Tales for Tatas

TalesforTatas1This being October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to make you aware of a situation our very own InkSlinger PR author Sarah Ross, and her family, is dealing with right now. Sarah’s sister, Teresa, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a highly invasive form and, as you can imagine, their family is reeling from the news. Sarah and I are working to put together a raffle in order to help with the situation in tangible ways using the things that we know best-books and authors. Being women, we know TaTas as well. You can see Teresa’s bio below.

Tales For TaTas, the raffle event, will be held October 21st-25th. We have spoken about making this more than a one-time thing to help with breast cancer awareness. We’re going to see how this one goes and go from there. However, this one the proceeds will go to help Sarah’s sister and their family with the medical costs.

Our immediate needs are donations of the book and author related sort. Signed copies, book baskets, author skype sessions & interviews. If you would like to help and donate to the raffle, please fill out this form HERE or please email me at Kpsimmon(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll help you get donating. This isn’t just a call for help in donations from authors. Book Bloggers, Editors, Cover Artists, Formatters, and the like-if you want to help and have something to donate, we would love and appreciate your help.

Feel free to steal and attach the graphic at the top. Thank you so much for helping to love on one of our own authors and her family. And please feel free to share this with any of your friends or bloggers that you think could help.

Teresa and Cruz 2About Teresa:

Teresa Lopez is a 28 year old stay-at-home mother of four. Her oldest, Vincent (9) was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. She was also blessed with younger brother Cruz Jr, age 7, Mercedez (who suffers from Dravet Syndrome), age 5, & baby Vincent, age 2. She’s been married for almost nine years to her best friend, Cruz, a tattoo artist. The family resides in New Mexico.

After doing a self-exam one afternoon in May 2013, she discovered a lump in her breast. In July, the doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer, but it wasn’t until September 27th when we got the word of just how bad it was. Doctors have confirmed that the ductal carcinoma in situ is highly invasive and likely to spread if she doesn’t receive either very aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, or if she undergoes a double mastectomy.

With either option, the medical costs are going to be more than the family and insurance can cover. All proceeds of this benefit will go toward the cost of medical care for Teresa (surgery, treatments, hospital stays, and labwork).