3 S.R. Johannes: Fundraiser for fellow blogger/aspiring author, Bridget Zinn

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fundraiser for fellow blogger/aspiring author, Bridget Zinn

No marketing roundup today.

Instead I am rounding up your support!

Please comment on this post in the month of May and I will donate .25 cents for each and every comment!! ( I know it may not seem like much but its all I have :)

I am participating in a fundraiser for the month of May benefiting fellow Blogger, Portland Librarian, KitLit member, and aspiring writer, Bridget Zinn.

I started following Bridget's blog last year and related to some issues she was having - eye vision problems and bouts of the flu. I emphasized b/c I was going through vertigo issues at the time.

Even though I do not know her well (you know how different these blogger relationships are :), I feel compelled to help her in any way I can. After all, mine has healed and her healing has just begun. It could have easily been reversed.

So - who is Bridget Zinn?

For those of you who don't know here are a few facts about Bridget.

Within one month -

Why am I telling you this?

Because I don't think many of us have an idea of what this process would be like. To have so many highs and lows at a young age. And not only facing a tough battle with the #1 disease in America, but also facing enormous medical bills and fear.

We all know, you can't put a price on a precious life. And Bridget has been gracious, funny, and positive through the whole process so far - making jokes and showing nothing but positivity and optimism.

The Auction

Jone MacColloch has graciously gathered some authors (including Lisa Schroeder and the beautifully-expecting, Laini Taylor) and writing professionals to run an auction in the hopes of raising money for Bridget's medical bills.

Go there in the month of may to bid on some great items from books to book critiques to a fabulous marketing piece (who do yo think that is from? Moi! ;).

What can you do?

There are many ways you can give to Bridget:

  • participate in the auction
  • donate money to her medical fund (email Jone at macrush53@yahoo.com for more information on how)
  • provide additional auction items by emailing Jone at macrush53@yahoo.com.
  • send any words of encouragement/well-wishes ( she is on facebook)
  • Spread the word - post a link to this fundraiser/auction on your blog for the month of May
  • If nothing else suits your fancy, comment on this post and I will donate .25 cents for each and every comment on this post in the month of May!!

If any of us were in this position, think of the heartfelt support - monetary as well as emotional - you would need/want but could not or would not ask for.

If you would like to send her wishes of good health, thoughts and prayers, you can visit her blog or friend her on Facebook where she and her fab new hubby, Barrett Dowell, do a great job of keeping everyone informed and up to date.

I thank you up front for anything you can contribute to Bridget and this challenging process she is embarking on.

Good luck Bridget, we are thinking of you always!


Sherrie Petersen said...

Wow, what a roller coaster for her! I'll go check out the auction.

Kimbra Kasch said...

This is so wonderful of you Shelli! I'm so happy to see this support for Bridget!

Geri Kolesar said...

Thank you for sharing this news and for giving us the opportunity to make a small difference. I will keep Bridget in my prayers!

Diana Black said...

Shelli, this is awesome support on your part and helpful information for all of us to get on board. Not only through our donations but our healing thoughts and prayers...May Bridget feel every positive vibration and may it help heal her quickly ...

Thanks, Shelli...I'll check further into links, etc, you provided...


Jone said...

Thank you for the clever idea...the twenty five cents per comment. I am going to follow your lead.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

This is from Pat Cruzan (i wanted to count it as a comment ;):

"I wish Bridget well on her treatments, Shelli. After having the colon test and another one recently,
I had a scare myself with biopsies taken. My growths were precancerous, but I can appreciate

the mental anguish that Bridget must be going through. The tests were unpleasant. Today, medical bills

are high, even with insurance. I'm sorry she's having to endure chemo. I'll remember her in my prayers.

I didn't know where I could post this comment for sure, so I'm putting it here.

I hope you can pass the comment along to Bridget."

Patricia Cruzan

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

I will definitely participate in the auction. Bless her heart. And bless yours for being such a good cyber-friend!

Unknown said...

Sending a prayer for healing.

Danyelle L. said...

Hugs and prayers for her. Thank you for posting this. I'll check out the other links you posted. :D

Michelle D. Argyle said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for making us aware of this. I'll keep her in my prayers.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, how terrible. I'll do everything I can to help!

lisa and laura said...

Thanks so much for the link! I love her blog and will be doing everything I can to help.

Cathy C. Hall said...

Shelli, what a wonderful way to get people engaged! Bridget has a tough road ahead-she's lucky to have the love and support of friends like you.I'll definitely check out the auction, and please keep us updated!

cleemckenzie said...

You're doing something wonderful here. It's gratifying to see the power of this medium turned to such good service.

Casey Something said...

Oh, how awful and frightening. Thanks for doing this Shelli, and for spreading the word. I'll check out the auction and see about putting it up on my blog.

Stephanie Perkins said...

Thank you for doing this, Shelli. Bridget has been on my mind a lot lately.

Kelly Polark said...

Whoa. That is a lot going on in one month. Best wishes and luck for her treatment and recovery!

PJ Hoover said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do, Shelli!

Anonymous said...

Prayin' for her! Adding the blog link to mine. I'll help spread the word as well.

Tess said...

Out blog hopping today and came across yours -- what a wonderful thing you are participating in here. My heart goes out to Bridget and her family.

I also write MG (historical/mystery). Your stories look very interesting :)


Mel said...


Thank you for doing this. We can't believe the outpouring of support for Bridget. She is a gem, one in a million. Of course we are a little prejudiced since she is our daughter-in-law.

The way the literary community has rallied in her support refreshes ones belief in the human spirit.

Thank you.

C.R. Evers said...

wow! my heart goes out to her and what a great friend you are to share her struggle.

My prayers go out to her and her family and I'll be sure to check out all the links!

Charity and Darcy said...

Hey new fb friend *waves* heading to the auction now.

the darcy part of Charity and Darcy

Robyn Campbell said...

I will check out the auction and post a link on my blog. I'll pray for her and her new hubby. Every day!

Cheryl said...

That's fantastic of you! It's so nice to see how caring people can be.

CJ Omololu said...

Thanks for the update - I didn't hear what the outcome was with the vision issues.

I just bid on you!

Anonymous said...

Ooh--I commented on another May post, thinking it would count, but now I'm posting here too, just to make sure!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Guys thanks for commenting.

writer jenn -they all count :)

cynjay - thansk - I was worried Id be the only one without any bids ;(

Caroline said...

I saw this on another blog. She has quite an inspiring story; thanks for sharing.