As many of you may know, beloved author Leslie (L.A.) Banks is gravely ill and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for late-stage adrenal cancer and her prognosis is not good. To add to this tragic situation she does not have health insurance. Ironically in March 2010 she pleaded her case at a healthcare reform rally in Glenside, Penn., where she was selected to introduce President Obama but not before telling her story as a single mom with a daughter in college who was faced with the dilemma of choosing between insuring her daughter or herself. Her prophetic words are haunting. (See her speech here.)
The news of her illness shocked the book world, especially us at RT because Leslie was at the Los Angeles RT convention in April where she participated on several panels and warmly and genuinely interacted with her fans, all of whom she loved dearly. RT Publisher and Internet Director Carol Stacy often calls her a gentle giant because of her nearly six-foot stature and her caring and gentle personality. Said Carol, “Leslie is the type of person who always gave her undivided attention to you and really and truly listened to whatever the conversation was. She is by far one of the nicest people I have ever known.”
As always, the book community is rallying to help raise money for living and medical expenses for the author. We have come together with an online auction with many, many items that readers and writers would love. We hope you will find it in your heart to bid high and bid often since the proceeds will go directly to Leslie.
The auction began, Tuesday, June 21, at 9PM EST and runs for ONLY 10 days ending on Friday, July 1, at 9PM EST due to eBay rules.
Please share news of the event and send everyone to www.labanksauction.org. The official list of items is there and there is a link to the eBay site, which went live at 9pm Tuesday. To help us get the word out via Twitter please use the hashtag: #labanksauction To use this hashtag, you can join the conversation by typing the number sign # followed by whatever you want to say — no spaces — from your twitter page and then add your news.
We hope that you will join us to help us raise lots of money for this very worthy cause.