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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,



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Last Musical Mondays for #IndiesUnite4Joshua ~ Stand by Me

UPDATE ~ ONLY hours left to donate at IndieGoGo
Please keep sharing Indies Unite for Joshua
Every amount counts ~ GREAT perks still available!

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This is the last Monday leading up to the final days of Indies Unite for Joshua. We are SO CLOSE to our $10K goal at $9830.

“Stand by Me” is orchestrated by Playing for Change, an excellent foundation that uses multimedia to bring together musicians from around the world. It’s an emotional, beautiful, and inspiring video.

In the blog post by Max that precipitated this fundraiser, he asked his friends to stand by him. I can’t think of a better song that exemplifies the spirit of the amazing people who’ve stood by Joshua, Max, and their family for the past four months.

THANK YOU ALL for uniting to raise funds for Joshua’s medical treatment and give him a chance at life. It’s been wondrous to share this journey with each and every one of you.

You can continue to donate to Indies Unite for Joshua until May 30th, 11:59 PST.

Let’s blow the 10K goal and get as much as we can in these last 3 days!  

With respect and gratitude,



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What a Party it Was! #IndiesUnite4Joshua on @Spreecast

The party to celebrate the wonderful people who’ve been part of the Indies Unite for Joshua fundraiser happened last night, and it was a huge success.

Maxwell Cynn and I were joined by so many supportive friends, and the amazing Lorca Damon, who produced the show wrote about it on her blog. It’s a hilarious postso don’t miss it!

If you were unable to attend the party and want to see the fun, please check it out HERE.

Donations are being accepted for Indies Unite for Joshua until May 30th, and we are just $300 from our $10K goal.

Your continued help with spreading the word will get us there.



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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,



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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


**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.




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