Brenda Novak is a world famous NY Times (& USA Today) Bestselling author with a ton of accolades to her name. But if you were to ask her, she’d say she’s just a mom with a passion to help find a cure for her son.
I had the opportunity to chat with her via e-mail over the weekend, and her down to earth manner really made an impression on me. I was totally star-struck, which only magnified her humbleness.
Her son, Thad, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five (same age as my diagnosis), and shortly after she started holding an annual online auction to help fund diabetes research. To date she has raised over $1.3 million.
Before I dive into my chat with Brenda, I’d like to cover the basics of the auction and talk about a special giveaway just for readers of Scott’s Diabetes. There are a ton of details and resources on her webpage, Brenda Novak for the cure of Diabetes, if you’d like more than what I explain here.
The auction starts this morning, May 1, 2012 and runs through the end of the month. In order to participate, you have to register an account on the auction website. If you enter ‘SJ2012′ in the promo code box, you’ll get a free autographed book from Brenda!
Once you are registered you can browse all of the cool items that are available. Some of the items up for bids include having afternoon tea in the English countryside with Crime Novelist Peter James, getting to know NYT Bestseller James Rollins over lunch, drawings for Writers Conferences, chances to win a MacBook Air, Advanced Reader Copies, naming a character in an upcoming book, having a book dedicated to you, and more! The list goes on and on.
Head on over to register today! Remember to enter ‘SJ2012′ to get your free autographed book.
Chatting With Brenda
SKJ – How and when did you come up with the idea for the online auction?
BN - I wanted to do something almost immediately after my youngest son was diagnosed (at five) ten years ago. I was brokenhearted to learn of the difficulty of managing his blood sugars and that he would likely suffer some terrible side effects (as most here will know, those with diabetes have a much greater chance of getting cancer, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, etc.). I was panicked and wanting to do anything possible to help my son, but I was a young mother with five kids and no resources. I was also very busy, was just starting to build a successful career as a writer. My husband kept telling me to relax, that “there is a time and a season for everything.” But I was relentless in my desire. I wanted to do something, and I wanted to do it right away.
“Living with diabetes is like living with a tiger. If you feed it, groom it, never turn your back on it; you can live with a tiger. If you neglect it; it’ll pounce on you and rip you to shreds.”— William “Lee” Dubois
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