Books, Life

I need your help!!!

Hello, bloggers!

As many of you know, I am very passionate about Relay For Life and the fight against cancer. Cancer has affected my family multiple times. Not only have I lost loved ones, but I know many people that have also suffered the pain of this horrible disease. Cancer is a scary thing and, let’s just be honest, it sucks.

For this reason, I created my own Relay For Life Team – FINDING HOPE. My hometown’s event is scheduled for May, so the planning has already began. The theme this year is “Once upon a cure.” Each Relay Team has to create their own theme from the main one.

Perhaps it’s the writer in me or the awesome book club I’m in, but the first thing I thought about when I heard this was reading. So, from the main theme, I came up with this:

“Fighting cancer, one story at a time.”

Now, this is where today’s blog title comes in. I need YOUR help to make my ideas come to fruition. If you are able to and if you are willing, please donate a copy of your book to the cause. Donate as many as you would like! Or perhaps you adore someone else’s work so much that you would like to donate their books. You can even donate book swag! There are no restrictions, other than it needing to be a physical donation.

At the Relay For Life event, I would like to have a table filled with books written by Indie Authors. I want that table piled with awesomeness! I want your book and your name displayed on a beautiful banner that will decorate my tent. People will be able to purchase the items and every cent will go to Relay For Life. Every donation will contribute to the fight against cancer, the fight to find a cure.

If you can’t tell, I’m really excited about this event, and I have big hopes for its success. It will be huge, no doubt. And I would love nothing more than to be “surrounded” by my friends. Don’t worry, I will keep everyone posted on the progress and will definitely share pictures!

One final note. Please do not feel obligated to donate. I know not everyone can. And I truly want this project to be a labor of love <3. Nothing more and nothing less. If you are able to donate, please shoot me a message and I’ll send you the details.

Until next time………love & blessings!

Finding Hope

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37 thoughts on “I need your help!!!”

  1. Mar, what a wonderful idea for Relay for Life. I have lost multiple members of my family to cancer, one as recent as last year. I will gladly donate books. Off to email you now!

  2. Reblogged this on From the Pen of Mae Clair and commented:
    Okay, so you’ve probably noticed I rarely reblog, but I had to share this. If you are an author who has print copies of your books, please read this post and consider donating a book or two. Cancer claims many lives. It’s impacted my own family with many losses. As an author, Marlena Smith has come up with a great way to fight back, and spread the love of reading and books at the same time. Check out her post about “fighting cancer one story at a time!”

  3. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Is there anyone left who hasn’t been impacted by cancer in some way? The disease is so widespread, I think all of us has a family member or friend who has had it. Or maybe its impact is even more personal.

    My father-in-law and both my parents are survivors, although my grandfather wasn’t so lucky. To honor them, I like to support causes that raise money to fight cancer. This is the first one that’s actually in my wheelhouse… writers donating books.

    Read on to learn about this cause, and, author or not, please consider whether you can help. Thank you, Marlena, for your efforts.

  4. This is a wonderful idea. My Mother had breast cancer two years ago and is now in remission. I am not sure if I can donate my books from South Africa – logistics might be difficult – although I do have ebooks? I have shared on twitter @bakeandwrite.

    1. I appreciate you sharing! Thank you! I honestly don’t know about donating from South Africa. I’ll think on the ebooks and see if I can come up with an idea.

  5. Marlena, I am married to a 23-year (two-time) cancer survivor. I thoroughly support research and studies and look forward to the day when researchers find a cure. I’d love to help with a donation, so I’m sending you a message.

  6. Reblogged this on Jemsbooks and commented:
    Please donate to this wonderful cause. Authors please take note – donate your books to Marlena Smith for this cause – make a difference in someone’s life! Blessings & thanks to all!
    I will be sending along two of my novels soon in memory of my friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed in January of this year from breast cancer.

  7. Hi Marlena: I hand paint totes–wine/beverage, makeupbags and large bags. I would be happy to donate any of these..not sure if fits in with your venue. Let me know…

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