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    Red Dwyer’s Killing us Softly is a monumental book of heartfelt and practical advice for getting through and surviving the onslaught of cancer and death of a spouse.
    With the use of real time journal entries and blog posts, the author reaches out to readers in a unique way to guide them through all the emotions, responsibilities, and processes of being the caretaker of a marriage partner.
    Self-care and the care of the children are her primary focus, as she becomes the sole head of household and cup of love for her dying spouse and surviving family of nine children, three of whom are autistic.
    The book is supremely well-balanced in a way that has never been offered to the public before. The journal entries and blog posts draw us into her intimate life as she grieves privately yet exhibits her strength throughout and beyond the dying process. The focus is on helping the reader maneuver through the seemingly herculean feats of love and physical care which are assigned to the surviving spouse once the diagnosis of cancer is definite.
    From discussion on diagnosis and decisions to be made, through treatment and endgame, Red Dwyer holds our hand and shares with us her advice for not only surviving but also claiming our lives as we traverse this difficult and often hidden journey. She discusses the role of spirituality in the lives of the caretaking spouses, and the details of cancer treatment as a partner in the comfort of her loved one.
    Almost all of us are faced with treatment options at end of life, and many of us don’t face them until we are feeble and sick and not entirely in a place to make those decisions. While cancer has specific decisions to be made, Dwyer discusses the choices we all make when faced with extended treatment of a terminal illness or allowing nature to take its course.
    From diagnosis to hospice care, endgame and beyond, this author will be ultimately helpful to millions, who before this point have persevered and survived in silence.

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Bearman Makes a Difference

MAD around M3 is a way of life. Last week’s MAD struck a chord with Bearman, of Bearman Cartoons. Some of you remember when he mugged me. What most of you do not know is his passionate support for the arts and schools, among other fine charities.

Each year, Bearman does a challenge for charity. He offers different amounts for different ways to help him promote Cincinnati FreeStore Foodbank, Downs Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and Crayons to Computers. No, he is not trying to get you to open your wallet. Well, you can, but we will get to that.

First $500

The first five hundred dollars raised will go to Cincinnati FreeStore Foodbank. In trying times, CFF is a much needed resource for area residents. Most of us cannot imagine going to bed hungry. Even less can we fathom a child going to bed hungry. CFF is helping fewer people to know the feeling.

They do not stop there. CFF offers assistance with payments for shelter, utilities, medical care and supplies for those who cannot afford them due to circumstances beyond their control. See website for the criteria for consideration.

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Next $500

For all of the dollars Bearman raises over $500 (and up to $1,000) will go to Downs Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. His awareness comes from a family member with Downs. Seeing what the DSAGC does for families is humbling. Their long list of resources and services for families with Downs members is exhaustive.

How & Why

Rather than give his advertising money to someone who is going to be on the golf course every afternoon instead of working his account, Bearman gives his money to charity based on the actions of fellow bloggers, comics and blogosphere travelers. He donates a specific amount of money for the following:

  • Putting up Bearman Cartoon banners or ads
  • Adding Bearman to your blog roll
  • Blogging about Bearman’s challenge
  • Circling Bearman Cartoons on Google Plus
  • Drawing Bearman’s avatar into your web comic.

Not wanting to be creative? Send Bearman a picture of yourself wearing a T-Shirt from Wack Sack, the official Bearman Cartoons store. You can choose any piece of BEARMANiac merchandise for your fan picture.  It will earn you a spot on Bearman’s BEARMANia page.

One More For Good Measure

None of that for you? How about you take part in another $500?

Crayons to Computers supplies teachers with much needed classroom and art supplies at no cost. This is Bearman’s pet charity, which he donates to all year long by working for free. Bearman charges to do caricatures like the one he did of me. He does not keep one thin dime of the money. He donates it to Crayons to Computers. Can you see why Art is Dying resounded with him?

If this is the venue for you, simply donate to Crayons to Computers in honor of Bearman Cartoons. He is matching donations up to $500.

Going for Broke

Bearman does this for the month of May. Already, he is pushing $500. With just a little nudge, Downs Syndrome Associate of Greater Cincinnati will be reaping the rewards of the blogosphere’s efforts. Do you want to MAD by helping Bearman max out his donations this year?

Stop by the official rules page and pick the way you want to help. If you do not have a blog or a G+ account, do not think you are left out. You can donate to Crayons to Computers, buy BEARMANiac products or spread the word about the challenge. Click on the share buttons…they are everywhere here and there.

Help Bearman MAD. I just did.

Red.



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18 Comments

  1. Wow…just wow. Thank you so much. You wrote out the details way better than I ever did. I should have you write all my blog posts from now on.

    Oh and $10!!!

    Thank YOU!!!
    Bearman recently posted..Linus Van Pelt on HoardersMy Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 9, 2012

      LOL! You are welcome. It is a good drive. Glad I could help spread the word!

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  2. This is why we suspect that green hair is actually Bearman’s bank.
    Binky recently posted..People Are the Same All OverMy Profile

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  3. Good work Red!
    Rachael Black recently posted..Bearman’s 4th Annual Cartoon Charity ChallengeMy Profile

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  4. Some practical things we have done for the community beyond helping with food pantry type stuff is to help people with tangible needs. Over the last few months we (the church) have helped (with the money from the fund) a man and his daughter stay in a hotel for a few days while he waited for his new rental, provided a stack of food gift cards to people who need them, paid mortgage for one person, car repairs and paid for some very practical things. It is a great thing to be involved with good causes like this that really help people.
    Derek Mansker recently posted..Have you seen my bionicle?My Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 10, 2012

      Help needs to come in so many forms. Many people just need a little boost to keep their heads above water.

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  5. Good stuff :)
    Angela Young recently posted..I Princess!My Profile

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  6. On my way to check it out! Thanks for this.
    valentinelogar recently posted..Inside Domestic AbuseMy Profile

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  7. Red and Green are tough to top!
    :)
    spilledinkguy recently posted..Collaboration with Giuliano SaadeMy Profile

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  8. Wonderful! Glad I didn’t miss this post!
    I will be donating to Crayons to Computers.
    Rock on, Bearman!

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  9. Wow, what an amazing post you did for Beaman. I can see he is thrilled. Great job, Red!
    Hugs xx
    Deb recently posted..Stormy SunsetMy Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 14, 2012

      He deserves it. It is a great thing to do, and I wanted to help. xxx

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