Seven years ago when I sold my first book, I was invited to dinner with a group of authors. I ended up sitting next to Alvin Salima. He was fun to talk with, and in the course of our conversation, I learned several months before he'd had a kidney transplant. I met his wife, Candace, as well. I remember coming away thinking what a nice couple.
As time went by our paths crossed many times at writers' conferences and political rallies. I came to admire them both immensely.
In the fall of 2014, Alvin passed away. His kidney transplant had failed. Before he died, he spent a great deal of time in the hospital. Now, a huge debt has fallen on Candace, and to top it off, she can't find a job. She's brilliant and has a strong work ethic. I know this kills her to ask for help, but she's found herself between a massive rock and a tough-as-iron hard place.
Being the enterprising woman that she is, Candace decided to start a business which would help authors promote their work. She's amazing at this and has three different packages: Bronze, Gold, and Platinum.
If you don't need promotion, but you'd like to help Candace pay down the hospital debt, she has a gofundme.com account. I know she'd really appreciate anything you could give.