Friday, October 3, 2014
Helping one of our own
This post is a off my normal track and I hope you will bear with me and take action.
A Teacher Librarian in Hong Kong, Debbie Alverez (aka the Stylin' Librarian) is needing support from the wider education community. Over the past 14 months Debbie has been dealing with and treating multiple cancers, and, the health insurance is drying up. She does not need this type of stress right now.
I knew Debbie through her blog and was very excited when she was moving to Hong Kong from Oregan, USA so that I could get to know her personally. Over the past 2 years we have become friends and have worked together on a number of projects. Deb has been an inspiration for myself in what she shares, her professionalism and her depth of knowledge of children's books, authors and school librarianship. Her family have been actively adventurous over the past 2 years exploring Asia on a shoestring and finding new treasures that are off the beaten track. With this new challenge (or plot twist) in her life, she has faced it bravely and head on. She has been researching and making changes in her life to reduce the impact of the cancer and treatments on her body and sharing it so others may learn and grow from it.
If you can please support Debbie by visiting this Give Forward page to donate what you can to an amazing woman so she can continue her fight against cancer and continue to inspire so many of us with her work. This has been set up by a friend of hers as Debbie is way too humble to ask for money or help. If you have learned anything from Debbie, or been inspired by her over the years, now is the time to give back. If you haven't heard of her before, visit her blog and if you learn one thing or are inspired by something you read, then donate. Or, just help a stranger and see how it feels.
Postscript 11/10/2014 : The Give forward page has raised over $10,000 for Debbie. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. You can keep giving even though the goal has been reached.