Kara Leonardo has been a long time reader, fan and supporter of Lesbian Fiction. She belongs to many Yahoo Groups, FaceBook and many individual author groups all in support of Lesbian Fiction. Many of you are already familiar with Kara and have probably received “virtual hugs” from this kind and gracious lady. She is very supportive of authors and always has an encouraging word for everyone. Some of you may or may not have noticed Kara’s absence on the various groups she belongs to, so here is “the rest of the story”…
On February 11, 2012, Kara and her partner, Stephanie Marvel, were involved in a motor vehicle accident. Stephanie was driving and their car was hit head-on by another driver. Stephanie was killed on impact and Kara sustained a fractured arm, multiple fractures of her leg and pelvis along with internal injuries. Kara was in and out of the ICU a few times before landing in a regular room and ultimately transferring to a rehabilitation facility at the end of March. She is learning to walk again with the use of a walker and will soon be ready for discharge from rehab. This is where her situation becomes even more difficult… Kara relocated from Illinois to Delaware to be with Stephanie… When she is discharged from rehab, she will have no place to go. She has a community of friends in Delaware and would like to remain there, but her only alternative may be to return to Illinois and live with family there.
Here is where you can help… This site has been set up as a fundraising site to benefit Kara Leonardo. Many Lesbian Fiction authors and others have graciously donated books and other “amenities” that will be auctioned here on this site. Please be assured that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Kara to assist her with getting settled wherever she may choose. The auction will be open to receive bids through midnight (CDT) August 5, 2012. All of the items to be bid on will be listed on this site as a separate “blog” post. Check the Master List page to get to each of the posts. Bids will be placed in the “comments” section of the post on which you wish to bid. The winner will be determined by the highest bid listed at the time the auction closes and, should there be a rush of last minute bids, times will be determined by the WordPress time stamps on the entries.
PAYMENTS and DONATIONS: The organizers of this fundraiser, Roselle Graskey and Sharon Baughman have been able to provide a link to PayPal to make payments and donations easier. You can find the link on the top right side of the screen. If you have any questions, please reach out to Roselle or Sharon.
We realize that these are difficult times, but please remember that even the smallest donation can have a significant impact. Pay it forward and happy bidding!
Roselle Graskey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Baughman: email@example.com