in 2005, and received the 1999 “Best Children’s Book” ABPA Glyph Award as well as the 1999 “Best Children’s Book Illustration” ABPA Glyph Award and was finalist for the 1999 Benjamin Franklin Award by Publishers Marketing Association. His children’s picture book Meerkats won Arizona’s “Best Book of 2008” Rattlesnake Rules won two ABPA Glyph awards in 2010: Best Children’s Book Cover Design and Honor Book – best Children’s Fiction. Storad is a contributing writer and editor for the nationally award-winning ASU Research Magazine. In 2001, the Arizona Library Association honored Storad with the Judy Goddard Award as “Arizona Children’s Author of the Year.”
  • Donna Hatch of Gilbert Regency Romance: The Guise of a Gentleman, and the Stranger she Married and Fantasy: Queen in Exile, have won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including Golden Quill.
  • Gayle Martin is the author of the Luke and Jenny Series. Billy the Kid was the 2007 Indie Book Awards for Excellence Finalist Billy the Kid; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral received Honorable mention at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival.
  • Janette Rallison of Chandler is the award winning author of 17 novels and has sold over a million books. In Just One Wish, the protagonist’s little brother has cancer. Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List placed on the IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2007, It’s a Mall World After All placed on IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2008, How to Take the Ex out of Ex Boyfriend place IRA Young Adults’ Choices List 2009 and My Fair Godmother was nominated for 2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award.
  • Linda Radke is the author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing (a 2010 Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the “How-To” category and a Writer’s Digest Book Club selection, now into its second edition) and Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show (a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection). Legends in the Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause, which she coproduced with Mrs. Howard Keel, earned an honorable mention in the “Cookbook” category at the 2010 Paris Book Festival. She is also a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, was named “Book Marketer of the Year” by Book Publicists of Southern California and received numerous public relations and marketing awards from Arizona Press Women.
  • Louise Laughlin of Mesa wrote I Must Be Dreaming. Her memoir is about her husband, Larry who is an esophageal cancer survivor, Vietnam vet and played football with the ASU Sundevils under Frank Kush, 1963 – 67. One of her children’s picture books, Libby’s Vacation, won the 2011 ABPA Glyph award for the book cover. Santa Goes Shopping is set in Chandler Arizona.
  • Michael Moorehead is the author of The Student From Zombie Island: Conquering The Rumor Monster – Winner of the
    2008 Reader Views Annual Literary Award for Best Children’s Book for Ages 7 and Older.

Five to Thrive Co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist; are both cancer survivors.  Their sponsor sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event.  Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC Arizona authors selling and signing books at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn – a memoir about her romance and life married to WWII prisoner of War, USAF pilot Charles Arnett, an Arizona Native. Betsy Love wrote Identity, a mystery about two women who look very similar but have very different backgrounds who are involved in a plane crash that leaves their identities confused. Betty Webb of Scottsdale Arizona is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips lives in Gilbert and is a retired Presbyterian minister. She is the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and God which addresses the issue of expansive language for God. From Heaven to My Heart, God’s Journey With Me is a compilation of prayers. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist from Phoenix who teaches at a Phoenix College. She is a member of the Council for Healing, representing Medical Intuition and Prayer Healing and hosts the Above and Beyond internet radio show. Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.

More participating WUFC authors include: Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat a full-color, 24-page book features a westernized retelling of the gingerbread man origination story, but with a twist. David Arnett, Chandler resident, is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes steam punk. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth.

Other WUFC authors at this event will be: Margaret Turley, WUFC administrator is a registered nurse with over 34 years experience and wrote Save the Child. This novel set in Gilbert Arizona and explores the world of pediatric cancer, alternative medicine and parent’s rights to choose the healthcare for their children. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves, several science fiction and fantasy short stories, poetry and articles. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Her book takes you on her journeys of exploration while hiking scenic Arizona trails. Teresa Sneed is the author of No Angel.  Jonathan is not happy with being designated as a guardian angel. His client, Celeste has a mind of her own and leaves him stuck in a place he only wants to forget. Her son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?

Award Winning Authors hold Cancer Research Fundraising Event 2/2/12

5.0.2Award-winning Arizona authors who are members of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer will hold an Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM at the Arizona Biltmore on 2400 E. Missouri in Phoenix.  [Read more…]

You Can Help a Cancer Survivor with Hearing Loss d/t Chemotherapy

chemo side effectsI know a boy who happens to be a miracle. His name is Isaac Sneed. About 11 years ago he  started complaining about his “tummy”. You know, the kinds of complaints all kids have. Only his ache never went away. The diagnosis was  neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. This cancer is almost always fatal, and most children who get this kind of cancer are diagnosed by the age of 2.  By the time it is discovered, the cancer usually spreads to the point of no return. Through a miracle, his tumor was completely intact and the doctors were able to remove it. Isaac was 8.

As a result of his treatment (chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant), Isaac suffers from significant hearing loss.  Ototoxicity is caused from the platinum in some anti-neoplastic drugs. Hearing loss is common following radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Stem cell transplant risks include hearing loss.

Late effects of Cancer treatment
Isaac  just got his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is going to the Romania Bucharest Mission and reports to the Mission Training Center on Dec. 14, 2011. Because Isaac needs hearing aids to be the best missionary he can be. Learning a new language is challenging for a normal missionary with a set of good ears, so you can imagine what Isaac’s challenge will be with significant hearing loss.

The cost of hearing aids is approximately $6500. His parents are currently without health insurance and cannot afford to purchase them. If you have a heart, and I know you do, would you please make a donation to get them for him. Every little bit helps. So far $110 has been collected in his behalf. But that’s a long way from the total we need. Even small amounts add up. You can go to any Chase bank and deposit funds. The account number is: 2996079725. Thank you for your generosity! If you prefer, your donation may remain anonymous.

By Betsy Love

White Lions Foundation & Writers Unite to Fight Cancer team with AACR

AACRLogoCancer is a worldwide health concern affecting people of all ages, races and ethnicities. High quality, innovative, collaborative research has been, and continues to be, the path to finding new and alternative ways to prevent and cure cancer. As a global scientific partner and facilitator of cancer research initiatives, the American Association for Cancer Research works side-by-side with scientists, patients and families as they face cancer’s challenges. Tremendous strides have been made in the prevention, treatment and cure of many types of cancers, but much more work needs to be done. We are especially grateful to  Writers Unite to Fight Cancer for partnering with us to raise the much needed funds that will lead to a cure. Thank You!

Jessica A. Cestone   Associate Director, Development  American Association for Cancer Research

The opportunity to touch the life of another person in a way that makes us both better is given to me every time I meet someone with cancer. This weekend I had three people ask for help in their battle with cancer, an illness that remains beyond our current means of medical help. I see White Lions Foundation as a way to reach past the tips of my own fingers and join hands with the world to lift us out of the fearful tragedy taking the lives of cancer victims every day. Together we can embrace the positive elements of the earth and heal one another. I have lost count of the number of lives I have watched be taken by cancer and I hope one day the need to count these loses is stopped altogether. We must rid the face of the planet of this devastating illness.  The Goodfellow Publishing book and fund raising celebration is a great opportunity to share my love of writing with an event that highlights my passion to stop cancer.

Lisa Finder author of Black Sand White Lions Foundation Founder Foundation Founder.

As a nurse with thirty four years experience I have always wanted to help find a cure for cancer. Now that I am a full-time writer I finally feel that I am working to achieve that goal with Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. I am honored to be associated with these kind and generous women who are also wonderful authors. We extend an invitation to writers throughout the world to join our cause by donating a portion from the proceeds of your sales on your works during the first week of November on-line at goodfellowpublishing.com . Together we can make a difference.

Margaret Turley, author of Save the Child, co-founder of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer.

Book Launch with silent auction to raise money for the AACR 11/4/10 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Wright House on 636 W. University Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 85201. Hope to see you there.