Monday, February 13, 2012

Indies Unite for Joshua

If you're following me on Twitter, you've probably seen quite a few tweets mentioning Indie GoGo and Indies Unite for Joshua.  If you haven't clicked on the link, let me give you the backstory.

Joshua is 21 years old.  He's an awesome kid and brilliant!  He's also the son of indie author, Maxwell Cynn, who is also incredible.  Joshua was diagnosed with Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia and it has invaded every part of his body.

Finding this out broke my heart.  Not only because Maxwell Cynn is an incredible person and author and no family deserves to go through this, but also because Joshua is such a great young man.  He's the first person in Max's family to be on course to graduate from college, but because of the damn cancer, he may not be able to.

Did I mention that this young man has a perfect 4.0 GPA and three and a half years of college under his belt.

After reading Maxwell's heartwrenching post about what was going on with his son, I felt sick...useless.  After all, what could I do?  Besides pray and send those prayers and well wishes to the Cynn family?  Then I got an email from Eden Baylee (who is also freakin fantastic) and there was some light.

Click here :)

This is why I choose to be and stay Indie!  This is a fantastic group of individuals who not only support each other's writing careers but when something like this affects just one of our indie family members, we unite like the SUPERFRIENDS and get things done!

Most of us have been touched by cancer, or know of someone who has. By supporting Max and his family, we hope to lessen their financial burden to allow them to concentrate on Joshua's treatment.
Max is already putting all the proceeds from the sale of his books toward his son's treatment. As authors and artists, we'd like to do our part. We are offering our love and prayers, but we're also donating our books and services.  

$10,000 will pay for just some of the medical expenses not covered by insurance. It is a long road to recovery, and your donations will reduce the cost of prolonged cancer treatment. 

We don't believe in taking and not giving back, so we're offering some amazing perks for your donations. It's our way of saying "Thank you" for your support of Max, Joshua, and his family, as well as bringing visibility to a horrible disease. Please, please please check out the site and donate.  This isn't a "buy my book" plea.  There is a family that needs our help and the indie community that Max is so proud to be a part of has stepped up.


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