Friday, November 6, 2009

Writer and Artist SarahBeth Purcell Really Needs Our Help

I featured SarahBeth Purcell on my writing blog some time back. She is a young published writer of enormous talent, who deals with heart-rending emotional issues that many of us wouldn't have the courage to tackle. Her books are available at Amazon, and their page alone is so worth reading.

But SarahBeth, like me, also paints. She's going through a rough time right now, and in desperation is offering big discounts on her paintings, in a last ditch effort to raise some cash to save her beloved cat's life. 

It takes humility and guts for her to reach out like this, but she has been coping with huge expense because of her ailing baby, Willow Fern, for months, even selling her car, but she's now run out of funds.  Another book is in the works, but won't bear fruit for ages.  (We all know about that part of the business.) She has nowhere else to turn but to her followers and kindhearted strangers. Now, perhaps you don't know SarahBeth, but I do. She would never ask for help like this unless she was at her wit's end. This lady is normally donating time and money to other animal care agencies.

If you're in a position to help, please go to SarahBeth's art page and check out her paintings. They are usually quite pricey, but she's now offering the largest at $100, and the price goes down relative to size. This is not only a great opportunity to own a piece of highly-collectible art, but to do some real good.

Alternatively, as sensitive, caring people - and don't most artists and writers fit this category? -consider donating a small amount of $5, $10 or $20 to help her through this.  The cost of healing her cat once and for all, using a specialized Radioactive IodineTherapy,  is around $1500.  Seventy-five people donating $20 each would cover this. Anyway, this is my route. $20 is small change these days - coffee and muffins for a very few guys at the office, a paperback, whatever. And if $20 is too much, consider $5 or $10. SarahBeth and Willow Fern will be so grateful.

Like SarahBeth, I have no modesty when it comes to helping animals.  And this animal is part of the family - our collective art and writing family. Please try to help.

You can purchase SarahBeth's art, or donate, paying through PayPal (citing her email address), or arrange an alternative method by emailing SarahBeth here.

I'd like to think that we all could expect support from our fellow blogger friends if we were in a similar situation. This is a reminder that we are all in this together, and should never be shy about reaching out for help when we need it.

Have a good weekend guys. See you next week, when this blog will be exactly one year old.

And this is sweet Willow Fern. Convince me, after looking into her little face, that you aren't able to help.

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