A little over two (2) years ago, Chris Consentino, HDSA Marketing and Communications Director in the corporate office in NY, reached out to me because he had heard I was writing a book and it would have a fundraising component to it that involved HDSA. Well, needless to say, I was thrilled and over discussing the project he offered to partner in the promotion of the book. So, began our business relationship. http://www.hdsa.org
Last April, I finally held a book in my hand. Publishing Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s was a dream come true. My fundraising/HD Awareness Project was now ready to be presented to the world.
The second dream I had was taking a book tour to heighten awareness of Huntington’s disease and promote the book. John and I love traveling the highways and back roads, avoiding freeways, taking the time to enjoy the landscape, animals, agriculture in different states, so we traded in our fifth wheel and truck and purchased a 30 ft. motorhome. As John and I began to plan the tour, my job was to plot HDSA events we could attend after the National Convention and John was in charge of mapping out our route. Since we’ve never visited the Midwest, we saw it as an adventure.
The HDSA National Convention was held in Schaumburg, Illinois in June, 2017 and I represented the Northern California Chapter, and also a vendor for the promotion of my book. HDSA was generous and gave me a window on the second day of the convention for four (4) hours to sell the book. In that amount of time, I sold 63! I also attended the Leadership Day and met the new Pacific Southwest Regional Development Director, Anita Dominguez, and Regional Development Manager Nanette Schlarmann. I can’t say enough about the positive experience I had at the convention. http://northernca.hdsa.org/
Therese’s Book Tour will be continued on the next few blogs!
We can never lose HOPE……………….Therese
Therese is donating 100% of the proceeds from her book to HDSA. When the book is purchased in another country, she will donate the proceeds to a Huntington’s disease organization in that country. Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book is on her author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com and on Amazon, B&N, & other book website & as a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks file.
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