Deb Mensinger needs a new liver, because hers has been destroyed by a genetic form of porphyria. The hope is that Deb's brother will be able to be the live donor (livers are awesome that way). However, Deb's brother lives on the opposite coast and is uninsured, which means there are a lot of expenses involved in all of this that Deb's insurance won't pick up.
So a fandom auction is stepping in to help Deb, her wife (Laurie J. Marks, author of the Elemental Logic series, the Children of the Triad series, The Watcher's Mask, and Dancing Jack, and guest of honor at WisCon 31) and her brother. The auction will open for bidding on May 1, but right now we need people to offer things to bid on! Please visit debsliverlovers to offer items to bid on, and please help spread the word. Thank you!
You can also make your donation to WomanEarthandSpirit AT gmail DOT com via Paypal and PLEASE mark it "For Deb Mensinger" (or "For Deb's Liver" or any similar identifier) in the message box. Woman, Earth & Spirit is a nonprofit organization that works to expand possibilities for women and lesbians, and also sponsors Outland, Maize: A Lesbian Country Magazine, and the New Mexico Women's Guest House, Retreat & Healing Center. They have kindly agreed to umbrella the donations to help us avoid difficulties in handling the monies. Since they are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation organization, your donations will be tax deductible as well. Woman, Earth & Spirit will transfer the money to Laurie and Deb after the auction is closed and a majority of donations have been collected.
I was lucky enough to meet Deb Mensinger at Wiscon 31, and after the con was over spent a very pleasant evening hanging out and talking with her, Laurie, Nisi Shawl, wild_irises, and abostick59 at the home of Diane Martin and Jim Hudson. I'm sorry to hear that this smart, thoughtful, sturdy woman is so ill. I'm going to do everything in my power to help.
She deserves to live and thrive. Mere money should not stand in the way.