Last September, I met a young woman named Bridget Zinn at the 2nd Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland, Oregon. Bridget was not only a writer for teens and a blogger but a friend of my college friend ABCGirl from happy stuff. Whenever Bridget's name came up, everyone I talked to that weekend agreed that Bridget was the kind of person you instantly liked because of a certain something that went beyond her open, calm radiance and friendly nature.
It was a shock to all of us when we found out Bridget had stage 4 colon cancer, and it had spread to other parts of her body.
Amid all of the stress and strain of hospital visits, Bridget experienced a number of blessings: she signed on with an agent to represent her first Young Adult novel and she got married to her long-time boyfriend, Barrett.
Librarian and blogger Jone Rush MacCullough of DeoWriter writes more about Bridget here. Jone had organized the 2nd Kidlitosphere conference, and now she's organized an auction to help pay for Bridget's medical expenses. Bridget has already gone through one bout of chemotherapy, and is going to go through her next bout on May 8. A number of authors and bloggers have contributed items to the Bridget Zinn Auction. It runs through May.
I know there are many people struggling with cancer. Some of them have been friends. I have rejoiced when they became survivors. I want Bridget to be one of them, and that is why I am writing about her now.
May 3 update: My Sunflower Root Child doll can be found at the auction here.