One of Paula’s bucket list items was to publish a novel. She was a remarkable storyteller with a million beautiful ideas to share with the world — I know that her book would have been a bestseller, and I lament the fact that none of us will be able to read it in this lifetime. There is no doubt that Paula’s story deserves to be told. That is why her family’s next big project is publishing a book in her name.
Paula wrote 49 posts for this blog. Our plan is to make each entry a chapter in her book, with words from those who knew her interspersed throughout the publication. The end result will be, we hope, a brave and honest recollection of a family’s experience living with metastatic breast cancer. The book’s working title will be Paula’s words, of course: Living With Stage IV.
Whether you’re a lifelong friend of Paula’s or one of her blog followers, we welcome any and all contributions you might have for this project. Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org — we’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress.
Speaking of progress, we’ve been making great headway on another important memorial project: the Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund. I’ve been venturing into a brave new world of business checking accounts, IRS 501(c)(3) applications, and nonprofit policy compliance — as always, I wish my amazing mom were here to help me through it! Still, I’m more motivated than ever to make her dream a reality with her memorial scholarship fund for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. With nearly $15,000 raised so far, we’ll be transitioning from the GoFundMe platform to a formal bank account within the next week or so, allowing you to make donations easily on our website (keep checking paulafordmartin.org for updates!). Best of all, pending the approval of the IRS, all donations will be tax-deductible, allowing us to support even more children in Paula’s honor. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all those who have helped us in this venture. We’re so excited to see this organization grow for generations to come!
We’ll circle back soon with updates on Paula’s book and nonprofit organization. As always, thank you for your kind words, wishes, and prayers — it means so much more than I am able to express.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Cas & family