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:
Here is an update on my fundraising progress for the Race for the Cure on October 19th. As of 7/15/14, I raised $175 towards my $200 goal! Don’t forget that I will be matching donations, up to $200, so please donate today. Mahalo! Here is the link to my personal page again: http://hawaii.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HNL_HawaiiAffiliate?px=19131361&pg=personal&fr_id=4365
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
IF I FALL APART was mentioned in the January/February 2014 issue of Hawaiian Electric Company’s employee newsletter CURRENTS.
“Sharing Her Story to Help Others”
After beating breast cancer, Hawaiian Electric’s Karen Garcia continues her fight against the disease.
“The primary reason I decided to write a book was to share my story with the hope that it will help others dealing with cancer,” said Karen. “During my treatment and recovery process, I was surrounded by family and friends who went through the entire ordeal along with me. Their support helped me to maintain a good attitude, which my doctor said is essential to recovery. I wanted to find a way to give back somehow and to help others. Six years later, I realized that writing a memoir about my journey with cancer was the answer. It took that long before I could allow myself to relive the experience.”
Karen generously donates a portion of the proceeds from her book, If I Fall Apart: A Memoir of Breast Cancer and Bilateral Mastectomy, to cancer charities.
Mahalo, Karen, for your great work in the community and congratulations on the success of your book. Karen’s book is available at amazon.com and at several local retailers. For more information, visit her blog at www.whitegingerpress.com.
A short article featuring the author of IF I FALL APART appeared in Shidler Business magazine recently. The magazine features the accomplishments and milestones of the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business’ alumni. Karen is a 2011 graduate of the school’s executive MBA program.
Go to the following link and check out page 24: Article in Shidler Alumni Magazine