Entry Title: If I Fall Apart
Author: Karen M. Garcia
Entry Category: Life Stories
Judge Number: 50
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
“Karen, you write well. I’m impressed with your clear and straight-forward style, and your ability to include many details without being tedious. Write some magazine articles, perhaps lifted straight from your book, and start thinking about your next book, hopefully from a royalty publisher!”
Many thanks to HMSA’s Island Scene for sharing my story in the Fall 2014 issue. I hope it will remind women to get an annual mammogram.
Living Through It
A survivor’s experience with breast cancer.
By Nicole Duarte
HMSA Island Scene, Fall 2014
UPDATE: Many thanks to all who attended the Breast Cancer Awareness & Research Fundraiser at A Little Bit of Everything gift shop last Friday. $500 was raised and will be donated to Kapiolani Women’s Fund.
ALBOE owner, Val Kubota, with Lyndsey and Karen at the event.
ORIGINAL POST: A Little Bit of Everything gift shop (ALBOE) is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to support the fight against breast cancer. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 24th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ALBOE proprietor, Val Kubota, has invited her vendors to participate by donating a portion of their proceeds earned at the event. The funds raised will be donated to a local charity that specializes in treating breast cancer.
Whiteginger Press will be there handing out free breast cancer awareness ribbons. Copies of IF I FALL APART will also be available for $10 with 50% of sales being donated to fighting cancer.
A Little Bit of Everything is located in The Imperial Plaza, 725 Kapiolani Boulevard, 1st Floor, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We hope to see you there!
Many thanks to Lori Chaffin for including a brief write-up about IF I FALL APART in the “Community Bookshelf” section of Hawaii Wellness Magazine. Here is a link to the June 2014 issue. Scroll down to page 24:
Today I made my matching donation to Susan G. Komen Hawaii’s Race for the Cure. Thanks to family and friends who donated a total of $175 towards this worthy cause. With my matching donation of $175, we raised $350!! Mahalo to Jerry R, Shelley O, David E, Janet S, Joyce Y, Tom M, and Lori M for your generosity and support!
Here is a link to my personal page:
I am finally ready to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the very first time. Seven years after completing active treatment for breast cancer, I am looking forward to celebrating life with my sister-survivors. Believe me, it’s been a long journey to get to this point.
I humbly ask for your support to help me reach my goal of raising $200 (increased from $125) for Susan G. Komen Hawaii. Seventy-five percent of the money raised will remain here in the islands. In addition, I will match each donation (up to $200 total) from the proceeds of my book “If I Fall Apart.” That’s $400 to help find a cure for cancer, but I can’t do it without your help. If 20 people donate just $10 (tax-deductible!), I will exceed my goal!
Please check out my participant page as you consider making a donation to support this great cause: http://hawaii.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HNL_HawaiiAffiliate?px=19131361&pg=personal&fr_id=4365
If you prefer not to make a donation online, please contact me at email@example.com.
Mahalo for your kind consideration!
P.S. – Many thanks to those who already donated to the cause!
As promised, a portion of the proceeds from IF I FALL APART is donated to fighting cancer. Today, Whiteginger Press donated $200 in unrestricted funds to The Queen’s Medical Center.
Many thanks to Queen’s for the excellent care I received during my diagnosis, treatment and recovery from Stage IIB breast cancer. Thanks also to Sharlene Tsuda and Laura Yamamoto for taking time from their busy day for this photo op.
Karen with Sharlene Tsuda, VP Community Development for The Queen’s Medical Center.
If I Fall Apart
A Memoir of Breast Cancer and Bilateral Mastectomy
by Karen M. Garcia
Non-Fiction – Memoir
Reviewed on 05/09/2014
Reader’s Favorite reviewed IF I FALL APART and gave it 4 stars out of 5! Click here to read the review. Many thanks to all!
IF I FALL APART won “honorable mention” in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival’s Biography/Autobiography category. Many thanks to all who helped to take my story from a Word document to a published book!
2014 San Francisco Book Festival Winners
I enjoyed being one of the speakers at the US Army Corp of Engineers Women’s History Month Celebration. The theme was “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” The other speakers were Pastor Norma DeSaegher of Waipahu United Church of Christ and Honolulu Police Officer Teisa Eteuati. Their personal stories about overcoming adversity and following their hearts were so inspiring! Thanks to my brother, Phillip Mun, for inviting me.
With Major Sally Hannan at Women’s History Month Celebration