A Little Help For A Friend…

Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan Update (taken from Jordan Summers’ blog)

This was put together by Cheyenne McCray and Erin Quinn:

A plea to help someone in need: Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan has been taken suddenly and seriously ill. She has an affliction called Arteriovenous malformation or AVM in her brain and was taken from a book signing by ambulance just before Thanksgiving. To survive, our dear friend has undergone 4 brain surgeries in one week and will be in ICU for a month. No family is ever prepared for such a thing and Tina’s will be hard put to make ends meet once the astronomical bills for brain surgeons and critical care start rolling in. In times like this, every dollar helps and her friends in the writing community are banding together to ask you to open your hearts (and wallets) to help get Tina’s family through this. Tina’s smiles and laughter are infectious and well known to readers and authors across the country who have embraced her books. Writing as Cassie Ryan, Tina’s most recent release was Seducing the Succubus in October 2010 with Berkley. Her second book in the series, The Demon and the Succubus is due in stores April, 2011. Tina is one of those people who has never met a stranger. If you follow her on Facebook, you’ll know that she’s always greeted each day with a positive outlook and a genuine love for her fellow human. She’s the first to say, “I’m in” when someone needs help. Hopefully, we can all show her that what goes around, comes around by giving back to this amazing person.

Tina lives in Glendale, AZ and is married to Jon Gerow and has a teenage son who thinks his mom rocks. Please send your prayers, positive energy and love out into the universe with Tina’s name on it. Cards can be mailed to: Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

Any donations you would like to make to Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan to help with the burden of mounting medical bills, can be given by visiting:

https://sites.google.com/site/tinagerowandfamily or by sending a check to Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

4 comments to “A Little Help For A Friend…”

  1. Rachel Riddles
    December 2nd, 2010 at 8:32 am · Link

    Lauren my thoughts and prayers are with your friend. Sending positive vibes her way from the midwest.

  2. Donna
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm · Link

    The link allows for PayPal donations which are fast, safe and easy, plus PayPal sends an immediate receipt to your email address. I cannot imagine the financial burden of the surgeries but every little bit will help.

    Twenty dollars is what my husband and I could donate right now. How about if someone matches my donation?

    Sending hugs.

  3. Lauren Dane
    December 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 am · Link

    Donna, thank you!

    Rachel – it’s a precarious place sometimes to be self employed when it comes to having any major health issues. We’re lucky my husband has such good benefits or this could easily be my house too.

  4. Christina Harrison
    December 5th, 2010 at 2:53 am · Link

    After all the help from almost 100 authors over the past few months (autographing quilt pieces for another cause) I think I can match that. Wish I could do more but I’ve got issues myself. Maybe it can find another match out there.