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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, April 8, 2017

launch celebration Friday night

That morning I'd made a decision to donate all proceeds from the sale of "Still Me...After All These Years" to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

celebration cake at launch party

From left to right: Karen N., Rosie H., me, Maureen P. Jill P, Maryfrank S, Kathleen M., Mark David G, and Wendy B. 9 of the 12 local authors in the anthology

The 50 people who attended were very generous. I sold all the books I'd brought. People didn't even want change, because the money was going to such a good cause. Best decision I ever made.

Blessings
Karen

18 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Well done Karen - that's such good news ... and Alzheimer's research is such an excellent cause ... so pleased for you. What a great turn out - that cake looks delicious! Brilliant news - cheers Hilary

Karen Walker said...

Hilary, not Alzheimer's research - I'm donating proceeds to Parkinson's research. But thank you!

D.G. Hudson said...

Such a wonderful idea, Karen, and an excellent way to have your words seen by more eyes as well. Michael J. Fox is Canadian and comes from the Vancouver area. He's always been a hero for us in Canada. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta but settled in Burnaby BC, a suburb of Vancouver.

I applaud your generosity! Well done.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad your launch went well. And awesome that you are donating to Parkinson's research. I didn't hear the story, but heard a headline on the news that they may have found a drug to help slow the progression of this disease.

Karen Walker said...

D.G, thanks - he's an amazing human being and I'm so grateful he's doing what he's dong to find a cure.
Natalie - hmmm, had'nt heard that - have to check into it. Thank you.

Stephanie Faris said...

That's SO sweet!!! I think it was a great decision. That makes my heart feel all warm.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Stephanie.Mine, too!

Murees Dupé said...

Definitely a great project and a great cause. Congratulations on the success of your anthology, Karen.

Karen Walker said...

thank you, Murees. I appreciate that.

DMS said...

Bravo! Congrats on all the sales and what a wonderful charity to donate the proceeds to. :) Sounds like it was a success!
~Jess

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Congratulations on a successful launch! I look forward to reading your book.

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations. Wish I could have been there to share it with you.

Just a note - on Saturday, our church was having their annual talent show. Since I can't sing or dance, I read my story from Still Me. A lot of people came up afterwards to ask where they could get the book.

Karen Walker said...

That's awesome, LD. Thanks so much for doing that.

Arlee Bird said...

Wonderful decision, Karen. It's a good cause too. A few year ago one of my dear friends took his own life after suffering for a number of years with Parkinson's. Speculation was that the drugs he was taking probably had a big influence on his decision to do what he did, but I don't guess I'll ever really know.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Karen Walker said...

Oh that's so sad, Lee. So sorry

Jemi Fraser said...

Nicely done! That's a wonderful organization that does a lot of good!!

Misha Gericke said...

That's a wonderful cause to support. :-)

Libby Heily Author said...

Congratulations on a successful launch!