My new book, The Most Important Catch, is launching April 3rd and my publisher and I have decided to donate 50% of the proceeds from the first day’s Amazon sales to the fund for Porter Hancock. (It works. The hero in the book is an NFL football player—although Kelly, the heroine, doesn’t realize that for awhile.)
You might remember hearing about Porter. He’s that great 17 year-old kid who became paralyzed from the neck down playing football last October. He’s in my ward and my son played football with him. In fact, there were 8 other boys in our ward on that football team and our bishop is one of the coaches. I can’t really describe the feeling of that next Sunday morning as we were all there with our sons, but Porter and his family were in the ICU at the University Hospital. Our whole ward cried together. There’s still this weird guilt.
At the time, we all knew his mother’s home couldn’t be retrofitted to accommodate a wheelchair. The people of our small community, many of them extended family, came together to literally build them a wheelchair accessible house on ground donated by his grandfather. It was unbelievable! With many people putting in nearly superhuman hours, by the time Porter was able to leave the hospital in December, the house was complete!
It has been a wonderful story, except that Porter still has some huge hurdles to overcome. So I’m hoping to be able to continue to help by raising some more money to defray expenses. In the process, I’ll get some great advertising, which is nice, but that’s not the point. The point is that Porter’s care is and will continue to be overwhelmingly expensive.
50% of the proceeds from this book’s sales on April 3rd at Amazon.com, either hard copy or e-books, will be donated to the account set up at Zion’s Bank for Porter. So please spread the word!