Terry Writes a Letter

and I reprint it.

Dear Fellow Bloggers--

I'm part of a group of authors who have planned an event we're calling: Unleash Your Story: Make a Difference. This fun event will bring writers and readers together to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)—the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. Our goal is to harness the combined energy of writers and readers to raise $10,000 in the month of September 2008.

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease in the U.S. Thirty years ago life expectancy for a child born with CF was only five, but through the efforts of the CFF and others, life expectancy and quality of life has increased dramatically. We hope through our fund-raiser to help the CFF continue these efforts and to someday soon find a cure!

Writers or readers can form teams or work individually to set a writing or reading goal for the month. Fans, friends and family donate to CFF in support of the participant's goal. All donations will be made online direct to the CFF website so participants do not need to worry about collecting money. The CFF is working with us to design a special part of their website, which should be ready in the next week or two. Donors will simply click on a link from the participant's website to be directed to the participant's personal page on CFF.

Prolific, bestselling author Debbie Macomber will be our "Pacesetter Author". She will be reporting her word count each week and we'll post it on our website. We expect her to set a challenging pace.

That's right—we are asking people to read for charity. Just think—a whole month in which you are forced to curl up with a good book to help an important cause!

To increase the fun, we'd like to see teams and individuals challenging each other to reach higher levels of pages read, words written and donations raised. This is where you and your readers can be a big help.

Would you consider taking a leadership role in this event by calling on your readers to form a team?

We challenge you to form a reader team and set a goal for pages read and funds raised. Then challenge one of the other major reader blogs to match or beat you in pages read and donations raised. We'll provide a virtual certificate for the winning
blog team to post on their site.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be supplying prizes for individuals who reach certain donation levels. And we are collecting special prizes geared for writers and readers. But the most important reason to participate is to help people with CFF live longer.

Unleash Your Story and make a difference!

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