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#IndiesUnite4Joshua ~ IndieGoGo Ends but it’s Not the End for Joshua

The IndieGoGo fundraiser officially known as Indies Unite for Joshua came to a close today at 2:59 AM EST.

The campaign began Jan. 31st and never let up. The proof is we continued to receive donations up to the final hours—attracting new people to help spread the word even though we had reached the $10K target three days ago.

We ended the fundraiser with $10,320

 Wheeeee! WE DID IT!

Indies Unite for Joshua started out as authors banding together to help one of their own—Maxwell Cynn. His 21-year old son, Joshua was diagnosed with leukemia back in January. Max first blogged about it here.

$10K was an arbitrary number I set to help pay for Joshua’s medical treatment not covered by the family’s health insurance. It was an amount I thought would be challenging but achievable.

What evolved over the past four months has both amazed and inspired me. Incredible people from all walks of life and almost every corner of the globe jumped on board to help. They blogged about the fundraiser, displayed the “Metallica baby widget” on their sites, and spread the word via all their social networks. On Twitter, the hashtag #IndiesUnite4Joshua was an active 24/7 stream and a hub of support.

I wish I could personally acknowledge everyone who helped, but that wouldn’t be possible here. What I can do is direct you to connect with some of the most supportive and wonderful people you’d ever want to meet. Find them on:

~ Twitter—Pull up #IndiesUnite4Joshua and follow a fantastic worldwide community
~ IndieGoGo—Generous people who funded and left comments for Joshua
~ The Gallery—Supporters who did videos and donated perks
~ The IndiesUnite4Joshua YouTube Channel
~ The Spreecast Party held May 25th

Over the next weeks, I will contact everyone who funded Indies Unite for Joshua to help redeem their perks. My goal is to get this done as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at:

eden [dot] baylee@rogers [dot] com

The fundraiser on IndieGoGo may be over, but it’s far from over for Joshua. Read Max’s latest post and find out how you can continue to help. I’d also highly recommend you pick up Max’s books. He has a beautiful way with words, and sales go to help Joshua as well.

I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with Indies Unite for Joshua. If we were strangers before, we are now friends. If we were already friends, we became even better friends.

It’s been an honor and a pleasure,

eden 

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The Lowdown on #IndiesUnite4Joshua with 11 Days Left

 

The  goal is $10,000. We need $1346.

The fundraiser will END 11:59 PM PST – May 30th. That’s:

~ 1:59 AM CST – May 31st

~ 2:59 AM EST – May 31st

We’ve been going strong for almost 4 months.

Thousands have shared the campaign on all their social networks.

We’ve had people donate once, twice, multiple times—amounts ranging from $1 to $500.

This has all been to help Joshua Moore, the 21-year-old son of independent author, Maxwell Cynn. Joshua has leukemia and needs help to continue his treatments. By making a donation of ANY AMOUNT, you are:

~ changing Joshua’s life by giving him a fighting chance

~ helping a fellow author and human being

~ supporting a cause that has connected people from over the world

Max will appear on video tomorrow on IndieGoGo with his message to everyone who’s supported his son. I thought it timely to share Max’s original post which started the campaign. It reminds me of how far we’ve come.

My deepest respect and appreciation to all,

eden 

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UPDATE to #IndiesUnite4Joshua ~ The Final Push to $10,000

To join our Worldwide Party on May 25th, scroll to the bottom of this post and RSVP. It’s going to be FUN!

Wow! It’s hard to believe we are coming around the bend of this race, and the finish line is almost in sight! As of this writing, Indies Unite for Joshua, the fundraiser to help author Max Cynn’s son who has leukemia is counting down the last 21 days of its campaign.

This fundraiser began Jan. 31st. It’s been a long haul. Many people have worked tirelessly to get us to this point.

To recap: The money will help pay for medical expenses for Joshua not covered by the family’s insurance. $10,000 won’t pay for it all, but it will help. The goal is aggressive but it’s achievable.

What’s going to get us there? PERSEVERANCE. Here is one of my favorite quotes on the subject:
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

~ Albert Einstein

Many have said to me they wished they could do more. They felt tweeting about the fundraiser was not enough, or $10 was too little to give, or writing a blog post wasn’t helpful. My response has always been the same: “It ALL helps because it ALL ADDS UP.”

By continuing to spread the word on all your social networks, you will connect us to more people who can donate. By making a small donation of ANY AMOUNT, you will get us to our final goal.

Whatever you’ve been doing has gotten us this far, so I urge you to PLEASE KEEP DOING IT.

To keep the momentum going, here is what’s happening over the last three weeks for Indies Unite for Joshua.

(1) The VIDEO RALLY continues to the end. You’ve seen some wonderfully, talented people on IndieGoGo’s centre stage. If you missed any of them, you can find them in our Video Gallery or on our YouTube channel.

(2) We have three more terrific people on video over the next week. They are:

Rachel Thompson (May 11-13)

James (Jaime) Clark (May 14-16)

R.B. Wood (May 17-19)

(3) Maxwell Cynn will be front and centre on IndieGoGo MAY 20 – 30. You won’t want to miss Joshua’s dad or his inspiring message.

(4) Max will be blogging over the next few weeks with several guest spots. He will provide details on his blog and via Twitter.

(5) BadRedhead Media donated two social media packages that were snatched up early in the campaign. She has graciously donated ANOTHER PACKAGE. Grab it now! Details on IndieGoGo.

(6) Excellent perks STILL AVAILABLE for donations of $10 – $150. Please check out all the great books and services. Remember, each donation also receives an e-book from Maxwell Cynn. Details on IndieGoGo.

(7) Fabulous music for the next three Mondays to keep everyone upbeat and inspired. I’ll post all links to my Facebook page and Twitter. If you missed this past week’s choice by the Beatles, here’s “Come Together.”

Last, but certainly not least, we are HAVING A PARTY. And we damn well deserve one!

The always awesome Lorca Damon, who wrote about the fundraiser in GoodeReader is producing a SPREECAST for IndiesUnite4Joshua.

Come meet Max, Lorca, and me, and ALL the incredible people who’ve been part of Indies Unite for Joshua on Twitter and elsewhere.

Chat with us LIVE on SCREEN or via TEXT. Bring your favorite beverage, let your hair down, join us! It promises to be wonderful time!

IndiesUnite4Joshua Worldwide Party

Friday, May 25th, 9:00 PM EST

RSVP

**A webcam & FLASH are required to be on video**

Everyone is welcome. Save the date!

Many IndieGoGo campaigns go into their final weeks less than 50% funded, yet they end up MEETING AND SURPASSING their targets with mere hours left on the clock.

I have every confidence we will make our goal. Together, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of Joshua.

I look forward to giving you all a HIGH FIVE on May 30th.

eden 

 

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Indies Unite for Joshua presents a VIDEO SERIES

Starting today,  Indies Unite for Joshua has gone LIVE with SOUND and MOTION!

I’ve introduced a video series to infuse energy into the last half of this fundraiser and make our goal.

The campaign is to help author, Maxwell Cynn’s son, Joshua, who is battling leukemia. The goal is $10,000 by May 30th to reduce some of the medical costs not covered by insurance. We are just over $5600 and would really appreciate if you donate and/or spread the word.

Some amazing people have hopped on board to help with the video series. You’re going to see and hear familiar faces like never before!

Read about all the wonderful people who’ve donated books and other services to the fundraiser. Every donation gets a book from Max as thanks for helping his son, and there are amazing perks still available.

Please help a fellow author any way you can. Any amount can be donated, and it ALL HELPS. Donations can be made here via Paypal or credit card.

You can also watch all the videos on Youtube. A channel has been set up specifically for Indies Unite for Joshua – IndiesUnite4Joshua.

Thank you SO MUCH for your continued support,

eden

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“Cancer – My Story”

You can also hear me read this story on:

Episode #23 of The Word Count podcast. The theme for this podcast is “Beating the Odds.”

This is a special Word Count Podcast dedicated to Joshua Moore, son of friend and author Maxwell Cynn. Joshua is currently fighting leukemia, and the community of authors, filmmakers, and artists have rallied to raise at least $10,000 to help the family with medical expenses. Numerous people are on board helping with the fundraiser by donating their books, services, and time.
This podcast is an example of R.B. Wood’s generosity in using his excellent show to promote the cause.

Please donate what you can at IndieGoGo: Indies Unite for Joshuaand help us spread the word.

Sincerest thanks,
eden

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Mine is but one of millions of stories about cancer. It is neither more nor less significant than any other story from a survivor or someone who’s been touched by the disease. I don’t usually share it publicly for a few reasons. Firstly, the word “survivor” carries an undertone of achievement. Metaphorically, it’s as if surviving cancer elevates one to a different status as a human being. I’m not comfortable with that, but it’s clearly my issue. I don’t downplay cancer as a formidable opponent, however, it was never an option for me not to survive. Secondly, cancer does not define me even though it was a large part of my life. Lastly, I am now cancer free and have been for almost twelve years. It’s in the past—and as with most things of my past, I’ve made my peace with it and moved on.

I share my story on a personal basis with those who are going through cancer treatment, and I do it because survivors shared their stories with me when I needed it most. I felt empowered by people who had endured so much—multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and countless other treatments and then went on to live their lives fearlessly. For this reason, for Joshua and his family, and in support of R.B. Wood’s special Word Count Podcast, here’s my story.

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The specialist ignored my request to do a core biopsy. Instead, he did a fine needle aspiration to test for malignancy of the lump I’d found on my breast. It was a test I knew carried a high percentage of inaccuracy. I’d done my homework before I went to see him.

“Look,” he said, annoyed with my questioning him. “I can tell you right now you don’t have cancer. You have no family history of it, you’re Asian, and you’re too young.” His voice was authoritative and dismissive, implying he was doing me a favor by even performing any test. It was obvious to me that I was nothing more to him than a body part to examine. After all, he was the specialist with letters behind his name, and I was just a scared woman who knew my body. Though I considered him a heartless bastard whose practice had long outlasted his compassion, I was relieved when my test results came back showing I didn’t have cancer.

When my lump continued to grow over the next few weeks, I returned to my general practitioner and asked for a referral to a different specialist. I wanted a second opinion.

I got a young female doctor this time. She confirmed that fine needle biopsies carried a high degree of error and recommended I have surgery to remove the lump. Given its aggressive growth, she didn’t want to waste time doing additional tests. I walked out of her office slightly nervous, but relieved that I’d made the decision to have surgery. The thought of a scar didn’t appeal to me, but hell, having a third boob wasn’t going to be any more attractive.

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On the day of my surgery, my best friend, Mae, drove me to the hospital early in the morning. Everything went off as scheduled, and after the anesthesia wore off, I was moved to a private waiting room where my girlfriend was waiting. We laughed and chatted about where to go for lunch. I was starving!

The nurse who had prepped me for surgery came in with the doctor carrying some pamphlets—post-surgical care instructions, I thought, but no … they contained information about breast cancer—which I had.

The only thing I remembered hearing was the word “cancer,” and then my girlfriend’s quick intake of breath before she started crying.

It was surreal as I watched the doctor mouthing words “Cancer … metastasis … more surgery … oncology …” and other medical terms I’d never heard of at the time.

Finally, at the end of it, the nurse handed me the pamphlets and asked if I had any questions. Sure I did, I had plenty. But my friend was sobbing, and I couldn’t think straight. The questions would have to wait.

Don’t ever underestimate a hungry woman who’s just been told she has cancer, or her best friend who’s quite reserved until she gets behind the wheel. That day, we hit a hundred in a sixty-kilometer zone, barreling down one of the city’s main arteries in search of comfort food.

“I dare a cop to stop me,” Mae yelled at the top of her lungs. “I’m going to tell him you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, and I don’t give a shit what he says!”

“No kidding,” I said, “as if he can possibly make my day any worse. I’ve got cancer for fuck’s sake!”

“Yeah, but if I get a ticket, you’re paying for it!” she screamed.

We laughed until we cried.

* * * *

From the day I was misdiagnosed until the end of my treatments, there were countless decisions to make. I can only compare it to climbing an old tree with numerous branches. Reaching the top meant I could grab my health back, but there were limitless, different ways to get there. At times, I was paralyzed for fear of making the wrong decision. In the end, I did what was right for me based on all the options I was aware of. As an active participant in my well being—knowledge gave me power.

My mother always said I hated to lose—she was right. There was no way I was losing my life to cancer.

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Some final words for Joshua

You may feel the weight of cancer on your shoulders right now, but you have hundreds of thousands, if not millions in your corner to help lighten the load.

Keep fighting, young man. I know you can do it. 

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