I'm a writer, but can't imagine losing one of my kids to anything, let alone a brain tumor.
One U.K. family, the Moseley's, are dealing with this tragedy - right now - and two of my fellow bloggers decided to lead the charge in helping raise money for their son's charity: Help Harry Help Others.
During Rachael Harrie’s recent Campaigner Challenges, Katharina Gerlach read hundreds of flash fiction stories. Cat came up with the idea to collect them into an anthology, mentioned it to Rachael. The call was made, and the result is Campaigner Challenges 2011, an eBook available on Kindle (or Kindle on PC.)
Here's Harry's story...
Harry began chemotherapy but unfortunately it didn’t work and his tumour grew. His only other option was radiotherapy.
That’s when he met Robert Harley who was also having radiotherapy for a brain tumour. They had their treatment on the same day, every day for six weeks so they became very good friends.
In 2009 Robert became very ill so Harry decided to make and sell beaded bracelets to raise lots and lots of money for brain cancer research to help make him better.
Sadly four weeks into Harry’s campaign, his friend Robert died, aged just 55. Harry could no longer help Robert, but he knew that Robert was proud of him and would have supported him – he wore one of his bracelets too.
Harry had regular checkups to monitor the size of his tumour, which remained stable for two years. Unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worst in July 2011 when he developed a blood clot on the brain.
He had an emergency operation on Wednesday 10 August but he remained in a coma for over eight weeks until doctors advised Harry’s family to bring him home to rest on Friday 7 October.
Campaigner Challenges 2011 features 176 flash fiction stories by 81 writers (including me.) It is available in eBook format for $2.99 at: Smashwords, Amazon, and coming soon, Barnes & Noble.
Please buy a book for yourself, and forward this on to as many people as possible. All proceeds will go to Help Harry Help Others.
Mahalo, and aloha.