Spider Robinson is the author of the "Callahan" series, and an award winning Science Fiction writer. He's picked up three Hugos, one Nebula, a Campbell and a Heinlein as well, but of couse if you don't already know who the guy is, shame on you.
His wife - and occasionally co-writer - Jeanne Robinson is in a bad way. Here's an excerpt from Spider's own website:
>>>HELP JEANNE STAY HEALTHY
Earlier his year a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Andresz Busczowski, helped Jeanne Robinson beat back a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. But it’s so rare even he can’t say how much time he‘s bought her, how soon it might recur—and her latest blood tests have been so discouraging they’ve now decided she needs to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Besides the prescription drugs to counteract the chemotherapy, she needs special therapies and supplements, counseling, and extensive diet and lifestyle changes, to reduce her stress level and the strain on her liver to as close to zero as possible. All those things are expensive...and like many artists today the Robinsons were already running on fumes financially.
But Jeanne, a Soto Zen monk, has been spreading love and kindness in all directions for a long time. So her Buddhist sangha in Vancouver, her neighbors on Bowen Island, and friends as far away as Florida have all spontaneously come together to raise funds to help keep her around as long as possible. Your participation is welcomed. An amazing Bowen benefit concert, “WE DREAM FOR JEANNE,” was held at Cates Hill Chapel on Friday Sept 18; download Spider’s 10/09/09 podcast, Music from the Heart, for a sampling of the concert. Also goods or services can be donated for eBay auction by contacting Jan Schroeder at . You can get in on the bidding at http://shop.ebay.com/dreamforjeanneauctions/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=1.... The auction items include a few of our books and lots of fun SF memorabilia. Lastly, PayPal donations can be sent to http://wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/.
You can read Jeanne’s recent blog entries, Inconceivable Mutual Benefit, about the benefit concert with photos of Jeanne dancing, and The Third Act, to get a sense of how she’s feeling at: http://stardancemovie.blogspot.com/.
Another way to help would be to buy the Robinsons’ books from Amazon by clicking-through from this site http://www.spiderrobinson.com/books.html, so Jeanne and Spider can get the affiliate commission. They promise you an entertaining read.<<< (LINK: http://www.spiderrobinson.com/index2.html)
If you're in a position where you can help out, please contact one of the people or links above for more information. It's the right thing to do.
Special Thanks to Church for making me aware of this.