I swore, from the very minute I decided I wanted to be a writer, that I'd use my writing to make a difference. There were quite a few moments there where I almost threw in the towel. I hung on, though. I kept reminding myself why I was hanging on too. And now I'm keeping the promise I made to myself.
Everything I make from my writing goes to charity. So I can't tell you how appreciative I am when people buy my books, that they've hit bestseller under different categories and sell well. Together, we're making that difference. A big difference.
But who exactly are we helping and how?
Well, it's simple. Every royalty payment I make I divide in half after taxes. (Booooo. Hissssss.) Then I send checks to two charities near and dear to my heart.
The first is Angioma Alliance, a non-profit organization by and for those affected by cavernous angiomas. Cavernous angiomas are a clump or clumps of abnormal blood vessels in the brain or spine, and they cause neurological issues. In a nutshell, they suck. Yes. They do. Especially for the kids.
My son was first diagnosed with multiple angiomas when he was little. I don't know what we'd have done without this organization, so this is my way of giving back to those who gave to us.
The second is Children's Hospital Boston. We've spent far too much time there, especially during the holiday season. Both our children have had neurosurgery there. Both our children are still seen there.
One day I hope they go out of business, this hospital. That they run out of patients. But, for now, they need our donations to keep going. I'm so appreciative to them they can have ours. Gladly. I hope you agree.
So that's the charities. And as we enter this holiday season, I want to say I'm so grateful for you all out there as well. I mean it when I say I couldn't do this without you. So thank you. For Angioma Alliance, Children's Hospital, and my family, a huge thank you.