Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Books for a Cause

My maternal grandmother, whom I call Nana, was stricken with a terrible disease several years ago.  Rapidly worsening, this disease ravaged her brain and left a once vibrant woman lost and helpless.  It was her greatest fear and without compassion, it continues to haunt her to this day.  In honor of her, I have written a short story that I will post this evening.  I hope you all take the opportunity to read it and hopefully gain a bit of insight into a disease which effects 5.4 million people, has no cure and is 100% fatal. 
My Nana was able to attend my graduation from the fire academy and looked up at me with the same pride and love she had shown me all my life.  I believe that she still looks at me that way, even though she can longer express those emotions.  Every year over 100 firefighters die while on duty, serving their countries, states and communities.  With the loss of these heroes, families are left to honor their fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and attempt to rebuild their lives. 
In honor of my Nana and the fallen heroes who I am proud to call my brothers and sisters, I will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light and the Truest Life to the Alzheimer's Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation from now until Christmas.  Join me in helping out these causes.  I thank you for all the support you have already shown me and my work and I hope this in someway gives a little back.

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