Do you have a blog? Do you know children's author and illustrator Grace Lin? Do you feel saddened by the recent death of Grace's husband, Robert Mercer, from cancer? (Of course you do - he was only 35.) Have you ever known anyone who has been touched by cancer? Would you like to use your blogging skills to do something? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, please go now to read this post at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Jules is organizing a blogger effort to support the Jimmy Fund's Robert's Snow: for Cancer's Cure fundraising initiative, which was started by Grace after Robert was diagnosed with cancer. Here's some background on Robert's Snow (written by Jules):
"The fundraising effort entailed the auctioning off of special snowflakes, created by children’s book illustrators, whom Grace had gathered together in the name of raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). The auction raised a great deal of money in its first year after the publication of this book, which features these illustrators, many of them award-winning, and their creatively and uniquely designed wood snowflakes for the cause. One hundred percent of the royalties from the book’s sale went to the DFCI to support sarcoma research. Robert’s Snow is in its third year and has already raised more than $200,000 for Dana-Farber. (You can see the 2005 snowflakes here)."
And here's a brief summary of the plan for bloggers to help.
"What we in the kidlitosphere community want to do to help drive traffic to the site for this year’s auctions and help raise money for the cause is highlight at our blogs the illustrators who have created snowflakes for these upcoming ’07 auctions — as well as post the unique snowflakes they have made (one at a time at each blog, which the DFCI has graciously given us permission to do), ultimately driving as much traffic as we possibly can to the Robert’s Snow online auctions. Many bloggers have expressed a desire to do something, and we think this can be our unique contribution. If you are a blogger interested in doing so (and we need all the help we can get) ..."
Please click over to 7-Imp for the details, including a list of participating authors, and to learn what you can do to participate. Thanks!