Friday, May 4, 2007

News, Announcements, and related Updates

Just when I was wondering whether or not people were actually reading this blog, I received several emails asking me about the status of the ONLY SKIN DEEP? Book, if I am planning on writing another book, how many U.S. Governors have responded to our Proclamation request for Skin Cancer Awareness month celebrations, what is going on with our Web-sites, and how to purchase Skin Cancer Awareness pins.

First, let me answer the "easy" questions.

To get an official Skin Cancer Awareness pin and show you care. Click on the following link: Thank you for helping us raise awareness, and for supporting the cause!

As of today, May 4th, we have had 25 Governors directly respond to back to the mass email and letter I sent requesting individual states to public acknowledge May as Skin Cancer Awareness month and thus commit to educating their communities about this common, yet preventable disease. States such as Alaska, North Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, and Utah are among those who have sent direct responses in favor of this effort. Thank you to all of our leaders who are proactively educating people, raising awareness, and supporting the cause!

With regards to our Web-sites - We have had trouble with hosting, servers, even hacking. We are attempting to troubleshoot the problems, re-design and update the sites in an efficient and timely manner. The site is pretty much running; however, we are still ironing out kinks in the site. Doing all of this despite extremely limited resources - time, manpower, and finances - has been an interesting challenge, but The Cancer Crusaders Organization always manage despite challenges. It is amazing what you can accomplish (and how much) with a small group of volunteer college students! Thanks so much for your patience and support!

Now for ONLY SKIN DEEP? book-related questions and updates:

The ONLY SKIN DEEP? is currently #4 on for "Hot New Releases" in the category of skin care/skin diseases. Have you got your copy yet? You can always get your copy directly from The Cancer Crusaders Organization, have your contribution be tax deductible, and even have the book personally autographed. Email me about it at

I have been made aware of the fact that there was some sort of printer error, thus causing the book cover to look a bit blurry in certain spots. The ribbon, for instance, doesn't look as sharp and crisp as it should. I am working really hard to get this problem rectified immediately! I apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience, interest, and support.

For our Utah readers: The first, official book signing will be re-scheduled from May 31st to sometime in June. The reason for this is based on an continued effort to accommodate our speakers, dermatologists, and other participants in the event. I will keep you posted. And, yes, there is talk about a possible book signing event in Texas. Again, I will keep you posted.

Is the book available as an e-book? Yes, it is available as an e-book. Check it out on:

Am I going to be writing another book about skin cancer? The answer is Yes. I have been asked by numerous individuals to write another book. This project is still in the planning stages, so it is still too early to divulge the details; however, this book will be different from the resource guide. It will be more personalized. I can tell you, though, that a well-respected, genius dermatologist will be contributing to it! Stay tuned!

As always, please feel free to keep the questions, suggestions, and ideas coming in by emailing me at And be sure to tell your friends about ONLY SKIN DEEP? It may just save someone from having to face a skin cancer diagnosis!

Happy Reading,

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