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Monday, November 14, 2011

Help Harry Help Others...


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...
Source: http://www.helpharryhelpothers.com
Harry's story began in 2007. He had problems with his eyes so after lots of visits to the opticians and the local hospital, the doctors gave him an MRI scan. Harry was told that he had a brain tumour which was inoperable as it was in a dangerous place, deep in his brain.

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.

Source: http://www.helpharryhelpothers.com
Harry Moseley passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms the next day at 11.10pm...

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.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad that the campaigner challenge was able to do this. It is a wonderful opportunity to help others.

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Mel,

I so agree with you. Though the eBook is only $3, if you get enough people supporting this cause, $3 can become $3,000 or even more. Why not:)

Green Monkey said...

that was beautiful! what a wonderful way to raise money. Big HUG of gratitude to you ... Shannon

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Shannnnnon :)

Mahalo, but trust me, all the credit must goes to Rach and Cat - they did *all* the hard work.

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